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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

UNH Dressage - June 26, 2011

Dreamy and I competed at the University of New Hampshire USDF bacDressage Show at the end of June.  I love showing there and have written about it here and here back in 2010.  I also showed there in 2009, but I am sure my readers can find those back posts if they want to read them.  ;-)

I only showed Sunday instead of both days and was supposed to ride Training 3 and First 1.  When I looked at the times online, somehow I had been signed up for First 1 and FIRST 3!  AHHHH!  There was a wait list for Training 3 so I could not just be switched out.  I decided to ride, which I knew was stupid, since we are NOT ready for First 3 just yet.  In hindsight, I wish I had scratched, but I was trying to be tough and brave.  We had to ride First 3 before First 1, which made me nervous.  It was a bit of a disaster, with the canter loops through X pretty much non existent!  :-(  I was tense, Dreamy was tense, I messed up a movement and earned a two point error, and I dropped my whip.  Yeah, definitely not my finest moment.  But we got through it with a very low score and an 18th out of 20 something riders in the class.  :-p

I was much happier with our First 1 ride, earning two 8s and three 7s.  We ended up with a 58.276% which I was happy with as it was our first time riding First level at a rated USDF show.  I cannot remember what I placed, and it is not written on the test for some reason, but I know it was a huge class and they only pin to six.  It did not matter, since Dreamy tried her heart out for me.  I went home with the knowledge that I need to write VERY CLEARLY and LEGIBLY on my entry forms from now on!!!!

I am not crazy about the UNH photographer, but here are the proofs from the show.  I do like her free walk photo (IMG_3106), which is the free walk we have gotten all 8s on this year! 

Comments

  1. That free walk does look spectacular. I have to agree with you though, the shots aren't spectacular. They aren't bad, they just don't have that "wow" sensation.

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