Sunday, April 26, 2009
The wind was a constant pest on Saturday but we were happy to have no rain to spoil the show at Patty's in Inola. Roberta Clark was the judge on Saturday at the Rocking C Stables ODS/GCC schooling show. Splash and I rode in our second show of the season, Intro B and Training 2. We scored an 8 for our final halt, Splash was more than happy to make his favorite transition into STOP and he was straight. We received 7s on both rein changes across the diagonal and Splash was moving out fairly well.
Roberta says that when we get more consistent in our connection, our scores will improve but I was very happy with a 65.5. Training 2 was much better than our first show’s go because Splash was much less resistant and picked up both canters when asked and even took his bad lead to the right correctly, if unbalanced. Our only 7s came at the walk/trot transition at C (woo hoo) and in the left circle at B. Roberta says we need more NRG…. And canter departs need uphill jump. More work required.
Alaina and Diez had very nice rides placing 4th and 2nd, their best rides by far since she used her corners, kept Diez moving and only dropped gait once for a bio-break for Diez. They scored 56 in Intro B, and received 7s on both halts at X; Roberta says that they need much more NRG in the free walk and to develop more connection. In Training 2, A & D got 7s in both halts as well as the right lead canter and canter/trot between B and F for a score of 53.929. Roberta recommends more elastic contact and rounder circles.
Ivy placed 3rd and 1st in her tests and received a 61.5 in Intro B after jumping on TC two minutes before her ride time because she was busy playing with a dog rather than warming up her horse. So, Marilyn, Jean, Jill, Patty, Carol, and every one else who helped find, dress and get Ivy into the ring on time can claim a favor from her at the next show – thanks guys. Ivy and TC received 7s in both halts and both rein changes and the trot/walk transition but needs NRG in the free walk. For Training 2, I & TC scored 7s for the final halt and the walk/trot transition. TC bucked into the first canter depart, his bad lead, but Ivy rode through it and continued her test and scored 55.714. Of course, TC needs more NRG.
Shannean and Ruthie had good rides on Pico. Both girls are really learning to push Pico into the bridle for better connection and Pico was much better about spooking this show. I will have to get more information about their specific scores and Roberta’s comments, but I think they both scored 60 in their Training 4 test. Jessie did a great job on Denali too.
And naturally, I missed most everyone else’s rides, Kathy and Call, Marsha and Lilly, Liz and Latte, Hilda and June, Christiana and Ardie as well as all those fun junior riders. I saw bits of a few rides and they were looking good. Kathy had to leave early to take Call to the vet because Call was having an allergic reaction to something and her lips and face were swelling badly. She is still a little swollen but is recovering. Also, I got my first tick bite of the season, just behind ear in a difficult (but at least not embarrassing) place to remove.
So, the show was a success and the season is young. Best of all, we get to ride at Rita’s for our first yaya ride of the year this week on Thursday evening, weather depending.. of course.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Then on Sunday, Ivy and Alaina went to Marsha's place to meet Socks the newest Cullen family member. Star is a really good mama but very tolerent of us human friends. The girls took a gazzillian pictures so they could enter some in the state 4-H Horse Show Photo Contest. Socks has zebra markings, a dun stripe and dark tipped ears as well as a beautiful face. Very fun!
Cathy demonstrates her "never fail" technique to get the horses looking alert Not sure if it will work for Patty.
Kathy & Marsha - Cathy's technique certainly works on them.
Cathy laughs at one of Colleen's insights.
Splash thought it was funny as well, didn't he?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So.... I got home a bit after on Friday evening, ate some pizza and headed over the
The Friday night lecture included lists of the top ten rider mistakes and horse problems:
Rider - looking down, legs to far behind the girth, hands to high/not following movement, slouching, butt not in saddle, heels up, upper body not vertical, uneven stirrups, rein contact/uneven-strong-weak, and equip/other.
Horse - irregular, no impulsion, not on bit, on forehand, not straight, falling in/lost balance, bend/flex, tail swishing, fat/fitness, and equipment or other.
Regularity - most important thing a judge is looking for. Walk/92-95 beats per min., Trot/150-155 bpm, and Canter/95-100 bpm. Canter and walk should be in time with Jingle Bells while trot work should match Elton John's Crocodile Rock. Regularity needs to go with rhythm and tempo.
After regularity - P I S R / Paces (freedom and regularity), Impulsion (music), Submission (hand position), and Regularity
TEN COMMANDMENTS - Appropriate for Easter Weekend, since the movie version is on right now.. 1) Invisible aids, 2) effortless, 3) sit in center of saddle, 4) leg well stretched down, 5) heel lowest part of the body, 6) upper body vertical, 7) Hands - steady at trot / go with motion of canter and walk and stay low, 8) thumbs highest part of hand, 9) elbow follow @ walk/canter, and 10) harmonious.
Saturday started off with 3 demo riders and detailed discussion of several topics including the "sticker" turn, the fallacy of the 1 rein stop, the "nose up" stop and several equipment discussions. Colleen does not use spurs or whip and evaluated all three riders and found that all three had uneven stirrup lengths. Demo riders were Patty Couch,
All three of our horses were pretty sluggy and we did a follow the leader exercise telling the rider ahead which shoulder, stirrup, elbow, hip, etc. was higher and making efforts to correct the unevenness. I had some trouble getting Splash to move on without using the whip and cues were not invisible or silent and we did not look effortless. Then we worked on the "whistle whip transfer" the "flip-flop" upward transition and the "bee pop" in the corners to get more impulsion. These techniques really worked for Splash today and will hopefully work if I don't over use them.
Larry grilled up delicious burgers for lunch break and then I watched Patty, Heather, and Nicole work on leg yields and travers in the walk and trot using only eyes and weight in the stirrup. Very impressive. They also worked on the Sticker Turns. Nancy E was back in the saddle with Willy and did a really great job with Paula and