10 months ago, I was pretty new to dressage – I’d had a horrible 6 months being taught by a trainer who made me believe I was rubbish and couldn’t ride. Oh and my pony.. she’s useless.
I’d played around at Intro/Prelim and considered 55% a good score. & if the judge wrote something nice at the bottom – I was happy. There were tears, tantrums and it generally wasn’t a great experience.
I started to take lessons with Fiona Lace, and more recently, after Fiona’s accident, Sarah Probin. I can honestly say I owe my sucesses this year to them. No, I’ve not been selected for London 2012. Nor qualified for the national championships.
What I have done, is transformed my scores into solid 60-65% scores every time we go out at Prelim. I no longer panic and freeze. I can ride round my test, and use the tools I’ve been taught. Every now and then, I’ll hear a word of wisdom from my lesson reenter my mind.. ‘just hold your reins’.. ‘more left’.. ‘legs down more on your saddle’ and guide me through whatever I’m struggling with.
I’ve taken myself, and Diddles Pony from bring up the end of the scores and making up the numbers to winning sections and classes, being placed at the top half of the score sheet and our last 6 outings have all had us in the top 10 at the end of the class.
We’ve qualified for the Beaver Hall Championships, and Myerscough’s Combined Training Championships. Which finishes our season perfectly. Its more that I expected, and thought we could achieve – so thank you to everyone who’s supported me along the way, called a test, stood in the rain whilst I’ve ridden, offered advice, critisim and help. I couldn’t have done it without you.
The Combined Training champs are this Sunday, and Beaver Halls in October. I’m not expecting a placing, to be there this year is enough.
So, don’t be disheartened, and think its not possible. With the right guidance, anythings possible!