I was so nervous! I felt really ill for two days!

Thursday was my first ever Dressage competition. It's the mid west RDA regional competition, So it's an important day for all those who entered qualifying classes. I entered a non qualifying class.
I felt incredibly smart in my jacket and pretty impressed with the hard work our groups helpers and instructors had done getting the horses ready and warmed up for us.
We were lucky with the weather as it was beautiful and the sun shone all day.
I rode Pink in the outdoor school and waited for my turn to ride my test.


I was very apprehensive when I was warming up and I had a moment where I thought I couldn't remember my test, despite me going over and over it in my mind virtually everyday for a good three weeks and riding the test several times in my lessons! My helper was very supportive and I really appreciated the support and advice she gave me. Thank you!!!!
Any way once I got walking around the arena and the judge signaled for my test to begin, I remembered it. I felt pretty nervous but made myself relax and I focused and concentrated on riding the test.

I began to enjoy riding the test and had a huge smile on my face as I was really enjoying myself! Although there were a couple of places where I could have ridden it a little better, I'm pleased with my first ever dressage test!
My test went well, and I was told it was accurate and well ridden.
But, over all, I am very pleased with Pink - He's an amazing horse!
We won our class and I also got Best Newcomer to Dressage, which I was delighted with.
This was my first 1st place too!

Our group did very well with a total of 5 of us coming first and one second, and that was only because one of our riders had the first place in the same class.

I would like to say a huge thanks to our instructors and helpers who worked so hard to get the horses looking amazing and us all in the right place at the right time and gave us all loads of support and encouragement.

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Comment by Cat on May 28, 2009 at 12:31pm
Awww Thanks, yes he's a nice cob, and a fantastic RDA horse. Very nice to ride.
Comment by IrishRider on May 26, 2009 at 5:37pm
Congrats and nice job! You guys look great. Your horse looks like a large fellow.
Comment by Cat on May 24, 2009 at 11:35am
Thank you guys! it was a fantastic day for all of us, and I'm pretty pleased with Pink and my performance. He's the worlds #1 dressage horse in my eyes! and a perfect RDA horse.
Comment by Hannah on May 23, 2009 at 8:10pm
congrats!!!!! :D
Comment by Jackie Cochran on May 23, 2009 at 8:17am
WOW!
Please tell Pink from me that I think he is a great horse.
You are obviously learning your dressage well. What a great start for your riding career.
Comment by Kine R on May 22, 2009 at 8:02pm
That's so cool!
WTG Cat! And congrats! You look very happy! :)

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