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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 …

NaBloPoMo Day #27

Day #27 - Any horses I may have considered instead of my horse


Reva
Choosing to own Reva was sort of a ridiculous impulsive decision.  I had received two emails about her from my friend Helene and fell in love with her photos.  I knew I wanted a young horse in the future, but I did not think the future was that day in July 2009.  LOL!  Oh well.  I am glad I own her but did not consider any horse instead of her.  
   
Dreamy
I looked for a number of weeks for an older retired Standardbred that needed a home back in early 2003 when I decided to bring my mare Sparky home.  I figured I could find something older with issues that needed a home and could be a companion for Sparky.  I called and emailed about many different mares through a local Standardbred forum, but none of them sounded like anything I really wanted, so I never met any of them.  I found out through Sparky's massage therapist (at the time) that Dreamy needed a home, and having known her for years since she lived at a farm near my grandfather's, I knew I wanted her.  So while I did inquire about many other horses, Dreamy was the only one I took seriously.


Sparky
My parents and I looked for my first horse for a LONG time, much to the chagrin of my 13 year old self!  LOL!  It was at least a year, and we looked at many different horses and called about a ton of them.  At the time there was no internet (gasp!) with DreamHorse.com and all that  so I would scour the statewide Uncle Henry's publication on a weekly basis.  Sparky just sort of happened to fall into our laps and while she was much different than the fancy Morgans we had been looking at (she was in a bad situation and her abilities were unknown), she was born at the farm where I began my riding career.  Once I knew she needed a new home, there was no other horse for me.  We bought her the day and brought her home within an hour after meeting her.


It is funny to write this all down, because it now dawns on me that all three of my horses have come to me through word-of-mouth.  And all of them came to me virtually unknown...my parents bought Sparky for me within an hour after meeting her, Dreamy I only faintly knew from the occasional visits when she had a foal each year (realistically, I think I met her twice in that many years), and I had Reva sent to my farm straight from NJ never having met her!  Wow, way to be a super careful horse person!  HA HA HA!  I think I broke every single rule in the horse buying book.  :-p

Comments

Abra said…
I am still a HUGE FAN of Uncle Henry's! :) My horses came to me word-of-mouth though too... as you know, the horse world is small, and we find or the horses find us <3