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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Odds and Ends

Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers

I just love that quote. X-D And it applies so aptly in so many life situations lately......LOL!!!!

Life is good. Work is good. The ponies are doing well. Not much to update about this week. However, lately the weather has been great, so much of the snow is gone. Some of the frost is out as well. YAY! This weekend is supposed to be lovely weather too, so I hope to get in lots of horse time. Daylight Savings is coming, so our conditioning will soon begin in earnest.

Also, I have been working hard to secure sponsors for the Maine Horse Association's three shows with a Standardbred division. We have seven classes this year! They include in-hand, 2-gait pleasure, 2-gait equitation, 2-gait championship, 3-gait pleasure, 3-gait equitation, and 3-gait championship. So far we have four secured sponsors and three more that say they will sponsor but have not sent a check yet. It is great to be able to provide this breed division for the Maine horse community. I hope we have a great turnout and show off our STANDARDBREDS from MAINE! Whooo! :D

And my PSA for the day...wear your helmets folks! I am sure the majority of you have heard about Courtney King-Dye's accident. While I do feel bad for her and her family, this is what happens when one is not protected. WEAR A HELMET! Evey time, every ride. They are not just for us lowly amateurs, they are for everyone! Thankfully another dressage rider Heather Blitz is launching a helmet awareness campaign. It is about time all these fancy pants riders realize that there are fatal consequences from choosing fashion over safety. I know I sound harsh, but seriously! It is sad that so many riders think they are invincible. And it is NOT true that top hats are required for upper level dressage....see USEF rulebook DR120.4. :D

Comments

Artlady said…
Not harsh at all Liz. EVERYONE should wear a helmet, and an UP TO DATE HELMET at that!
My friends younger sister died when she fell on her head. She WAS wearing a helmet, but I know it was an "older" model (like many of us are familiar with) and I can't help but wonder if she was wearing a more modern one that she may still be alive... But brain damage is not a happy life either (in my opinion). Accidents and tragedies happen, but one must take all precautions to prevent what can be prevented...