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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 …

Day Five: 30 Day Challenge

Day Five: The last time you rode your horse and what you did

This post is totally depressing to me.  Because of the very cold temperatures and the nearly four feet of snow out there, riding is pretty much nonexistent right now.  That makes me sad and cranky.  The last time I rode both Dreamy and Reva was a relatively warm day (above 20 degrees and sunny...) back in January.  :*(  It was still cold enough for me to forgo tack and just rode them each in their bridles.  I quickly found out how hard it is to get onto Reva's tall back without stirrups when I am only five feet tall (think lots of shimmying....LOL!)  With both mares, I just plowed around through the snow in the field and managed a few short trot sets.  The snow is deep and the horses are not in good enough shape to work too long in it.

Since then, the weather and temps are still not very conducive to riding.  I wish I had an indoor at my disposal...oh well.  The only reason I might ever want to board again would be for an indoor.  But to me, the negatives of boarding (the hassle and drama) would far outweigh the one positive (an indoor).  And I would not be able to own three horses if I make do with what I have!

The last time I rode Sparky was on Christmas Day.  I was able to ride all three mares that afternoon...which was a nice feeling!

It is even snowing right now........SIGH.  I really hope I can start riding for real soon!  C'mon spring!


AareneX said…
I hear ya loud 'n clear re: the dang weather. Our sn*w has finally melted at home, but there's plenty on the trails yet...and we've got an event scheduled in 3 weeks!!!

Amy said…
Sorry to hear you cannot ride but it is actually a little relieving that I am not the only one out there struggling through these unridable times. It makes me frustrated and cranky too. I agree C'mon spring!
Dom said…
I think I'd go out of my mind...
STB Eventer said…
Oh Aarene, I bet it all melts for you by then! March is the month for melting! :-)

Amy, it kind of feels better to know others are suffering too! LOL! ;-D

Dom, it is hard not to! But after 26 years of riding with no indoor, I guess I am used to it. :-( March is a cruel month though! LOL!