I went into this entire weekend with very low expectations. Up until a month ago I had been planning to take Nilla and do B.N. Prior to Tuesday I had literally never taken a dressage lesson on Levi and Levi had only ever done one lesson with my husband at Eventing Camp. He’s done XC twice ever: once with me and once with my husband. So obviously the next best course of action was two sign up for a 2 day event.
Thankfully, it was Camelot and we were just doing intro. My entire goal for the weekend was to not get eliminated. In a desperate attempt to remedy my lack of preparation, I did do 1/2 of a dressage lesson with Kate the Tuesday before the show.
We trailered in and schooled XC on Friday then spent the night at a hotel (we learned our lesson about heat last year). Saturday morning, we were up early to drive to Camelot and get ready for dressage. Luckily for planning and driving purposes, but unfortunately for heat, my dressage time was at the very end of dressage: 10:30. I got on around 9:45 to warm up and Levi was being pretty good. He was very excited and very up, but he was behaving. Although he was quietly squealing every time I asked him to canter, he mostly kept his brain in his head.
He even relaxed and chilled out for a bit. Then we had to trek over to a different arena for our test (the usual courts are under construction) and Levi went a bit nuts. He was so amped up, I couldn’t get even him to stand still while we were waiting to go in and I had to get off to tighten his girth and change into my jacket. And then we had to go in and try to do dressage.
It was not pretty. And thanks to Nicole, I have video.
1. A Enter working trot. C Track right
Judge’s Comments: Acc. CL straight Horse not round Against hand in cor.
2. B Circle right 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: Unsteady – getting better in topline
3. KXM Change rein
Judge’s Comments: Nice deep corner. Try to keep your hands steady. Back hollow
4. E Circle left 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: Some resist. Not steady. Horse needs to come over the back
5. Between K and A Working canter left lead
Judge’s Comments: little rough but accurate
6. A Circle left 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: Unsteady connection
7. Between B and M Working trot
Judge’s Comments: Above bit
8. HXF Change rein working trot
Judge’s Comments: Hollow. Unsteady
9. Between F and A Working canter right lead
Judge’s Comments: Prompt depart but hollow back
10. A Circle right 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: Rushed. Not round. Hollow back.
11. Between E and H Working trot
Judge’s Comments: little abrupt
12. C Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: (no comment)
13. M – E Free walk. E – K Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: willing. Not consistent but did show difference
14. K Working trot. A Down centerline
Judge’s Comments: Late, but ob. accurate CL
15. X Halt, Salute
Judge’s Comments: Halt – moved
This judge was very generous. Our final score was 41.5, which is pretty bad, but I’m also sure we deserved a lot worse. I don’t blame Levi. Sure, he was amped and acting up, but I didn’t ride him very well. And I asked him to do something we haven’t spent enough time practicing. He’s a good horse and he tried very hard for me. And as I mentioned on Instagram, we actually weren’t in the last place I was expecting. We were 2nd out of 3 after dressage.