Bob and Splotchy go dressaging again - WE WON! (long as usual...)

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Went to Summerhouse today for our usual two unaff prelim tests
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Bob had been flipping awful when I schooled him last night so wasnt expecting much, but thought it would be another chance for him to see flowers/dressage boards/other horses etc....

Warmed up OK, felt a bit sluggish (it was quite warm, and I think he OD'd on grass yesterday as he had been temporarily put into a different field). Went in and did Prelim 7 and wasnt at all impressed with myself - it felt sluggish, the rein contact was a bit inconsistent, and we are having right canter issues - he struck off on the wrong leg, although I was pleased that for the first time EVER I didnt panic, brought him nicely back to trot, and got the correct lead
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Went and looked at my results afterwards, quick glance at the board showed 54.5% - I was a bit disapointed but not really surprised.

After retrieving an escaped greyhound from the lorry park (dont ask
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Chains and shackles are being installed in my new lorry now
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No horses were anywhere near though!) I went and warmed up for Prelim 19. I was determined to ride more positively to get him a bit more forward, and went in to do what I felt was a really pleasing test. Sure, it wasnt brilliant, but I came out feeling very happy indeed
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Went back to the scoreboard and picked up my test sheet for Prelim 7 - was astonished to find I had come 4th, turned out I had actually got 64.50%
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And then I was totally delighted when I saw that I had won the Prelim 19 class with 60%
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Judge marked a lot lower in the second class
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but gave some really useful feedback as well as positive comments
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It was a tad embarrasing to say the least when they told me I shouldnt have entered today because it was Trailblazers 2nd rounds
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I had genuinely thought the classes were open to others as well - fortunately they could just pretend my results didnt exist so people still qualified etc, but apologies to anyone who was there
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Nice organiser did say it was their fault for not checking when they accepted my entry
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So all in all a very very good day
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Henrietta Horsebox was very well behaved on her first outing (it is WONDERFUL having my own lorry at last
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) so perhaps she is going to be my 'good luck' charm
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Thanks for reading, from a very happy Splotchy
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Wow Splotchy WELL DONE
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What a fantastic result! And PMSL at the greyhound incident: I had something similar at Aston le Walls last week - my Border went awol from the lorry while I was doing dressage
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Started out to walk the course and realised something was missing, had to confess to the Secretary - turns out lorry park attendant was looking after him, he looked very sheepish when I went to find him (Smidgin, that is, not the attendant)
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thats brilliant
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what a good day all round
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tests must have looked better than you felt they went...whats next?
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Wow Splotchy WELL DONE
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What a fantastic result! And PMSL at the greyhound incident: I had something similar at Aston le Walls last week - my Border went awol from the lorry while I was doing dressage
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Started out to walk the course and realised something was missing, had to confess to the Secretary - turns out lorry park attendant was looking after him, he looked very sheepish when I went to find him (Smidgin, that is, not the attendant)
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LOL
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I had just tied my two to the lorry whilst I put Bob back on board, came round to the near side of the lorry again and one greyhound had vanished
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Cue thoughts of chaos, horses everywhere, disrupted dressage tests, dual carriageway and M5 nearby
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- then someone pointed out she was happily scavaging around the hedgerow looking for bunnies, ran over to her and she bounced happily back to me looking very pleased with herself
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Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments - I am still sat here with a huge
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on my face tonight, but it makes it more special when people are so nice
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I rather think the sun has got to me today mind you, I actually found myself thinking that if I get his canter sorted (we are getting there slowly as usual....) then I might try a Novice test by the end of the year
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And maybe, perhaps, might even do some BD over the winter
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But for the time being perhaps we can just aim for a 65% dressage at Ascott under Wychwood for my next BE80 class
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what you need to do splotchy is write yourself a list of 'aims' by end of 2009 and then in december have a look and see how many you have achieved...
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you could always try a prelim BD as you can go in open section as a non registered person....
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Thats a good idea
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Trouble is I never know what aims are realistic for me
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but I will chat to my instructor and see what she thinks
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Yay!!

Go Bob.

He's really settling into the dressage stuff now isn't he? As are you - well done for not panicking on the wrong leg lead. I get so flustered that I ruin the rest of the test when that sort of thing happens - hence now having someone else ride the rather more awkward cob!
 
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