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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…

New Beginnings for Miss Snappy

My regular readers probably remember Snap Dancer, the horse I trained under saddle and then won our first ever under saddle race in September.  Snappy had a disappointing last few starts in harness for her owner, and I knew her time was limited.  I worried and worried about Snappy, afraid she would be shipped or sent to an unknown fate.

As luck would have it, I was given the opportunity to have Snappy this winter.  She is boarded at a very nice Standardbred training barn here in my town and they are giving her impeccable care.  I have been grooming and working with her and she is so happy!  She seems to be sound and comfortable, which is important to me.  She was always such a "crabbypants" mare, but now after a week and a half she has started to show her true sweet side.  

I don't know why I got so attached so quickly to this horse.  She is just a special girl.  :-)


Gorgeous remodeled barn!

Happy!

Cute mare!

Taking a spin on the new track

Modeling her new halter and cooler

Snappy's little herd.  She is second from the right.

Oh, she loves to roll in her stall!  LOL!  That was fun to brush off!


Pretty!


Comments

  1. Yay for Snappy! :) Did they give her to you? Or are you just wintering her over?

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  2. She's cute :) I'm glad she's ending up in your hands.

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  3. Oh lucky Snappy! Gorgeous barn too...

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  4. Totally jealous of the pretty barn.

    Totally NOT jealous of your weather--I can see by your "outfit" that you've got much colder temps than we have here in the Swamp!

    Totally happy that you and Snappy are hanging out again. I know what you mean about cranky mares. They don't come any grouchier than my Dragon, and yet...I'm unduly fond of the big grump.

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  5. Aw, what a cutie! That barn looks gorgeous!

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