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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2011, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Our Very First Dressage Show! (And some things we saw there)

Yesterday, Reba and I competed in our first dressage show. It was my first ever and her 3rd. We did Intro tests A and B. I felt like our first test was an absolute disaster. We were so sloppy- whether it be due to the muddy ring or our nerves, I was very disappointed in our performance.. but somehow, we placed third with a score of 56%!
We were much better in our second test.. the nerves were over, and we are better at test B, anyway. We scored a 58% but placed lower (there were a LOT more people in the class, and I guess the competition was stiffer).
I would also like to talk about something that really bothered me. When we were unloading the horses, I saw two young teenage girls trying to lead two horses who were NOT happy. They were rearing, kicking, etc... where was their trainer? Not only were the girls in danger, but there were many people and horses in the area as well.. but I guess I will never know.
Here are some pictures from yesterday..
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-29-2011, 10:58 PM
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Very nice pics! Looks like both of you enjoyed.

I'm curious: how test A is different from test B? I know the B one.

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Good for you. It looks so summery there. Rain and cold here, . . .still!!!
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-30-2011, 05:11 AM
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lovely pics - pretty ribbon too!!! bet you were really happy with that... bet you cant wait till your next event now!

re the teenagers leading the horses - I suppose it depends how old and experienced they were... pretty hard to comment without seeing it but I know some 15 yo kids who handle horses amazingly well....
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Val: The biggest difference between A and B is that in B, the circles are in the middle rather than the ends, and you walk in the middle of the test instead of the end.
Tiny- YES, it was so hot! We live in NC and won't show again until September. It's just not fair to the horses to drag them out to shows in 100 degree weather and a lot of humidity.
Jody- I am so proud of our little ribbon! It's not much, but we can't complain. And you could be right about the girls.. I just don't think I would ever want to be alone with a rearing horse, but if they're brave enough, then good for them!
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 10:23 PM
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Congrats on your first show! I also live in NC so I know what you mean about the weather.
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