Hi everyone sorry I have been quiet on here for a few weeks. I lost my blogging mojo a little bit as I have been travelling nearly every weekend since July and then I had the most horrible cold for weeks on end. But now I am back and ready to get blogging again!
We recorded dressage 2 tests in October the week after we returned from the Perry Wood clinic. The weather was awful but Mya went beautifully. She actually seemed very content after the clinic, like she was really enjoying her job. I got the impression she felt like she was doing something for the first time in a few years and was loving it. Her normal fed up looking selfie face was replaced with a horse happy to stand and have her photo taken with her ears forward. It was a real delight to see her this happy!
We recorded two tests this month. I entered the restricted Prelim 12 first of all. To be able to enter the restricted class you must not have scored over 65% more than 3 times at prelim level. We managed a 63.7% which I was pleased with, which put us in 15th place out of 20 competitors. Out of the two videos I submitted I thought this had not been the better one, but was still very pleased with it. It also showed a 2% mark increase from last month’s score of 60% and I had managed to creep up the score board very slightly this month.
However honestly it was just like last month. Me and Mya are doing tests that for us are better than we have ever ridden. The mark we received we were really pleased with and the improvements were vast after the clinic with Perry Wood this month however we are still not competitive in these large prelim classes. I am so happy with my score and can’t help but think I would be getting better placings than I am now if I was going out to competitions?
Which is what lead me to do my second test this month. E-riders announced a new class called “Limited’. Limited is exactly how it sounds it is limited to people that have not ever scored 64% in a prelim test. Perfect for us! It was limited to 10 competitors only (I’d say more like my actual experience of dressage comps I have ridden in). I jumped at the chance to enter this class as I felt it was prefect for prelim newbies like us. So we recorded prelim 2 for that. Mya loved prelim 2, she loves that there are lots of diagonal lines and transitions on those lines. I don’t know why – but it was obvious she liked it when we rode it. I was SO pleased with the test we recorded for this entry. It just felt amazing from beginning to end. I was pleased with the Prelim 12 we had recorded but knew this one was better. When the scores came out it confirmed it too. We had won the class!!! We got 66.2% by far my best mark ever! I was over the moon! I was so pleased I took the chance to do this class, as I knew I may not be able to do this class in the months coming up if our scores kept improving. It’s true as we scored 66% in it so we no longer fit the criteria to do the class again.
So I have been delighted with both of my marks and especially delighted that we came away with a rosette this month. I had held off writing this blog so I could post a pic of us with our rosette, but it hasn’t arrived yet. It has really fuelled me on to continue doing a class every month as I can feel massive improvements already after only 2 months.
For November we have entered Prelim 7 and we are doing the christmas fancy dress class doing Prelim 1. I’ll keep you posted on how we get on!