To Scratch, or not to Scratch?

Ok guys, I'm asking for your opinion!  In the end, yes this is a decision I will be making by myself, but we blog for feedback, right?

The only feedback he's interested in is Mrs. Pastures related.
PC: My mom

I'm qualified to ride for two championship classes on Saturday at the IDS (non-rated) championship show: the Imperio trophy, and the first level championships.  Here are the details:

Imperio: I still am a little fuzzy on the Imperio trophy, but I know I qualified for it.  I ride 1-3 and I'm in a class with people from First through Fourth levels.  In fact, I go directly after a Fourth level ride, and after me there's an hour break til the rest of the class goes.  It's my first test at 11:52am.

Trying to steal his neighbor's feed/coffee/whatever was in reach.
PC: My mom

First Level Championships: This is what I have been trying to qualify for since I learned about it in July.  There are around 10 people in my division, and we also ride 1-3 for this.  I'm scheduled to go at 3pm.

I'm considering scratching the Imperio ride for a few reasons.  If it was after my first level championship 1-3 ride, I'd probably do it, but Connor is only going to have one championship quality 1-3 in a day, or even a weekend as I learned at my first rated show.  I have to decide which one is more important to me, and I'm leaning against the one where I get to be compared to fourth level riders.

Totally supposed to be cantering here.  Totally not cantering here because I am out of horse.  This is your brain on too much 1-3.
PC: Pro photographer from the August show

Also, it's supposed to be cold and wet, and I could trailer over the morning of if I didn't show til 3pm.  And not have to ride in my only pair of white breeches when they're wet again for my championship ride.  Let me tell you, pulling on cold, wet breeches between my first and second rides at the last show was not a fun experience.

Not looking forward to showing in the water complex Dressage ring again.
PC: My mom
So, what would you do?


29 comments:

  1. I think i would scratch the first ride. Especially if the weather is bad.

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  2. Given you know Connor will perform his best 1-3 the first time thru and First Level Championships have been your goal this season, I would scratch the Imperio class. I was reading thru the description of the Imperio class - a coefficient is added based on the level of test ridden - higher the level, higher the coefficient. Congrats on qualifying for both!!!

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    1. Oooh yeah, that pretty much kills it for me. Thanks for that info! I seriously wish it was after our championships.

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    2. See, I was going to vote for doing the first class until I saw this part. Fourth level is hard so they'll probably get crappy scores, but if they're getting a score bump for doing a harder test, forget it. Do you first level champ.

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  3. If he only has one great test in him per day, scratch.

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  4. Your thought process is sound, scratch it!

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  5. No advice, but go with your gut!

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  6. I would def scratch the Imperio one in favor of the first level championship.

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  7. I'm thinking about the same thing as everyone else. I'd personally rather only get one placing that is really great and reflects our best efforts than two that are so-so.

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  8. Id definitely scratch the first ride

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  9. Now that you've had this thought, your only option is really to scratch the Imperio test. If you stay in it and your championship test is less than stellar you'll regret it for sure. Good luck!

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  10. SCRATCH IT - but of course it's your call ;)

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  11. I am going to go against the grain and say try to do both. Did other people not read the word TROPHY?! Just kidding :P Do whatever feels best for you and your pony. :)

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  12. I'd scratch the first just for the possibility of having to pull on cold, wet, WHITE breeches!

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    1. Or you could just buy a second pair of breeches. I know it hurts, but think of the trophy!

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  13. I'd scratch the first ride, personally. I know I don't have enough horse for two good tests in a day. Go for the one you've been trying for!

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  14. I would probably ride both. Because I like to do all the things and have no real expectations of doing well at any of those things. But I think you should scratch. You actually have a shot at doing well on the championship so you should just go for gold there.

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  15. Will pony have more energy since it's no longer 90 degrees? If he still has just one good 1-3 in him, then I would prob scratch.

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  16. I think I'd scratch the first. Set yourself up for a more forward ride in the more important test. Good luck!!

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  17. I think you should consider if he's the kind of horse who needs to come in the night before, have a school, then think about his life before the show. If he's a horse that can sit in a stall until 3 and not get grumpy if you do come in the night before. If he's a horse that can show up that morning and perform his best. Let that help you after you decide to scratch the first test.

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  18. Having dealt with a tired pony at a dressage show just this last weekend, I'd definitely scratch the first. The big gap in ride times just adds to things - it's a big ask to have them come out twice in one day and be on form.

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  19. I wouldn't scratch on the logic of following a fourth level test. Four level is notoriously scored low. While they may have the extra points they also have a crappier test to ride.

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  20. If you've only got enough horse for one test, do the First Level Championships! That's what you've been working toward, and you deserve to go out there and rock it!

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  21. I'm in agreement with everyone- scratching seems like the best option

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  22. Flip a coin and if the answer isn't what you wanted ... Then you already know what to do ;)

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  23. It sounds like you already kind of know what you need to end up doing. But good luck whatever you decide!

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