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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Dressage? Eventing? Or Both??

My real love is eventing. I love dressage, but nothing beats riding a cross country course! Having an older horse has forced me to focus more on dressage in the last year. This is not a bad thing, as I love dressage and it obviously helps over fences. The real reason for this focus shift is because I believe a horse has only so many jumps in them, and I am very careful how much I jump Dreamy due to her age. We jump no more than once a week, which includes when I jump at a show. This year I am planning to do pretty much the same shows as last year. So the plan is as long as she is sound and happy, I still want to do a few one day horse trials. Having been started until saddle at age 15, I am hoping she will be sound for low jumping (under 2'3") well into her 20's. And if not, that is obviously OK. I monitor my horses like a hawk, and each horse tells me what she can do.

So with not much to do outside, I like to spend time making my show calendar. I scouted around for dates of horse trials recently. Two of my favorite places to event are in New Hampshire; one is at the Hilltop Equestrian Center in Somersworth and the other is at Green Acres Stable in Madbury. Hilltop has yet to post their 2010 schedule, but I have all the dates for Green Acres. Their first event (May 23) is the same day as my son's birthday. I never show on his birthday, so that is out. The second one is on June 20, the same day I will be at the Downeast Congress. And the third one is on August 22, the same day I will be in NJ at the National Standardbred show. SIGH.

Oh well. LOL! The same thing happened last year, where I was unable to do an event until the fall. I could potentially do either Sept. 12 and/or Oct. 17 at Green Acres. But the event I did last year in October was SO COLD!!!! LOL! I am anxious to see the Hilltop calendar, as maybe I can do one there earlier in the summer. It is so fun to make plans...spring is almost here!

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  1. I know what you mean! I LOVE to sit around on a cold winter day and plan all the fun I am going to have for the summer. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the other show grounds has some shows you can go to in the summer. Oh...and I thought you would like to know...Phoenix was accepted into the breed registry so I am going to be going USDF this year. All-Breeds awards here we come!

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