We had our second rated dressage show this past weekend: Northern Lights Dressage, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
We got to the grounds early in the morning after I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before, as my ride time was 7:29 am. Ouch is that early! Once we got there I had about 45 minutes to groom, braid, change, tack, and warm-up. I got about a 6 minute warm-up. Not NEAR long enough. But, as Julie said, I managed to pull a lot of stuff out of my butt with what little horse and warm-up we had going into that first test. . . .
So in Training 1 we managed to come out with a 61.25% somehow. I really didn't feel we deserved it as he fell out of the left lead canter for a stride or two and was very tense in his free walk, so when I tried to push him for more activity he broke into the trot. But, the judge seemed to think we had some nice moments too. She gave us a few 7's on our left trot circle, right canter circle, and final halt. She gave us a 4 on our stretchy circle with the comment of "needs to stretch foward and down to contact." Well of course that is the obvious comment for us at this stage. We didn't have a fantastic stretch in that first ride, so I think 4 or 4.5 was pretty accurate. We got a 5 on our free walk with the same comment as the stretchy trot circle. I think that's fair because it wasn't fabulous with how tense he was in that first test. We scored pretty nicely on our collective remarks, 6.5 for gaits, 6.5 for impulsion, 6.5 for submission, 7 for rider's position and seat (lol, yeah right! like I deserved that!), 6.5 for rider's correct and effective use of the aids, and 6.5 for harmony. Her overall comments were "Nice moments. Horse is nicely forward. Keep working on getting neck softer at the base and stretching." Okay, no surprise there, that is our continuous battle- stretching down. Overall, the test wasn't bad, but I figured it'd be right around 60, not 61.25. . . but I won't complain.