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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

NaBloPoMo Day #23

Day #23 - Any competing I do with my horse


I love to show and any regular readers of my blog know I do a lot of competing.  Dressage shows, open pleasure shows, three and two phase events, versatility challenges, I love them all.  I have shown at schooling shows, USDF rated shows, "AA" rated shows and everything in between.  I have shown all over New England and have gone to New Jersey for the last four years to attend the National Standardbred Show.  I don't need to bore you with all the details of all the many places I have shown!


In many ways, showing helps motivate me.  My tack is cleaner when I show too!  LOL!  ;-)  Being at home with no one to ride with (unless I make specific plans) can be difficult to keep focused.  It is too easy to take a day off from riding if I am tired and no one is there encouraging me to ride with them, so knowing I have to prepare for a show helps keep me motivated to ride six days a week.  I like having challenges and setting goals with my horses.  But simply making training goals are not enough for my competitive nature.  I like to show in order to test our training and of course ribbons are FUN!  ;-)  But showing for me is also a social opportunity.  The camaraderie and silly memories are just as much fun as winning a ribbon. 


Now, I do want to say that I have nothing against those who chose to not show for any variety of reasons.  Showing is not the "be all, end all" in terms of horses.  I respect people who do not show just as much as those who do.  If enjoying your horse without showing is what makes you happy, GO FOR IT!  :-)  I just know for me personally I would not be happy without showing at least a few times a year.  I don't think that showing defines who a person is.  Of course, I like sharing my successes here on my blog and posting pics, etc. etc.  But does that make me a better horseman?  No way!  But of course, this is all my opinion and I am sure there are others out there who disagree.  That is OK!  I just wanted to make it clear that just because I love to show does not mean I look down upon anyone who does not.


Reva's first show ~ May 2011
Ribbons from Dreamy's first show ~ August 2006
My first show with Sparky (and our first blue ribbon!) ~ York County Riders 1994

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