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Ellie's Big Adventure - Equine Affaire 2019

On the last day of September, I received an email from the Vermont Morgan Horse Association asking if I would be interested in bringing Ellie to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from November 7-10.  I became a member of VMHA this year when I decided to compete at Vermont Heritage Days; so even though I live in Maine and not Vermont haha, I made a snap decision to say yes!  
Honestly, it was 21 minutes after the email came in that I responded yes!  Then I had to figure out how to actually make it all happen hahahahaha.  Typical.
I attended Equine Affaire as a spectator a few times way back when and then for many years I ran the breed booth for the Standardbreds, including a four-day stint in C Barn with Dreamy back in 2013.  It is fun and exhausting to travel 4+ hours one way from home to talk with thousands of people, walk thousands of miles around the venue (ok, not that far but close), and ride in demos on a horse that has never seen such a huge venue (though in her defense, Ellie was …

Downeast Congress PHOTOS!

STANDARDBRED 3-GAIT CLASSES

DRESSAGE TESTS (Training 2 and 4)

EASY DOES IT HUNTER CLASSES.....as you can see, she overjumped everything like a crazy woman!
ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE!  **Can anyone guess what the significance of my silks are...???**

Downeast Horse Congress - June 18-20, 2010

This past weekend was one of the best horse shows here in Maine!  It is the 31st annual Downeast Horse Congress, put on by the Maine Horse Association (MHA).  DEC is one of the largest "A" rated shows here in Maine and it is held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  This year we had three rings running.....hunters, pleasure, and dressage!  The manager called it "Maine's only three ring circus!"  LOL!!!!
Last year, Dreamy was the champion 2-gait Standardbred of the weekend.  YAY!  I played a large role in reinstating the Standardbred division as well as soliciting division sponsors at DEC in 2009, and we had four classes.  This year we were able to have seven classes: STB In-Hand, STB 2-gait Pleasure, STB 2-gait Equitation, STB 2-gait Championship,  STB 3-gait Pleasure, STB 3-gait Equitation, and STB 3-gait Championship! 
And this year......drum roll....Dreamy was the champion 3-gait Standardbred!  YAY!!!!!  :D
We had so much fun!  I love this show because there is so mu…

Deworming is such a lovely chore....

The other day all three of the mares were dewormed.....with a double dose of Strongid (pyrantel pamoate)!  YUM!  LOL!  At least they are all very good about it.  They make faces at me, but stand nicely with their heads down and accept it.  One tube for each side of the mouth!  It is funny, in a sadistic kind of way, how they smack their lips like they are eating peanut butter.  But of course, dewormer cannot taste good.  :P
Each of them dug into their dinners with a small spot of light green smudge on the side of their mouths.  :D  Good mares.

Reva becomes a Big Girl - aka Chris Lombard Clinic

My biggest goal with Reva this year is to get her out and about, off the farm, having good positive experiences.  I planned to do some clinics, perhaps do a "schooling on the grounds" entry at the local dressage show, and bring her to my instructor's farm for a lesson or two.
On June 13, I brought Reva to her first ever off the farm experience.  We attended a clinic with local horseman Chris Lombard.  He is not a "natural horsemanship" person like Parelli (gag), but just a well grounded cowboy who teaches good horsemanship.  (Fun side note: Chris went to high school with my husband.....small world!!  LOL)  I wanted to get Chris' opinion of Reva and just see what she could do.  It was a 90 minute session, with the beginning on the ground and then riding at the end if I wanted to.  The farm where the clinic was held is a pretty low key boarding barn in New Gloucester, White Birch Farm, about 50 minutes from my farm.  I was excited and to be honest had high exp…