Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sandra's Sunday

This Sunday I took a break from my moving routine to join my friend Sandra to a “Horse Show” (don’t ask me where it was, I don’t know. She was driving! Hehe!!)
Niway, we went to see her sister (the chicka with the Hat on the horse! Blonde!) where she was competing in the “Dressage” part of the show.
For those of you who don’t know what this is here is a little something that I went fishing on Wikipedia!
Dressage (pronounced dress-ahhzh /ˈdrɛsɑʒ/) (a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training") is a path and destination of competitive horse training, with competitions held at all levels from amateur to the Olympics. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, it can smoothly respond to a skilled rider's minimal aids by performing the requested movement while remaining relaxed and appearing effortless. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet" (cf. nl:Dressuur). Although the discipline has ancient roots, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit in the West during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of trained modern dressage.
Early European aristocrats displayed their horses' training in equestrian pageants, but in modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of "tests" of prescribed series of movements within a standard arena. Judges evaluate each movement on the basis of an objective standard appropriate to the level of the test and assign each movement a score from zero to ten - zero being "not executed" and 10 being "excellent". A score of 9 is considered "very good" and is considered a particularly high mark, while a competitor achieving all 6s (or 60% overall) should be considering moving on to the next level.
You can find the rest of the info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dressage
And she got a 63% so needless to say that she is WAY good!! I was WAY impressed, but then, I am impressed with mostly anything horse related!
Here are a few pictures that I took!
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OH and then Sandra showed me her parent’s farm (Horse) and I took more pictures. Here they are!!
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Thanks Sandra I had a great day!




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1 comment:

Sandra Annedore said...

Oh, look at my little sister. She's always going to be my little sis.

Yeah 63% is very good. Especially since it was an S-Dressage and the horse is just 7 years old. So Rouge is actually considered a baby in that kind of class. :)

Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Thank you so much for taking them.