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CNER Eventing D Rally - October 6, 2019

I almost didn't attend the last Pony Club rally of the year, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to show in the dressage show on Saturday and then the rally the following day.  But seeing as this rally with Central New England Region (through Atlantic Pony Club) is only for riders at the D level, and my plan is to earn my C-1 next year, I knew that this was my one and only chance to compete.  I also figured Ellie was more than capable of doing two Training level tests the day before an event.  And as a D-3 rider, I was required to do BN Test A and jump 2'3", which seemed like a perfect move-up opportunity.
Of course, it was an early morning adventure to get to the Groton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, a place I had never been to before and is 2.5 hours away.  I left the house at 4:30am (OUCH) and luckily had a super easy drive down to MA.  It was only 29 degrees when I left, and it wasn't much warmer when I arrived at the grounds just before 7am.  There was still fros…

SMDA results 9/7/08

Dreamy was a rockstar at SMDA.....albeit a bit tired from her marshaling duties the day before. I won't do two events back to back again. I always forget that Dreamy really is getting "older" at age 17 this year. My other mare is 26, so I inadvertently call Dreamy my "young" horse.

Anyway, despite being tired, Dreamy was great. I limited our warm up to not over stress her. I do think she was a bit stiff behind. I was bummed about that (because I had allowed it to happen....and as I said won't happen again) but she was fine. She had both Monday and Tuesday off to recuperate.

We placed second in Intro B with a 66.500% (out of 4 riders). Then we placed 3rd in Training 1 with a 59.100% (out of 5 riders). YAY! I was so pleased with our progress at Training 1 this year. We have gone from a 53.something% up through to the 59.1%. Almost a 60%!!!! All 7s and 6s, with just two 5s. Nothing less than the two 5s! :)

Waiting for pics from the photographer....she told me that she was impressed with Dreamy's progress, especially at the canter. The last time she saw her was in May 2008.

We have six events left this year.....
  • Sept. 14 - Horse trial at Modified Beginner Novice (with a WTC dressage test.....Beginner Novice A)
  • Sept. 20 - A clinic with Susanne Hamilton at my instructor's farm
  • Sept. 28 - The STB Nationals...in New Jersey!!!!!!!
  • October 5 - Another horse trial at Modified Beginner Novice (maybe)
  • October 12 - Marshaling at Scarborough Downs
  • October 19 - Last SMDA fun show....it is a ride-re-ride with Keith Angstadt.

Comments

  1. Thats great! I love seeing people at shows in the spring and again in the fall and being able to see the difference! Keep up the good work...you are so close to breaking 60% it has to happen soon!

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  2. Yay Dreamy! Hopefully we'll see you at Nationals... I'm not 100% I'm getting there, myself, but I'll be there in spirit, if nothing else. ;)

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  3. I just stumbled upon your blog. I don't own a STB but I did Marshal the Oxford Fair races for the week. Would love to get to know you better since you are a local Mainer.

    Molly

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