August 10th Schooling Show Recap

August 10th Schooling Show Recap
By Mary Wicksten

Three Brothers students watching their barnmate.

Hot, hot, hot! That’s what it’s like in Texas in August. Some riders are afraid to trailer too far during the heat, others have left for business or vacation, others just don’t want to show when they are overheated. We had only 15 rides ranging from Third Level to Introductory Test A. But with a small show, there was time for riders to take green or spooky horses into the arena in advance, and also time for our generous judge Celeste Brown “L” to offer comments after the ride. Three Brothers Stable in Bryan brought in a team of junior/young riders whose determination had to equal that of any Olympic qualifier. These folks arrived in a caravan with family and friends to cheer them on. We will be glad to see them again!

Ashlynn and “Wes” attended their first dressage show together.

As always in a schooling show, there were first-time competitors, more experienced riders trying out a higher level for the first time, and riders trying to work with “testy” horses. There was some discussion about time limits for the musical freestyle. In this case, it worked out OK but anyone trying this test should double-check the latest USDF guidelines. (Applause to our gallant rider trying this tough test). 

Movie Night & Social with BACH!

Join us Friday, August 23rd for a fun and educational night as we watch “Dressage Movements Revealed: Biomechanical Concepts and Bodywork Using the Masterson Method” at the Museum of the American G.I.! We will learn how the horse’s skeletal and muscular systems work together and how the Masterson Method can benefit the Dressage athlete.  Non-BACH members welcome!

Admission to the Museum: $4/person.

Special Thanks to Donna Meyer for lending her DVD.

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Museum of The American GI19124 TX-6 S, College Station, Texas 77845

From the Masterson Method website:

Dressage Movements Revealed provides a valuable, re-viewable and practical resource for the rider, owner or therapist interested in maintaining flexibility, soundness and longevity in the horse participating in any equestrian discipline.

Dressage Movements Revealed DVD For All Disciplines:

  • What goes on in the horse’s body.
  • Recognize “hidden” physical restrictions that limit the horse’s ability to perform.
  • Sport-specific Masterson Method® Techniques that are easy to use to maintain suppleness, flexibility, and rhythm while promoting longevity in the dressage horse.

Schooling Show Recap by Mary Wicksten

Bach Show: 29 June 2019

Mary Wicksten

Hooray! Finally, we had a show that wasn’t rained out! It was hot and steamy but the weather held for the entire show and late into the afternoon, so everyone had a chance to lunge their horses and drive in and out safely. We had a small turn-out but our competitors did their best–trying out a new horse, trying a test for the first time, or working on their current level. We had quite an assortment of horses, including a curly horse (The Graduate, ridden by Diane Mitchell our 2018 western dressage champion) and a Percheron-paint (Highlander, ridden by Sofia del Aguila in USET training test A and B). Our judge Becky Hicks kindly gave a short critique to each rider after her ride.

Mattea Much gives her horse Maggie a well-deserved pat after rding in her western dressage test.

If there is a prize for the most colorful horse, Highlander, ridden by Sofia del Aguila, sure could win it.

June 29th Schooling Show Results

The weather was perfect for our first show of 2019!  Special thanks to Michelle, Sam and the Topsider Farm team for hosting and judge Becky Hicks “L” for judging and the fantastic feedback!  We had a stellar volunteer crew that kept the show running smoothly and finishing (mostly!) on time: Mary and Brenna at check in, Kathy and Sam scoring, Julie scribing, and Michelle as the Ring Master and Announcer Extraordinaire.  We’re looking forward to our next show on August 10th with judge Pam Fowler Grace.

