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Friday, October 8, 2010

2 out of 3 tests complete...

Here are Susan's results so far:

Team Test 63%
Individual Test 64.8%

The next and final test is the Musical Freestyle, which doesn't happen until Sunday. Surely they'll get another good score, as her freestyle is full of personality and class - even with the sexy flapper music!
In Susan's first test, the Team Test, Moneypenny unfortunatley got her tongue over the bit, which made their canter work a bit challenging, but in talking with Ellen, spectators couldn't tell. They were able to perform a very solid test, despite MP's roaming tongue. The second test, the Individual, went very smooth, and there were even parts of the test Susan felt like she just nailed the movement, and couldn't stop from smiling during the ride. She said MP was more up and round than she'd ever been before in competition, so she was very pleased with that.

Overall, Susan is in the middle of the pack as far as scores go, which is very respectable considering this is the WEG! Susan is having a great time, and is very happy with MP, and still proud as ever that she is representing the US. She said she's learned so much leading up to, and at the WEG. She was even talking to a fellow para rider that has really cool adaptive reins, where she can operate the snaffle, the snaffle and curb, or just the curb, and she has one arm. Pretty impressive. Susan also watched some of the vaulting, and she said it's so entertaining! The athletes are like cheerleaders, with muscles and great athleticism to go along with that very peppy attitude!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Competition Starts Today!

Moneypenny, along with all the US horses, passed their jog, and are fit and ready for competition, which starts today. Susan rides at 6:30 pm Eastern, 3:30 pm west coast time.

A "fan" of Susan's asked me to explain how the Para Dressage Competition works, so here it is...There are three tests, the Team Test, Individual Test and the Musical Freestyle. Competitiors are divided into specific grades according to their abilities, and are asked to perform a specific test according to their grade. To determine the team placings, the scores for the Team Test and the Individual Test are combined, and the top 3 riders from each nation are then added together to determine placing. The Individual Test and the Musical Freestyle are both individual rides, so the best score wins. Hopefully that explains the "fans" question.

Susan reports that she is so proud to be competing at the WEG, representing the United States of America. She feels very good going into the Team Test, as MP in in her "element", fit, happy and ready to strut her stuff! Susan is so happy to have a group of cheerleaders there, made up of her family and friends.

Go for the Gold Susan! We're all rooting for you!