Sunday, May 6, 2012

Penrose Show

Faith competed yesterday in her first Dressage and Combined Training show. It was hosted by CDCTS the local group dressage club that we belong to at Penrose Farms. It is a beautiful facility...definitely drool worthy. Despite the stormy weather we woke up to, it cleared out and ended up being a beautiful day for the show. Faith had entered Green as Grass Combined Training which was Intro Test A and 18" fences. She also entered Intro Test C. She really enjoyed the Dressage and is going to focus on doing more of that with Chip throughout the year. We had a fall in jumping, and while she still plans on jumping and it didn't freak her out, she knows Chip struggles with it and for the Dressage and CT shows she is just going to do the Dressage part. She will keep jumping Chip at the Hunter shows where he seems to be more comfortable over fences. I am also continuing to work Johnny and while due to a knee injury I am unable to do any fence work with him, I am confident he is going to be a stellar mount for her next year. Somehow she still got 3rd out of 4 in the Combined Training, she was in 1st after the dressage portion with a 34.6

Here is Faith's Intro Test C. Faith took 2nd with a score of 65.5%. We definitely saw things to work on and the judge gave us some great comments, but considering it's her first time doing this we were thrilled. She was the youngest competitor there all day and in this class the next youngest was 16 or 17. She got a little lost in the full size arena. Her Intro A test was in this arena but made smaller. She actually gets a little off course and then catches herself. The judge allowed her to re-do the movement so she could score it correctly, but it gave her an error on the test and a 2 point deduction. Come to find out if she hadn't had the 2 point deduction she would have come in 1st! I couldn't have been happier! I am so proud of her and all the hard work she has put in. 

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