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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 …

2010 SPHO-NJ Awards Banquet

This past Sunday, February 20, was the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey awards banquet.  For the fourth year in a row, Dreamy won many awards.  :)  I flew down to NYC and took the train to New Jersey on Sunday to attend the banquet.  (That was a trip and a half.....nothing like a country girl navigating her way around on different trains, etc!  LOL!  Thankfully it was easy and I have a good sense of direction!)  I stayed with my good friend Helene, my long long big sister!  :)  It was too short of a trip, as I arrived in NJ at 3PM and left the following morning at 8AM.  

The WEG crew is reunited!  Well, minus Tania.... :-(


The banquet this year was HUGE!  It was held in the ballroom of a local Holiday Inn.  It was SO much fun!  We had good food, lots of fun auction items, excellent awards, great company and lots of dancing!  I danced so much I am still sore today!  LOL!  The best part was seeing the very strong support from the NJ harness racing community.  That to me is the most important group to have on your side as an SPHO and the NJ chapter does it best, in my opinion.  Too often SPHO's are anti-racing, which is ridiculous!

All of the drivers who were there to support!

Me accepting the Taurmade Memorial Award from Helene....it is in honor of her horse Taurmade
Yep, I had a blast....LOL!

Anyway, I am very thankful to Helene and her husband for their hospitality, to all of SPHO-NJ for the awesome banquet and awards, and to all of my NJ (and KY!) horse friends who I wish I could see on a more regular basis.  :-D

Dreamy was awarded...

Taurmade Memorial Trophy - for the highest dressage score at the National Standardbred Show (for the second time!)
Grand Champion Dressage
Grand Champion Hunter
Grand Champion Combined Training
Reserve Champion Demonstrations
Fourth place 3-Gait Open
Fourth place Versatility
Fifth place Overall High Point (in all divisions)
Sixth place In-Hand
Sixth place Showmanship

Yay mare!  I am pretty happy with the awards, especially since 90% of our shows were dressage only!  We had another great year of showing.  After four banquets over four months, this was our last one.  Here's looking towards a great 2011 show season!


Pics from Vicki Wright....there are more on her website.

Comments

  1. I can't believe you flew all the way down here for that! Congrats on all your awards. I really should join one of these years.

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  2. Thank you!

    And yup, I am the most supportive out-of-state member possible! LOL! :-D It is sooooo much fun and a pretty easy trip without a horse! You definitely should join!

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  3. Holy crow, talk about cleaning up! Good to hear you did so well. You are setting the bar rather high for next year though ;)

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  4. LOL Kate! I always think there is no way I could top the previous year. I have been showing her for four years and each year we do better and better...73 year end awards in four show seasons! Truthfully I have won everything and accomplished all of my dreams and goals with Dreamy....so anything after this is just for fun! Instead of trying to qualify for awards in 2011 I am focusing on moving her up to First Level. No more hunter shows for her either. :-) Plus, I have a young horse to start playing with too.

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