. . . Knowing the dressage square is essential for memorizing your test . . . I am not sure where I got the mnemonic device for the letters, but here is the one I used to memorize the outside letters: All King Victor Edward’s Show Horses Can Make Really Big Pretty Fences. And for the letters down center line: C Green Idiots Laugh at Dressage . . .Read More
. . . I share this with you as an example of how goals and putting concrete actions into place can have a positive effect on your show experience. One of my favorite moments prior to going in the show ring came about accidentally. It was early morning, and I stood on the mounting block braiding my horse’s mane in the sunlight shafts through the pines, my partner quietly held and scratched my horse’s head, and I realized that deep inside me, the world felt in balance – and I was happy.
May you find the balance that brings you happiness as you compete with your horse.Read More
The day before my last show this season I am relaxed and happy. That sounds almost too simple, but the most important aspect of incorporating competition into my riding has been to achieve these two goals.Read More
Universo and I like the minor changes in Fourth level, Test 1; the flying changes from counter canter at M and H feel more fluid and easier to accomplish than riding through the corner to change at C, adding the 3 changes of lead across the diagonal increased the level of difficulty, and moving the walk pirouettes off the rail to the line between M and H actually made it easier for me and Universo to execute them correctly (you may remember my post last year about working on walk pirouettes in preparation for showing).Read More