Many of switched to ODSSs at the beginning of the Pandemic because we had to. There just weren't any shows to go to for community health reasons. Covid was new and there were many unknowns.
But now that things are opened back up again, there is still a place for these online showing options all year long! If you haven't tried one yet, maybe give it a try! Here are just a few of the perks of online showing:
In the cold weather months many of us can’t go to shows, because there aren’t any. The weather puts a stop to everything dressage showy. So ODSS are a great way to keep getting evaluation on your progress as you work towards your goals.
If you are like me, you lose your motivation when you aren’t competing. These online shows allow us to keep competing when the local shows have shut down for the winter.
Online Shows are a great way to see if you are ready to move up a level. They are a kind of a put your toe in the water and get a judge's feedback before heading off to an in person show and shelling out all of those fees.
Oh, and then there are all of the fees at in person shows. It is much more cost effective to show online!
Some of us have show nerves. ODSS allow you to stay right at home where you are comfortable. It’s almost like the judge comes to you! Your horse won't have the looky loos either!
No travel time and no trailering fees is a nice plus.
Your ride time is your choosing. Ride and video when you want...not when the show management says. Too hot at 2pm...ok ride at 7am. Too cold at 8am, ok...ride at 2pm. Hate to rush home from work to make it to the evening show...don't bother...ride when it's convenient for you.
I could go on and on...and I bet you are right now...thinking about all of the advantages...
But, If you are going to be entering online dressage schooling shows, here are a few thing to keep in mind when filming.
- Make sure to film from the judges perspective. Have the camera located a ‘C’.
- Try to minimize distractions in the video. Distractions can be visual or auditory. People talking loudly or noisy equipment running nearby, makes for a very unpleasant video to watch. Visual distractions don’t help either. Dogs running around playing and barking, people passing in front of the camera just to name a few distractions.
- Use a tripod so the image is nice and steady. The judges don’t want to be nauseous watching you ride.
- Have easily visible arena markers. They don’t have to be fancy, or store bought, but it does help if the judge can see where you are in the ring easily. Don’t lose points because the judge couldn’t tell where you were.
- Practice riding and recording the test a time or two. That way you can pretend you are the judge, and watch your own video playback to make sure everything is all good.
- Consider lighting. Imagine being the judge trying to judge a black horse as the sunsets in a dark arena. Or watching a video where the sunlight is facing right at the camera and you can’t see what is happening in the video.
- Watch out for sun glare from windows of buildings and car windshields. These can make the video difficult to see
- .Make sure your camera battery is charged. Nothing worse than finishing your best ride ever, only to find out the camera died half way through!
I would love to hear your experiences and advice!
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