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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 …

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! 

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  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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