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post #1 of 3 Old 06-14-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Getting the most as dressage show spectator

Alright, a friend and I am going to a USDF dressage show this weekend to watch. I am trying to train my eye. Our trainer suggested to go and watch and see what other riders do and how good rides look as opposed to not so good. Her daughter, a rider I really admire, spent a lot of time when she was in Florida just watching shows. In fact, she can usually guess a rider's score with in a point or two.

As I am competing at training level this year I figured I would watch the training level rides and maybe some firsts and seconds. Much higher then that I don't know the finer points of the movements, so unless they mess up on something really obvious it all looks good to me.

So my question to all you dressage riders out there. How do I get the most out of this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-15-2011, 09:33 PM
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Good question. I guess maybe try to put yourself into the mindset of the judge. Watch the rides with the test in your hands. Evaluate each movement and see where each movement meets or falls short of the description on the test. Think about the training scale and see if each rider has relaxation, rhythm, etc. If a horse is moving poorly, see if you can see where the rider is coming up short. Just try to find cause and effect I guess is where I'm going with this. If you watch enough riders do the same test, you'll start to be able to pick out things.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-15-2011, 10:23 PM
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Watch the riders in one class and try to choose first, second, and third place. Then check the results and see how close you were to the actual judging. When I watch dressage, I like to test myself that way.

I find it fun to watch the FEI levels just because it gives me something to aspire to. ;)

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