Monday Minstrel: This is how you do it!

Below is a link (I hope, since I am not able to preview it) to the winning freestyle at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The rider is British Olympic gold medalist and multiple Champion Charlotte Dujardin riding Erlentanz. Here is what I find the most interesting about this ride. Listen to the commentators if you are not familiar with Dressage and you will hear that there is a miscommunication just before the canter pirouette. The horse breaks to trot, Charlotte recovers the canter and does the double pirouette. But now she will know that to get a winning score she must put the double pirouette in somewhere else! She is also just a bit behind her music. She rides on and completes other difficult movements of the test and then….she fits in a second attempt at the double canter pirouette and this time… perfect! She continues on and to finish the test in time with her music, she redesigns the choreography, and finishes perfectly in time for the final halt and salute. That is a top athlete not getting flustered after a mistake and while riding a very difficult test is still able to think ahead and plan for a second chance to get the winning score. That is how you do it!

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  1. So lovely, how beautifully horse goes with the music. Treat to watch, thanks for sharing

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    1. anne leueen says:

      So glad you liked it. Charlotte is one of the best riders in the world.

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  2. Austen says:

    WOW! What a cool video. You can totally see her cut the last trot diagonal down to a half to be able to make the time for the halt. Super smart and really quick thinking!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes to be able to ride the Grand Prix movements and at the same time think about how to catch up to the music and how to get that double pirouette in…..Amazing!

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  3. She is amazing !! Watching her makes me want to get a dressage horse !

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are right she is amazing and the horse is stunning with her riding him.

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  4. Irene says:

    Ah, yes! It does appear if I go directly to you website. Thanks, I will watch it from there. Just isn’t showing up on the WP app on my iPad. Silly WordPress. 😊

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  5. Irene says:

    Good Monday morning, Anne. The link does not seem to be showing up. Hope is pops up soon because it sure sounds interesting from your post. 😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Hmmm…I don’t know what to do about that. It appears on my PC and also on my husband’s PC if he goes to the blog website. But he said it was not on his email notice of the blog post.

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