Updated: Feb 18
Six dressage show rides and two concerts later (plus normal weekend lessons squeezed in there... thank you to my students not showing for being so flexible and patient!), we made it! And what a fun weekend it was!
Let's start from the beginning! Early Saturday morning... I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to have horses that load well and students with big, open, friendly trailers who are willing to haul!
The LGD Show Team was out in full force!
Jodi and Pierce completed in Training Level Test 1 and 2. They scored in the upper 60s (68+ but don't quote me... it was a long weekend and my memory is bad) and won both classes!!!
Sarah and Singer competed in Training Level Test 3 and First Level Test 1. For whatever reason, Singer was incredibly nervous at this show. Sarah sat calm and cool, and was able to guide him to first place in both classes (71+% and 67+%... again, don't quote me... a long weekend, a lot going on!).
Bobbie and Butters "leveled up" at this show. This was their first rated show competing at Training Level. They put in a solid performance (over 60%, but again, bad memory and no scores posted online yet for me to copy/paste from!) and came in 3rd place in a very competitive Training Level Test 2 class.
And, finally, my girl, Stella won her First Level Test 1 class with a 69%, despite a series of unfortunate (but avoidable) events leading up to our class... read about the craziness here!
I'm so excited for everyone's success! The show management at Mission Pacific could not have been more kind or accommodating. I have taken horses to several other shows at this venue and, seriously, seem to have more fun at each one than I did at the previous event. Thank you, Jennifer, Mission Pacific, Ventura County CDS and everyone else who makes sure these events run so well!
And one more very big, important shout out to Sareen, Team LGD Show Groom Extraordinaire, who keeps everyone hydrated, looking their best, on time for their classes, and so much more!
And if you're new to Laura G Dressage, in addition to training and coaching top level horses and riders, Laura is also a professional French horn player and plays professionally throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. This weekend, she split her time between the show at Mission Pacific and the orchestra in Claremont, California. While the schedule was tricky, playing with good friends always makes the effort worth it!
Whatever the job is... whether it's headed down centerline or playing a complicated orchestral section of music, it's always better with friends!
I'm very thankful for my tribe! Both my horse show tribe and my concert stage tribe!
How was your weekend?
What are your horse show success tips?
Who in your life (horses or otherwise) deserves a shout out?