For the past two years, my daughter Sharron’s been taking dressage lesson’s at a local dressage training facility, and she’s gotten pretty darned good at it.
Back in October, Sharron really wanted to start competing in dressage, and we were told that one of the prerequisites was that Sharron had to own a pony, since dressage competitions are of both the horse and rider. So last fall, we purchased a pony named Oliver (known in the Osterman family as “Oliver the wonder pony”) for her. Sharron has been training him exclusively since December (Oliver’s does much better with her as a trainer than with Sharron’s normal instructor).
Well, this weekend is Sharron’s very first dressage competition; she and Oliver are going to be in the Whidbey Equestrian Center’s spring schooling show testing the USDF Dressage intro level 1 and 2 tests.
Needless to say, we’re all a smidge nervous. J But it’ll be exciting.