Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brego Looks Nice In Blue

Brego had a big day today. We placed first in both of our divisions, scoring a 64.6 on Training Test 2 and 62 on Training Test 3. A storm was rolling in, so a stiff breeze coupled with the show atmosphere meant Brego was nice and forward.

He was so forward that he bucked and bolted in warmup, but once my initial "I'm going to die" thoughts retreated, I actually thought it was funny. It was not major and we recovered in a couple of strides. Yesterday, when it was 90 degrees, I was lamenting to my trainer that Brego is so behind the leg, I longed for a horse that would spontaneously burst into a trot from a walk. Well, what a difference a day makes!

His head and neck look nice, just need to work on the junk in the trunk.

I did get videos of both rides, but the perfectionist in me is pretty unhappy with my riding. Brego did great, aside from some minor distracted fussing, but my hands were noisy and I looked slouchy. And although I think he's lost some weight, he is still much bigger than I would like for competition, so that's something I need to address soon. I will probably post the videos tomorrow, when I have more time to put them together.

You know, I should be happier about the show. And I *am* happy, just not thrilled. The judge was very enamored with Brego, even calling him "superb". She said once the stretch trot came on board, we were ready to move up, that he had all the fundamentals of training level. She did appropriately discourage some horses so over bent, their necks looked broken at the third vertebrate. She scored Brego the highest of all the training level riders, and I am not sure yet if we won High Point over the entire show.

And yet, I wish I was a better rider. Watching Rolex this weekend gave me a twisted view of riding. Um, only the top 0.001% of all riders look like Bettina Hoy. Well, actually only one. And I love Brego, but he is no Upper Level anything. So I am happy and I realize this is a great performance for two weeks of lessons and the winter off. I'm just ready to be *really good*. And Brego is ready for me to be really good as well.

Despite his sad eye, Brego was in a pretty good mood most of the day. We just got home and he is tired.

Meanwhile, my next lesson will be over fences. I have a Hunter Pace lined up for May 16th and then my first three phase of the season will be May 31.

Here's a fun anecdote. My trainer came to watch, not in an official capacity, but just to see how we did. She was very, very happy with the tests, but again, she's only seen Brego for the last two weeks and some videos of him from last year. Anyway, I showed her the old picture of Brego where he was on his forehand and she gasped and said, "Oh my God!" I asked her if she could believe it was the same horse. She said, "No... and you have an incredible imagination to see what he could be."

I take that as high praise indeed. :)


Jean said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful day you had.

Brego looks great. I can see he needs a bit of slimming for an event horse, but as you start to get him fit, I am sure it will be just fine.

Looks like you have a good schedule ahead. Hope the weather is cooled off as it was for your show so you can really enjoy the events. *S*

sylvia said...

Yay! I'm sitting here with a big ol grin on my face. He looks great. Sweet boy. Congrats to you both. I'm very happy for both of you!

sylvia said...

sorry about all the duplicates...iphone issues.

dp said...

Wowsers! What a fantastic day! Big congratulations to both of you from here. In Uganda one very common saying (not in English) is "slowly by slowly, as the snail to the river". You will get where you want to be with time and persistence.

Ally said...

Congrats! I knew you guys would kick some light-horse butt! What a great start for the season huh?!

Anonymous said...

You believed in him, he believed in you, and look at the result! If he could do so well for you, after such a short time in the season, you should be very proud! Any defects that you see in your riding can be fixed with time and effort.

Funder said...

AWESOME! That's just fantastic :)

I know what you mean about the giggling after the "I'm going to die" thoughts. And I'm pretty sure if you're happy with a video of yourself riding, it means you are in serious denial. There is always room for improvement.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Brego looks good, I can't wait to see what he'll look like all fitted-up for the season :)

Glad to hear that you did super well! I keep saying how awesome Brego is... geez, take the compliment and listen every once in a while! ;) He got to where he is because of you, remember.

Go Team Brego and Daun!

Susan Quinn said...

Brego looks good with a blue ribbon pinned to him!

I'm thrilled for both of you.

Susan Quinn said...

And don't ever feel badly about not going Rolex-level advanced eventing. In my mind, it's tantamount to horse abuse.

EvenSong said...

I second DressageInJeans--Brego is what he is--a winner!--because of your persistence! Give your self credit, and then get on with going onward towards your dreams.
Yeah! Team BregoMan!

Cathryn said...

Congrats! Brego looks amazing, compared to the older pictures!

HorseOfCourse said...

And so soon after the winter break as well - well done!
I know what you mean with Bettina Hoy.
I get so frustrated with my own riding sometimes. I have been working hard with my seat and posture over so many years, and still it sucks. I round my shoulders and wiggle in the middle.
I look at the top dressage riders with the envious classical posture, and I drool.
But I also believe that we have to have dreams. Even if we are not there (yet), we need something to stretch to. There are always things to improve. I believe that we in a way have to accept that, and set our targets at an achievable level. If we set them too high, we risk to take the fun out of the training. And that would be worst of all!

SusanQuinn said...

I second HorseOfCourse's comment but let's all remember that the high level riders are the pros. Riding horses all day is what they do for a living. Most of us work other jobs and we ride on our time off.
So let's give the ams among us a big hand for the great job we do given our time constraints!

ponyknit said...

Congrats on your double win! Great way to start the season!

sarah said...

He's got such a handsome face! what a good lookin' boy! Congrats on the job well done!