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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Stall Plates

I am very lucky to keep my horses here at home.  That means that I am their sole caretaker (unless I am out of town...) and I don't really have to be as organized as a big busy boarding barn.

But despite the smaller size of my quiet backyard set-up, I do have a pretty organized barn.  For example, I use Smartpaks, not because I need to worry about others feeding my horses their supplements, but because they are cheaper than I could buy them otherwise.  Plus, I LOVE that they ship automatically to me every month, eliminating the need for me to worry about running out of supplements.  (I do have to special order the chastetree berries and Dreamy's Immuzim, as Smartpak will never carry those.)

So, even though no one but me really needs to know which stall is which (and obviously I know it by heart...LOL!), I do love to use pretty stall plates.  There is something about them that just makes me happy!  :-)

Sparky and Dreamy have had their current stall plates since I got married in 2003 and changed my last name.  They are looking a little ratty, but I still love them.  :-)

I finally ordered one for Reva and it came today!  Yay!  :-)  But shoot, I just realized I made Reva's all in caps.  Whoops!  Oh well.....LOL!


Dressager said…
Is Sparky of any relation to Kennebec Count? I've seen a couple of his offspring and they just make me drool. I've never seen him in person, he passed away in 2004, and I can't find any videos on YouTube (except Breyer stuff, apparently Breyer made him into a model?)

But I digress.... I LOVE stall plates. They always look like the final touch to me, they say "THIS horse BELONGS here, it's not just any other stall!" I made Greta's, but it's not crazy-professional looking like your's. It has big plastic gems. Pretty snazzy.
STB Eventer said…
Yes, she is! On their sire's side, they share the same grandsire (Kennebec Ethan). And Count's sire King and Sparky's sire (Kennebec Chief, but we called him Kenny) have the same dam (Helen May). I have Count's Breyer horse, of course!!! He was a grand stallion and I enjoyed going to Miss Gardiner's farm in Woolwich (ME) to visit him. It was always a thrill to see him carriage driving with his son Russel!!

I grew up riding at the farm where Sparky was born, Joydale Morgan Farm....and I learned to ride on her siblings and relatives! I learned to canter on her sire Kenny! :) Quite a thrill to ride a stallion at age 9!

And I boarded Sparky there for a while....she shared her pasture with her dam Kennebec Spark (as well as her full sister Joydale Amy). So we had "Sparky Sr." and "Sparky Jr." ROFL! :)
Dressager said…
That is so cool!!! I wish I could meet Greta's sire, but he's all the way up in Colorado. But he also does driving. Mostly dressage, but some driving too (another horsey-thing I need to learn to do).

Count would have been lovely to see in person. The Kennebec line is just a wonderful line.