QUOTE (Kathrin K.I.M. @ Apr 20 2007, 06:45 PM)
I liked Matine a lot! She's marvelous! I also have to negate Janina - I think her Piaffe was good. Piaffe is defined as a trotting movement at the stand. She did it and also she did lift her hind lags really good off the ground, something other horses don't do.
I donīt know after which definition you jugde, but the Piaffe is actually defined as a trotlike movement while carrying most of the weight on the hindlegs. If a horse is showing a correct piaffe, it will just NOT lift is hindlegs very high (it canīt because there is more weight on them). In my personal opinion that is a common misunderstanding of this exercise. A correct(!) Piaffe is more than "trot on the spot"
But donīt get me wrong: Itīs nothing against that horse: As I said, I think she is great and if trained on correctly, we might see her in a brilliant piaffe one day
QUOTE (paelmchen @ Apr 20 2007, 10:48 PM)
Critical point referring to Isabellīs ride: Satchmo is a bit behind the vertical, thatīs true.
But when you look at the transitions, nearly perfect, the travers in trot
the best I have ever seen.
You may like here or not, here riding art is outstanding and this ride gave me goosebumps.
Isabell always believed in Satchmo, although until to Aachen he was a difficult horse, but she trusted him, and in Aachen it was time to show their partnership.
ciao roland palm
Again as I said: She is showing all the exercises correctly and I completly agree with you on the transitions. But I canīt let this head- and neck-position be uncritizised, for it is unhealthy for the horse and if thatīs not reason enough, it is extremly against the "rules" which say a horse has to be at or better before the vertical. So Iīm not willing to speak of such a presantion as "riding art". It was a good presantation, but with a very obvious weakness. She correctly won this competition, but it was nothing that delighted me.
But of course that is subjective and you might see this differently, thatīs okay
By the way: I saw her riding a few times (in Frankfurt and in Wiesbaden last year) and she is always very tense when riding (not during the competition, that would be understandable, but even at the preparation-place). Look at her muscles of mastication (is this the right expression?) the next time you see her riding...
And itīs nothing personal (how could it be, I donīt know her
). Itīs nice, that she believed in her horse, but I donīt know how much "publicity" is behind such stories
Here is another really interesting site about dressage, collection and that "rollkur-theme":www.sustainabledressage.com