Back to dressage
Right before I left for Texas, my good friend Trista texted me to ask if I was planning on competing at a dressage schooling show this weekend. I wasn’t, but when the friend who hauled your horses to and from your wedding asks if she can hitch a ride, you say “Yes!” and send in an entry form.
I signed Gina up for 1-2 and 1-3 because I need to ride 1-3 to qualify for local GMO year end awards and schooling show championships. I like 1-2 a lot and feel like Gina is good at it. I like that the 15 meter canter circles occur before the canter lengthening, and I feel like leg yields are one of our strong movements. I’m generally feeling pretty good about 1-2.
In my mind, 1-3 is basically like 1-2, only with a shallow loop at the canter. Gina’s been doing pretty well at holding her lead and I figured we might as well get this test out of the way relatively early in the season. If we score terribly, there are a few more schooling shows to try again!
Then I read through 1-3. Like, really read through it. What the hell is this test?! Things I already do not like about it:
- Stretchy trot super early; maybe Gina will feel like stretching because she worked so hard in 1-2?
- Coefficients on those damn loops
- Lots and lots of cantering
- Awkward flow
There are a couple of things I like about it though, including circles before the canter lengthening and no coefficients on the canter lengthening.
I am not confident that 1-3 will go well. Let’s hope Gina’s normally-fabulous gaits collective and very good halts will drag our score up to something respectable!