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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 I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!)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

SMDA show #2 - June 10, 2012

Reva and I attended our second dressage show of the year back in June.  I am woefully behind in my blogging!!  Oh well!  Reva was again very well behaved.  We rode Intro A and B and she was a bit less tense through her back.  We had a good warm up and no bucking!  Yay!!  Overall, I am very pleased with how her relaxation improved, hence our scores!


Intro A - 68.2% and a 2nd place out of seven!
Yay!  We scored all 6.5s - 8s.  The 8 on our last centerline was pretty awesome.  The comment said "quite straight" and I was happy to see that since we have been struggling with straightness off the rail.  Our overall comment was "Well ridden.  Some unsteady connection today caused loss of elasticity to hand and curling neck."  That is spot-on, as Reva's biggest evasion seems to be curling her neck and getting behind the bit.  We are working SO hard on that right now.  In recent lessons she has really started to improve and keep a light connection with my hand, instead of lugging and getting sucked back and tight over her topline. 


Intro B - 65.7% and a 3rd place out of nine!
Yay again!  This time our scores were bunched from 6, 6.5, and 7.  This test is a bit more involved but I think it rides much smoother.  (I hate the walk movements in Intro A.)  We got a lot of "fairly good" and "steady" comments and the overall comment was, "Steady tempo!  Some transitions hollowed.  Work to help him reach for your hand rather than curl his neck."  Again, a very fair and accurate assessment.


Here are the professional pics.  



Comments

  1. She looks great! She looks nice and relaxed, plus her mane is so long and silky! I'm jealous!

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  2. Thank you! (And I just found your blog....OMG I'm hungry now! I am totally making those muffins!!!) :-)

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