Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The countdown begins!

Only 4 days (if you count saturday) to go before we make our sidesaddle debut at The Mane Event! I'm really excited but nervous at the same time! I think I've got my music picked out to ride to but I'm not sure if I should have 2 or 3 songs. I've got to ride for 5-6 minutes which now that I've been practicing doesn't seem like much time at all. However, the two songs I picked are only about 2 minutes each. Not sure if that's enough!

I've decided that Brigit just gets far too frazzled at this point to try and do a proper dressage tests, she doesn't like to do a nice canter to trot transition and insists on trying rocket back into the canter. So I think I'm going to trot to an entire song and then canter to a song and just keep it simple.

Wanna know what our songs are? We're going to trot to Corb Lund's "Shine up my Boots" and we're going to canter to Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera". I was also really tempted to use Dolly Parton's "9-5" song. They're all so fun! I found that I can get two figure 8's of trot done in the first song and then a canter serpentine and a circle done in the second song. Perhaps we do need that third song? Hmm.....

We played with some more flying changes (astride) last night too and found out that we can get a perfect change when going from the right lead to the left lead but vice versa is a disaster. I'd looove to execute a perfect flying change in our demo but I think that might be pushing it. Besides, it might be tough to get that "good" change just using the cane as a cue. Might have to play with it some more!

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