November 16, 2009
Welcome to Perfect World Dressage! I’m so pleased you have chosen to check out our new site. The central purpose of Perfect World Dressage is to provide dressage riders with quality judging of their videotaped USEF and FEI dressage tests.
I came upon the idea for this site while sulking and soaking in the bathtub after a disappointing dressage show. It had been raining for three days straight prior to the show, and the show grounds that day were miserable, muddy, and cold. The rings resembled ponds, which had increased the normal show tension exponentially for me and my mud-phobic horse. Given the amount of money I had paid in entry fees and the time I had taken away from work and family to be here, I stubbornly refused to scratch my rides.
It had to be somewhat comical watching my horse jump over puddles and scoot around the lake at “x” while I tried to keep him obedient, supple, and forward…..something I failed at miserably that day. Much later, while I warmed up in the bath and rehashed the horrible tests in my head, I thought….”I just want a score. I know I’m not in a place right now to try to qualify for regional championships, or even work towards a USDF metal. All I want right now in my riding is to have a judge give me a score after I ride a test so I can tell if I am moving in the right direction. I want to be guaranteed good weather and safe footing, and have the comfortable, confident, attentive horse that I ride at home judged…all of the things I have so rarely had come together at a dressage show. I simply want a SCORE!”
Well, here is the answer I have come up with for riders who are looking for some educated feedback from a new set of eyes. I believe all types of dressage riders will benefit from videotaped dressage testing. For those of you who live too far from a showground to show regularly, this is an option to increase your time in front of a judge. Some riders have never shown, and would like some practice prior to the real thing. Others may choose to ride a dressage test at a new level on video to gain some feedback about whether or not they are ready to move up to that level at a recognized show. Maybe you have a horse like mine, who is pushy and naughty in a show environment but obedient at home. I encourage you to try us out and see how it can improve your dressage skills (and it’s really fun!!).
I am so proud of this website and thankful for the judges who have agreed to work with me on this venture. I hope you take the time to look around and to become a member of this new dressage community. Our Perfect World Dressage team has more work to do in the next few weeks, including adding classified ads and horse sales ads, so I encourage you to stop back and see all the developments. I would welcome and appreciate feedback about the site. There are a few questions to comment on in the forum area, or feel free to email me with your comments at [EMAIL="email@example.com"]firstname.lastname@example.org[/EMAIL] .