Monday, August 4, 2014

The Stuff of (Dressage) Fairy Tales: Part 2

Earlier this summer I wrote about Jan's horse Lakota and his meteoric rise in the dressage world (click here).   Well, the fairy tale continues.  Lakota scored a 71 at the end of July in Prix St George, so Team Lakota decided to move him up to Intermediare last weekend.

In case you're not familiar with dressage tests, the levels build upon each other.  Moving from Prix St George to Intermediare adds half-pass zigzags and change of lead every 2 strides, etc.

So let's look at 14 seconds of a 5 minute test.  Here's movement #22.
The letters (FXH) tell you where to do the movement.  The next column tells you what to do.  The last column tells you what the judge is looking for in scoring the movement.

Here's what it looks like -

Lakota's Intermediare debut could not have gone better.  On Friday he scored a 68.8, and on Saturday 67.89.  He won both of his classes.  But hey, you can read all about it 



and lots of other places!  Yep, he's famous. 

Needless to say,

 Jan is a very happy owner.
Good boy, Lakota.


Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Handsome horse, tactful riding... what lovely, straight tempis, and ridden in a snaffle. I love it! Thanks for sharing :D

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful horse!! Living here in central Kentucky, I appreciate a beautiful horse.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Terry,

Dressage is so elegant. It is beautiful to watch and one cannot help but be in admiration over the skill of the rider and the intelligence of the horse to carry out such complicated movements.

Lakota looks a gentle, handsome soul. Onwards and upwards as they say!

Alison said...

And you can say you "knew him when...!" I forgot about his dapple blanket, what a cute surprise when he turned.

Em Parkinson said...

So impressive. Just a beautiful, beautiful horse. x

Dreaming said...

What a wonderful Cinderella story! I love hearing about horses who break the mold!

Lori Skoog said...

They've got that down! Beautiful.