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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 …

Day One: 30 Day Challenge

So, it's March and I need some inspiration to get me through one of the toughest months here in Maine!  LOL!  I have Facebook friends who I have seen do a 30 day challenge with pics, but I don't really want to do this on Facebook.  I am going to try my best to post every day for the month!  (OK, so yeah, there are 31 days in March....whatever!  LOL!!!)

Day One:  A picture of you and your horse

Well, this one is easy!  :-)

First up is Revenue Stream, nicknamed Reva.  She is a 2006 Standardbred mare who I have owned since July 5, 2009.  Reva never raced or even qualified as she was unable to train down past 2:20.  She was given to me by Carter Duer of Peninsula Farm (as in I am listed as owner on her papers!).  This is a photo of us cantering along during a clinic last summer with Chris Lombard

Next is Dreamy Starlet, a 1991 Standardbred mare.  Dreamy is a retired race horse and broodmare who started out as a free lease in 2003 and was given to me in 2006 by Jack McGee, a STB owner here in Maine.  We arranged it so the transfer of ownership on her papers was on Dec. 25, so she is my Christmas horse!  Dreamy and I have achieved so many things together, which is made more sweet by the fact that I have done all her training myself (as an adult amateur, though I do take lessons from a fabulous instructor named Judy) and the fact that I never began Dreamy's training until she was 15!  We have won tons of awards and are the poster children for Standardbred Versatility; she competes in dressage, eventing, hunters, western, trail, games, in-hand, roadster under saddle, and even marshals races at local racetracks!  This is a photo of us during the first of four breed demonstrations at the World Equestrian Games in 2010!

And last, but certainly NOT least, is Joydale Sparklerslas, nicknamed Sparky.  She is a 1982 Morgan mare and I have owned her since 1993 (I was 13 and she was 10!).  Sparky was my first horse and she is the best first horse a girl could ever own.  She was originally bred by the people I rode with as a kid (Joydale Morgan Farm) but was sold before I started riding there.  She ended up in a bad situation and we found her for sale after we had been looking for almost two years for a fancy dressage/jumping Morgan for me.  My mother called her my "diamond in the rough" way back when and she was absolutely correct.  I love this horse more than I love most people.....ha ha ha ha.  She has been there for me through all of life's struggles.  We have done everything together from hunters, dressage, eventing, trail, games, in-hand, pleasure driving, and combined driving events.  I began driving her when she was 19 years old and her hocks were unable to continue our jumping (eventing) career.  Instead of getting a new younger horse, I switched disciplines!  Sparky LOVED to drive!!!  This photo is from the marathon phase in 2003 at one of the last full CDEs we competed in...she was 21 years old.  The veterinarian at the end of the marathon told me I had the best conditioned horse there...and she was also the oldest!


  1. Sounds like fun, can't wait for more!
    It was also nice to hear more about Sparky. Up until today, I knew very little about her.

  2. awesome! I love doing things with breeds that aren't breed specific! You demonstrate that so well with your lovely abovestandardbreds!!!

  3. Carter is such a nice guy.

    And Sparky is beautiful. She sounds like a once in a life time horse.

  4. I love reading your blog honey and look forward to one a day for 31 days! Good luck! I hope your power came back on tonight. I love you Elizabeth, mom xoxox


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