We trundled off to a new dressage venue today. It was a nice venue and a friendly atmosphere, which makes a change from last week's! It was forecast rain and it did just that throughout the drive there.
It stayed dry during the warm up and she felt pretty good. She was leaning quite a bit on the left rein but not too bad. First was P13. The judge beeped the horn and we turned towards the centre line. Cue the heaviest downpour in months I can't believe how heavy it was! I had to laugh really. Thankfully, the driving rain made Saf fall into a lovely outline I was half way through the first movement when some woman stood at the side shouted 'are you in here now?!?!'. No. I'm a friggin mirage. Anyway, I carried on and remembered where I was going and did a nice little test. The ground was really slippery and she was quite hesitant in her canter, understandably. I came out feeling happy with the test, it generally felt nice.
We waited around for a bit (in Mabel, attempting to dry off) and then warmed up for 10mins before N27. By this point the ground was very boggy and slippery and she was really behind the leg. It didn't help that the arena for the novice wasn't exactly flat. Most of her trot work was ok but canter was a complete washout She did a good medium trot the 2nd time.
Waited around for my scores and was thrilled to find out we'd come 4th out of 18 in the prelim! Must have been quite a hard scoring judge as we'd come 4th with 61.something. We didn't get placed in the novice, understandably, but we got 58% so it wasn't too disastrous. We got 7s for our trot circles, trot-walk-trot transitions, medium trot and halt so quite pleased with that Got 7 7s in the prelim too, woop!
Dry clothes to anyone who made it through all that waffle!
was it on grass?
its horrible when its slippy, lol i normally pull out......
nice to go somewhere friendly though
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