I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm signed up for a 4-H fundraiser schooling show that's also a sanctioned Indiana Dressage Society show this Saturday.
|Totally going to miss my crew of Karen and Liz!|
I'm already signed up for 1-1 and 1-2 both days of the rated show in August (I should probably start referring to it by its name for blog purposes: Indy Dressage Festival I & II) (did not think we were ready for 1-3 rated yet, from a cardio perspective).
But after I sent that in I realized that if I rode 1-3 one more time before August 31, I qualified for...something. To ride for a trophy at the IDS championships, I think. So I figured, I'll go do one test at this schooling show August 27. Except then work decided to send me to Vegas that week. So I late-entered for this tiny show at a place we've never been before for this coming weekend.
On the one hand, I can't believe I'm technically points chasing. On the other hand, I'm already showing like crazy over the next eight weeks, what's one more? I'm showing a lot for two reasons: first, because time is ticking on both summer and our show season.
And second, because I'd really like to be done with First Level in 2016 and come out showing Second Level at the first schooling shows of the year in 2017. We already have all the individual movements, just need to put them together over the winter and amp up the intensity. So, it's not a bad thing to get another chance to practice before our first rated show two weeks later.
|...he's pretty sure those ribbons are out to get him|