We're Going To A Show!
Chinga and I are going to our first Dressage Comp on the 21st of Febuary, and we will be competing in Unoffical 12 and Under (as I'm not 13 till March!). We will be doing Walk Trot A (Page 3) and Walk Trot C (Page 5)
So anyway, I have a few questions. Anyone remeber how many questions I had for my Sporting Comp? So here goes, and there WILL be more questions to come.
1. Preparing - Riding, How do I prepare him/me for the tests?
2. Remembering - How do you guys remember the tests? Any tips/suggestions please!
3. Warm up - Similar to my question from the Sporting Night, What should I do with him for the Warm Up and what are the warm up ring rules?
4. Horse Appearnce - Grooming/Washing/Braiding what routine should I use the day, week, month before?
5. Square Halt - How important is it, and how can I get it first go (Its only unoffical P.C)
6. Braiding - If any what type to go for?
7. Trot - Sitting or Rising is my choice, what to go for?
8. Tall Boots, or regular boots? I've got a pair of brand new show tall boots (Actually they are wrapped up under the Christmas tree). My normal boots are a bit, paddock conditioned
Well thats it for now!
Maddie, you and Chinga are doing dressage *Hi-5*
Ok, I haven't actually competed dressage, but I do know a lot about it as I groom for my friend who is a dressage rider.
1)Don't ride the test everyday. Heck, don't ride it at all. Just practice the movements. You don't want Chinga to know the test off by heart. You'll get in there, Chinga will know the test and marks will be deducted.
2)Walk trots are pretty easy to remember. I know them that well because I'm always a caller. Try and get a friend to help you remember them. If you're feeling nervous on the day, get a caller. That way if you forget in the middle of the test, they call out the next movement :)
3) Warm up is fairly simple. Nothing too fancy in the warm up ring, because you're only doing a walk trot. Don't start practicing the test in the warm up ring either. Rules are fairly simple, just respect people's space, and if there is a certain area where a lot of horses are cantering, try and keep Chinga away from there.
4)Grooming is fairly simple. You want him clean. This means no dirty socks, a clean muzzle and nice flowing tail. The judge can only see you in the arena, so you want him to make a good impression. And you should be clean too. That means no stains on your joddies, a nice clean bridle and saddle too.
5)Square halts are pretty important. But I've seen good riders stuff up a square halt but ace the rest of the test. Renember, you're judged on each individual movement, so you still have a chance to get a good score even if you don't do so well in it.
6)Seriously, buttons braids. They are professional looking and easy to do.
7)If it says you can do whatever, choose whatever you are comfortable doing. You don't want to do a sitting trot if you look horrible.
8)I prefer tall boots in the dressage ring because they look better, but I thought at P.C you weren't allowed to wear tall boots til you were 21?
Thanks Gigi, the tests have evil 20 metre circles! If I'm not allowed to wear my tall boots I'll scream!
Are you under 18? Generally you are NOT permitted to wear tall boots at a competion until you are 18 in Australia.
oops sorry I didn't read gidjis post. I'm not sure baout the age for pony club with tall boots, but i know in EA competitions it is 18. PC might be older. Plus new tall boots are HELL to ride in, trust me you wont want to be riding in them let alone competing in them until you've walked around for at least a week wearing them haha! I spent the best part of a week in my new tall boots before I started riding in them, and another 3 weeks of riding before I stopped getting blisters! They RUB! I think you're better off to polish up your jod boots and invest in a pair of jod clips for this one, you can get away with it at pony club, particuarly when you're just starting out.
Oh for warming up, walk trots are pretty easy tests as said above. They are very basic. I would warm up with lots of trot-canter-trot transations, pretend you're warming up for a prelim. When I compete I always warm up for the level above me, that way you'll get the horse nice and soft and responsive ;)
Because it's just a walk trot, the judges will be looking for a very accurately ridden test and a nice soft horse. Make sure you ride to each marker with transitions in the right places. Also try to maintain a nice steady rhythem throughout the test and keep your horse as relaxed as possible
to remember my tests i always practice them without a horse! i do this so that i can practice them again and again and again without my horse remembering them (you could lose marks for your horse knowing a test) in canada your not really allowed not to wear tall boots, everyone has to wear them in official compotitions.
have fun!!!!! and remember not to get nervous!
I haven't really done 'dressage' competitions. . have done a lot of dressage work (bending, circles, turning on the forehand, collected/extended gaits. .) though. I have done some dressage tests with some friends who were training for a dressage comp. I have a good friend who likes to draw her tests out on paper before a show. :) for the sitting vs. rising? whichever one you are more comfortable with. personally, my horse has a beautiful trot and I would choose sitting. -shrug- that's basically all i can help with. . good luck!! :D
Yep if you are good at sit trotting (you have an independant seat i.e. can use your hands without them being afftected by the sitting motion, and can put your leg on and take it off when you chose to rather) then I would prefer sit trot as you have a better feel and more influence over the horse. However if your sit trot isn't great I'd rise or you'll end up with the horse mega stiff and above the bit when you jab it in the mouth and jam your knees into it to stay in the saddle!
Keepign in mind he's going to be stiffer out at a comp if he hasn't done many, than what he is at home which will make his trot harder to sit. So if you can only JUST get a reasonably sit trot at home, you're probably better to ride.
At walk/trot level it doesn't really make a huge amount of different though.
Have a wonderful time. Practice practice practice. And RELAX while you ride. I tell my students to try to make the test as slow as you can. It keeps them from rushing through it, driving their horse into a nervous frenzy!! LOL!.
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