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‘We left the world and careered across the choose’s automotive’ and 21 extra dressage bloopers


  • Dressage is the image of concord and class — aside from the instances when it’s not. Right here, 21 Horse & Hound readers recount their hilarious tales of when issues did not fairly go to plan between the white boards…

    1. “The top of our take a look at went: halt, salute, shake head, preserve shaking head, bridle swinging within the breeze (pictured). I had no clue what to do apart from collect it up and amble in the direction of A, then bounce off with my horse Pink Cell, or Sir Pink to his associates, wanting fairly happy. One choose even commented on my take a look at sheet how calm he was. I used to be glad to not be eradicated, and got here fifth.” Laura Eaton

    2. “I took my home-bred four-year-old to his first dressage competitors, and ‘canter at A’ grew to become ‘buck at A’. I misplaced each stirrups, my hat tipped ahead and Dougal belted off. Unable to see the place we had been going, we left the world and careered around the choose’s automotive. By some means, I managed to search out one stirrup, shove my hat again up and re-enter the world. I scrambled by one thing that approximated vaguely to the take a look at and once I halted at X, the choose and her scribe had been doubled up in laughter — so I dropped my reins, held up my palms and shrugged. It appeared extra becoming than a salute.” Catherine Robinson



    3. “My pony as soon as trotted down the centre line straight previous C and caught his nostril right into a plate of sandwiches on the choose’s desk.” Alison Job

    4. “I made a decision to enter my four-year-old ex-racehorse Mr Hill (Billy, pictured under), in an intro class. He was so chilled out he didn’t care concerning the white boards or dressage markers or the scary choose’s field. Smiling away about remembering my take a look at and the way effectively Billy was going proper to the top, we halted at G, I saluted the choose, and actually out of nowhere Billy determined to salute too. I used to be nonetheless smiling and the judges beloved his salute.” Emma Marshall

    5. “My horse Olena hated dressage and was seeking to get to the ‘good bit’ of the BE 90. We had been doing the dressage on grass, and it hadn’t occurred to me to make use of studs (I did be taught my lesson), so whereas doing a fairly unbalanced 20m potato, aka circle, in canter she slipped and fell at X. Then she sat there for some time refusing to stand up — she was unharmed, simply disinclined to do any extra dressage. I used to be mortified, not simply to have fallen off, however that my horse was now taking a nap in the midst of the world with all of the opponents after us questioning how on earth there could possibly be a maintain on the right track for dressage! We had been truly allowed to complete the take a look at and, following a radical vet examine, to finish the occasion.” Jo Parkes

    6. “I travelled to Bury Farm, Bucks, from Edinburgh for the British Using Golf equipment dressage to music championships a number of years in the past, when my horse was badly spooked coming into the principle enviornment. Poor startled Onyx bolted and jumped the white boards and flower pots — and we discovered ourselves within the enviornment standing in entrance of the choose at E. Whoops – it wasn’t fairly the dramatic entrance I had been planning.” Sarah Johnsen

    7. “Because the earlier competitor completed their take a look at at my first Space Pageant, I used to be allowed to stroll across the outdoors of the world. As I did so, my horse Harry’s tail brushed on of the plastic bushes adorning the world. He leapt into the air, then spooked on the viewers, jumped into the world over the white boards, and at last unseated me, leaving me in a pile on the ground. He then trotted as much as the opposite competitor who had simply halted on the finish of her take a look at. Fortunately, as I hadn’t technically entered the world, they let me get again on and we completed second!” Hannah Burrage

    8. “As a youngster I used to be midway by a prelim take a look at on my pony Minstrel and every thing was going effectively. Then he determined to throw in certainly one of his particular bucks. I slid straight down his neck, and on the way in which down, I in some way managed to hook my thumb by his headpiece and take away his entire bridle. I don’t know who was extra shocked: me or everybody else watching. However I tacked Minstrel again up, obtained on and carried on with the remainder of the take a look at. I saluted to the choose, gave my pony an enormous pat and left the world calmly. I made all of it the way in which to the trailer earlier than bursting into tears!” Sophie Irvine

    9. “A few weeks in the past on the British Dresssage summer time music championships, I did a good looking freestyle take a look at. My transitions had been spot on to my music adjustments, I used to be grinning from ear to ear, up the centre line, salute, massive pat for my superb pony… Then I heard the bell ring — I used to be going through the flawed approach and the judges had been sitting behind me! I’d turned up the centre line the flawed approach…” Sarah Hayter-Sharpe

    10. “A few years in the past I entered my 18hh Shire/Clydesdale/thoroughbred, Maisie, into two prelim checks. There was a brief break between the 2, so I slackened my girth and went for a stroll across the warm-up. Sadly I forgot to tighten my girth earlier than the second take a look at…  We had been going effectively till the 20m circle when my saddle and I slowly slid round to Maisie’s aspect and gravity ultimately took maintain. The choose ran over to examine I used to be alright and assist me remount. We then carried on and completed our take a look at.” Alison Dummer

