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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 …

MHA Maine Event Horse Show - Sept. 25, 2011

This past Sunday was the last MHA horse show of the season.  The Maine Event is held at the Hollis Equestrian Park and is a Class A show.  I brought Reva to do four in hand classes and four riding classes.  She was a very good girl and I am super proud of her!!  I decided to ride her both saddleseat and hunt seat.  Professional photos by Unbridled Photography are HERE.  

Results for the day...
Championship 2-Gait Standardbred
1st place Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure 
1st place Standardbred 2-Gait Equitation
1st place Open 2-Gait Pleasure
1st place Standardbred In Hand
1st place Hunter Horse In Hand
3rd place English Horse In Hand
3rd place Open Horse Halter Championship

In Hand...




Oh HIIIII judge!
This one makes me smile!  :-)


HIIIIII again judge!!
Saddleseat...

Love my Morgan wanna-be!  ;-D





I know her head needs to be higher...but she still looks really pretty!  :-D
 


Hunt seat...




 



It was a great day, despite the heat and humidity.  My friend Shelly couldn't bring McKeever, as she was marshaling at the Cumberland Fair.  While I did miss having her there, it was a lot of fun to spend time with friends Margo, Amanda, and Nathan.  They always make me laugh.  And Amanda had a WONDERFUL ride on her gorgeous 3 year old American Saddlebred, pinning second in ASB Country Pleasure!!!!  Yay Amanda and Gemma!!!


Thanks to my friend Amber for helping out as my groom and photographer for the day!  :-)

Comments

  1. What a good haul!! :-) You and Reva did amazing at that show! The pictures are really great. I love the look of the saddleseat - the clothing, tack, etc.

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  2. Wow, well done!! Riva is a super mare!

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