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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 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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