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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 …

WEG update!

So far, my trip to the World Equestrian Games has been amazing.  I am tired and need to sleep, so this is more of a quick update rather than the longer posts I plan to type eventually.  :)

Dreamy and I left Maine last Thursday and drove to New Jersey to spend the night.  We then went on to Kentucky, with our friends Helene and her Standardbred JB in tow.  We also have two fabulous "grooms" Christie and Tania with us.  :)  We arrived in Kentucky on Friday night, and we stayed the night with the horses with our friends Justin and Laura, who live right outside of Lexington.  Laura is also in the demo with her Standardbred mare Legs!

We had team practice at the Red Mile on Saturday and then moved into the Horse Park this morning!  It has been a crazy whirlwind trip.  This is seriously the most exciting equine experience of my thirty-one years.

Tonight was our first demo and it was OK.  It was FREEZING and windy, but you cannot control the weather!  LOL!  Dreamy was PERFECT.  She was not worried, she walked around on the buckle, and was just a good mare overall.  (Why would I expect anything less???  LOL!)  Things were a little off, such as the announcer reading our scripts REALLY slow which messed up the timing of our music and mispronouncing many things (such as "they compete in horse shoes.....um, I mean, horse SHOWS....").  And a part of the demo was changed at the very last minute which made Helene and my jumping course waaaaaaaay too tight.  It bummed me out because then I could not actually DO my pre-planned jump course!  So I just did a lot of cantering and big trotting around....grrrr!!!  Oh well.  :(  Sometimes working as a TEAM is harder than it looks!  ;-O  Instead I am trying to just enjoy my time here in Kentucky and relish in the fact that I am riding my horse at WEG!  :)  It is an experience I will never have again!

More updates and pics soon!  In the meantime, if you are on Facebook, please find our new page WEG Standardbreds, made by our groom Christie!  It has tons of photos!

Here is a teaser photo.....it is the entire group at the Red Mile before our practice!  :)  Dreamy and I are on the far right.  :D

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  1. Wow - how cool that you are riding Dreamy at WEG!! Hope you have time to get some shopping and spectating in too!

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