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    04-16-2010, 06:30 PM
In one day? I do two classes. Any more, and we fall apart.
But if the show is 3-4 day show, I'll generally show all 4 tests at one point or another (at least 3, generally there's a test that I like less that I try to avoid!)
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    04-19-2010, 10:21 PM
He's only doing training level... as hard as it gets is a stretchy circle. I figure if he can ride a test, gallop/jump around xc for 5 minutes then jump a stadium course, he can do 4 4-minute dressage tests with at least 1/2 hour breaks in between each one ;)
I agree :) I do all 4. We're only Training Level as well :)
    04-19-2010, 10:26 PM
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I usually do 2 or 3 but the next show im going to im doing first level 3-4 and second level 1-2
    04-19-2010, 10:34 PM
I usually just do 2, 3 would probably be too crazy for me at a big show !!
    04-19-2010, 10:58 PM
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When I was training full time, it wasn't unknown for me to ride up to seven different tests, spanning different levels, during a show. I hate having tests read, so I ride from memory. Of course, these were on several different horses.
    04-23-2010, 12:39 PM
I'm taking my eventer to a dressage schooling show next week to kick off our season - we're solid First Level while schooling, and are working on mastering some Second Level. But because I haven't shown him before, I'm doing Training level with him - I'm going to do 2, 3, and 4. He's fit enough to be able to do three, and it'll be a good experience for us to really try to improve our score as the day goes on - it'll be interesting to see how the comments we get differ/stay the same. If we were doing First at this show, I'd stick to two, just because there's a pretty big jump between "relaxed, forward, accepting bit + posting to the trot" and "seeking contact, beginning to lengthen, sitting trot."

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