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post #21 of 38 Old 05-04-2010, 04:00 PM
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YAY KIM! YAY NELSON!! You guys look fantabulous as always. You are SO ready to attack Novice.

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post #22 of 38 Old 05-04-2010, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know much about you're story but I really enjoyed watching these clips, well done to you both, especially in some pretty adverse conditions (**** weather hey?).

Good save at jump 3 of the SJ round, certainly not reminiscent of someone who is nervous about stadium jumping (which I gather from your post?).
Thank you! And yes, you are correct - I had this major fear of Stadium Jumping, but a huge thanks to my Coach who got me over it by helping me to find my position again, and to retrain my mind (subconsious) that there is nothing to be scared of.

I spent quite some time reading "Positive Affermation" cards over and over and over again, and facing my fears by just doing it.

When I woke up that morning *6:00am* I wasn't nervous. Getting ready for Dressage, nothing bothered me. I remember thinking "Well, the nerves will come when Stadium rears its ugly head"...and I brushed it off to focus on the first two phases.

When CC Came, I was psyched to ride and when it was done, I knew Stadium was approaching quickly.

Even while I was dressing and tacking up to prepare, I felt...nothing. Standing next to the ring, awaiting our number ot be called....nothing. Riding into the ring...still nothing.

I rode and it was done before I knew it - and my Coach said to me "She's baaaccckkk" and it felt FABULOUS!

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YAY KIM! YAY NELSON!! You guys look fantabulous as always. You are SO ready to attack Novice.
Thanks Drew! We have alot of work to do to attack Novice.....our next comp will be full of very tough competition.......lets hope it doesn't pour rain that day - lol.

Now that I got over that illusive Trak fence, I know we can defeat the CC phase FO SHO!! I just need to remember to start my watch...lol.


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Ok, soooooooo I really need to pick up our game in the dressage phase.

For this event, we got a 37.5, which would of been better if we didn't break our canter and if our upward transition in the 2nd canter wasn't so ubrupt and if I didn't let the reins slide through my fingers on the 2nd canter phase.

Nelson and I worked on our Novice Dressage Test A yesterday, and I need advice on how to improve our dressage ride, so that we can be "that much better" for the next event in June.

We placed 5th after our dressage in the video's posted on page #1, out of 11 riders....but it it weren't for the riders ahead of me being Eliminated in CC and in Stadium, we wouldn't of bumped up to 2nd overall.

I'm not worried about our CC, nor am I worried about our Stadium - but I know we need to get our act together for dressage if we want to be competative at the next HT.

I'm hoping that the weather holds up nicely for the next event, riding dressage in the rain wasn't fun.

Any advice?

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Hi Kim

Well done you and well done nelson on your first outing.

As someone else told me - DON'T put yourself down - it's easy to say that if other riders hadn't been eliminated in the cc and stadium phases you wouldn't have come second , but the basic fact is that the weekend is about all three events - you completed them and they didn't so you fully deserve second place.

As for advice on the dressage - you know yourself when you get it right and what you need to improve on.

I know a PSG rider, and she doesn't just ride PSG she has trained her own horse from unbacked to PSG level in 4 years. She has a training method in which she will take her horse in to the school for training . She will have a specific test or movement in mind and when Colorado gets it right she stops there and then , I have known her to be in the school for very short periods of time. One time she went in the school , warmed up , and performed a canter pirouette perfectly and then left the school . She hates it when people perform movements over and over saying the horse doesn't get any reward or understanding of when it's correct ( I have also seen her spend an hour trying to gel Collie to do a decent medium walk, he was behaving like an ass and she wouldn't stop until he got it right - she said that it was nothing new to him and he needed to learn that he couldn't do as he liked and be rewarded for it - but as soon as he behaved and performed the movement she again stopped )

She would tell you, if you need to work on canter transitions - take Nelson into the school, warm him up , have a specific point ( presumably within the test you are practicing ) , perform the movement and if Nelson gets it correct leave it there. Don't make him ring bored/tired.

Good luck with your next outing and keep us informed.

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YAY! I am SO happy for you - you got over your fear of stadium jumping!

I gotta say...when I was riding Leo...I did think of you, and I thought if you could get over your fear of that, then I could certainly get over my fear of a measly pony.

Congrats!!

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Well done you and well done nelson on your first outing.

As someone else told me - DON'T put yourself down - it's easy to say that if other riders hadn't been eliminated in the cc and stadium phases you wouldn't have come second , but the basic fact is that the weekend is about all three events - you completed them and they didn't so you fully deserve second place.
Thank you so much Nutty! *HUGS* I am blessed to beable to call you a Friend :) You are right, funny thing is a friend on FB who is an avid Eventer said the same thing to me yesterday as well. And you both have made me feel better!

She told me that she has people in her area asking about me - so she had to chuckle at me yesterday.

I am not stressing about our Dressage anymore, as I was the last few days, and I know Nelson and I are a great team and we are tough competators and scoring in the 30's is VERY good and nothing to be ashamed of.

Thanks for your tips, I appreciate it, and I will take it to heart :) You shone some light on a dim subject, and I know what to do now!

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YAY! I am SO happy for you - you got over your fear of stadium jumping!

I gotta say...when I was riding Leo...I did think of you, and I thought if you could get over your fear of that, then I could certainly get over my fear of a measly pony.

Congrats!!
Thanks Junior!!

I am glad I was able to help you out! That's the whole reason why I started that thread "Stop In The Name Of Sexy" was I wanted to beable to reach out to people with fears, to let them know they are not alone and that if I can beat it, then so can others.

I am super proud of you and your accomplishments with your GORGEOUS Poneh!!! I look forward to seeing more of the two of you :) Maybe you guys should take up Eventing *nudge nudge*

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Thanks Junior!!

I am glad I was able to help you out! That's the whole reason why I started that thread "Stop In The Name Of Sexy" was I wanted to beable to reach out to people with fears, to let them know they are not alone and that if I can beat it, then so can others.

I am super proud of you and your accomplishments with your GORGEOUS Poneh!!! I look forward to seeing more of the two of you :) Maybe you guys should take up Eventing *nudge nudge*
Hands down, that was the best title ever. And it did help me!

^-^ I always thought he'd make a nifty little eventer, baha.

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lol, the title was my Catch Phrase for when I would get negative about jumping.

hahahaa.

That is what I had to shout out, and then proceed to state what is positive about it.

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Well done! It is great to see you fighting your fear of stadium jumping. good job!

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