Silva's London Olympic Dressage Update



A word from my lovely wife Silva about my Olympic dressage test with Otis Barbotiere, followed by some links to stories about Otis and I in the news. -Boyd

Otis has been working better then he ever has. He is stronger, steadier and more powerful. We were so excited for the test because even during the last ride yesterday morning before Boyd's test he looked fantastic. In the warm-up ring, too, Boyd and Otis warmed up perfectly.



When Boyd entered the big arena, we could not believe how relaxed and focused Otis looked.
The scoreboard was not working yet, which was a disadvantage of going first. We all watched Boyd and Otis and thought the test was better than any they have ever done. It looked smooth and confident with no big mistakes at all. The changes were nice, though perhaps the last change could have been a bit better.



We were sooooo happy with the test. When the score finally came up on the scoreboard, The Captain and all of us looked at each other and there was no question in our minds that it had to be a mistake. Everybody knows that going first is not ideal and I think Boyd's test proved that!
The judges were all over the place with their scores.

Boyd and I are not people that complain about judging much, but yesterday it really was not understandable to us! I know that sometimes we get better scores then we deserve and  sometimes we feel like we deserved more then we got. It is just sooooo disappointing when the first case happens AT THE OLYMPICS! But there is nothing we can do about it, and we are so very proud of Otis for doing such an amazing job!!

Phillip and Will ride their dressage tests and Boyd is going to take Otis for a gallop today. I am sure they will all do a great job tomorrow! The course looks pretty hard to me, but Otis and Boyd can do it!

Silva



News Links:


USA Today  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/equestrian/story/2012-07-28/Boyd-Martin-equestrian-Otis-Barbotiere-Neville-Bardos/56561894/1


Practical Horseman http://www.equisearch.com/news/nancy_jaffer/2012-olympic-eventing-dressage-day-one/


Philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/philabuster/164123622.html

http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/56561894?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Olympic%20Sports|s