Last weekend was the first show I had on the calendar - a schooling dressage show at Whinstone Farm. At first, we had a sizable group interested in showing, however after the treacherous weather of the last couple weeks, everyone's enthusiasm has waned a bit. I did however feel bad emailing Patti (show organizer and Whinstone owner) to let her know that none of us from C-Horse would be attending, so I went ahead and signed up the P monster.... never mind that we had only been doing walk and trot sets for the last month. I sent in my entry, and popped outside to see if we remembered how to canter.
And of course I can't help but to schedule things on top of one-another, so I had very limited time to enjoy the actual show. I pulled into the grounds, furry/dusty pony in tow, a mere 13 minutes before my ride time (thank you frozen trailer hitch, you're a big help!). Prophet warmed up fairly respectable, and put in a decent enough test. One of my goals for the next month or two is to get P in lots of dressage arenas so I can really figure out how to RIDE him thru a test rather than winning the warm-up and then blowing it in the box. I figured now was as good of time as any, and booted him through a couple of movements to really try and get him to keep trying in there. I had a couple of wonderful clients come watch, and they were wonderful enough to video my rusty first go, so I will get to watch our test and see how it looked.... it didn't feel the best, but not the worst.
It must have not been too bad, as P scored a 69 and change, earning a win in the First Test 1 division and the high score of the day!!!! AND we actually got an 8 on gaits (which I owe totally to the careful addition of weighted boots to our program). Since I don't have the video or pics of P yet, I'm posting pics of our test for proof!
|Can you tell I booted him a bit too much in our free walk? (6th movement)|
|An 8! An 8 on GAITS!!!!!|
|69.310! Good boy Diddy man.|
The cool thing about Diddy is that he is multi-talented... As I had MANY lessons scheduled after the show, I threw him in a field at a client's place, and drove around to 'my' barns for a couple of hours, before returning to my boy. I had one lesson left for the day... one of my younger clients, Ms. Yancie, who has a deep love for all things pink, so I figured she'd like a lesson on the Diddy, complete with his Pink Blingy Dressage Bridle (BonVivant Equine). So Diddy pulled another shift as walk/trot lesson pony before getting to go home.
|Her legs barely reached the bottom of my jump saddle!|
Just because he was such a good boy Sunday, P got treated to the first canter/gallop of the 2011 season on Monday, and man, did it feel awesome. He felt strong... really strong, and was moving SSSOOO well. I'm so excited about this season!