Two 5 day shows back to back were amazing in the Florida sun. It was tough on the horses as the setting and stalls did not change, so although easy to settle in for round 2, boring as well. For riders it tested mental stamina. I appreciated the chance at a "do over" and was pleased that I rose to the occasion. Most riders I saw felt that the second show was there best, but by Sunday for the freestyle there were a few glitches which occurred. The atmosphere in the Masters arena was lively, and this got some horses tense and overly sensitive to riders aids. We need to compete in these settings which competitors in europe do all the time. Our home training and local shows are often quite quiet do to the natural reluctance of most dressage riders to allow distraction. But perhaps we are making our troubles worse than they need to be by having such a sterile atmosphere at home. I know that the next time someone comes to work on the arena roof at home my horse will workon the lunge despite the odd noises above.
Overall we had two great horse shows and I hope that my fellow competitors had as much fun as I did and took home many memories and pointers from their test sheets to improve their work. Onward and upward with our scores and our team! And remember again to thank those who made it all happen for you.