April means Easter, and Easter means chocolate - and our Smarties Easter Circles dressage!
Utilising the humble circle, these tests are a wonderful early-season challenge.
We were delighted to have the Smarties Easter Circles Dressage supported by Boys Ride Too Magazine this month – along with a special rosette for the Highest Placed Boy Rider in each class, they also kindly donated a copy of the magazine and a branded neck strap for the lucky recipients!
It was brilliant to see boy riders represented across all our levels, with the highest number of boys per class occurring in our Yellow tests. Most of our Highest Placed Boy Riders placed 2nd and 3rd, proving that boys can indeed ‘do dressage’!
For 2022 we introduced our *new* Harmony Awards: the ethos of Demi Dressage has always been to encourage kind and correct riding. Many riders will be rewarded for this simply in their placings: a harmonious test is more likely to score higher. However, there are times where we see a particularly pleasing test that might not necessarily be the highest scoring, but pony and rider are working well in partnership together, and that is what our new Harmony Awards are about.
This month we awarded a Harmony Award to Finlay and Fifi for a very sensitively ridden Yellow-Plus test.
Results are published on the Demi Dressage Facebook page as they come in, but are posted here in class order for easy reference :)
SMARTIES EASTER CIRCLES RESULTS - GREEN
Our second set of results this month is our 'starter' class - the Greens. Our entry level walk only Green tests can be ridden on or off the lead rein!
We have a few new riders competing with us for the first time this month - welcome to Demi Dressage, we hope you enjoyed riding your first tests!
1st - Imogen and Barbie - 74.2%
2nd - Quinn and Peppa - 69.2% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
3rd - Poppy and Yentl - 66.4%
4th - Millie and Bliss - 63.3%
GREEN (Lead Rein):
(The marks in this class were *very* close - ranging from just 121 to 119...!!)
1st - Phoebe and Harlequin - 67.2%
2nd - Sebastian and Endellion - 66.9% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
=3rd - Aveline and Sakara - 66.7%
=3rd - Mason and Just Charlie - 66.7%
4th - Jack and Birdy - 66.1%
Quinn (G) and Sebastian (GLR) are the winners of this month's Special "Highest Placed Boy Rider", kindly supported by @boysridetoomagazine !
SMARTIES EASTER CIRCLES RESULTS - YELLOW
Continuing our results this month is our most popular class - the Yellows! These simple beginner walk/trot tests can be ridden on or off the lead rein, or Assisted!
We have a few new riders competing with us for the first time this month in this class too - welcome to Demi Dressage, we hope you enjoyed riding your first tests!
1st - Holly and Shamri - 76.2%
2nd - Florence and Peppa - 74.5%
3rd - Immy and Wilbur - 71.2%
4th - Esme and Molly - 70%
=5th - Holly and Pride - 67.9%
=5th - Brooke and Badger - 67.9%
6th - Jack and Tia - 66.9% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
7th - Jemima and Tia - 66.4%
8th - Ella and Benny - 65.9%
9th - Lucy and Penny - 65.2%
YELLOW (Lead Rein):
1st - Hector and Hunney - 69.3% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
2nd - Allegra and Hunney - 68.8%
3rd - Charlie and Pepper - 67.1%
4th - Benjamin and Millie - 65.9%
5th - Elis and Rocky the Rockstar - 65.5%
6th - Grace and Tonto - 64.3%
With the highest number of boys per class in Yellow, Jack (Y) and Hector (YLR) are the winners of this month's Special "Highest Placed Boy Rider", kindly supported by @boysridetoomagazine !
SMARTIES EASTER CIRCLES RESULTS - YELLOW-PLUS
It was a hotly contested high-scoring Yellow-Plus class this month - with our judge Susy reporting a high standard of harmonious riding across the board!
As well as some newcomers and two riders stepping up to Yellow-Plus for the first time, boys were also well-represented in this class!
1st - Erin and Chockey - 77.6%
2nd - Eve and Alfie - 75.2%
3rd - Finlay and Fifi - 74.8% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
4th - Edward and Tiger - 74.1%
5th - Dora and Shortcake - 72.8%
6th - Caitlin and Milly - 71.3%
7th - Neve and Milly - 70.9%
8th - Isaac and Robbie - 70.4%
9th - Tabitha and Spot - 65.2%
10th - Rose and Basil - 64.3%
11th - Jamie and Jester - 63.3%
Finlay is the winner of this month's Special "Highest Placed Boy Rider", kindly supported by @boysridetoomagazine !
SMARTIES EASTER CIRCLES RESULTS - BLUE
First up this month we have our Blue class - our special 'mid way between Intro and Prelim' level for those just getting to grips with their canter work
Congratulations to a couple of riders making the step up from Yellow-Plus to Blue for the first time this month!
1st - Hannah and Forest - 75.6%
2nd - India and Fliss - 73%
3rd - Mathis and Bolero - 69% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
=4th - Poppy and Molly - 67.4%
=4th - Eve and Alfie - 67.4%
5th - Isaac and Robbie - 66.8%
6th - Caitlin and Milly - 64.8%
7th - Ruby and Micky - 63.6%
Mathis is the winner of this month's Special "Highest Placed Boy Rider", kindly supported by @boysridetoomagazine !
SMARTIES EASTER CIRCLES RESULTS - RED
Our final set of results, and our highest level currently - the Red class!
Our Red class prepares riders for BD Prelims, and so our young riders really have to earn their marks here!
1st - Eliza and Coco - 68.8%
2nd - Jed and Songbird - 66.8% (Highest Placed Boy Rider )
3rd - Lottie and Tom - 65%
4th - Issy and Pepper - 64.3%
5th - Ffion and Rocky the Rockstar - 62.7%
Jed is the winner of this month's Special "Highest Placed Boy Rider", kindly supported by @boysridetoomagazine !
MiniD was desperate to have her first attempt at a Red test this month - she really wanted to try the circles, as she is so excited to be able to canter a circle on Tangle now Alas, 'life' has got in the way of us filming this month - but we may attempt a late one (she only enters HC anyway, of course!) I'll be sure to share her first Red attempt if we do manage to get one in the bag <3
A big well done to everyone who competed this month!
Our next tests are the “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” May dressage :D The tests can be downloaded from the Current Event page, and the closing date is Sunday 29th May 2022. There is a special rosette for the highest placed Pony Club Member in each class, so don’t forget to let us know with your entry if you are a member – and give us a shout out to your branch too if you want!