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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

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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