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.

High Point – HDS AA
Rebecca Watts & Senioritas Lad
Training Level Test 1 – 62.5%


High Point – HDS Jr/YR
Sofia Del Aguila & Highlander
USEA Training Level Test B – 68.182%

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!

2019 Events!

We are putting the final touches on the 2019 calendar! Be watching for Ride-A-Tests, a Scribe Clinic, trail ride, Sports Psychology seminar, social events, and more!

Dates for the Schooling Show Series are below:

Schooling Show Dates

  • April 13
  • June 29
  • August 10: Rain Date
  • September 14
  • November 16

As soon as we have clinic dates finalized and clinicians booked, we will post the information!

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about BACH and upcoming events, please attend one of our monthly board meetings! Contact one of us for time and location, the upcoming meeting dates are listed below:

February 11

March 4

April 17


An Auditor’s Look at the Debbie Bowman Clinic

10 November 2018

Mary K. Wicksten


Debbie Bowman visited Denali Sport Horses in Iola, Texas for a dressage clinic on Nov. 10-11. Weather was chilly but the horses and riders warmed up quickly in the demanding work!  I ride at Training Level and came to get some insights from other riders. (Sadly, I have no truck or trailer and couldn’t arrange a ride for my own horse).

Debbie was insightful about the connection between the rider’s position and hands and the horse’s balance. She used an “Equi-block” to position the rider’s hands forward and keep them steady (a popular training method with variations approvingly used by many trainers, including my own).  It’s really easy to get off balance ever so slightly and get a crooked or  “one-sided” horse. She demonstrated means to check your balance. I could sympathize with the “demo rider” as she inadvertently kept slipping on to one or getting one leg ahead of the other. And then there were the transitions: trot, trot, slower trot balanced into forward walk; stride, stride, and back again, repeatedly. Canter circles were supposed to be right on cue and round. Another rider had trouble with getting her horse going into a nice round, swinging frame. The walk and trot were lazy, the horse seemed to look for an excuse to break from a canter into a trot. Was there not  enough seat pressure from the rider, or perhaps her hands came back and tugged on the reins? Frustrating, of course, but one at least can take comfort that this was not a show! I went away thoughtful and tried to remember some of what I saw in my lesson on Soda yesterday.  Progress is being made–thanks Debbie!  

Diane and Rayo

Emily and Vrouwke

Cathy and Rocky

Diane and Rayo

November 3rd Ride Times

We had to get a little creative with Ride Times for this weekend’s show to account for the soaked ground at Topsider! The schedule has a time slot for a 12 minute warmup in the ring prior to your test.

Please see the ride times below and text/email Julie or Michelle if you see any changes that need to be made.



November Show Prize Lists

Below are the prize lists for our last two shows of 2018!

Saturday, November 3rd – Mail-In entries are due by October 26th and Hand-In entries due Tuesday October 30th by 5pm.

Saturday, November 17th – Mail-In entries are due by November 9th and Hand-In entries due Tuesday November 13th by 5pm.

Check back here for Ride Times the week of the show.

Click Here: Prize List 2018BACH_November03

Click Here: Prize List 2018BACH_November17