Wednesday, June 11, 2008

St. Croix Dressage Classic 6/7-8/2008

Owner Ellen Hoffman proud of her 5 year Old Oldenburg gelding- "He sure has been Worth the Wait!"-Ellen Hoffman

Friday evening was on and off rain storms. Owner, Ellen Hoffman and I finally found a break in the weather, waited for traffic and loaded Worthy up into the the trailer and headed to the Washington County show grounds for the St. Croix Dressage Classic.

Ellen braided his mane Friday evening so we would be ready for our classes on Saturday. The weather turned out great, we got Worthy ready and I got on him to warm up for my first class, First Level Test 1. He felt great, he doesn't need much of a warm up so we headed to the ring to perform our test. He felt really good, rhythmic and moving forward. We entered the ring, halted/saluted at X and continued on to put in a great test earning a 64% to win first place! We decided we wanted to keep that trend up so I focused on keeping him calm and made sure to ride him the same in the two tests following on Saturday.

Our next test was Training 3, also earning a 64% and winning first place again. Following Training 3 was Training 4, our Region 4 Championship qualifying test, we earned a 64% again taking first place. What a great first day, nothing but blue and Ellen was thrilled. It is such a great feeling when you can go out there and get rewarded for the work I have done at home.

Sunday we started with First Level test 2 earning a 65% to take the blue again. Next was Training 3 followed by Training 4. Worthy was starting to get a little tired, but nothing could keep him from trucking along. We earned another 65% in the Training 3, winning 1st and received our best score of the weekend a, 67% to win our 6th class. I was very thrilled with him and Ellen was very happy!

We are now preparing for our next dressage show, July 5th-6th, Parkside Dressage at Alpine Farms in Minnesota. Our goal is to qualify for the Region 4 Championships in Mason City, Iowa.

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