This past weekend I went to my first dressage show ever on my 3 year old w/ 100 rides.
I was so embarrassed to walk out with a 53.5%
and the highest score was 58.75. My highest score would have been an even 6% except I forgot the pattern and got 2 points knocked off.
I did 5 tests total. I forgot the pattern on 3 tests even though I tried to remember, I should have had a caller I guess. I was so nervous I was borderline having an anxiety attack.
I also didn't realize that you were supposed to go deep into corners, I pretty much looped around each and every one of them (paying more attention to the letters themselves) and almost every single circle was an egg, not O.
So yeah, I was/am embarrassed. I just.. didn't know.. I wanted to try something new. I have never had a dressage lesson. I thought the transitions at the letters were the only thing to really watch. Ugh.
Anyone have any dressage tests go wrong they can share to encourage me it does get better? Lol. I will say I learned a LOT. I shouldn't have tried it without at least getting 4-5 lessons first, but I watched several dressage videos before actually doing my test.
On a (barely) positive note, we did get a 5th out of 6 on one class... so at least we got a pretty ribbon. My horse got good marks on gait and impulsion (7) and a 6 on submission, which for a 3 year old I thought wasn't too horrendous. The worst she did behavior wise was raise her head and whinny during the first test.