Dressage Twist - Sunday 18th April
By Madge Morrow

Sunday 18th April Dressage with a Twist was held at Ambitions Equestrian Centre. There were two groups of three which were split into three young riders and their ponies and three adults and their trusted steeds. For all of us it was our first time riding a dressage test in this way so most of us had no idea of what to expect. For one young rider it was her first time riding a prelim test, so the idea of riding each section separately was a good introduction to dressage without the pressure of riding a test at a competition. Each of us found it very interesting to watch each other, and I must say even though it was low key, there was still some competative tactics going on! When it came to sticking or twisting the marks - the younger members certainly got into the spirit of things, which becam good viewing entertainment for the spectators. The whole event had a very good atmosphere, even for the spectators, some coming from London to see this event. After being presented with the rossettes we put our trusted steeds to bed and joined the other competitors for some well earned tea and a homemade cake baked by Sue Graveston. To finish, I will definately do it again because it was totally fun!

Dressage Twist - Sunday 18th April
By Hannah Tilley

On Sunday the 18th April I took part in the Dressage with a Twist. It was really fun and I was on my favourite Dressage Pony – Coco. There where six of us, three horses and three ponies. In the Dressage test we each did movements of the test broken in to chunks which the judge then gave us a mark out of 10. You had the choice to TWIST if you wanted to try the movement again and get a higher mark but that put yourself in danger of getting a lower mark or you could STICK with the first score. It was really good to watch the others and see what was right and what was wrong and get ideas to make yourself better. Over all it was really fun and everybody can do it and have fun. This was my first time at doing prelim dressage and it was easier than I thought to get into it, also Charlotte demonstrated on her feet what the movement looked like if we were not sure.