After feeing disappointed in our performance in 2017 (when looking back, for reasons I am not 100% sure of), 2018 got off to a slow start with kidney stone problems for me in January and then Snow in January and February. I manager to put in an Elementary test to Dressage Anywhere and scored 63.75% (with marks ranging form 4 to 7.5) so not the best score but ok to kick of the new year but feels like a good baseline score to build on. Hopefully there is going to be lots of exciting things going on in 2018 but so far its been a slow start.
This year is rushing by at a fast rate. And things are mostly good - I say mostly because although we are getting a few wins, I feel we could be doing better. In my PSG Challenge I seem to have not seen the rise in my Elementary scores i was hoping for. This has lead to a new strategy... Start working on Medium then the Elementary tests might seem easier! My first try at medium scored just over 60% which felt like a good starting point. I would love to get my three scores of 65% in Elementary but there is another short term project in the shape of MyQuest which is also taking my time...
Our MyQuest competitions have given us a few wins along the way, and in the Novice class I am now in the top 20 (only riders in the top 20 get to go to the regional finals) which is great and I hope to just improve a little on our position by the end of August. The Prelim tests have been a little more challenging for us. We are currently in 23rd position and need to get more points in our last two qualifiers to be in the top 20 by the end of August. It would be really useful to manage this because Tommy is often more settled in his 2nd test which means at the regional we would have a greater chance of qualifying for the nationals at Novice.
Regardless of our final position in the MyQuest competition I have a feeling these will be the last times we will compete at Prelim level. I am looking forwards to doing some Elementary competitions but I may have to Affiliate with BD because very few unaff competitions offer classes above Novice level.
After waiting so long for our first win, Tommy and I followed it up with another win at our next competition. For the first time we tried doing two Novice classes at one competition. We scored 68% in both classes and was placed 2nd in N24 and we won N28. We have a short break before our next My Quest outing on the 10th.
After not totally being able to fit everything in life, I managed to get a free weekend and put in two entries, in Novice and Elementary, to Dressage Anywhere. I will have to wait until the end of the month to see where we end up, but I feel we have put in two strong midfield scores - 68% in the Novice and 64% in the Elementary.
It has to be said that we have not been hitting our 65% target in the Elementary classes and we are not far off trying it for a year. There has been lots to work on and I hope we will soon be getting out PSG Challenge 65% scores soon.
Tommy managed to get his first ever dressage wins at the weekend. We won both the Prelim and Novice classes giving us a few more My Quest points. Still out side of the the top 20 needed for qualification but improved our position.
We started taking our Dressage training seriously in August 2015 and it has taken many shows of being placed 2nd and 3rd before we got that first win. Feels good to get the first win out of the way!
The company I work for moved offices in March, so the first quater of the year was kind of lost in this. I kept up with the lessons but competitions took a sideline. But we are back on it now. I have decided to do the BD My Quest series as well as continuing with my PSG Challenge.
We went to Aldham Mill on the 23rd April for our first try and did a Prelim and Novice test. Tommy was on good form and we got our first Quest Points. This puts us 44th in the Prelim League and 35th in the Novice League.
To qualify for the regional finals we have to be top 20 so we will be back to Aldham Mill at the weekend hoping for a few more points. We have to do five qualifiers minimum to be in with a chance of a good placing and to get to the regional finals in September.
We took Tommy to Brakenhurst for the Bede Winter Dressage qualifier and came 7th out of 32 and qualified in the Prelim class but sadly we were last in the Novice and faild to qulify. We will be able to try again on 8th February so fingers crossed for nice weather!
And so 2016 ends. I have mixed feelings about my progress. We have come along way in 2016 but I have as yet failed to get my three scores over 65% in elementay. But I have ended the year 4th in the Dressage Anywhere Rider League and our yard team, Lateral Thinking, won the Dressage Anywhere Team Challenge.
November is a busy month for us on Dressage Anywhere with us entering a total of 4 classes; 2 championship classes and two regular ones. The weather isn't helping and we filmed E49 before work today in the snow!
Tommy and I did our first Elementary test at a competition. We scored 53% and we were place 5th. It feels good to get our first elementary test survived without incedent!