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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…

FEA Benefit Show

This past weekend, June 23, I attended the Friesian Events Association Benefit Horse Show.  I like this show for many reasons, most of all because this organization donates money from their shows to different causes.  This year the show was to benefit a woman from NY who recently was in a bad carriage driving accident and has tons of medical bills.  They were able to donate a total of $2000 to her!!  WOW!  Of course, it also helps that it was held close (30 minutes) from home and is run by several of my wonderful horse show friends!!

Dreamy and I did very well and had a great day!  I am proud of her for holding her own in the open classes, which unless they are specifically a hunter class, we compete against hunt seat, saddleseat, and western riders.  It was rainy in the morning and then SUPER HOT the rest of the day!  Blah!!  I love the heat, but this was a little much.  The show grounds don't have a lick of shade, so it was a bit exhausting to be in the sun all day long.  I literally left my house at 7:30AM and got home at 6:30PM.  Thankfully, though Dreamy does not usually drink much at all while at shows (even when I bring her own water from home), she did suck down three and a half full buckets that day!  I also gave her a dose of paste electrolytes to be on the safe side.  I had eight bottles of water, which was approximately a gallon and I probably should have had more!

My friend Stephanie had her Standardbred stallion there for the in-hand class.  He is still racing and looked great.  My friend Shelly rode her leased QH gelding for the first time and had a great show.  And my friend Katie had her Standardbred gelding there for his second show!  She did well too, though she struggled with the heat at the end of the day.  It was just brutal.

  • Adult Equitation, Open - 2nd out of five
  • Hunter Pleasure Horse, Open - 5th out of thirteen!
  • Ladies Pleasure Horse, Open - 4th out of five (We had an accidental break to the trot for a couple strides when cantering - other than that she was great!)
  • MHA Medallion Pleasure Horse or Pony, Open - 4th out of five (Another break to the trot - I put my spurs on after this class...)
  • Hunter Pleasure Equitation, Open - 2nd out of three
  • NEHC Pleasure Horse or Pony, Open - 3rd out of three  (We got a wrong lead in the right canter - whoops!  That has not happened in a long time!  She was a tired old mare, so I can most certainly forgive her.  I am sure it was rider error!!)
  • MHA Pleasure Horse, English - 5th out of nine (Decent ride but she was getting tired!!)
  • Hunter Pleasure Horse Championship - 6th out of six (We were both exhausted and I probably should have scratched.  We had breaks to the trot while cantering.  It's OK though, because Dreamy really tried hard to do well.  I cannot fault her for a last place finish in our last class of a very long and hot day!)
There were a few volunteer photographers there throughout the day, and they uploaded photos to the FEA Facebook page, encouraging us to use, share, tag, and make copies.  I thought that was pretty neat!

I took this photo to show our ribbons at the end of the day!  Yay Dreamy mare!! 


  1. Those are some super placings!

  2. Liz - the lady that the money was donated to I think you may have actually meet very briefly at WEG. Cindy had her Connemara Pony stallion there. We have shown together off and on for many years as she lives maybe 15 miles or so away from my parent's place in NY. While she is far from fully healed Cindy is finally coming home next weekend. Thanks for contributing to her medical fund.


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