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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Day 18: In my bag

I thought of writing about my purse or school bag, but I am trying to keep this horse themed, so here goes.  :-)


I love this bag from Smartpak.  I use it a lot when I travel to overnight horse shows and it worked great on my two horsey trips to Acadia National Park.  In the past few months,  I bought another one to tote my helmet in its case, riding boots in their bag, grooming tote, and saddle pad for Snappy.  (I have another bag for my RUS saddle, girth, reins, crupper, and buxton.)  Because Snappy is stabled at Cumberland Fairgrounds, an hour from my house, I just tote my all tack back and forth.  This bag is awesome!  It is roomy and well made.  And of course, I love the Smart Pink color!  (Smartpak donates the proceeds to breast cancer research and to my delight, it is towards the Avon Foundation, not the Komen folks who I do NOT support.  I called and asked a while back. ;-)

If you are looking for a great tote bag, check this out!

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