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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

UNH Dressage Show Aug. 1-2, 2009

Well, I am going to begin a recap of all that I have been up to since I last blogged. So many things have been happening, and most of them have been very good! Life has settled down to a very happy and positive keel, so I am a much happier girl. Sometimes you gotta take the bad with the good.

After the Isaac Royal show I last wrote about, we headed to UNH (University of New Hampshire, my alma mater!) again for a two day dressage show. This was our worst one of the year, and I believe it is due to Dreamy having her Potomac and Rhino/Flu shots just days beforehand. In order to gear up for the Standardbred National show in New Jersey, I needed a 30 day health certificate and I also give her a booster for Rhino/Flue and a yearly Potomac Horse Fever vaccine. I do not normally give the PHF, but I wanted to do that now (and last year) since we traveled so far south. Better to be safe than sorry.

I thought she would be OK, but she was sluggish and dull. She was also very stiff in the canter, much more so than she has ever been. She has not been that stiff again, thankfully. Never again will I plan shots to fall so closely to a show. Next time, shots will come on a Monday, our day off!

Also it was super difficult for her in the grass ring at UNH. We had a ridiculous amount of rain this past summer in Maine/New Hampshire and the one grass ring was horrible! And of course, I did three of my four tests in the grass ring. L Out of four rings, we got the grass one!

We did Training 2 both days, both times in the grass ring, earning a 56.429% on Saturday and a 55.714% on Sunday. Our scores ranged from 5-8. Training 4 on Saturday was a VERY bad 49.200% in the grass ring and on Sunday was 59.600% in the sand ring! Both Training 4 tests had scores from 4-8. My friend Rachel came out to watch us and got some good pics.

Here we are in the warm up...

Training 2 on Sunday


  1. I love the freewalk picture! I am sorry it didn't go so well, and I am also surprised that they even had a grass ring. Clearly you northerners are much tougher because I think people would have thrown a fit showing in grass around here!


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