I know, this is a dressage blog, but it is worth taking a look at this PERFECT SCORE ride by Tori Colvin. Watch it before reading more...
Talented rider, gorgeous horse that is good 'n fat, the way I like'em.
Here is what I take away from this ride, as a dressage rider (who probably doesn't know what she is talking about!)...
- This is an equitation class -- back "in the day" (the seventies?) you wanted to be, or at least appear, motionless in the saddle, heels driven down. Look how relaxed this rider is through her leg and hip -- not floppy (obviously) but not perched either. She's actually moving. It's just a really beautiful, fluid, effortless look.
- The reins -- softness of the hands and in the horse's topline.
- Balanced turns!
- Energy and lightness and perfect relaxation. A look and feel to aspire to in dressage.
The one thing I notice is something in the landing of almost every fence. Do you see it? Maybe this is not such a big deal, especially in the hunter ring.
What a joy to watch.