Road to the Cornhusker Classic Schooling Show
Today I had my "pre-show" lesson on Cinny. He was a perfect angel! My trainer thought I had replaced him with some old "push button" school horse with good stride, rhythm and response. It was really nice because we could really concentrate on my equitation. We even ended 10 minutes early because my trainer said she couldn't find anything else that needed to be fixed and if our rides go this well Friday, there is no reason why we shouldn't get at least 70's.
Cinny also had his bath. I love that he is black because I can wash him a couple days early and really let his natural oils come back and make him shine.
Tomorrow is super light workout, maybe just a walk in the field.. braiding and trailering with another light workout at the expo center. So so excited!!
I'll keep this updated and probably post scores as I get them on Friday so stay tuned.
Thursday morning and I'm already getting a nervous stomach. I don't know why, but I am. I need to shake it off or Cinny is going to be nervous too. Double checked my show trunk for stuff, decided to buy myself some time by using my older show bridle that has been packaged and is clean and ready to go... instead of my other bridle that is dirty. I'll probably give that one a quick sponge and bring it as a "spare." The judges have approved a fundraiser for the whole weekend called "letting it all hang out".... buy a purple forelock ribbon and braids are optional, although it's a schooling show on Friday anyway. Now I'm waiting to find out what time we can access stalls, if I can get to them this afternoon I can go ahead and set up my tack stall and not worry about it. My friend is trailering Cin over when she gets off work so it would be nice to not have to deal with tack at that time if I can help it.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Cinny is the dream horse he was yesterday until Tomorrow night when we go home. Then he can be whatever horse he wants to be :) Will Check in later.
Just let Cinny out to graze with his friend Cera. He decided to roll in the grass... which I think is much better than rolling in the dirt. But he hurt himself, wouldn't you know it... he gashed himself under his right ear :( No stitches or anything needed he just now has a bloddy pink spot showing through his beautiful black.
He's got his lunch, he's had his Uguard and he's now chillin.... He is very mellow today. I think this is a good sign.
Good luck! Crossing fingers that he will be traveling the way he did yesterday for you. Are you going to be getting photos to share???
Training 1 done. I was really nervous. Cinny's halt and salute sucked, stretchy circle wasn't a circle and he picked up a wrong canter lead. Scored 56.6 not bad for first time.
Any update on the show?
Well, I botched the Training 3 test.... That's what I get for not finding a caller. So we didn't do so well on that one... 56.6
Overall.... I don't think we will be going to any more Dressage shows, at least not in this area and definitely NOT if Hardesty is judging. Judges just don't like Cinny. I know some people on here will be mad at me for saying this but it was made clear this weekend that they truly have favorite breeds or people, at least the judge on Friday did. When my horse goes around and performs his tests in a solid, obedient way with balance and rhythm, even if he isn't quite as "on the bit" as he should be but doing EVERYTHING I asked him to do and even stretched down in his stretchy circles and free walk.. and then an Arabian with perfect Arabian head set comes in, bolts out of his halt/salute, throws a tanty in a corner including bucking like a bronc, rearing and thrashing his head side to side and almost dismounting it's rider, then breaks into a canter every 2 or 3 strides that he should be trotting gets 10 points higher than docile, obedient Cinny..... then I can't help but have this opinion. Also scoring higher was a Friesian that bucked every time it was asked to canter and had a rider who was very unstable in the saddle and bounced and popped out of it during his entire ride, and an OTTB that threw 2 tantys during it's test and bucked and kicked at the rails every time it got close to them (it received a 72 btw).
What happened to the days when overall importance were the SAFE horses. It seems it doesn't matter anymore weather the horses are safe rides.... Let them throw tantys, let them buck, let them bolt, let them break from a trot... so long as they are on the bit, round and look oh so pretty while they are doing so..... Nothing matters anymore to judges except the horse being round and pretty.... I thought at training level, most Dressage horses are still developing topline and the ability to be round anyway... but they should have impulsion, balance, and obedience. I didn't know that boltin, bucking, rearing, kicking, and thrashing it's head side to side while rearing were signs of an obedient horse, but I guess it it.
BTW, I had several people that I competed against also say I got jipped because THEY even thought Cinny and I had much better rides than they did, and couldn't believe that they scored higher.
Well i know you both looked great out there and i am proud of both of you. I as well feel the judging was a bit skewed.
Have you ever had someone video your tests Cinny? I have found it the single most useful thing I have done, watching my tests from teh judges point of view makes me realize ho much I let down G Man and where I lose the extra points here and there.
I used to think that there were favourites, I now realize that a lot of the time I suck. Having realized that though I am working twice as hard to improve:wink:
I will be one of the first to say our horse still has along way to go and hes not perfect. I guess the thing that really bugs me is how a horse that bucks going in to the cantor or hits the rail and flips out and has to start the last move over again get 1st or second place? Is it because the horse scores so high at other things, bucking or flipping out dosent hurt their overall score? I just guess a flipping out horse is not as bad as a horse that makes flat circles!
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