Well, I'll be honest in saying that I am throwing myself headlong into the dressage world. On Saturday & Sunday, AHA is holding an A-rated sporthorse show that I will be attending with my arab gelding. It's our first A-rated show together and our first tests.
Let me say that I would love to do a few schooling shows first, but sadly there are none in Tucson until the fall. Let me also say that I have no shame (ha!). I could be wrong, but I don't see any harm in getting the experience and going for it as I have no lofty (national or professional) aspirations for my riding career. I mostly want to see how far we've come!
On each day we're doing an Intro A test as a warm-up/to get familiar with a pattern, followed by a Training 1 test later in the day. I'm a little nervous, but mostly excited at this opportunity! I never thought I would be able to own my own horse before 30 let alone school dressage and test with him!
Anyway, I am looking for tips and advice. I am trying to cover our "easy point" bases (square halts, doing well on our stretchy trot and free walk-- which should be easy, since he loooves to stretch) and am practicing prompt transitions up and down so that we are never early or late.
Thanks in advance!