The show season here in California definitely got of to a rocky start with lots of rain and quite a few shows canceled. Finally in February we went to San Diego for our first National show for the season. Even there the weather was not really on our side and we got plenty of rain the first day of the show. The rings were pretty wet but ridable so we made the decision to still make it a go. Horses did super well and the score were high! Well respected judges and they all loved my horses. I was very proud and happy about my new horse Chrevi's Ramour, it was his very first show, not only in the US but in his life! He scored close to mid 70's, both days and was just so well behaved! I really enjoy riding this horse and he is progressing every week. Marron had not shown in a long time and even he was really well behaved. He scored around 73% in both his Grand Prix tests and even made all his halts! For him thats a big step! So even though the season didn't started in the way I had planned it to be, the outcome was still really good!
Our second show for this season was last weekend in Burbank at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. This time the show was even more important since it was the first CDI show this year. I again took my two horses Ramour and Marron plus two clients, one in the national devision and my young rider student did her second CDI for the season. Ramour showed the National devision and Marron did the CDI. Again, Ramour was just super cool and won his 3rd level test 3 with 72%, he is still very green so there is room for lots of improvements but still so good in the ring. Marron and I had a really fun show and it was really great to be back at a CDI show. For me, the more pressure, the better I ride! Still, mistakes can happen, and in the first Grand Prix he was so relaxed and I had great readability, sadly we had mistakes in the tempi changes which is normally my best part. We still pulled of a good test and finished 3rd behind Kathleen and Breanna and Charlotte and Nintendo. Our comeback came on Sunday in the Grand Prix Special. Marron did not stand still in the first halt, but besides that the test was super! With the scores of 68.8% we won the class! So fun!!
My student Veronica was the only Young Rider at the CDI show, she did a really good job with good scores and did her first Freestyle ever! Way to go! My other student Brit had her best show so far, in the national amateur devision and won the Dover medal in second level! The weather was hot but not rainy! We really did have a great weekend!
My next show is coming up soon. We go down to San Juan Capistrano for another CDI next week. I will keep you posted and cross your fingers for another great show week!
Even if each show is important the hope and plans are that I will ride in the National finals in Gladstone mid May and after that continue to Europe. You never know if you don't try!
All the best,