We’re home from the Calgary show. It was a weekend of mega highs and mega lows. I am very glad to be home after this one!!!!
Thank you to FEI Steward Linda Millar. I took up a lot of her time asking question after question. She was so kind as to patiently walk me through her very thoughtful answers. It is a great asset to our sport in Alberta to have such a knowledgable official at our shows. Thank you Linda, you are awesome!!!
After Thursday and Friday, that because of technical difficulties, Lance was left confused and unhappy in his work. It resulted in a disastrous first Grand Prix test on Friday. The disaster in the test was no surprise; the problems in the warm up ring told us it was going to be a tough one. The surprise was the mark…a 60% from Gabrial Armando, FEI 4*, ARG. I really don’t know what he was looking at…that test was barely acceptable, barely a 50%.
The mark was so unimportant. What was important was that we work out the equipment problems we were having and get the job done…get Lance back happy and confident and doing his job in the ring.
So with some more information from Linda Millar I made some decisions about Saturday’s ride. With this plan, we were now ready for the day. I wasn’t convinced Lance was going to easily come back to his normal confidence so Lindsey and I discussed the ride. We went over the approach to the half halt she would apply in the warmup ring. If everything worked out as I hoped it would, we would have back our happy, confident Lance. It worked and we were back at it!!!
A great Grand Prix test!!!!!! Oh yeah…we did it Barefoot!!!
This test was a 65% from Mercedes Campdera, FEI 4*, MEX, and guess what…a 60% from Gabrial Armando, FEI 4*, ARG…I repeat my thoughts from Friday’s ride…”I really don’t know what he was looking at!!!!”. Welcome to the subjective world of dressage… 🙂
Was it totally where we want it?…no. Was it a great start?…hell ya!!!!
We don’t have him powered up yet. We needed to get the half halt headed in the right direction at a low power setting in the ring. When we power him up the passage and piaffe will then get more confident and confirmed. The pirouettes will then get tighter and faster. To power up Lance takes a very little ask (he wants to work at full power all the time but it’s not always going in the right direction 🙂 ) but to power him up and have it going in the way we want it to go, takes skill, finesse and a lot of time to explain it to him (I love him a lot but he is really not a “fast” thinker!! 🙂 ).
On our road to WEG (World Equestrian Games in France) August 2014, this is June 2013. We are on track and heading in the right direction.
And Shannon Peters is here in a couple of months!!!!!! We’ll have Lance (and Fred and William) very ready for Shannon’s input and polish.
Off to turn out a very tired Grand Prix horse to his very green paddock for a very well deserved day off!!!
(I love my job….. 🙂 )