Monday, April 11, 2016

Bluebonnet Show - one for the books

I'm just going to dump a bunch of pictures because in a nutshell:

  • Taran is awesome
  • I shouldn't doubt myself
  • Taran is awesome
  • BEST RIBBONS EVER
The reader's digest version of this is:
  • 1-2: 68.125 (1st) (second score at 1st level toward USDF bronze medal)
  • 1-3: 67.353 (1st) (qualifying scores for freestyle, SWDC regional championships, and GAIC championships)
  • 1st level reserve champion (.2% behind a pro)
Seriously, this show had the best ribbons.

We missed out of any media for 1-2, but Taran was super and I rode reasonably well.  I did get vid for 1-3, where Taran was even better and I rode even better, so here you go:

Look, a 10 meter trot circle with bend. 7.5.

Lengthen stride keeps getting better and better. 6.5.

I wish our leg yields were always this good. 7.0 right, 7.5 left.

Look at my horse, my horse can do a stretchy trot circle. 7.0.

My horse can also do a badass square halt on a dime and trot off like a MF pro. 7.5, coefficient of 2.

He can even sort of fake a decent free walk. 6.0, which is a gift from the judge.

He can lengthen canter too... he just can't come back from it without going splat. 7.0.

We uh, can't do a canter/trot transition very well though. Nice pogo-sticking behind. More leg needed. 6.5, but only because it wasn't scored individually.

Did I mention he can halt square? 7.5

And the video, which doesn't make us look quiiiite as good as the stills (because let's be honest, I can cherry-pick the good moments with stills): 



Here's the scoresheet for 1-2:

And for 1-3:

Yeah. It was a great show. :)

61 comments:

  1. AHHHH this is so great! Congrats!

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  2. WAY TO KICK ASS!!! That is awesome! :D

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  3. OMG those ribbons! He looks incredible. I hope you're so proud!

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  4. Um HELLO. Awesome scores, awesome tests, awesome satin!! Your sms pic did not capture the scale of those satin beauties, wow!

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    1. I have a new bar for ribbons. Shows gotta step it up.

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  5. OMG THE RIBBONS ARE AS TALL AS YOU AND YOU ARE TALL! Maybe I just need to give up hunter/jumpers entirely and come show Simon dressagz with you.

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    1. Haha no, they're not that big! But yes you should totally come do dressagz with me. :)

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  6. Those ribbons are AMAZING! Congratulations on an awesome show!

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    1. All horse show satin should be like this.

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  7. 1) You guys look amazing! 2) Congratulations and 3) OMG THOSE RIBBONSSSSSSSS

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    1. This show set a new bar for ribbons.

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  8. OMG! You are my constant inspiration. You did awesome!!

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  9. This is awesome. You two look great, congrats!!

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  10. Way to kick some booooootie!!!!!

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    1. Heh, I'm pretty sure it was my booty that got kicked... riding tests almost back-to-back in deep-ish footing is HARD.

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  11. Awesome x1 million. Love the satin! The picture you sent me did not do them justice!

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  12. Awesome scores. What a great show. I hope it was fun too.

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    1. Oh, I definitely had a great time!

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  13. Yay!!! Congrats!!!! Great ribbons, great pics! I love the last one with you both and all your RIBBONS!

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    1. I am ridiculously excited about the satin.

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  14. Woah, he is gorgeous! Congrats on the awesome show :)

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    1. Thank you, he's really coming along!

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  15. Holy giant ribbons! Only proportionate to how awesome you guys are! Congrats!!

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    1. I KNOW, the ribbons are crazy. However, all shows should have ribbons like this, IMO.

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  16. !!!!!!! Moar bronze scores!!!!!!!!

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  17. The last picture says it all. :D
    Well done!!

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    1. Heh... more like Taran saying "this posing thing is dumb!"

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  18. It looks like he is smiling in that last photo!!

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    1. I'll post the other 500 pics we took trying to get ONE decent one, lol!

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  19. You forgot to mention that you nailed the counter canter. That is hard! Awesome!

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    1. Taran finds the counter-canter really easy for some reason.

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  20. OMFG. Dem ribbons doh.

    1. Red is totally prettier than blue. Though I am biased.
    2. Those scores are ridiculous, kid.
    3. Now you have scores at 1st and a horse that can piaffe... it is time for Grand Prix. I expect updates on your progress post haste. ;)

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    1. 1. Blue looks nicer on a grey horse.
      2. The judge is well-known as one of the more generous judges in the US. Scores may not be representative of actual quality of the ride.
      3. You're funny.

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  21. Congratulations! That's great! You guys are BOTH awesome :)

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    1. And Taran is definitely amazing...

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    2. He's making all this possible :)

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