With January shows cancelled for the dressage side, Team BEST got the show season under way for 2023 with a trip to Murieta EC for Brenda and Willa and a trip over to Yarra Yarra for Rachel and Jax.
Brenda and Willa went to MEC to gain some experience on the site of a big show (at Willa’s only 2nd show) and to work on some scores towards Championships at Training level. Willa felt the atmosphere but gave Brenda two good tests and they had the experience they needed to move forward this year! Looking forward to what this super pony and her super mom do this year!
Rachel and Jax went up to 3rd Test 3 to continue working on their changes and solidifying themselves at the level after a very light show season last year. Jax had a little bit of an overly exciting day and had a hard time relaxing at the show. The changes have improved, but the tension was a little too high for excellent scores. Rachel managed to bring the test up 6% between rides however which is a good step in the right direction. Looking forward to March for this pair. If Rachel hadn’t already had her Bronze Medal, she would have earned it last weekend with Jax (so he’s officially capable of getting a Bronze medal for his rider). Whoohoo Jax! He’s come a long way.
The dressage team is out next at Yarra Yarra March in a few weeks!