Rosie was perfectly calm from the moment she stepped off the trailer to the end.
I'll give ya'll the run down:
Walk/Trot/Canter Dressage Equitation (judged on the rider no matter what horse does) - 1st place (by default I was the only rider). While some competition would have been nice I got a good 5 minutes with the judge at the end with her critique - Canter - I'm stuck not my horse! She gave me some pointers to help will be working on those to see if they make a difference.
Intro A Senior- 72% - 1st Place
Intro B Senior - 72% - 1st Place
Intro C Senior- 67% - 2nd place
Intro C introduces two canter circles - first one was great. Second one... not so much. Rosie decided she was more interested in a cute gelding outside the fence and turned-on the after burners, started calling out to him, no focus on me at all. Blowing through every aid I had. Before asking for the canter I did normal half halt - no response. I did another half halt increasing pressure by 5 pounds - just barely a flicker of an ear to me - so I did a full body halt but with my legs on. That woke her up and when I put my leg back for canter she gave a hop and attitude so I shortened that circle to a 10 meter instead of the 20. When I asked for downward to trot I really had to apply brakes again but she listened.
The rest of the day... well here are some photo's that show what a lovely team we are becoming.
|Gah! Whip Hand Salute|
|20 Meter circle at A|
Looking at these photos I am so emotional - we've come a very long way. At this point Rosie is ahead of me in her training and I need to catch up. That's the way it goes though isn't it.