    11. “In our music take a look at on the Horse & Hound Pageant of Dressage at Sheepgate, my horse took huge exception to the hog roast. He determined he couldn’t presumably transcend P in the direction of it, and that upwards was the most suitable choice! Compelled to retire I then confronted the acute embarrassment of being unable to get out of the world (and all of this to the tune of The Lion Sleeps Tonight)!” Lesley Wheatley

    12. “A number of months in the past I took my teen to his second ever dressage present. We entered the world, went down the centre line and that was that! He didn’t need to dance so plonked his ft and wouldn’t transfer additional than 10m, no matter what I did. In the long run the choose was laughing as I laughed, shrugged and saluted my so-called take a look at. ‘Wants extra miles on the clock’ and ‘effectively tried’ had been the feedback, with a fairly unhealthy mark subsequent to it.” Madeleine Moon

    13. “I used to be as soon as doing a prelim dressage take a look at with my pony, who’s a cheeky chap. He spooked simply as we had began the take a look at and his foot went by one of many wood dressage boards. It was caught — fortunately he’s a peaceful pony and after seeing he was not injured, my Dad and the present organiser ended up sawing the wood board off his hind leg! After checking he was unharmed — and gathering fairly an viewers — we went on to finish the take a look at and completed third!” Hollie Blakeston

    14. “I’ve myself a bit of airplane spotter; he’ll watch planes and helicopters! Once I first obtained him simply over two years in the past I had no thought about his little pastime. We had been competing for our native driving membership within the space dressage competitors, and coming down the centre line to halt. Simply as we obtained to X the British Pink Arrows flew over in full formation, and my horse stopped lifeless and caught his head within the air to observe them fly over.” Demi Davis

    15. “I had nobody to take care of my kids so I took them out to Subject Home, and informed them to remain within the café as I might see them from the indoor enviornment. As I began the dressage take a look at my daughter got here out of the café — I gave a her a stern look and shouted “again within the café!”. The choose’s remark was ‘hectic entry’ — however we nonetheless obtained a seven!” Julie Barber

    16. “I had realized the take a look at but it surely went fully out of my head, though a sort particular person referred to as for me. All I needed to do was get to the top and get out of the world. Crossing the diagonal, I heard the caller say “and present some medium trot strides” — and realised I used to be nonetheless in canter. The choose rang the bell and obtained out of the automotive, however I used to be so determined to complete the take a look at that I ignored her and saved going. I don’t know who was extra traumatised: the poor caller who learn the take a look at completely, the choose who needed to mark the final two actions standing on the automotive door, or me.” Elizabeth Rushton

    17. “Having efficiently accomplished a dressage take a look at for as soon as with none main dramas, I relaxed as we moved off on an extended rein after the salute. At that time the choose stood up and pulled again the sliding glass window within the choose’s field. My pony teleported left. I ended up mendacity on the bottom on my again wanting up on the choose, who mentioned ‘oh…sorry…was that my fault?’” Jane Sanders

    18. “My horse was a jumper, however I misguidedly did a dressage take a look at on him. Cantering down the lengthy aspect, I felt him all of a sudden setting himself proper to leap the hedge, which was the boundary on the quick aspect. I couldn’t persuade him to not bounce it. The judges referred to as me again and steered I ought to follow leaping.” Jackie Bell

    19. “Competing at native indoor dressage championship, I used to be extremely nervous and there was an enormous silent crowd of native riders watching. Because the bell rang to start out, I trotted down the lengthy aspect and my horse farted very loudly — echoing across the enviornment. I heard the booming voice of my coach saying ‘Oh! Poor Rebecca, she suffers so badly with competitors nerves!’ The gang collapsed into laughter — as did I.” Rebecca Jackson

    20. “I had nearly accomplished a pleasant novice take a look at on my cheeky colored pony, Patch. As I got here to halt on the centre line, Patch, completely with out warning, determined it was the right time to get down for a roll. I managed to get her up mid roll, jumped again on, saluted the choose and left the world with a really purple face! Fortunately the choose had a way of humour to match Patchy’s, and we obtained a 4 for the halt, with the remark merely saying ‘rolled’.” Claire Hazeldine 

    21. “Once I was younger I attended a neighborhood unaffiliated dressage take a look at on a bit of gray pony referred to as Dinky. The proprietor was calling the take a look at for me and at A I commenced a 20m circle in trot with the intention of cantering left earlier than X. As I requested for canter Dinky did an enormous buck and despatched me flying. The proprietor swiftly gave me a leg-up and I commenced the motion once more from A — the identical factor occurred once more. The third time, the bridle got here off with me! By that point there was fairly a big viewers gathered and the choose then popped out of the field to say that she thought it was time to depart the world.” Katie Rutter

    And a bonus story from H&H’s dressage editor…

    “Throughout a take a look at on my extravagant Anglo-Arab gelding, Toby, certainly one of my contact lenses obtained dislodged simply as we set off throughout the diagonal in prolonged trot – his celebration piece. Unable to see correctly, and to guage how distant the intermittent white boards forward of us had been, we sailed straight out of the world at M and nearly made it to the boundary fence. The choose referred to as after us, ‘Oh do come again!’…” Polly Bryan

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