Our barn had a road trip to Gladstone to watch the Dressage GP Selection Trials. We saw Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Gunter Seidel, and Jan Ebeling, among others ride the GP Special. I hate to say it but if this is the best we got, we have no chance in London. Granted, Steffen wasn’t on Raval but he missed almost all of his changes. I loved Tina’s horse but he seemed very tired and very uneven. Gunter had an error (yes, he went off course!) and his test was just okay. The most consistent test was from Adrienne Lyle and Wizard, who really should have won but she just placed fourth (I think) today and tenth (I think) overall for the week. The judging didn’t make any sense. How can someone score a 75 on a movement they didn’t do? This is in reference to Steffen’s lack of tempi changes – he did maybe half of what he was supposed to do. We’re in trouble.
We also stayed to watch the Brentina Cup because a woman who was competing had stayed at our barn for a few days before the competition. We watched her do a very respectable test and didn’t think her score reflected the effort. She ended up getting fifth, but I thought she should have gotten third or maybe fourth at the lowest.
It was still fun to be a part of the excitement and to see these famous riders up close. It didn’t hurt that PJ and I had ridden down that same centerline only a few weeks ago – that was kind of cool to think about. I don’t know if you’ve heard about the Colbert Bump dressage got this week, but in response, the show gave out foam fingers that said “dressage is #1” to the audience and sung a little song for Rafalca. If you haven’t seen the original video from the Colbert Report, it’s definitely worth looking into.
I went home and gave PJ and big kiss on the nose. No matter how fancy those horses were at Gladstone, I’m glad I have my PJ.