You’re special. Like, stop eating the paste special?
Since when did competing at first level dressage become an achievement?
Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and take a look at the key movements in First Level Test “D” (the hardest of the first levels).
There’s some leg yielding, some 15 meter circles, some lengthening of the stride (at all three gaits to boot!), a loop, a simple change, some stretching at the trot and jazz hands for the big finish because you’re done! That’s it! That’s all she wrote! The fat lady has sung!
At this level you can get away with a leading shoulder in the leg yield or a faster gait instead of an actual lengthen and still make up enough points to score in the 60’s. -not too shabby. So, to me, this seems like some pretty basic training. As in, any horse that can walk, trot, and canter off a rider’s commands can compete at this level. Agreed? Good.
So then why are studs being advertised as “Trained and shown in first level dressage and winning first place”? That’s like saying your kid is the smartest in the “special ed” class – what do you want? a medal? Con-fucking-gratulations. I don’t mean to be insensitive (ok, I do, but only a little bit) but that’s not really something to brag about. That factoid doesn’t make your horse a more valuable stud than any other riding horse.
“ONE OF A KIND GYPSY STALLION.Trained and shown in first level dressage and winning first place.Maximus is just like riding a gelding and handles like one as well.Maximus is a proven stallion with many fine gets on the ground.Serious inquires,approved home only.Call for Price,photos and more info.”
(The above ad is from Dreamhorse and if you’re familiar with their format then you know this horse’s stats were in a chart. I didn’t feel like copying it over. It’s useless for the purpose of this post anyways.)
Then again, you could choose to go this route…
“Tucumcari has excellent dressage movement, is a good jumper, and always works with his hocks well up under him. He loves to work and truly enjoys interaction with people. When his first crop of foals were born they were FANTASTIC!!! His foals are tall and elegant. They are gorgeous movers, and they all have Tucumcari’s incredible upright Friesian neck and Friesian looks in a pinto package. All of Tucci’s foals have been pinto with exception of one foal that is a beautiful black (looks Friesian!). Tucumcari is very easy to handle and ties, loads, is ridable and jumps, and is current on shots/coggins. We are getting out of breeding and looking to sell him to a good home”
…and not mention any competitive accomplishments. That’s a viable option, I suppose. Although not a very good one.
Oh and just a tip for the first owner: a Gypsy Vanner competing at first level dressage isn’t exactly a rare commodity.