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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 …

Downeast Congress PHOTOS!


DRESSAGE TESTS (Training 2 and 4)

EASY DOES IT HUNTER you can see, she overjumped everything like a crazy woman!

ROADSTER UNDER SADDLE!  **Can anyone guess what the significance of my silks are...???**

This is my stall and tack room...

My ribbons are on the left and my friend ST's ribbons are on the right!


  1. LOVE the photos!!! Dreamy looks so amazing!! Wish we had something like this around here...Johnny and I are getting ready for a big hunter show next weekend!

  2. I'm so proud of you two! Congratulations and the photos look amazing!! I wish my family could get it together and take pictures of each other while showing or at least designate a friend to be photographer for the day but it never seems to happen.

  3. Great pictures! You guys look so good! Nice pic of your stall with all of the ribbons too - that must feel good! :-)

    Hmm - the silks - not sure...

  4. That's great! Wonderful photos - you guys look amazing - and I especially love the header photo!

  5. That looks like so much fun! I can't wait until my mare and I are ready for big shows like that! And congrats on all the pretty ribbons!!

  6. Thank you guys!!! We had a great weekend and so much fun! :)

    @ Lexa- These photos are from the professional photog. He does a great deal where you can get all three days worth of photos for only $129 on a CD! It is great because we had almost 200 photos!!!

    No guesses on the silks???? :)

  7. Hello!

    I have followed you blog for quite some time now. I think that you and your mares are absolutely fabulous! I am also a standardbred owner and blogger. I would love to chat with you further. My email is

    Hope to hear from you soon!

  8. Aw, thank you hearthooves! I will send you along an email..... :D

  9. LOVE the photos. Great job! You guys look great.


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