This season we did 12 dressage tests at 7 shows. Our goals for dressage changed at each outing, and ranged from “have no shenanigans” to “get work comparable to what we get at home” to “let’s really do this and do it well.”
We started off the season with a few shows where we put in good-for-us efforts, though the scores weren’t very competitive.
Then we had a disastrous dressage in April, and proceeded to have meltdowns at home as we tried to investigate and address the issue. It was scary there for a while, with rearing, bucking, and (most horribly) unevenness in gait.
It worked. We did not have repeat issues at shows. Slowly over the months, we asked for more effort from Hemie (and better riding from myself) to get better performance. We added the pressure back, bit by bit.
By the end, I feel very good about our dressage, and ready to head back to a registered event.
|Date||Location||Test||Eventing Score Penalty Points||Dressage Score Percentage|
|Feb 1||Galway Downs||BN A||40.00||60.00%|
|March 16||White Birch||Training 1||38.12||61.88%|
|March 16||White Birch||Training 2||40.71||59.29%|
|April 26||Fresno HT||BN A||51.10||48.90%|
|May 31||El Sueno||BN A||43.90||56.10%|
|May 31||El Sueno||BN B||39.15||60.85%|
|July 19||El Sueno||BN A||40.00||60.00%|
|July 19||El Sueno||BN B||40.00||60.00%|
|Oct 5||El Sueno||BN A||41.58||58.42%|
|Oct 5||El Sueno||BN B||38.75||61.25%|
|Oct 11||El Sueno||BN A||31.05||68.95%|
|Oct 11||El Sueno||BN B||31.00||69.00%|
As with all data, it can’t stand alone – it needs to be compared to something to have meaning. So let’s compare my median score (40.00 aka 60.00%) against the dressage scores in my level at registered horse trials (available from eventingscores.com).
- Shepherd Ranch, August: it would put me 6th out of 8 after dressage.
- Twin Rivers, September: I’d sit 14th out of 21 after dressage.
- Fresno County HP, October: I’d sit in 6th out of 11 after dressage.
A highlight of dressage this year has been rooting for Karen of Not-So-Speedy Dressage. We showed together in March, and I’ve watched her at some other shows. She has grown tremendously as a rider and competitor this past year, on both of her lovely mounts. She is not only a great blogger, but also a kind, intelligent person. She and Speedy ended the season with tremendous back-to-back championship outings, and her journey is truly inspirational!
|Karen and I at White Birch in March
Our smiles say it all.