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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 Seventeen: 30 Day Challenge

Day Seventeen: Your equestrian idol

This is a hard one, as I am not the type of person who follows famous people, celebrities, etc.  Yes, I think Steffen Peters is pretty amazing and I have always liked the Karen and David O'Connor.  But I have never thought, "Oh geez, I really want to be like them."  They are way too advanced for this adult amateur to idolize.  LOL!  I never have dreamed of the Olympics and all that.  I love horses but I have no desires to pursue them as a full-time, elite level professional career.

So I guess my real idols are just normal everyday folks.  I admire my riding instructor Judy of Little Moon Farm because she is super helpful and patient with me.  She is a great rider who knows so much more about dressage and training then I will ever know.  I love that I feel comfortable enough to ask questions and admit when I need help.  I know she will push me in a positive way but never get angry or demeaning.  Not every instructor is like that.  Also, Judy has a wonderful mare named Locket and has not only done all her training herself but she also manages her EPSM very well.  You would never know her mare had this disease, as she takes super care of her.  Judy is a horse person who I highly respect and I value her opinion. 

I also admire three Standardbred mares and their owner/riders.  The first one is a friend of mine from Kentucky named Laura who owns a wonderful mare named Legs.  Laura has owned and shown Legs for many years and they are a wonderful ambassador for the Standardbred breed.  They have earned tons and tons of ribbons and awards in hunters, equitation, and western.  Laura and Legs were at WEG with us and demonstrated western pleasure. Laura has done an amazing job training and showing Legs and certainly is someone I look up to.

The other two are Sea the Gray owned by SPHO-Florida and Whiz Bang owned by my friend Tina.  These two Standardbred mares have competed in USDF shows from Training up to Second Level with their rider Heather!  And they have won numerous dressage awards and ribbons.  I admire all of the work Tina and Heather have put into these mares.  They also were at WEG in the dressage pas de deux.  While I know I will never achieve Second Level with Dreamy, I certainly am proud of the work of these Florida horsewomen!


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