Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 Season Begins for Piper

After a long lazy winter vacation, it is now time for Piper Warrior to compete again.   Entries have now been accepted at 3 different USDF Recognised shows.   Before the 2009 qualification season closes in August, a couple more entries may be sent in for other shows as well.

The 2009 Plan

Piper's training at home as progressed to the point where he is much more likely to cope well away from his home environment, ride happily past the judges booths, and be able to settle into good work in the warmup arenas.

His first show will be in mid June, at the Green Mountain Horse Association's venue in South Woodstock, Vermont.   We will ride a few Training Level tests over two days.

Piper's second show will be in late June, at the University of New Hampshire's June Dressage Show.   There, he do the Training Level and First Level qualifier tests.

Piper returns to GMHA in late July to again do the qualifier tests at Training Level and First Level.

The 2010 Plan

Piper's training is now working towards collection.   With his lateral progressing well, nice steady shoulder-in's, light travers, and acceptance of the aids for the half pass in trot, one can easily envision him progressing this summer towards Second Level.

The Dressage Queen of the barn, Jeddien, will soon be retiring.   However, the throne will not remain empty for long.   Piper is coming into his own this year with a great attitude towards the work and learning.   It is very exciting to see, and feel!

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