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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

2012 Year End Awards

Six banquets and a hunt ball later....the mares won several year end awards for 2012!  Yay!  I did not attend two of the banquets due to time and money constraints (NEHC and SPHO-NJ).

I already wrote about the Maine Horse Association banquet.  But I figured I might as well just do one blog post about the rest.  I only keep track of this for my own purposes, and writing up six different posts just seems, well, too much like bragging.  :-(

Reva
Maine Horse Association
- Champion Standardbred In Hand
- Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure
- Champion Open Introductory Level dressage
- Retired the Standardbred Challenge Trophy

Southern Maine Dressage
- Champion Introductory A - 70.33% average score
- Third Introductory B - 70.633% average score

Maine Dressage Society
- Champion Introductory Level - 70.25% median score
- High Point Standardbred HOY (certificate and medal)
- High Point SPHO-ME trophy (saddle pad)

New England Horseman's Council
- Third Single Roadster Horse

American Saddlebred Association
- Reserve Champion Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org. of NJ ("National" awards)
- Reserve Champion Introductory Level (with a trophy)



Southern Maine Dressage publishes their awards online.  This year, juniors and seniors were not pinned separately.
Dreamy
Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org. of NJ ("National" awards)
- Champion Combined Training (with a trophy)
- Reserve Champion Demo Award (with a plaque)



Comments

  1. Nice. And Reva's still for sale? Hard to believe that nobody has scooped her up yet!

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  2. Thanks! And yes, I still have her! Sadly, it is her breeding. Folks around here don't want to pay for a Standardbred! *GASP!!*

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