I have excitedly received a letter from British Dressage (BD) saying that my horse, Bugatti (Bug), and I have qualified for the Middle Tour Intermediate II champs at Arena UK at the beginning of October. This consists of riding through the Intermediate II test and then also a freestyle test to music at the same level. (Bug and I have been together for 8 years now, I have had him since he was 4! So he is pretty special to me).
Bug and I have only competed at this level twice before and feel our piaffe and 1-time tempi changes are a work in progress!…. I have also never really competed in dressage to music before; however, I concluded "you only live once", and I should give it a go!
Understanding the Rules
I made a quick phone call to BD to confirm that I understood all the rules and set about making a floor plan for my test. My compulsory movements include extended trot and canter, half-pass in trot and canter, piaffe, passage, a single pirouette (both directions), 2 and 1 tempi changes, and a halt at the beginning and end. There are a couple of forbidden moves too... These are airs above the ground and cantering backwards! I can’t say I have ever cantered backwards before and think something may be slightly wrong if I did!
The floor plan was created with the help of the coach, and we are now picking out music and ready to have it edited this week!
- Georgina Tapner - Tapner Eventing Team - Sponsored by PE