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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 …

SMDA dressage banquet 2011

Southern Maine Dressage Association held their banquet on January 20, 2012.  I was excited to see how Dreamy fared this year, her first year at First Level.  SMDA awards are divided up by test, which is more fun than by level like the state banquet.

We ended up Grand Champion at Prix Caprilli, which I expected, having been undefeated in all five shows this past summer.  We were Reserve Champion at Training level, which was exciting!  We were third in First 1 and fourth in First 2.  Yay Dreamy!  Here is the link.

There was only one pic posted from the professional photographer that was there.  I am not that impressed, as it just seems like an odd angle to set up your camera.......?  Many of the photos of others were like that as well.  Weird.  Oh well, it does not matter.  We had fun this past year back at SMDA since 2008.  I did not do SMDA in 2009 or 2010 since I only competed in USDF/USEF shows those two years.  

Prix Caprilli champions!  I won a pretty navy blue embroidered fleece jacket as well.
Our pretty SMDA year end awards!  Go Dreamy!
This Sunday is the state banquet through Maine Dressage Society!  

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