As Karen put it, we "cleaned up" this weekend at the Windy Knoll Summer Dressage I and II show.
Best of all, I earned my initial second level qualifying score, putting us halfway to our USDF bronze medal. Delphi and I were on the USDF Adult Amateur Team "Stranger's Danger" and won first place for the team gold medal. Delphi earned two firsts under Karen and me respectively, which earned us the blue ribbons and two lovely crystal wine glasses.
Karen's ride-- which was awesome-- earned her the Reserve Champion for Second Level Open and a gift certificate to Charlotte's Saddlery! All in all, a fun weekend!
Some score sheet highlights:
In my second level test three:
- medium trot = "expressive" 7
- both shoulder ins = "good bend, needs activity" 7 and "angle varies a bit" 7
- up trans to collected canter from shortened stride in walk = "prompt" 7
- simple change (canter-walk-canter) = "smooth, could stay better connected" 7
- 10 meter canter circle, then simple change = "smooth but needs to improve connection" 7 and 7 respectively
- GAITS (freedom and regularity) = 7
- halt, rein back = 8
- rider's position and seat = 7
From Creeky Routson: "Attractive horse." [At least they didn't say "Nice tail!"] "Improved suppleness in connection will help consistency."
Maryal Barnett said of Delphi "Seems like a very honest horse." [HA! Delphi's got her snowed.] "Work on getting a more through topline."
Update: click for Delphi's results on the ATA page.