Pikardi looked fabulous. His scores were great. But after a few steps of piaffe on the first of three passage-piaffe-passage movements, he lost the rhythm of the piaffe (sort of a trot in place),
planted all four feet,
and rose into levade!
Bonny Bonnello did a great job of getting him back into passage and proceeded with her test. The score board lit up with 3s! Groan! On the second passage-piaffe-passage, after a step or two of piaffe, again he started to lose the rhythm, again he started to plant. When Bonny insisted, he gave a great sidewards shake of his head from the base of his neck and said "NO-O-O-O!" while raising his front end off the ground. The judges were not amused, and the scoreboard lit up with straight 1s. 1s!!! I had never seen a 1 before, and no, I did not take a picture. That Bonny Bonnello is one cool customer. She proceeded with her test, riding each movement brilliantly. The final movement of the test is passage-piaffe-passage. We all held our breath as they headed down the centerline.
And this time he did it right. Amazingly, even with two meltdowns, they finished with a solid score of 66%. But it wasn't enough to advance to the Grand Prix Special, and he didn't help Canada's medal chances.
Did he resemble Paj more than having 4 legs, 2 ears, etc? Yes, especially in his carriage, and in the shape of his head and neck.
Of course Paj is cuter. ; )
What's that you say? There were other horses there? Really? That means another post.