Carol Sanderson from North East Lincs placed 5th in March's Novice class with 69.57% and then 2nd in April's Veteran Horse Novice competition with 66.09%. We caught up to find out more.
I was three when I became besotted with horses after my Dad took me to Morecambe beach for a pony ride.
In 1999 I was in the team representing North Lincs in the Quadrille at Olympia, carrying a light sabre and dressed as an alien!
Asgard known as Grazy Lady, a 21 year old skewbald Dutch warmblood by Samber.
At the place I went for lessons in 2008. I bought her the following year and we became happy hackers.
Grazy makes me laugh when she 'shies', pretending to be scared of very familiar things! E.g. the mounting block in the school which she will happily stand at whilst I get on, yet shies at when we have to trot or canter round it!
As she is an older horse, I spend more time in walk doing suppling exercises. She anticipates movements so I try not to string them all together when preparing.
My blue fleece ear muffs that keep the wind out in winter!
Move up to Elementary.
Not being strong enough in my core to hold the big girl together!
Doing a dressage test again after 20 years.
From an ad in a horsey magazine which I cut out and kept as a reminder.
You can do it anywhere so don't need to rely on others for transport and it happens regularly.
Dressage Anywhere is a good place to attempt your first tests as it feels less intimidating and makes your training more focused as well as giving you valuable feedback.