Today my and my trainer/good friend Kim took the trip to Ermelo to check out the national championship in dressage. There was also the national championship jumping, but we didn’t really check that out.
When we arrived the freestyle of the medium advance(z2) was starting so we decided to check it out. Freestyle is definitely not an easy thing. Specially not riding on the rhythm of the music. You could see that most of them were not used to riding to music so there were some mistakes here and there, but overall entertaining. Joyce Huitink won with a whopping 8% higher then the rest, but you could also see that she was used to riding freestyles. It was a bit more put together then the rest and the music was good. For those that doesn’t know, she the trainer of the para-national dressage team.
I must admit I’ve heard a lot of really poorly put together music today tough. I’m happy my boyfriend didn’t come a long as his ears would bleed. Some sounded like they’ve taken the karaoke version of a famous song and hoped it would sound good. Eeek. But then again, how often do you actually ride a freestyle as a “normal” person?
You did see quite the difference between people that work in the horsesport and just regular people when it came to performance. It was interesting to see that you had good horses, but then there was a smashing one riding before and the good horse just end up seeming really bland. Some riders were also not really well trained in sitting trough the whole time. Overall I think it was mostly professional horse riders that were winning, which does make sense, but it was nice to see some regular riders in there as well. Gives a person hope ok 😉
Overall a really nice day. I didn’t expect it to be so large, with so many horses everywhere. Congratulations to all those that won and came as far as compeeting there, that is an achievement on its own.