Well, okay, that's the mailbox that came down when the house painting began in September that's still on the ground because hanging stuff in brick is hard, yo, and those are my porch Christmas decorations because...it's cold. Should probably take care of that...
Anyway, sitting in the mailbox is my entry for a schooling show on February 14! My first Dressage show since January of 2013.
|The only picture I have of that show. Our barn at the very end of the world at one of the biggest competition venues in the area (besides like the KHP)|
- We're past Training level for sure. That I know.
|Just for fun, baby's first Dressage show from June of 2012. "Distracted" and "skywatching" were the judge's comments. Hahaha. Photo by Austen.|
- We can do everything required in First Level (10m trot circles, 15m canter circles, leg yield, lead change through trot) except for trot and canter lengthenings, which my trainer didn't believe my tends-to-be-on-the-forehand pony was ready to school yet. She believes it's asked for too early in the Dressage levels, and it wasn't something we had to focus on as eventers, since BN = training level Dressage, so we just didn't do it.
|This canter was not yet ready for lengthenings (August of 2015). Photo by Connor's breeder.|
- We can do all of the Second Level movements, but probably not well enough or quickly enough to do them in a test yet. (Counter canter, shoulder-in, simple change, collected and medium trot and canter, rein back, travers, half turn on the haunches)
I talked through this with my trainer on Thursday. She said she thinks as of recently he's developed enough to start introducing lengthenings, but we're only going to school them once or twice before the show so as not to create new problems before the show.
Then whatever happens in the test happens, since it's a schooling show and the point is to get feedback on what we need to fix before our rated shows this year, not to necessarily score high. Then, we work on lengthenings for real after the show.
Seems solid to me. We're entered for 1-1 and 1-2 because JenJ said she liked 1-2. That's really the entire reason. I'm looking forward to getting some objective feedback (finally)!