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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…

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 goodness they all wear GPS on their collars so they can easily be tracked.  Once the first group was found, we did continue the hunt.  Eventually the other group was rounded up and put into the hound truck.  So it wasn't a "perfect" hunt and the scent line got crossed numerous times, but any day on a horse where no one gets hurt is a good day in my book!  We had some great gallops through the fields and took a bunch of fences.  I was conservative with Dreamy, seeing as we had only just done the All New England Joint Meet just that previous Saturday, four days earlier.  At the end of the hunt, Kelly took a group of us back into her jump field to play around.  We jumped this fallen tree in tandem!  Well actually, I suppose it is quintuple!  Dreamy is at the far left.



And a fun video too!  :-)

Comments

  1. I may or may not be living vicariously through your hunting season; you guys look like you're have so much fun!

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  2. What a great experience. I'm totally jealous. Fox hunting is one thing I've never done. The tandem jumping shot is awesome. Glad the dogs weren't hurt when they ran off. How scary!

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