The weekend before last was a busy one. Tigger & I went to the Capistrano Dressage International show which was held at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Center. We hauled in on Thursday and I had a really nice warm up ride in the Olympic arena. Tigger wasn’t spooked at all by any of the commotion. On Friday, I did my 1st level freestyle. This was my first freestyle ever! Per the USDF, a dressage musical freestyle is an artistic program created by the rider to present his or her horse to its best advantage in an artistic, musical context. So, with the help of my trainer I choreographed a first level ride and selected songs to match each of Tigger’s gaits. I ended up selecting songs that I really like, whose lyrics represented something about Tigger and I. Often times people will remove the lyrics for their freestyles but these lyrics meant a lot to us so we left all of them in. Once the choreography was done and the songs were selected, Owen Gurry edited the music for us so that it would match our routine and movements. I will admit I was a little nervous to ride my freestyle for the very first time in the big arena, in front of the large crowd, and the fact that Tigger spooked and tried to take off with me in the warm up did not help. However the freestyle ended up going great despite the fact that Tigger pooped during the free walk and almost stopped which of course put me behind my music. We ended up getting a blue ribbon and a score of 71.5%. You can see a video of our freestyle here: Alexa & Tigger’s First Freestyle
Saturday was Tigger’s birthday so I made him a cake out of watermelon decorated with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, grapes and apples. I also made little fruit “cupcakes” which we shared with the other horses who were stabled with us at the show. Saturday afternoon I had another opportunity to ride my freestyle in the Olympic arena. Having to follow the CDI rides in the main arena was enough to make anyone nervous but I felt like we did well and scored a 71.333%. Sunday I rode First-3 in the Pony Cup. Tigger was DEAD tired and so slow that I could hardly keep him going. It was definitely not our best ride, but we managed to pull off a 68.382%. Since I got my ride out of the way early on Sunday I was able to watch most of the Grand Prix freestyles which were amazing. Two that really stood out to me were Steffen Peters on Legolas 92 and Guenter Seidel on Zero Gravity. I hope to one day be that good!!!
This dressage show was held at the same time as a 4 week long Blenheim Equisports Grand Prix jumping show, which was really great to have the opportunity to watch when I wasn’t riding. My Mom and I were able to picnic lunch a couple of the days while watching the jumpers and some of the jumps were huge. I was very impressed by the jumpers I saw. We don’t usually have jumpers at a dressage show, so this was a unique experience.
As if that wasn’t enough activity for one weekend, on Sunday night my Dad and I went to see the 2CELLOS play live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The opening act was Steven Roth who played songs like Get Back Jack, and A Good Man. The 2CELLOS were AWESOME! They were very funny and entertaining, as well as great musicians. They played electric cellos which looked a lot different than the cello I play. They did awesome covers of songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit, Satisfaction, With or Without You, and Human Nature. I would love to use some of their music to make a really cool freestyle, but I feel like I might need to wait until I have a bigger moving horse to ride for that. 😉 Anyway, check out this video I was able to take of them in concert: 2CELLOS
That’s all for now,