Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Videos from the dressage show

After seeing the videos of both tests, I am sticking with my original assessment that the first test (Training Level 2) was nicer than the second (Training Level 3). Of course, I'm not a judge, and she can only judge what she sees, but I felt like the first test just flowed better and was a bit crisper overall.

Training Level Test 2 - 62.5%

Training Level Test 3 - 65.4%

What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. After getting to see both videos (1st wouldn't play when I tried before) I agree with you. The first ride seemed more correct and he seemed much more 'up' than in the second one. However, Don't look a gift judge in the mouth. LOL

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    1. Definitely not looking a gift judge in the mouth, lol!

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  2. I thought that the first one looked a little better. Either way, looking you guys are looking very nice out there!

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! It's not our best work for sure, and we have a lot to work on, but we're making progress.

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  3. Hi, i have been following your blog, but never commented. I like your blog because it's way more positive than most others. I also ride dressage, about 4th level. In terms of your tests, I would have to agree with the judge. I think Paddy's rhythm is way better in the second test than the first one. Sure, he's rushing a bit in canter, but he'll get better when he builds up strength (and I'd also suggest keeping your lower leg on more and slowing him with your seat/thighs). I think you're doing a great job with him and you have a nice and correct seat :)

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    1. Anon, welcome, and thanks for the comments! Interesting about better rhythm... I see what you mean when I watch both of them. I guess the canter feels so much worse than it looks - it literally feels like he's running off with me and I have no brakes or steering. And as you pointed out, when he's unbalanced and rushy I tend to take my lower leg off and brace, instead of actually using my leg to ask for more "sit" from behind and balance. I know that if I'm more correct, he'll be more correct. Thank you so much for the pointers! Very helpful and much appreciated. :)

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  4. i don't have much aptitude at judging dressage (zero, actually), but both tests looked lovely to me! nice work :)

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  5. I think there needs to be collective mark for adorableness.

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    1. I will take points any way we can get them. No shame here! ;)

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  6. You have to also consider where the judges marks are, some marks worth x2 might have been better in the 2nd etc

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    1. Good point! I'll check the coefficients.

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  7. I liked his trot work better in the second test. The tempo was slower and more regular. The shallow loops to X seemed to really help him balance and relax. The stretchy circle was also very good, because he stayed slow and reached forward with his whole back and nose. The freewalk was also good and I imagine those might have been double coefficients.

    The canter was fast, but he looked better balanced when he made the transition after turning toward X. Great work with him!

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    1. Thanks for your insight on the trot, Val, that was helpful! And yeah, the canter needs so much work.

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