I'm still so thrilled to have competed in my first U25 Grand Prix at Myerscough Premier League in March. Its surreal to be competing at that level but there is a long way to go! The movements come up so quickly and its really hard to get the balance right between being under control and having enough energy to do all of the different movements.
We have been scoring low to mid 60's and hopefully this is only the start of a long journey up the ladder. To learn how to improve I have been watching top riders' tests and comparing it to my tests. I find it is a really useful way to see what needs to be improved and what to aim for! This can be done at any level and any test, YouTube is a gold mine of information and a quick search and you can find any test you want. It's also a great way to learn tests, especially if you don't have a test sheet close to hand.
A lot of work to do and its just the beginning but I'm so excited for the journey!
Picture from my inter 2 at the Dressage Ireland Winter Finals.
Alex Baker, 25 year old Irish international dressage rider; works for Anna Ross. Competing International Grand Prix. Keep up to date with my progress!