This is not nearly as bad as it felt. Still looks super tense though. Please judge/critique. thanks!
Our first event of the season was this weekend and it was full of highs and lows…but this picture of us is almost picture perfect. I think that my leg is starting to roll, and she is almost too relaxed over this fence, lol.
We were doing training level, so 3’3″ max height. I think she’s ready for higher jumps!
Hi Karen! I had an event this weekend and we have been hard at work trying to do as you’ve asked and improve my mare’s uphill balance instead of having a level balance since we’re doing training level eventing. I think that we’re succeeding, and we had a great warm up but as soon as we left the warm up arena we had extreme tenseness (most likely my fault…but several people have the same issue only at this venue so I think part of it is the arena…) I got a couple decent shots, but this is my favorite. I wish it was on a slightly different part of her stride where she’s fully extended but beggars can’t be choosers, right? Anywho, please judge us!!!
So we had our first event of the season this weekend. There were definite highs and lows. Here is one of my favorite pictures from XC. She is sooo bold and jumps so hard, I just think that this pic embodies all those characteristics. <3 my girl.
Maybelle is an off the track thoroughbred. She is 11 years old and has been eventing for a little less than a year. She loves it so much though and is so smart about figuring out tough questions.
Last jump school before the first event of the season which is this weekend!!!! This is my student, Melissa (13), on my pony, Molly (26) jumping a 2’3″-2’6″ ish course. Please judge.
A fellow eventer, and good friend, has asked me to post a video of her and her horse from a recent horse trial where they were competing at training level. She was one of very few to have a clear show jumping round and in an extremely competitive division. Please judge and I will share your comments with her.
I’ve struggled with keeping my upper body up on her because she jumps super round. I tend to slip my reins over fences when I know I don’t have another jump right after. I posted a couple jumping “series” for you to look at. Plus, I was so impressed that she jumped the trakehner without even looking at it I might have compromised my position a bit…Which I’m trying not to do! HAHA No excuses!
This is me with my latest project. She is an 11 year old OTTB, who didn’t do a whole lot until the last few years when she was in training to be a hunter, but wasn’t in what I would consider quality training, and then after a year off, I got her in Feb 2012. These are pictures of her last year. We finished the year with three awesome training level runs (two were at unrecognized events) and are hoping to qualify for the AEC’s this year. Please judge.
First training level competition. 3rd jump from the end I believe and one she looked pretty hard at.
First corner. Bigger than I thought it was, hahaha, we were schooling and I decided why not? (its not on the training or prelim course out there…)
Thanks for judging!
I still cannot believe that this is the same horse. I started leasing this mare (an ottb) in Feburary of 2012.
The first picture is when I felt like we had made a lot of progress and I thought she looked clean (blush, I swear she was much dirtier before this lol!) and was at our first show in I want to say April or May.
This next picture is from a couple months later again, at another hunter/jumper show. (June or July)
And finally, you’ve all seen this picture before, from October 2012
Also, Karen, this is my mare that is very uneven. She is really heavy on the right shoulder and the right rein. I have been working hard on “straightening” exercises, like sending her more forward, shoulder in right, leg yielding left (off the right leg) and just generally trying to stay lighter on my own right rein. We do lots of spiraling in and out and accurate circles. Are there any other exercises that you would suggest? I’ve had her checked by a vet, farrier, chiropractor, massage person, her tack has been checked and I’m currently having my friend ride her to see if its me.
I am beyond thrilled to see how much more action is happening in the dressage ring. Clearly, we all LOVE having Karen McGoldrick on board. I was kind of getting bored with coming on JMR and honestly enjoyed the ask the judge section the most as there are usually new and interesting questions on there, but now I am coming back daily to see what people have posted in the dressage ring and specifically to read Mrs. McGoldrick’s insightful and extremely well thought out advice. I love that she doesn’t sugar coat anything, but at the same time doesn’t talk down to anyone. This is extremely hard to find and I am beyond grateful for her joining the site and cannot wait to get new pictures/video of me and/or my mare for her to look at!
Thank you Karen for joining the JMR family and for reaffirming my love for JMR! I cannot wait to post more pictures for you to look at!!!