My Journey to the WDAA Western Dressage World Show in 2014

IPHONE-189My journey to the WDAA Western Dressage World Show was sparked a year ago after reading about the wonderful experiences and fun time so many riders had at the 2013 show! At that time Hank, a five year old Quarter Horse, and I had only been doing Western Dressage for a few months. It was a perfect fit right from the start! He excelled and we never looked back.

With a lot of hard work and help from online education, (not a lot of coaching opportunities around my neck of the woods), we were able to get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. I have never traveled so far away from home and no less, with a horse in tow! We traveled across four states from Indiana to Oklahoma stopping at a horsey hotel in Eureka, Mo. When we arrived at the Expo Center, I was pleased at the warm welcome and helpful staff. Our stall was perfect and we were ready to take on the world!

On Saturday, we competed in the Intro 1 Open class in the morning placing 8th! I was so excited to place in the top 10! Later in the afternoon, we competed in the Intro 1 Amateur division placing again in the top 10 with a 9th place score. I was on top of the world!

On Sunday, Hank did an amazing job in Open Intro 2 class placing again in the top 10 with a 7th place. I was not pleased with the judge’s remarks concerning “needs more bend”, but after consulting my coach via email, I took the suggestions and went back to the practice ring. The end result- we placed 3rd with a 71.458% up from a 66.042% earlier and the judge commented “nice bend!”. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.

Hank and I will be returning next year to participate in the 2015 WDAA Western Dressage World Show. I am already setting goals and making plans to meet them. I encourage anyone who has a dream to enter “A” down center line at the World Show, to take a leap of faith and join next year for the time of your life! It is definitely all about the journey!

A journey that never ends, it just gets more exciting!

Submitted by Jane Brack on 11/19/2014

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