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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 …

Happy 30th Birthday Sparky!

Yes, I am THAT person.  ;-)

My wonderful first horse Sparky, registered name Joydale Sparklerslas, turned thirty this year.  I joked about having a birthday party for her back in June, but I never actually figured I would do it.  All summer my friends teased me about not throwing her a party.  Even my hay guy teased me about it and asked when the party was!  LOL!  So I finally broke down and figured she deserved a party.  What a wonderful day!  I am so glad I did it and I am equally glad I have great horse friends who don't think I am completely crazy for throwing my wonderful old mare a party.  


What party is complete without decorations?  I put up her year-end awards from 2006 on the clothesline, the last ones she ever earned.

The backyard before the guests.....except for my son!  ;-)

I put out Sparky's photo albums.

It was quite funny when I ordered this cake from Hannafords!  LOL!  
I have permission to use my friend's photos!  :-)

Horse friends!

My husband, sister in law, brother, and father :-)
My son 
































Comments

Anonymous said…
Looks a wonderful time was had by all!
Kate said…
What a gorgeous girl. She doesn't show her age at all!
Laura said…
Aww looks great! I would love to go to a horse birthday party! :-)
Laura said…
Looks like you had fun! Great pics too!
Val said…
Happy Birthday Sparky!

Those are some lovely photos. Sparky looks amazing!
Sarah said…
Awe, beautiful photos! Sparky looks fantastic for a 30 year old. :) What a lucky girl to be with you all these years. I hope to have Daatje for as long!
Megs said…
This post made me smile. You and Sparky look so happy!

P.S. I love your barn!