...judging Prelim 1 and 17 at the Mini-Badminton event for Reading University's Riding Club - I even gave some 9s ;) They really tried hard and, all considering, some tests were ridden really well!
Guess what was the cause of the most common loss of marks?....Without fail - circles too small (despite practising 20m a lot!), inaccurate lines from marker to marker and cutting corners. More difficult elements - like timely transitions lifted the marks but what a shame.
We had some strange windy weather today making me feel rather chilly. Thankfully (ehmm) some of the children on my last lesson of the day decided to raise my blood temperature by performing various unscheduled movements (like cantering with full power around the arena straight into a kicking pony bum without the slightest indication of any desire to slow down). It took some persuasive instructions to get them to listen. Cheeky monkeys!
I received this quote via email today and thought it is worth sharing:
A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
-- Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi