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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 Seven: 30 Day Challenge

Day Seven: Your best ribbon

This is very hard to decide.  I am proud of every ribbon I have won!  But here are my top four...

#4 Winning the Taurmade Memorial Award for the highest Training level score at the National Standardbred horse show in both 2008 and 2010.  This is special to me because it is named after my friend Helene's special horse Taurmade.

2010 Taurmade Memorial Award

Taurmade and Helene

#3 Winning the 2007 National High Point Standardbred Award, which is important to me because it was earned at the end of Dreamy's first year of showing!

Yeah, I know it is a dorky picture, but it is all I have!  LOL!
#2 Earning a 68% and third place ribbon at the UNH Dressage Show for Training 2 on July 31, 2010 which marked a clear milestone for me and Dreamy.  This would not be a huge deal for some, but to me this ribbon and score was AWESOME!  We earned our highest USDF rated show score ever which was a 68.214%.  Out of 12 riders, I was very pleased to be the highest scoring adult amateur in my class (they do not split open and AA, so the two riders who scored above me were professionals).  This was also the show that allowed us to qualify for...

#1 Winning two 2010 USDF All-Breed Champion awards- Open and Adult Amateur.  Dreamy is the third Standardbred to win the Open Training award and the first one to win the AA Training award!  Yay!  This was my loftiest goal with Dreamy and certainly the most prestigious. 


  1. Haha, you certainly have enough to choose from!

  2. Naaaaaw, you made me all teary eyed.....! Thank you!
    <3 my T.....!

  3. And we love you right back.... xo :-D


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