The Warm Up Ring: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Haha, too true. πŸ™‚

Dressage Different

dressage warm upMy favorite place at a show is the warm up ring. Though the booths selling incredibly fashionable riding gear that I would have to sell a kidney to afford are great, and the classes themselves are informative and ever educational, nothing tops the melting pot of emotions, skill levels, riding and training styles that must co-mingle in the warm up.

There are a cast of characters that are ever present:

The Arrogant Professional – You move for them. Period. If they are half passing across the warm up and you and Dobbin are on the other side attempting a stretchy circle, well then you better pray Dobbin isn’t intimidated by the fire breathing dragon that is heading your way. Didn’t you know that this horse won the CDI Schrizenhofchenberg last year? And by god they are not going to let that young girl in pig tails posting the trot across…

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