Lincoln was born 2002, with his mother, a senior horse, never seeing the showring. It has always been my dream to ride at this level; with skill, ease, and fun. Anything that looks easy comes from an enormous amount of dedication. But it is my highest desire, to do that, without compromising the beautiful essence and integrity of the horse. And so when I see this ride, I see the partnership I have achieved with my horses. Not a working relationship, ‘me Boss, you, horse’… but with an equal voice, through love and communication. Riding alone at home affords time and patience; showring skills bring out a whole new dimension.
Is it possible to compete, and BE competitive, and still do it “naturally”, and kindly? The cranked noseband, whip is optional. Spurs and Double bridle are required, not optional at FEI level. That there are Rules for whipping and Blood, and drug-testing, (Yes, we got followed to the Royal West barn for drug testing!) , says a lot about the ** expectations involved in the world of competitive showing.
Lincoln and Marcy at the 2016 Royal West… 4th Level Test 3… a precursor to identical requirements in the FEI- Prix St. Georges. We count flying changes every 4 and 3 strides, pirouette, canter zigzags, shoulder in to half pass, counter-canter on 10meter centerlines…but we also did it, together.