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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 …

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

Kate said…
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.