I am back from the Region 9
Arabian/Half Arabian Sporthorse
Championships that were held in
It rained almost every single day for two weeks before the show. I have a very good outdoor arena, but it has to have at least a day to dry out to be rideable. I was only able to ride Lisa a few times during those two weeks, and only in tiny areas I found in my pasture that were dry enough to do walk and some trot in about a 15 meter circle. I also had not ridden through either of the tests all the way through. I was planning to do that the week before the show.Faxx would show on Thursday, we had a day off on Friday and Lisa would show in her Second Level class on Saturday and two First Level classes on Sunday. Not an ideal situation for either horse, in that Faxx would have to stand in a stall for five days and Lisa would have to stand in a stall for three days before she even showed.
My Second level ride on Saturday was not a good ride – those two weeks off really hurt us. At 18, she really needs to be ridden 4x a week to keep everything ‘working’ right. I just could not get the kind of self-carriage you really need to do a good second level test, plus missed a canter/walk/canter transition and it just wasn't our best work. I got a 57 which was not a horrible score, but not nearly enough to be competitive and ended up tied for 5th, but lost the tie breaker. Bummer.
So, Sunday I was exhausted and had two classes. The first class was First Level AOTR with 16 entries and very, very competitive horses. This is the MOST competitive regionals I've ever attended. You had to score in the high 60s or low 70s at training level, to even hope to win, and sometimes even get Top 5. We had an "eh" ride and got a 62.7. We were SIXTH. Again. ARGGGG. I thought about scratching our last class, even there were only 10 in the class, because they were all SUPER horses - that had scored 65%+ in the earlier class. Brooke said "we're here, you're riding." Brooke got on Lisa for about 15 minutes to try and get her carrying herself better so I could let her neck out and get more swing in her back. That was what the judge kept hammering me for. She had SUPER self carriage two weeks earlier, but two weeks of no riding had really taken its toll. In our earlier first level test, Bill had written in the comments "Huge gaits, huge heart. YOU need to let her neck out so she can unlock her back and swing more." Yes, Bill I knew that, but at this point you can either have her OFF her forehand with a shorter neck, or ON her forehand with a longer neck! LOL!
Brooke the miracle worker got on her and very calmly and methodically, in about fifteen minutes, got her in better self carriage. I would give my right arm for that kind of talent. I got on and she was a different horse - it was my lovely horse I'd been riding for two weeks up until the show. Brooke said "Now every time you get right in front of Bill, you GIVE THAT LEFT REIN!!!!" LOL! A little showmanship does not hurt!
I was tired and I think First 4 is a lot longer than Second 4.. But Lisa was a LOT easier to ride than she was earlier in the day because she was carrying herself so much better. So I went in there and really rode my horse, rode the test, and remembered to give the reins every chance I could. When I halted at X I threw my arms around Lisa's neck and hugged her right then and there. I knew I had at least finally done the best I could do that day and so had my horse, and now let the chips fall where they may.
I walked her out, took her back to the stall and untacked her and then went to change clothes. I had to pass the score sheets on my way to the restroom to change - my score was not posted yet, but all the rides before mine were and there was a 69% and four 65%s already. I said to myself "I'm toast - no Top 5 for me" and just went to the restroom to change. As I passed by the score sheets after changing, someone came out of the show office with more test scores to post. Mine was the next one. I held my breath - I had a 67.3%!!!! Now there were only two more scores yet to post...I started counting...I had the second highest score!!! And let's see....math isn't my strongest suit....I'm second....only two more to post....um, that's four...OH MY GOD, I've at least got a Top 5!!! I went back to the stall...I couldn't bear to wait there for the last two scores....finally I went back again and there was a crowd of people in front of the score sheets - including Brooke...she turned around and said "You got Reserve Champion!!!" I cried!!! And hugged her - and then went to hug Lisa again and stuff her with carrots and peppermints.
I got my test back and Bill's comment was "Good job on releasing the reins. She is still holding the left rein and tilting her head a bit, but this time she gets the blame for it, not you." LOL! I think he's a great judge!!! Out of all the rides, to remember my horse from test to test is pretty impressive. I had much higher scores for gaits/rider/impulsion on this test plus generally higher scores on most of the movements. I was really chuffed because she got 7s on her canter and trot lengthenings! Those used to be her worst movements - doing the second level work has made those better!
I bought Lisa in 1990 for $800 when she was a yearling. She’s given me so many wonderful memories, two lovely daughters (both by the Oldenburg stallion, Frohwind, who is also Faxx’s sire) and always comes through for me when it really counts. I have owned her for so long it is hard to remember a time when she was not part of my family. She’s 18 and I treasure every day and every ride we have together. She's actually working better than ever now, and our next challenge will be learning flying changes!
I purchased Lisa in 1990 for $800 when she was a yearling. How I ended up with her (and kept her long enough to realize her talents) reads like a made-for-TV movie.
Lisa's victory lap after winning Reserve Champion, Dressage
Training Level at the IAHA Region 9 Championships in 1998.
2006 Show Results
Champion, Training Level Test 1 Amateur
Reserve Champion, Training Level Test 2 Open
Top Ten, Training Level Test 4 Open
Regional 9 Arabian Horse Association Amateur High Point Awards
Champion, First Level Dressage
Reserve Champion, Second Level Dressage
Arabian Horse Association, Open Incentive Program Competition
Champion, Local Dressage Category
Pinto Horse Association
Register of Merit Amateur Dressage
Register of Merit Open Dressage
2002 Competiton Highlights
Lisa competed at the Region 9 Arabian/Half Arabian Dressage Championships, held in Ft. Worth June 9-10. She entered First Level Amateur Owner to Ride and First Level Amateur to Ride. She earned a Reserve Championship in First Level ATR and was CHAMPION First Level AOTR! Her finals scores were both 65%+.
Sonnys Mona Lisa+/
Legion of Supreme Honor from IAHA (6/1/02)
Lisa makes her Second
Level debut! (5/18/02)
2001 Competition Highlights
1998 Competition Highlights
IX Arabian Dressage Championships
Warmblood Society Inspections
70% at Training Level.
Qualified for American Bankers Insurance Group Championships
Champion at several Recognized and Schooling Shows.
Scores to 70%
the nation (among all breeds)
Mudde Creek Farms Series
States Dressage Federation
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