I made the first video for my dad, a dressage beginner, so he can
better understand how the tests work, so in turn he can better critique my performance... not sure this is such a good idea? I
have broken down the movements as they are described and scored in the test; it is not verbatim, but close enough for watching
this. Then I have included the score for that movement and any comments from the judges. My translation abilities are limited
to what I can remember being told and google for the rest. Any comments of my own I have added in (parenthesis).
am no video editor, I'm just trying to learn how to ride. There are different font sizes and styles of text; deal with it.
first test is with Countess, an "MB1" test, it's equivalent to USDF 3rd or 4th level. This test is not particularly
good, I made a lot of mistakes by creating too much tension. However, it's from the mistakes that I learn, so I hope someone
can learn something from this.
This is a link to see the layout, including the letters, of a large dressage arena, like I rode in. More useful info for dressage beginners
can be found at www.usdf.org
Dad, after watching this you are on your way to being a "rail bird", giving you authority to tell other riders
what to do and how to do it better, regardless of their riding accomplishments vs. yours. Your first tip to me should be,
"you need to release the contact more," to which I will respond, "yes, I know," and hang my head in shame.