Let’s head to the dumpster fire, shall we? Because I didn’t see this coming.
|Movement||What I thought||What they thought|
|1||A – Enter at working trot
C – Track right
|4 – Crooked a/f||5.5 – Wavering|
|2||MXF – Describe loop in working trot
FA – Working trot
|7 – Need to go further into X||6.5 – Must reach X|
|3||AC – Serpentine 3 loops in working trot||6 – Need to watch dimensions, unsteadiness into contact||7 – Straightness and rhythm|
|4||C – Working trot
MBP – Working trot
|7 – Corners||7|
|5||P – Half circle right 15m diameter returning to track between R & M||7 – I had no idea how to judge this move but it looked okay I guess||6.5 – straightness and rhythm|
|6||C – Working trot
HXK – Describe loop in working trot
KA –Working trot
|6 – Rhythm and shonky arse corners||7 – More accurate|
|7||ABR – Working trot||5 – Resisting||7|
|8||R – Half circle left 15m diameter returning to the track between P & F||6 – Some resistance||6 – Resistance on CL|
|9||A – Transition to medium walk
AK – Medium walk
|6 – poll dropping and CORNERS||7 – Calm down. Trans.|
|10||KXM – Change rein in free walk||4 – Need to stretch down and forward more||5 – Tension, nose must stretch down|
|11||MC – Medium walk||5 – Need more consistent rhythm, and to I dunno… go into a corner maybe.||5.5|
|12||C – Working trot
CHE – Working trot
|3 – Bracing in transition, no corner to be seen, unsteady in contact||6 – Early up. Trans.|
|13||EX – Half circle left 10m in working trot
X Straight ahead
|3 – Twisting in the turn, not straight||5.5 – Inaccurate ½ circle, too small, not on CL|
|14||G – Halt salute||0 – Go home you’re drunk||5 – Not on CL, not straight|
|Paces||7||6||Watch steadiness into contact and straightness|
Not only did this do better than the Prelim test, we got over 60% and I have to say, I am honestly really surprised by that.
Perhaps there was an element of leniency with the expectations on the combinations in this class because it’s a prep test but I still think the prelim was far better than this one.
Obviously there’s an element of pisstake in the scoring there at the end which meant the percentage I ended up with wasn’t quite as close here as the Prelim example but I still think I didn’t do too bad in predicting the scores. I just really didn’t like some things whereas the judge sort of mildly disliked them… I guess?
So yeah, we ended up in second place by a smidge.
Certainly better than I was anticipating.
The sad thing is that EANSW came out with this statement yesterday…
…prompting the club to make their statement last night….
Which is kind of sad. Not because I care about the 20c ribbon but I would have loved to have them just as a reminder for how hard B tried for me.