In preparation for the winter, I decided to give myself and the horses a break from jumping and focus on flatwork. Since we're not making a bid for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, I thought it best to give myself and the horses a little break from jumping.
After having such a great dressage test at the October Event at Woodside I decided to focus my attention with Fiora towards the dressage world. She's very comfortable to sit at both the trot and canter (and pretty to look at too!) so I thought why not, let's give it a go!
The weather was in our favor and we had a couple of beautiful weeks to prepare. The weather on the day of the show could not have been better. Yarra Yarra Ranch hosted a very nice and small affair that was very inviting. Fiora settled quite well into the quiet environment and was a good sport through both of our tests.
Our First Level Test 1 was somewhat underpowered. She hadn't been in the covered arena and I was going for a quiet and uneventful test. The judge gave great feedback and a fair score at 63.3%.
After reading the First Level Test 1 report card, I made sure to increase her impulsion for the Second Level Test 1. The increase in impulsion made for much better gaits but slightly worse transitions. Again the judge gave great feedback and a score of 63.4%.
All in all, it was a great experience for the both of us. We're looking forward to finding time in our calendar to pursue a bit of a career in the dressage court in addition to her already long list of activities.