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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

Day 30: In motion

You can read about this past adventure here.  :-)

Day 29: Purchased

Remember the artwork I had commissioned of my mares?  It is DONE!


It looks so gorgeous in the photograph that Niamh sent that I cannot wait to receive the real thing!  Yay yay yay yay!!!

Day 28: Daily routine

Day 27: After dark

Day 26: Something old

I love this little crop I found on eBay and had shipped from Great Britain!  I have been using it for fox hunting.  It was advertised as an antique English child's show/hunt whip.  The shaft is made of malacca wood cane, the binding and leather popper are perfect, and the antler handle is really neat.  It measures only 44 cm long, which is a good length and weight for me!




Yorkfield Farm Fox Hunt

Dreamy and I went to Yorkfield Farm in Kensington, NH on November 17, 2012 for our fifth hunt of the season.  It was another gorgeous day!  We have really lucked out on our hunting weather this year.  Yorkfield Farm is beautiful, as is the surrounding land, and it boasts a true nine acre polo field!  :-O  We had a great day galloping and jumping through the countryside, as usual!










Day 25: Sunflare

Another Acadia National Park photo.  This was the summit of Day Mountain at dusk.  

Day 24: A smile

I love this photo!  While I have never actually trained Reva for Roadster under Saddle, we always have such a fun time.  The smile never leaves my face....even when she breaks to the canter in the corners.  ;-)  LOL!

Echo Ridge Farm Fox Hunt

Dreamy and I attended Wentworth's hunt on Nov. 14, 2012 at Echo Ridge Farm, owned by fellow hunter Kelly (who leads second field!).  It was a cool crisp fall morning, perfect for hunting!  My friend Sarah was not there, so we don't have hundreds of lovely photos to look at.  But we did get a fun video!  LOL!

The hunt that day only had two fields: first field and hilltop.  This means that Dreamy and I had our first experience riding first field!  Whooo!  We stayed at the back in case we wanted to gap any fences, but we kept right up with everyone.

Sadly, the hounds jumped several deer just minutes into the hunt.  I thought it was very odd to hear them in full cry so quickly, but soon figured out what had happened.  We had a lot of waiting around while we tried to determine where the hounds went and when/if the hunt would resume.  Thankfully none of the hounds were hurt or hit by traffic, despite the fact that they split up into two groups and had to be chased down!!  Thank goodne…

Day 23: Sunset

This was snapped with my iPhone on the way to Kittery one late summer evening.  Gorgeous hayfield sunset and my crappy photo does not do it justice.



Day 22: Trees

There is nothing prettier than the trees in Acadia National Park.  This was taken in 2012.  Such a great trip!!

Day 21: A pretty pattern

Gorgeous paper artwork of my mares

I am pretty excited to share this with you!  Niamh over at Hoofbeats for Heartbeats is in the process of creating a beautiful piece of paper cut artwork of my three mares.  Here is the start of Sparky's portrait that she sent me as a sneak peek...


Isn't that amazing???  Niamh is easy to work with and super communicative   She has written more information about her paper cut artwork here.  I think her artwork is quirky and different, but just so beautiful and painstakingly created.  It sounds like it will be done very soon!!!  I cannot wait!

Day 20: What I read

Lately, my reading has been limited to what I am currently teaching.  My English 12 students are in the first act of Hamlet, while my AP students are discussing The Handmaid's Tale and are in the process of reading The Great Gatsby.  
Not horsey at all.    ;-)

All New England Joint Meet

WOW.  All I can say is WOW, our third fox hunt this year was AMAZING!!

Dreamy and I went down to Hamilton, MA on November 10, 2012 to attend the All New England Joint Meet, hosted by the Myopia Hunt.  I had no idea what to expect, other than a wonderful day in the hunt field.  I was not disappointed!  It was a gorgeous sunny day, with perfect temps.  in the upper fifties.

Dreamy was sooooooo good!  She was a beast!  We had long gallops, lots of jumps, great weather, and great camaraderie!  A few times Dreamy was crowded from behind and riders passed us without saying a word (I was taught you were to ask to pass in the hunt field...), and it made her a bit cranky.  I cannot blame her; we were pushed off the trail by two women riding two abreast and my knee cranked into a small tree.  OUCH!  :-(  One of them must have seen the look of pain on my face because she did apologize.  But still, I was a little saddened by what I perceived as a lack of manners from some.  Maybe I am just being pi…