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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 …

Maine Dressage Society 2010 Banquet

The Maine Dressage Society banquet was held on Sunday, January 30, 2011.  This is always a fun banquet to look forward to.  I really wanted my instructor to come with me, but she was not able to.  :-(  Instead, I met up with another friend who owns a Standardbred just starting out in dressage and the young woman who rides him.  It was nice for Dreamy to share the "dressage Standardbred" spotlight with another Standardbred!  

As always, I am super proud of my mare.  She has done so well this year!  Funny enough though, we scored much higher at our out-of-state shows than here in Maine (Why......???  No idea!  LOL) and the one schooling show we did here in Maine to be able to qualify for Maine points ended up being the lowest scores of the season!  DUH!  Most of the time, you score higher at schooling shows, but not me!  For my tests, the one "L" judge gave lots of 6s for everything, while the "S" judges were more willing to reward good movements with 8s and 9s.  LOL!  For whatever reason we scored LOWER at the schooling show than all of our rated shows!  Too funny.

We ended up ranking fourth in Training level, which I was pleased with.  Last year we were eighth!  :)  We got a pretty gray/white ribbon!  :)


We also were awarded the high scoring Standardbred award, aka "Standardbred Horse of the Year."  We have won that three times now (and one time we were Reserve).  :)  It is a nice certificate that I will hang up with the others.


And we had a new award this year, which I did not know about.  The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine (SPHO-ME) donated a high point trophy for Training level Standardbreds.  We were the only Standardbred at Training level so we won it!  LOL!  It was very generous of SPHO-ME to do that, especially since I am not a member of that organization.  :)  (Sadly, the trophy says "Dreamy Starlight" instead of Starlet, but oh well.  It is the thought that counts!  LOL)


Pretty ribbons at the banquet!
More ribbons...
Medals and certificates...
Yay Dreamy!

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