Id like to share our "ta-dah" from the weekend.
Sonia and I went to the Master Games (over 30's) as part of the Mildura Horse Complex Show.
I had entered us in the dressage, but decided to scratch because I felt our forward isn't great with the bit.
When I approached the judge to scratch, she asked why, so I explained. The judge said that because this was not an official test, she was happy (as long we were safe, and I assured her we were) for us to go out there in our bitless bridle. This bridle is not as clear for communication as our rope hackamore, but Sonny goes well in it, none the less.
So... we did the test. I was very nervous (my emotional fitness wasn't very good). Exacerbated by the small crowd who had come to watch the horse that was ridden without a bit, apparently we had turned into a bit of a spectacle. No Pressure!!! Cause if something had of gone wrong it would have been because "that horse didn't have a bit in its mouth"...
I was so happy that we got though it. We also did two small rounds of show jumping bitless too, that was fun! I went home so proud of my pony.
Later that night, I messaged the event organiser to see if I could pick up a copy of the score sheet to see what the judges remarks were. She said, you'd better, and your ribbon too, cause you guys came third! Well emotional fitness out the window again. Tears of pride flowed.
I have attached said score sheet if anyone wants to have a look and possibly a giggle at some of the judges comments. I will add, it was an absolutely foul day huge winds and dust blowing everywhere.
(For those of you who don't know us, Sonia is a 6 yr old off the track Standardbred and we are two assignments off our level one). Mel is our coach.
Amanda and Sonia
MHC Masters Unofficial Dressage Test 14-4-18.pdf