|Dressage Test: BE106 (2012)||Judge: Mr David Trott||Dressage Mark: 33.8|
|SJ Jumping Penalties: 0||SJ Time Penalties: 0||Total Penalties: 33.8|
Freezing cold and windy today, but at least the morning stayed dry for us!!! Parking was bedlam. I squeezed the trailer on to the end of the line – more or less parked…. but not really in anyone’s way!
The dressage was on the large all weather arena – there were two arenas laid out and ours was the furthest away from the work in area, which wasn’t far to be honest. Finn felt good working in – but she was tense from time to time when a gust of wind took us by surprise. We trotted around the outside of the arena and started our test. I felt that I didn’t really ride boldly enough – and this was reflected in the judge’s comments – he wanted to see a more forward trot, looking at the video I do agree. We had a couple of mistakes: jogging coming out of the free walk and an unexpected canter transition C-H in movement 16. I have also started tipping forward again – which really does spoil the overall picture and makes me less effective! Dressage score was 33.7. Judge’s comments were: “Lots to like – Nice rhythm. Stiffer to the left today. Try to sit up more”.
I put Finn back on the trailer – double rugged – and had the opportunity to watch a couple of rounds of the show jumping before I had to get worked in. There were a few problems and a few rounds with 4 and 8 faults, but no one thing causing major issues.