Sunday was the day of our riding club’s dressage show. I have only recently rejoined after an extended university break so it was both mine and Galahad’s first outing to the club. The entrants were almost all novice combinations and it was quite a low key event which seemed ideal for us.
Galahad was upgraded from the trailer to the big lorry for the first time which I thought he might worry about – especially as he was also wearing his new boots in earnest for the first time. Surprisingly he walked straight in but he did put in an enormous leap getting out again!
He seems to be getting used to shows now and was nice and relaxed as we walked around. Unfortunately the judge had a very scary (very small!) dog so the C end of the arena was pretty much off limits as far as Galahad was concerned. It didn’t help that there was also an apparently dodgy looking trough and a few spectators. This all meant that our centre lines were ‘not at all straight’ and riding in that half of the arena was a bit interesting!
It was only Galahad’s second dressage test though and his first canter test. Apart from the spooking he behaved very well and was sometimes working in an outline. Overall I was very pleased with him – he might have been spooky but he didn’t take off which he would have done last year.
Our first test was walk and trot and we managed to come fifth so even bagged a rosette! Strangely he got more spooky in the second test and we came ninth. Some of our canter work was rather unbalanced but for a first go it wasn’t bad and it is something we are working on.
I came home and spent the rest of the afternoon being inspired by the professionals at the European Championships. I can only dream of riding like that!