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post #1 of 14 Old 03-14-2010, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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We survived First Level :P

Yup, Enrique and I made it through! After a really nerve wracking month of "what? first level? but umm...we don't have the sitting trot, we don't have ANY lengthens and we don't have solid leg yield OMG, what are we doing???", we pulled it together. Was it fantastic - not even close :P But it was solid.
So we ended up with a 61% on First Level Test 1, and 58.5% on First Level Test 2. Which initially, I thought was be7tter than first level 1, but I have the video of Test2, and we DEFINITELY made some mistakes. What I liked though was that on test 1, we got quite a few 7s and even a few 8s (of course, we also got some 3s and 4s *coughs* - but at least that shows a clear area of where we need to improve)
So very happy and proud of both of us :)
Here are a few pictures from the day.




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post #2 of 14 Old 03-14-2010, 10:14 PM
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We were there on Saturday watching the Training Level and the Grand Prix round. I'm hoping to be competing at the one in May!
Congrats on your scores!

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-14-2010, 11:15 PM
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Congrats on having the guts to turn it up a notch. Not bad scores for first attempt. Didn't they recently change first level to sitting trot being optional?

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-14-2010, 11:18 PM
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I think you guys look great! Congrats on your move up, you must be proud of yourself and your gorgeous poneh!

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Good job!!!!

Who was judging (I'm assuming it was Doreen??). Isn't Dagmar in Fla.?? Who was doing GP??? (I am full of questions, lol)

Last year when I bumped up to second level I was so not ready for it. I didn't actually have my simple changes, counter canter, etc.. 100% until the middle of the season. And the year before when I bumped to first I couldn't sit Ro's trot either :P
Don't worry about it! Progression is a good thing and you weren't in the 40s!! You will improve the more tests you ride and show. You and Rique are going to kick ass this year, again!
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Sheri Dumonceaux and Kadans rode the Grand Prix.

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Congrats on having the guts to turn it up a notch. Not bad scores for first attempt. Didn't they recently change first level to sitting trot being optional?
haha, not until next year, or I so would have been waiting for that!
but actually, I saw the video, and while I felt like I was ALL over the place, it really didn't look bad at all, so its going to be a question of being able to sit his big movement comfotably and relaxing my hips and pelvis enough :)
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I think you guys look great! Congrats on your move up, you must be proud of yourself and your gorgeous poneh!
Thank you - it was very stressful for me (not actually the show day, because i get pretty zen, but definitely the weeks before) so to have it turn out ok was a huge relief, and the realization that "omg, we can do it! If we managed to do ok when we really had a month to start solidly working properly, then maybe we really CAN do it"

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Good job!!!!

Who was judging (I'm assuming it was Doreen??). Isn't Dagmar in Fla.?? Who was doing GP??? (I am full of questions, lol)

Last year when I bumped up to second level I was so not ready for it. I didn't actually have my simple changes, counter canter, etc.. 100% until the middle of the season. And the year before when I bumped to first I couldn't sit Ro's trot either :P
Don't worry about it! Progression is a good thing and you weren't in the 40s!! You will improve the more tests you ride and show. You and Rique are going to kick ass this year, again!
I had nightmares that I would be in the 40s Absolute nightmares LOL. But it was good, and yes, Doreen was judging, and it was nice to see that she tried to put remarks on most everything.
I think the biggest thing for me was mentally getting it together-at least you had had Anebel before and had ridden past training level, so knew that you could at least get it somewhat together. I've gone through 6 young horses in 3 years :P and they were all either sold or left, so never got to go past training until Rico.

I don't know if we'll kick ass this year again - there are some pretty **** nice horses that I've never seen before! But we'll give it our best shot :P :P

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Sheri Dumonceaux and Kadans rode the Grand Prix.
Thank you! :)
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Your horse is so pretty! You two look great! :)
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