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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 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!



The initials are MCE on top with KEC underneath.

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