|I appeared on the front cover of the Rule Book three times in 2018 - see if you can spot me!|
This year I had entered a few different classes - this post is about the Musical Ride and dressage...
This was a new venture for my group. Five of us had teamed up in one ride to do our own version of 'Trooping the Colour' (non-Brits, click here). I rode Rolo side-saddle as the Queen (!) and my four friends were my loyal army. It has to be said that it was not as much fun as we had thought it might be. It turned out to be very stressful and difficult to organise everyone being in the right place on the right day, with all our horses in working order, with the costumes, someone to film the ride, the music sorted and playable, a finalised pattern for us to ride, and whatever other stars needed to align in order for the filming to happen.
|Apologies for the terrible quality of this still from the video!|
Dressage at the regionals went better than I thought it would, given severely limited practice. I did my canter test on Rolo and the judge summed it up nicely at the end by saying kindly, 'Another pony who likes to canter!' I'm not sure what gave him that impression but it might have been the moment when we were meant to be in walk but were still cantering, right under the judge's nose, and I was trying to make my frenzied 'WOAH!' as discreet as possible. It was a very hot day and I got very warm during that test!
|It was a beautiful day. No filter!|
|Trying to keep Boysie's brain busy without overheating the rest of him.|
|The first centre line with Boysie at Hartpury 2018.|