Today was the first full day at the show, starting with the GP special, then the first round of the Brentina Cup, and finishing with the I-1. The GP special class was very good, although most of the horses and riders looked a little less inspired than yesterday. Steffen managed to edge out Tina Konyot today with a beautiful piaffe/passage tour that made up for some small mistakes in the tempi changes. Adrienne moved up in the standings with a very nice ride on Wizard, and Heather and Paragon also had a much improved ride. Looks like the team is Steffen, Tina, Jan Ebeling, and Adrienne (the US gets to send one individual rider in addition to a team of 3 riders). Todd and Otto look to be the alternates.
I didn't get to watch the Brentina Cup rides, as I was getting ready for my I-1 test. The scores were quite good, however, with a couple of riders breaking 70 and several others in the mid to high 60s.
I was the first to go in the I-1 at 2:15pm. I was a little more motivated and tough in the warm-up, to get Monk more active and uphill. The warm-up felt a little rough, but I smoothed it out for the test. The test itself was quite nice, everything looked more balanced and organized than the PSG, with the exception of my first pirouette which I bungled. I ended up with a 67.816%, which I was very happy with.
The nice thing about going first in the class is that then you can watch the rest of the class. There were a bunch of good horses in the class and several really super rides. I was very impressed with David Blake and Royal Prinz and Mette Rosencranz and her horse (who's name I can't spell). Both rides were very well balanced, active, uphill, and supple throughout (in addition to being mistake free). Their scores were well deserved. Some of the others I was a little less enthusiastic about, although they still scored relatively high. But it wouldn't be a dressage show if you didn't disagree with the judging!
Tomorrow I'm first to go again in the I-1 freestyle at 10:30am. It'll be fun to ride my freestyle in that arena, I think it will be great! I plan to have a similar warm-up for tomorrow, and I'll have to deal with that left pirouette issue in the warm-up as well. Monk's been a super star, so I just want to have another good, solid ride. Then Lana and I will get everything packed up so we can leave bright and early Monday morning!