The last couple months for the Saddlebred unicorn and his hapless rider (me) have been mostly perspiration and finally a smidge of progress.
The good: I got my second 3rd level score towards my bronze. (61.28%, yay!)
The bad: This is my first year showing licensed shows, and I don't have any 1st or 2nd level scores.
Dressage is HARD!
This middle-aged lady (Almost 51) needs to keep working on getting in better shape!~
My horrible show nerves are still horrible, but perhaps ever so slightly less so...
Pictures and video don't lie...and lest anyone think the pics below tell the whole story, I can assure you they don't. 199 pictures and the 1 or 2 below where I don't look like a complete awkward sack of potatoes...good grief my horse is a Saint.
Getting something to work at home and 'think' you are riding pretty decent is light years away from getting it at the show, on cue and on time, etc..and looking at the pictures/videos never lies.
The hill to get this level into the ring for a middle-aged AA, on a non-traditional horse, was steep (for me!). Though I've only dabble in dressage/a smattering of schooling shows for a few years, so I should cut myself a little slack maybe.
I need to take lessons more regularly, they DO help tremendously (its just time and money I lack...spin off from the lesson thread).
BUT we did it.
AND...I have SO many things to work on with my riding...I need to continue to work on basics, fitness (mine), and focus. OY!