|8s! Four of them! I definitely didn't appreciate those as much back then as I do now|
I was going through some old ribbons and tests and found this one. It was just from a schooling show, but 63% is a respectable score. More importantly, check out those four 8s! Also two 7s in the collectives, on First Level Test 4! I would be thrilled to get these scores now, even at training level. This seems like so long ago and a level that feels so hard to get back to, but it's good to remind myself that I was there once. I trained one horse (who had never done dressage until me) up to second level and I can do it again (Unfortunately I can't find my later tests, but we improved at First Level, were solidly schooling second, and then showed at Second once in 2012 before she foundered).
|Ellie and I circa 2009|
This time around I have a different horse who needs to learn more slowly, and I have more problems with my equitation to fight, but I also have a lot more knowledge about what I'm aiming for and how to get there. We can do it!