Sorensen Dressage

Wacky Nut Farm Bainbridge Island, Washington

GOLD!

XO and I had our Grand Prix debut in April at Devonwood in the Spring. I wasn't expecting to get my USDF Gold Medal on our first weekend out at Grand Prix, but...pop the champagne, we did it!  It was super important to me to be able to earn my medals on horses that I trained myself.  I earned my bronze and silver medals 10 years ago in 2008 with a combination of scores from Cristiano and Syrano.  Since then, I've taken a break from riding and come back with a renewed appreciation and enjoyment for the process of training horses.  

 Emily and Excalibur Grand Prix at Donida Farm in May 2018, owned by Delight Willing.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Emily and Excalibur Grand Prix at Donida Farm in May 2018, owned by Delight Willing.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Catalina came into my life in 2013 and XO in 2014, and both have been working their way up the levels.  They're very different to ride and train, but both have an undeniable work ethic and enjoy working. 

 Emily and Excalibur Grand Prix at Donida Farm in May 2018.  Excalibur is owned by Delight Willing.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Emily and Excalibur Grand Prix at Donida Farm in May 2018.  Excalibur is owned by Delight Willing.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Catalina came back to competition at Devonwood in the Spring, as well.  For a horse that has struggled with flying changes, I was very proud of how she handled herself in the very tricky fourth level test 3.  She loves to show, but hates to make mistakes more, so I made sure she would be well prepared to navigate the details of this test, so she would be confident in the show ring...it helped that XO and I did this test a TON in 2016!  

 Emily and Catalina competing at Fourth level, Summervale Premier Dressage in June 2018.  Catalina is owned by Emily Sorensen.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Emily and Catalina competing at Fourth level, Summervale Premier Dressage in June 2018.  Catalina is owned by Emily Sorensen.  Photo: Mike Fisher

Excalibur's Debut!

XO (more formally known as Excalibur) made his show debut at 4th level at the Donida Derby.  

4-2

69.7 and 67.7%.

4-3

65.7 and 69.1%.

Four wins for XO, and he LOVED it!  Off to a great start on his show career!  

USDF Region 6/NWDC

This update is long overdue!  Last month, Catalina and I made the journey to the incomparable Devonwood for the USDF Region 6 Championship and the Northwest Dressage Championship.  It was a great show, very well organized, Devonwood was beautiful dressed in fall colors, and I had tireless support from my parents, my students, and friends.  It's often said, but only because it's VERY true...it takes a village!!  

Our competition season at 2nd level was capped off very successfully, and both Catalina and I are VERY happy to be moving on to 3rd level and beyond!  :)  

USDF Region 6 Second Level Open: 3rd place

NWDC Second Level Open: 5th place

 We did it!!!  After the final salute of our USDF Championship class. Photo: Carolynn Bunch

We did it!!!  After the final salute of our USDF Championship class. Photo: Carolynn Bunch

 Photo by Carolynn Bunch

Photo by Carolynn Bunch

  Photo by Carolynn Bunch

Photo by Carolynn Bunch

  Photo by Carolynn Bunch

Photo by Carolynn Bunch



The Dressage Festival at Donida

By some miracle, the weekend of this show fell neatly into a little cooling trend... heat wave before, a heat wave after, and nearly perfect during the show!  Upon arrival, I was also happy to find a contingent of riders, horses, and coaches in our barn aisle that I've met at previous shows, or here on Bainbridge Island.  It's great to get to catch up on everyone's goings on, in addition to getting in a great competition!  

Catalina was all business for this show.  She's decidedly a show horse now, and she LOVES it!  If there are too few people or horses around, she deflates a bit, but once she decides enough people are around, she becomes an entirely different horse.  She's always very energetic, but it's like she becomes more focused on me and wants to know how to best show herself off.  It's a very similar feeling to how Cris is to show...they do live next to each other at home, so maybe Cris has been giving her some pointers, too!  :)

The Results!

2-2 66.4% 1st place

2-3 68.9% 2nd place

2-2 72.3% 1st place

2-3 72.4% 2nd place

Scores ever rising...we're liking that trend!  :)

 She isn't sleeping, she's recharging!!  Thank you to Jo and John for being an awesome support this weekend!  Go nuts!!  

She isn't sleeping, she's recharging!!

Thank you to Jo and John for being an awesome support this weekend!  Go nuts!!