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We don’t just dive (Horses)

If you’ve read this journal before you probably know Julie and I dive a lot. But we’ve got other hobbies as well. One of our other serious hobbies is riding horses. In Amsterdam we ride at a stable and take dressage lessons 2 or 3 times a week . In the US Virgin Islands we only ride western, as they don’t really do dressage here.

Last week I did my first dressage test and managed to get first place. A dressage test is where you must show proficiency at specific figures you must ride in the arena. You get graded on 35 elements and that gives you a final score. If you score higher than a certain amount you have passed and can continue to the next level. The person with the highest marks has won the event for your level, but this is more honorary than anything else. It doesn’t really mean much.

Julie snapped my test with a Flip Video Eric Cheng gave us. I should be getting a proper video of it later. For those that personally know me, this is the only time you’ll see me all scrubbed up like that!

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7 Responses to “We don’t just dive”

  1. Karin Spaink says:

    Oh wow. Jullie zijn echt van veel markten thuis. En dat kostuum staat je goed :)

  2. Eric Cheng says:

    Uh, Cor? Is that you in the video? I’ve never seen you in anything other than a t-shirt or wetsuit. Nice gloves.

    I’m a little freaked out. ;)

  3. Eric Cheng says:

    Oh yeah – CONGRATULATIONS!! :)

  4. cor says:

    The gloves are part of the official outfit you need to wear during competitions. I never wear anything but tshirts, so this probably freaks a lot of people out :)

  5. Kippy says:

    Congrats, Cor! I haven’t seen you in years and even _I_ would never have guessed this was you. :) You look very, um “proper”. Is the woman on the loudspeaker announcing what you’re doing for everyone else, or is she telling you what you have to do next? I wonder if now you’re ready to come play with the cowboys in Nevada? ;)

  6. cor says:

    She’s telling me what to do next.

  7. Karin Spaink says:

    Heh. Cor is taking orders, that’s a novelty in itself :)