perjantaina, elokuuta 14, 2015

Aachen Gran Prix

I had a very nice feeling last days and Solina was going well in the training. Also the warm up for the Gran Prix test went well and Solina stayed calm. As I rode in to the main arena she got a bit nervous but I tryed to keep her concentrated. It worked in the beginning until the halt and reinback. Solina started staring something and she didn't notice me anymore. So it took a while before I got her to do the reinback and then it was hurried. After that the test went on nicely. We had a nice piaffe and passage tour and got some good marks. In the canter we had two bigger mistakes but the pirouettes and the one tempis were great. I was still quite confident as we reached the last center line. I was in the last piaffe little bit too long and Solina got tired and I couldn't make her to go out early enough and then she noticed the audience and started cantering. I couldn't make her to calm down that quick and then we missed the last passage. It was such a shame! We had some eight's but from the last passage we got 0. Totally 64% which was not enough for the semifinal. I'm still happy that we had this experience. Solina is 12 but she is still very green and needs to see many arenas and go to many shows and get some routine.

keskiviikkona, elokuuta 12, 2015

Aachen 2015

So here we are! In Aachen. It's a huge show with thousands of people and very good riders and horses. The first day Solina was tense and unconcentrated but of course and it's normal because she haven't ever seen something like this big. But every day she has been getting better and she is getting more confident and willing to work. So now I just try to keep her on the good mood till tomorrow and then we will see what happens. Finland is the ninth team to go and I will be the third rider from our team. Keep the fingers crossed!!!! 

torstaina, elokuuta 06, 2015

Before Aachen

I had my last show with Solina on last weekend. I wanted to have one more test before the Europeans so we went to a national show in Neu-Anspach. The Gran Prix went very well except the zick-zack in canter and the last passage. I'm very happy about Solina! We got the score 69,22% and were second in that class. Now we have some last preparing before we start our journey to Aachen! I'm very excited to be again after a one year break part of the Finnish team!