Six dressage classes and a wedding!
I signed up to show in six USDF recognized classes with the hope of collecting the first and second level scores we need for our bronze medal in dressage. It made for a busy weekend…especially when we added in attending a wedding!
I think the discussion of the levels of competency and how they impacted me this weekend is one of the most interesting new thoughts I have had in awhile. Who knew that my ‘unconscious competency’ from one discipline was going to challenge me a bit in another!?! There were so many life lessons and horse relationship ideas that I discovered and rediscovered over the weekend. Packing it all into a short form video was a challenge but in the end I’m confident that the video summarizes our weekend pretty well.
Spoiler alert: We did it! We collected several test scores above 60% in both first and second level. Now all we need are two scores above 60% in third level and Willow and I will have earned our bronze!
First level, test 1= 67.931%
Second level, test 1= 65.270%
First level, test 1= 71.897%
First level, test 1= 70.690%
Second level, test 1= 68.378%
Second level, test 1=67.297%
Second level, test 1= 69.054%
First level, test 1= 71.207%
I’m confident that everything I am learning about tradition dressage will help me ride better in western dressage. I’ll be testing that idea in a few weeks when I head to my first western dressage horse show of the year!
In 2019 I plan on showing two of my horses in Western Dressage with the goal of showing at the Western Dressage World show in October.
Along the way, I am also training and showing in traditional dressage , reining and ranch riding with my quarter horses.
I’m going to be sharing my journey so anyone who is interested can learn along with me.