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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 …

Marshaling at Cornish Horsemen's Day

For the sixth year in a row, Dreamy and I went to the local trotting track here in town to marshal the amateur races at the Cornish Horseman's Day on September 10, 2011.  We had a great time with Shelly and McKeever, our partners in crime.  Sadly no one took any photos except the track photographer, so I have none to share right now!  :-(  Oh well!  

It is neat that after a few years of attending as a part of a local club, Shelly and I (and McKeever and Dreamy, of course!) are now specifically requested as marshals.  Diann P. has requested us for the last three years and it makes me feel very proud that she does so.  Also, she has requested that we marshal at the Sire Stakes Finals at Scarborough Downs.  Unfortunately, this year we could not be there for the 2 year olds (Sept. 11) but we will be there for the 3 year olds in October!  

I enjoy being at the track and marshaling is one of my favorite activities.  I also think it is a great way to show the public how STBs can have successful under saddle careers after racing.  Highlights  at Cornish this year included chatting with many spectators, ordering a hot dog over the fence and eating it on horseback (without even dripping ANY mustard on my white breeches!  WHOOO!!), and having NO racing mishaps on the track!  Yay!

Comments

Laura said…
That's really neat - glad you guys got the opportunity to go again!
HammersArk said…
That is so awesome! I'm pretty jealouse of all you get to do with your horses! How do you manage all of that with a job and family?