I have written before about the dressage tests Galahad and I did for BHS Somerset’s online competition over the summer. As we had two scores over 64% we qualified for the championship in October – quite an achievement for us!
I was very aware that the main comments we had for our previous tests were that Galahad needed to be more forward so I was really focusing on that for this test. I struggled to get him bending to the right but at least he wasn’t feeling sluggish. In fact, he felt far too rushed from on top.
When I watched the film back, however, it didn’t look rushed at all – clearly I have got too used to Galahad’s usual pace so that the right energy feels too much!
My score sheet just came through along with a lovely rosette and the best score we have ever received. We actually got the same score as the rider in fourth place but didn’t do so well in the collective marks.
We got some wonderful comments from the judge and it was a great way to end the season. We will definitely be taking part again next year!