Those 4th Level Show Moves
|Horse showing is serious business. You gotta focus.|
Well, our blogger and friend group spent a bit more time watching polo and chatting the night before than I had hoped. The early wake up call for my 8am ride time was not fun.
|This, however, was quite fun.|
|Perhaps Pig's mouth held the key to learning the test?|
|Thank god Emma was there to keep Pig occupied with selfies.|
We ended up doing the world's least intensive warm up. With the way Pig has been feeling stiff all season, I didn't want to keep him in collection too much. However, I did want to make sure he was on my aids enough for the test. I knew I needed to touch the half pass and flying changes, so I strategized.
|This photo and all other lovely ones in this post by Liz.|
I was purposefully not asking for much collection. This show was very much a blow off show for me. Schooling shows just don't count for us, and I wanted to just go out there and have fun without pressure on either of us.
Before going back in I picked up the canter again and asked for a line of changes across the diagonal. They were messy, but we got them all. We were ready for action, and headed to the ring.
|All smiles and fat butts on the way around.|
|There is, like, no room to make that turn up centerline.|
|I'd say that's pretty straight, if wide in front.|
|Note the loose reins. It was a strategy for the day, to keep me from over-collecting.|
|C: Track left / HXF: Change rein, medium trot / Over X: 6-7 steps collected trot / F: Collected trot|
"Minimal change of frame"
|K-X: Half pass right|
"Fairly good crossing on uneven step" (? What does this even mean?)
|X-G: Shoulder-in right / C: Track right|
"Needs to sit more and carry"
|MXK: Change rein, extended trot / K: Collected trot|
"Needs longer not quicker"
(Transitions M & K)
"Needs more definition at M&K"
|F-X: Half pass left|
"Could sit more"
|X-G: Shoulder-in left / C: Track right|
"Losing haunches at G"
|H: Collected walk / S-R: Half circle 20m in extended walk / R: Collected walk|
"Needs more stretch out and down for longer step"
We moved into the turn on the haunches, which I felt we surprisingly nailed in our first go...
|M: Turn left / Between G & H: Half pirouette left, proceed collected walk|
|Between G & M: Half pirouette right, proceed collected walk|
|G: Collected canter left lead / H: Turn left|
No comment. Cool.
|S-K: Medium canter / K: Collected canter|
|A: Down centerline / D-E: Half pass left|
"Could have more bend"
|E-H: Counter canter / H: Flying change of lead|
|AND WE GO!|
|M-F: Extended canter / F: Collected canter|
"Needs more definition"
|A: Down centerline / D-B: Half pass right|
8.0 (HOLY CRAP)
"Lovely half pass"
|B-M: Counter canter / M: Flying change of lead|
|C: Circle left 20m, 5-6 strides of very collected canter between quarterlines|
"Needs more self carriage"
Of course, we couldn't keep that kind of luck going. Thus we embarked on the world's wonkiest centerline and most scattered (but sitting!) halt in history. Somehow this scored better than our first centerline. I'm going to guess the judge had a bee fly into her eye.
|A: Down centerline / X: Halt, salute|
Straight and square, slight resistance.
|It really doesn't get much squarer than than for us. I'm especially proud his right hind is tucked up further under him. Typically he leaves that one out behind.|
Here's the whole test for your viewing pleasure:
|The best boy.|
|Click to see collective scores and remarks in detail.|
Of course, the photo session we did afterwards was maybe the best part of the day...
|Teaser! More coming soon...|