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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Down the Centerline

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It was finally time to go down the centerline again! Since the first show in January at LAEC got cancelled we decided to go down to San Diego Horse Park instead, for the CDS Mid Winter Dressage show, and I'm very glad I did. I brought my Grand Prix horse Marron, who has not been out since the beginning of the summer due to a small injury, and I also brought my new horse Ramour out for his very first show.

Ramour is a 7 year old gelding that I bought in the beginning of the year and he has only been in the country for little over a month. I'm very excited about this new horse of mine and I would like to give a special thanks to Cory Walkey who made it all possible! It's a long way to go but it feels like we are of to a great start.

We went down to San Diego on Friday and schooled the horses in the rings. Unfortunately quite a lot of rain came in later that night and also during Saturday morning, so the circumstances were not the best.

However, the sun came out later during the day on Saturday and we were, after all, able to show. Sunday was beautiful all day and the rings were nice thanks to good footing. Marron felt excited to be out showing again but not so excited that he couldn't do his halts. He scored a 72% on Saturday and a 73% on Sunday in the Grand Prix. Even though he was hot I had great ride ability, which is always very important to me.

My new horse was so cool! It was his very first time out at a show and he didn't spook once! He has a lot of energy but also a great head. This turned out to be a very good experience for him. He got a 68% the first day, in a pretty muddy arena, and on Sunday we received a 72% and won the 3rd level test 3.

My student Veronica West and her horse Nobleman were also at the show with me showing her Young Rider tests. They pulled off two really nice rides and were also rewarded; Most Valuable Rider, sponsored by Mary's tack.

I'm always very thankful for all the help and support I get from my team and from my sponsors. It takes a village to make it all run perfect on this level, just the way I want it. Thanks to all the hard work everyone is putting in, the success is there!

I'm now eager to work even harder to make the next show even better, and I'm crossing my fingers the weather will allow me to. Next show will be another national show in Los Angeles at LAEC, first weekend of March followed by a CDI the weekend after. I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully I will see some of you there.

All the best,
Mette

Posted by Mette at 10:08AM


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