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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

NaBloPoMo Day #22

Day #22 - What specific disciplines do I do with my horse?


I grew up doing dressage and eventing, with some pleasure shows in there as well.  But in the last two years I apparently have gotten bored, because I have tried western on both my Standardbreds and saddleseat this past year on Reva. (Damn those MHA shows I have been going to where I have met Saddlebred and Hackney friends!  LOL!  ;-)  I really want to try team penning some day and I am DEFINITELY going foxhunting next year!


So specifically, I am a dressage and event rider, but I also like to have fun and make my horses versatile.  A good horse is a good horse, regardless of what seat you ride.  I am not a snob when it comes to breeds or disciplines.  It is actually pretty fun to bring along four saddles and four outfits to a show!  Ha ha ha.  


Reva
In her one year of showing, she did in-hand (hunter and western), showmanship, equitation, hunter under saddle and over fences, western, trail, dressage, and saddleseat.  Whew!
Reva's first time showing saddleseat!  MHA Labor Day Classic 2011


Dreamy
She has done in-hand (hunter), showmanship, equitation, hunter under saddle and over fences, roaster under saddle, western, trail, barrel racing, pole bending, dressage, eventing, and lots of marshaling at the track!
Dreamy's first time down centerline!  SMDA in 2007
Sparky
We did it all...in-hand (hunter), showmanship, equitation, hunter under saddle and over fences, western, trail, barrel racing, pole bending, dressage, eventing, pleasure driving, and combined driving.


Sparky and I in 2006 at a CDE at Preliminary level...she won it!

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  1. I love the pic of sparky :) She's so cute.

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  2. I think Dreamy would enjoy endurance >g<

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  3. Thanks Kate! :-) And yes, Aarene, I bet she would! Sadly I do not know anyone in the area that rides endurance. :-( If I lived closer to you, I will definitely give it a try!

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