July 28, 2014

Please Judge


Please Judge us both :) You will be pleased to know i finally purchased a dressage saddle, so flat work should be much easier, my second ride in it and i can already see and feel the difference! Anything in particular we need to work on?



I need some advice/tips. This is my 6 year old gelding, Dargenzio. We just moved up to Training level (eventing) & the dressage is our strong point… if he doesn’t get tense & runny once we get in the test. I’ve had to learn to just relax & I treat dressage like it’s a walk in the park, rather than getting nervous like I used to. But now, I’m having problems with him getting tense & running once we get into the test. This is ruining our scores, because he doesn’t move as well as he can once he gets like this & it just makes the whole test difficult. I stay calm & try to half halt with my seat more than hand because he gets worse once you half halt with hand. But, it’s still not doing the trick. We’ve been doing 45 minute warm ups with him thinking that would help, but it hasn’t. Also, he can’t have a walk break right before the test because he is one of those horses that acts like he doesn’t know what the contact is once he rests for a little while & you bring him back. Before this test, he gave me a killer lengthening in the warm up & I literally trotted over to the dressage arena after that. We got in the show ring, & he automatically tensed up & started moving up & down again. It just got worse & worse as the test went on, & it was even worse after the canter work. & then, he broke during our lengthening which he has never done before. He may not always give me awesome lengthenings, but he never breaks into the canter. These photos are from good parts in the test. He goes to shows all the time, multiple times a month. At this point, I’m willing to try anything. We have scored in the 20s once before & that was the only relaxed test I’ve ever had on him, & the test really wasn’t that great so I know he’s capable of an even better score. But we’ve been scoring in the high 30s due to the tenseness. Sorry for the novel, I am just trying to figure out what I can do to get him back to scoring well. Thanks in advance!



The Winner of the DeNiro Boot Challenge is…

And the winner of Sandra Donnellys DeNiro Boot Challenge is:

Shelby Brost and Obie Hayv Congratulations!

Sandra loved seeing all your entries and will be commenting on each video.

Thank you all for entering! Our next Challenge is announced this week! The CWD Challenge to win a 5 point Breast plate, also for Eventers and issued by
Sandra Donnelly!

Shelby please email Noelle King at Judgemyride@gmail.com to design your custom boots!

Thanks so much to DeNiro Boot Company for sponsoring such a valuable prize, and to Sandra Donnelly for judging.

3rd Level



This is my horse and I at our first show! We did 3rd 1. She is just coming back from rehabbing, we had only been training 3rd for a about a week, but this was the only local show, so we just wanted to see  how she was off the farm. We got a 65%, hopefully we will only go up from there! Please judge, thank you! (she was a lot better in the warm up-grass ring- then the actual show ring :/ )

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Please Critique Horse & Rider

TrotFree walkPlease critique my horse and I in our training level 2 dressage test. We received a score in the low 60′s and I want to know how I can improve. Thank you :)

Goubergh’s Kasper


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I got a great opportunity to ride a Grand Prix horse :) It was very fun and an awesome learning experience! :)

Gatlin Dressage


This is my hanoverian/tb mare, Gatlin, and I warming up a lengthening.  Last year I posted some photos of us and was told that our main problem was a lack of connection and that Gatlin was evading the bit by curling and breaking at the third vertebrae.  This past year we have been working extremely hard on getting her to accept the contact and I think we’ve made some huge improvements! Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Lucinda Intro B Video

Hi Karen, this is the video from my last post. My sister didn’t record the whole thing, so sorry about that!

Could I get a review on Lucy and I? We currently compete 3rd level dressage and just qualified for 3rd level championships. I’d appreciate some critique on my position and seat also on how Lucy looks. :-)


Lucinda Intro B

Hi! This is from our latest dressage show doing Intro B. I got first place with a score of 66% (I got first with a 63% last time). I’ve only posted a still from the video because I’m not sure if we’re allowed to post videos anymore…so anyways thanks!