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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

We were accepted!

I just got a phone call that my mare and I have been accepted to ride with Linda Zang on May 2-3! YEAH!

I applied about a month ago to ride. I knew there was a good chance that I would NOT be chosen, but I figured I might as well apply. It is an "On The Levels" symposium hosted by SMDA. Basically, it is a clinic that you have to apply to ride in, rather than just a normal clinic where you pay your money and get to ride if there is an open spot. Because it is "On The Levels" they only chose two Training level riders, two First level riders, etc. all the way to Grand Prix.

Here is the website: SMDA website
And what they write:

We are very excited to announce to be hosting a Symposium with Linda Zang on May 2 and 3, 2009. Linda Zang of Idlewilde Farm in Davidsonville, Maryland, is one of four "O" FEI Judges in the United States - the highest rating a judge can obtain. She has been an FEI Judge since 1985 and judged the Dressage event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, World Equestrian Games in Rome and Aachen, and 5 World Cup Finals. She is an incredible clinician with a strong emphasis on correct position and effective aids.

The symposium will be a “On the Levels” format. Participants will be chosen to represent the full range of riders and horses in the Southern Maine community, from Training to FEI. This format will limit the number of participants, but will provide a tremendous educational opportunity for everyone. There will be plenty of room for auditors (including heated viewing area!) at the brand new Spring Creek Farm Facility in Lyman ME.

I am just so excited! Now I want to definitely make sure I schedule a lesson with my instructor Judy this month! :)

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  1. That is awesome! And I could be wrong but I am almost positive that is the woman I saw get her last score needed for the O a few years ago...and if it is you are in for a real treat! She rode so nicely and her horse was totally out of gas...instead of kicking the crap out of it she was very correct, but aid and then tried to go back to small aid...and it worked! It was amazing to see. I hope she is even half as good a trainer as she is a rider. She just so very correct in her riding that I took notice!

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