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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…

BUMMER

Well, there was ice in the buckets this AM. This is SO NOT COOL. I am in complete and utter denial that winter is coming. I think I am pretending that I am either going to FL for the winter or that we are suddenly going to go from fall to spring! LOL! Ah, either of those scenarios would be my ultimate dream. I am SO done with winter.

Another bummer.....I found out yesterday that I am only allowed to ride one test tomorrow at my show....a Ride-Re-Ride with SMDA. I was hoping to do both Training 1 and 2...but I guess they forgot to mention in the omnibus that in order to allow as many rides as possible, they are only allowing each rider to ride one test. BUGGER.

Oh well....naturally I chose Training 1. This is purely for year end scores......while ME Dressage Society gives awards based on levels, Southern ME Dressage Assoc. gives awards based on test. So it behooved me to ride Training 1 since that is the test I have shown all year. I am such a tricolor ribbon-ho....LOL! ;-) Not really.....I am just dying to score above a 60% on Training 1 again.

OH....and because they have so many rides tomorrow (as in I am riding Training 1 TWICE, back to back....but only the first ride "counts" for points) they set up two rings. I am in the "new ring" (I sure hope Dreamy is happy with the new oddly placed ring) AND this means I am NOT riding for Keith Angstandt!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRR.....this defeats the entire purpose of why I wanted to do this show.....to be judged by an "r" judge as opposed to an L judge. My plan is to do rated shows next year so I wanted to get feedback in the Ride-Re-Ride format from a "real" judge. I have shown already under the judge who I am riding for tomorrow, and she is great, but I don;t know....I am a little disappointed with the entire thing.

AND....I had to give up on my fantastical costume class idea. C wanted to do it on Dreamy, so I allowed him to chose the costume. He and Dreamy are going to be black cats. It will be super cute, but will not fulfill my childish desire....see here.

Oh what's a girl to do??????? ;-)

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