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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

SPHO-ME Spring Fling show 2008

The Dream Girl's knee ended up being fine on Saturday morning. My vet on retainer (aka Judi from RI...LOL) took a look at it on Saturday night and agreed it was fine.

I did decide to NOT do any jumping, barrels, or poles at the show. Why risk it? Why push her? In a way it was also good that she is not quite ready for 3-Gait. I am hoping we can do 3-Gait in August, but if not, then I will be patient....good things come to those who wait right??

So anyway, Dreamy and I had a blast. It was especially fun to show out of side-by-side trailers with Judi, Chris, and Joanne from RI.

We ended up:
Open Showmanship - 1st out of 14
STB in Hand - 1st out of 8
STB 2-Gait Pleasure, Seniors - 4th out of 6
Open 2-Gait Pleasure, Seniors - 1st out of 10
Open 2-Gait Equitation, Seniors - 1st out of 7
Roadster Under Saddle - 3rd out of 4
Open Trail class - 3rd out of 15

The funny part is I almost did not do Showmanship and In Hand....LOL! I am glad I did!

In class 3 (STB 2-Gait Pleasure, Seniors) Dreamy spooked (bucked) at a bunch of jump standards outside the ring next to the dressage judges booth (this is the same ring where we do our SMDA shows and they are NOT there for SMDA shows). Heaven forbid! This horse is SO routine oriented! I was lucky to stay on and the rest of the class she had her tail flipped over her back and was barely able to keep control of herself. Her trot was extended and "floaty", her walk was a jig and her halt was non-existent. LOL! She was making that loud blowing noise that horses make to "warn" other horses. Too funny! I figured I had the 6th place ribbon, no problem. But how we pulled off 4th is a mystery. Everyone was asking WHAT HAPPENED??? I said, well that is showing for you! You never know if your steady eddy horse might blow up!!!

So I took her outside the ring and showed her the standards. OH!!! Those are not scary after all. So I did some warm-up before our next class #6 Open Pleasure......she was great. Then we nailed the next two classes.

Not matter the ribbons, I was most pleased with how Dreamy actually stood still in the line up of our rail classes (well except for class #3) which she was unable to do last year. She was pleasant to Duncan, who was tied near her at the trailers. She drank a ton of water and ate all her hay.....which is great. Showed me she was relaxed and happy. She did end up peeing on the trailer on the ride home, poor thing. She must not have been able to hold it in any longer.

I wasn't planning to do either of the SPHO-ME shows this year. But when Judi decided to come up and do the June 1 one, I knew I had to show. And now, having done the first one I might as well do the August show. Year end awards are always fun! LOL!!!

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