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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 …

Thank You

I have many wonderful horse friends all over the place, from here in my home state, to Florida, New Jersey, and even the west coast.  But I wanted to write up a little something here on the blog for two of my horse friends I am very thankful for.  They both deserve their moment in the blog spotlight!  :-D

First is my friend Tania.  She was a HUGE help to me last year at WEG, doing everything from riding co-pilot in my truck, to actually driving my rig for me after I had driven 10 hours straight, to helping me prep Dreamy for each ride, to taking awesome pics of us all!  :-)  And she was nice enough to volunteer to tag along to the May 8 show, Reva's first show ever, so that I did not have to be alone.  She is officially now my "show mommy".....HA HA HA!  ;-D  I show alone a lot, so it was nice to have someone to help me and keep me sane!  LOL!  She and I also did a beach ride this year and have many more adventures planned!  THANK YOU TANIA!  :-D

Here we are at WEG!  From left to right: Christie, me, Tania, Laura, and Helene
And my other horsey friend who deserves a big THANK YOU is Shelly!  She is my partner-in-crime and favorite show buddy.  We have shown together for four years now and marshaled at many of the tracks around the state.  We both own 20 year old Standardbreds who hate every horse except each other....and we get along quite well, even when we are competing in the same classes!  We have had innumerable fun adventures together and I am sure we will have many more!!  My husband refers to her as "my wife".....ha ha ha.  Shelly came out with me this past Sunday May 15 to a dressage show in the POURING rain to call my tests for me.  It was incredibly nice of her especially because it was so gross outside.  I love her like a sister.  THANK YOU SHELLY! :-D

I love this pic of me and Shelly from last fall at a MHA show...she tried western for the first time!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Nice you've got such excellent "horsey" friends. I could use a "show mom" for my trip this week to the Mark Rashid clinic - with two horses and just me it's going to be a lot of work.
Kate said…
I need a "show Mom". Wanna share? ;P