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Friday, 11 November 2011 19:45

Bronze Metal Featured

Written by Michelle K.
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After eventing for 10 years in 2005 I started getting serious about Dressage. I worked at a Dressage farm and watched the trainers ride every morning and knew that this is where I wanted to pick up my new chapter in riding. Of course eventing included Dressage but the Cross Country was the focal point then. It was in 2006 that it became very important for me to reach that first Dressage goal of riding to a Bronze medal. I had a 6yo TB at the time but his soundness was off and on so his training was never consistent. As much as I hoped to get the medal it was out of reach. I then was lucky enough to have Kemy come into my life in 2008. She is a beautiful chestnut mare with a lot of talent for Dressage. She was 3 when I got her so still the medal was years away. Then in May of 2011 a spectacular 16yo Dutch schoolmaster, Claudius, came into my life! After getting him back into show condition and learning how to ride him we began showing in September. My goal, of course, was to ride 2 second level test and 2 third level test and get a 60% or better and get my bronze medal. Being that a flying change was not in my vocabulary when I got him these were big goals. I worked hard with lots of professional training from Rob Moore and achieved my goal. The first show was Conyers at GoodHorseman Dressage. Entering the ring at 2nd level was exciting. I had never ridden above 1st. I was very nervous and was glad for the freewalk so I could breath and relax. Then came the 3rd level test, which was even more exciting but I think I was breathing more. I have to say that my Fits breeches really help keep you in the saddle and my RJ Classics Dressage coat make me look top notch. I received a 63% and a 66% so I was well on my way. The next show was Poplar Place in October. I did the same 2 tests. It was cold and windy all weekend. I kept warm with my Mountain Horse jacket and kept Claudius kept his Back on Track mesh sheet. We scored a 63% and a 67%. This was an amazing feeling! I had reached my first Dressage goal  a Bronze Medal and in only two shows. Now onto my next goal, a Silver Medal, and getting Kemy and Kite up through the levels.

Stay tuned! Michelle.....

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  • Comment Link  Liz St.John Sunday, 13 November 2011 12:29 posted by Liz St.John

    I love it !

  • Comment Link Christy Scotch Saturday, 12 November 2011 02:02 posted by Christy Scotch

    Congratulations, Michelle and Claudius. I'm so proud of you both.

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