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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…

2012: Looking Back


Overall, I did pretty well with my 2012 goals!  It was a good year in many ways.  I am surprised that I actually met as many goals as I did!  LOL!  The only one that bothers me is not meeting my personal goal of working out and getting more fit.  I know I am not in terrible shape, but I wish I had time to commit to strengthening my core.

Sparky
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
Dreamy
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
  • Compete in at least one horse trial (or more) at Beginner Novice level - SUCCESS!
  • Go foxhunting!! - HUGE SUCCESS!
  • Hopefully attend a few hunter paces - Did not meet, but that is OK!
  • Attend at least one team penning clinic (May)  - SUCCESS!
  • Marshal at the track when asked - SUCCESS!
  • Ride at Acadia again (July) - SUCCESS!
  • Continue all of our good dressage work, take a few lessons here and there with Judy - SUCCESS!
  • Maybe take a few jumping lessons...???  - Did not meet, but that is OK!
Reva
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
  • Continue the excellent under saddle work from late fall 2011 - SUCCESS!
  • Work on bending, transitions, and transitions within gaits - SUCCESS!
  • Work on balance at the canter to be ready for 3-gait (and Intro C/Training 1??)  in 2013 - SUCCESS!
  • Attend at least one clinic - Did not meet.  I was just too busy and there is only so much money...
  • Take at least 2 lessons per month with Judy, preferably more if possible - SUCCESS!  
  • Compete in Intro A and B at SMDA schooling shows and maybe other venues too - SUCCESS! 
  • Compete in MHA shows in 2-gait classes (maybe roadster under saddle as well?) - SUCCESS!
My Personal Goals
  • Strengthen my core and use the Wii to work out - Yeah, this did not happen.  I wish I had put the effort in, but sadly, I did not.
  • Attend Standardbred Nationals with Dreamy or Reva....maybe.  It is being held in September this year!  :-(  That is a very tough time of year for me to go away, since I am back teaching at the high school.  I have already been down there four times to show and I don't feel a HUGE MAJOR NEED to go.  If it works out for me, great!  If not, it is OK too. - Did not attend, but I am happy I did not
  • Go on beach rides with Dreamy/Reva as much as possible! - We went on a few beach rides, but not nearly as many as I would like!  Damn work gets in the way of fun!  LOL!
  • The Standardbred Performance Society needs to be more active.  I am not sure how this might look, but I have some ideas. - Utter failure.  I am way too busy for my own good.  Uggg!

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