Friday, August 29, 2014

Silva's WEG 2014 Dressage Commentary

Boyd discussing the warm-up plan with coach David O'Connor
Today went not exactly as planned, but I know it is not a going to be dressage competition this weekend. Boyd and Shami finished dressage on a 46, which is a good score. Unfortunately they had some expensive mistakes in the test today. The judges really wanted to give big marks to Boyd and Shami! The first halt and all the trot work were absolutely stunning, but unfortunately they made a few mistakes in the canter. They scored a 9 for their first halt and things were looking great in the beginning, but they had to pay for the mistakes with a lower score.

Improvising a mounting block...with syndicate member Mike Laver in the background
I think Shami got very nervous in the final warm up, since it is right behind the bleachers facing the main ring. The horses could hear all the people clapping, but cannot see them.
The nerves from warm-up carried over into the arena.

Oscar (Trading Aces) was so great yesterday for Phillip, and I could not be more happy about that. Phillip rode him amazingly well and they had a really nice test to lead the Americans on a 43.

Tomorrow is going to be difficult for all riders. Fingers crossed for everybody to be safe!


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