Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Riding plan for me is walking my plan of attack, so that when I am actually in the ring doing my round, I know exactly what I am going to do.
So, I walk into the ring, I find out where the 1st jump is and I plan my ride from the moment where I Salute the Judge, to the point where I ask for canter and what lead I am going to ask for, and my approach to that 1st fence.
I walk my path to the 1st fence, and the best line I am going to take, to beable to ride that fence smoothly and accurately. Then after the 1st fence, I walk my path to the 2nd, decide what lead I need to be on, when am I going to ask for the change if need be.
If there are combo's, I walk the strides and try to decipher what my game plan is - whether I am going to take the combo in the given strides, or if it would be better to get more or less in accordance to the next fence after. If there is a tight turn to the following fence after the combo, I would probobly ask Nelson to ride 1 extra stride in the combo so that I can have a collected, under me horse, so that we can make that tight turn to attack the following fence.
See what I mean?
Tempest - that's a great method! I like that!
To your other question Velvet....
Before the show even arrives, you should know your Dressage Test already. I start working months ahead to have my test memorized and ridden, so that come comp day, we have it nailed and down pat.
If you stay at 1 level for the season, it's pretty easy. Tests rarely ever change, and if you have to learn Novice Test A for the 1st event, it is safe to say that you'll ride that same test at every event you compete at, in that level.
If you bump up a level or bump down a level, and have you re-learn a new dressage test for that level you just moved to, I learn by reading it outloud first, then drawing it on my thigh, and then imagine I am riding the test in my front room in a pretend riding arena, while calling out the movements at each letter.
For CC, the day before the HT I am already usually at the facility. I board overnight, that way Nelson can get settled in and I can walk the course as many times as I want with no "day of comp" pressures.
The course is printed out on a map that you get in your packet, and you walk the course over and over and over again. I walk my CC course about 5x+.
By the time comp day comes and I am in the start box, I already know my fences in order, and I already know how I am going to ride each inch of that course from start box to finish line.
For Stadium, you cannot walk the course until specified, which is usually after you've ridden CC. The course doesn't even open until the day of. You don't know the order of the fences. So when you already have your dressage done and your CC done, you can just focus on memorizing your stadium course and how you are going to ride it.
Last edited by MIEventer; 08-31-2010 at 10:46 PM.