BACH Dressage – College Station Schooling Show Series          6/29/2019           Judge: Becky Hicks ‘L’
Number Rider Horse Division Class Points Percentage Place
113 Cristie Palmer Brite D’Avalon Open Intro Test A 98.5 61.563 1
127 Amanda Ortiz Bull City Bonus AA Intro Test A SCRATCH
113 Cristie Palmer Brite D’Avalon Open Intro Test B 98.5 61.563 1
127 Amanda Ortiz Bull City Bonus AA Intro Test B SCRATCH
124 Rebecca Watts Senoritas Lad AA Training Level Test 1 162.5 62.500 2
120 Delaney Ryder Bud on Tap AA Training Level Test 1 169.0 65.000 1
124 Rebecca Watts Senoritas Lad AA Training Level Test 2 169.0 58.276 1
124 Rebecca Watts Senoritas Lad AA Training Level Test 3 179.5 61.897 1
120 Delaney Ryder Bud on Tap AA Training Level Test 3 177.0 61.034 2
117 Sandy Venneman Charleston Open First Level Freestyle 209.0 69.667 1
125 Sandy Venneman Charleston Open First Level Test 3 233.0 64.722 1
117 Sandy Venneman Carpe Diem Open Third Level Test 3 235.0 58.750 1
128 Mattea Much Maggie WDAA Basic 1 148.0 61.667 1
126 Diane Mitchell The Graduate (Grady) AA WDAA Basic 2 143.5 62.391 1
126 Diane Mitchell The Graduate (Grady) AA WDAA Basic 3 123.5 61.750 1
USEA Eventing Training 3Day
101 Sofia Del Aguila Highlander Jr/YR USEA Training 3Day 174.0 66.923 1
USEA Eventing Training B
101 Sofia Del Aguila Highlander Jr/YR USEF Training B 150.0 68.182 1


2018 Year-End Awards

2018 BACH Dressage Year End Awards

Congratulations to our winners!

Awards will be given out at our February 23rd meeting and social which will be held in the Listening Room at Curious Collections Vinyl Records & More! Join us for light refreshments and 2018 awards. Bring your ideas for events you would like to see BACH host and lecture/informational topics you would be interested in attending.
We will have Membership Renewal Forms if you haven’t sent yours in yet!

Amateur Division – Schooling

Introductory Level

Champion: Kristen Childress & Hank E. Hankerson

Reserve Champion: Stephanie Meredith & Brazos Rose

First Level

Champion: Cynthia Werner & Victory Gallop

Reserve Champion: Emily Mullins & Vrouwke

Western Basic Level

Champion: Diane Mitchell & The Graduate

Open Division – Schooling

Training Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & PPR Coco Chanel

Second Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & Charleston

Photo by Ernesto Photography.

Third Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & Charleston

Amateur Division – Recognized

First Level

Champion: Cynthia Werner & Victory Gallop

Open Division – Recognized

Training Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & PPR Coco Chanel

Second Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & Charleston

Third Level

Champion: Sandy Venneman & Charleston

Renew your membership and sign up for Year-End Awards to be eligible for 2019 awards and prizes!

Dressage Ride-a-Test and Scribe Clinic with Donna Meyer (USEF “r” Judge)

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019

Where: Topsider Farm, 6809 Stousland Road, College Station, TX 77845

Here is your opportunity to practice the NEW 2019 tests and learn how to improve your scores at a competition! Ride a test of choice, talk with the judge, then ride the test again. Scores and comments will be given.

Rides will be scheduled every 45 minutes. Ride times will be available Wednesday before the clinic on the BACH website,
Small Arena (20x40m): Intro, Western Tests.
Large Arena (20x60m). All other dressage tests.

Cost per Test Ride:
45 Min Time Slot – Test ride, Tips & discussion, and Re-ride
$45 for BACH members
$50 for Nonmembers
Grounds Fee: $10
Auditing: Free!

BACH is also offering a Scribe Clinic with Donna Meyer, a USEF “r” and USEF Western Dressage “R” judge in conjunction with the ride-a-test for anyone who would like to learn how to scribe or would like a refresher! The clinic will help participants understand the responsibilities of the scribe and offer helpful hints on how to stay organized during a show.
We will cover the guidelines for scribes including: scores, common abbreviations, errors, and other general advice. The discussion will be followed by a practice test and Q&A. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice throughout the ride-a-test schedule! Come and learn what the judge is looking for: what earns high scores, what can lower your score, and hear a judge’s perspective on how each movement should be ridden.
If you would like to volunteer at local shows, this is great opportunity to gain the knowledge, confidence, and practice to be ready!

Cost for Scribe Clinic Session:
Free for BACH members
$5 for nonmembers

Tentative Schedule:
Scribe Clinic Session: 8:30 – 9:15
Ride-A-Test Times: 9:15 – 12:15 & 1:00 – 4:45
Lunch: 12:15 – 1:00

Click here for Entry Form: Ride-A-Test Clinic-March092019

2019 Dressage Tests

Scribe Clinic Handouts – Print & bring along!