Gladiator one year in competition

Date posted: 4th May 2017

Gladiator one year in competition

It has been a little over one year since I started competing Gladiator in dressage and a very eventful year it has proved to be! He started in prelim level but quickly moved up to novice where he achieved some impressive scores which earned him a place on Scottish team at the Home Internationals. We were delighted to be part of the team representing Scotland, I have to admit it was a little nerve-wracking taking a 6 year old horse to such a big competition but Gladiator performed beautifully and gained some good scores over 68% with one judge giving us a score over 75%. We came in at 9th place with our combined scores over the weekend which I was pleased with as the standard was high throughout the competitions. Needless to say I was incredibly proud of Gladiator. We also competed in the local riding club at took part in the novice level summer league which I am delighted to say after several successful outings Gladiator and I were placed 1st in the league.

We went along to the Scottish Grass sickness show in the summer where Gladiator and I were placed first in the in hand Friesian, ridden Friesian, pairs class (along with our dancing partners Suzanne Al’Gayaar and Thunder) and 2nd place in the Concours d’ elegance, we then were given Champion title of the ring which was fantastic, Gladiator made me proud throughout the entire day.

At the end of the summer we started working at elementary level dressage, again Gladiator has taken everything in his stride and has been working comfortably at this level. He has been scoring high scores in this level as well, even in the more difficult of the tests has achieved scores in the 70%’s. We still have some improvements to make but we are starting to include some medium level movements in our training so I hope that Gladiator will soon be ready to dip his hooves in medium level waters.

Gladiator is such an intelligent boy and true to breed, he learns quickly and is keen to please (most of the time!) I am hoping he is going to be as successful as he continues to move up through the levels as he has been in prelim – elementary so far. He has certainly been an incredible dancing partner thus far.


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