|Qualifying with Rolo at the regional competition|
If you're not aware of it, it's basically an opportunity to film yourself doing a dressage test at home, then to have that film judged and compared to other people in your class. If you're lucky, you get a rosette and even some prize money! Dressage Anywhere runs an RDA Online Championship each year. You qualify for this in the preceding rounds, which run from August to March, with the Championship taking place in April/May.
|Results are here.|
|With our medal and rosette after the jumping - and Gillian (L) and Helen (R)|
Anyway, my 'real' dressage test (performed live!) ended up being closer to the bottom of my list of priorities this year. This was a bit of a shame but I did put a lot of effort into the other disciplines and, having decided to ride side saddle, I also knew that there wasn't much I could do to practise as there was only the opportunity for one half-hour lesson, and it's so different to riding astride that normal riding wasn't really much help.
|One of our RDA sessions before the Champs|
|Looked a bit silly too!|
|This photo features the offending poo on the right!|
|Dressage Anywhere goodies!|