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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

2013 Family Fun Day at Scarborough Downs

On August 11, 2013, Snappy and I headed to Scarborough Downs for a day of marshaling the races.  It was her first time back to the track since she retired in December of 2012.  I knew she would be a little nervous and "up", but I also knew that she is a good level-headed mare and we would have a great time.



Snappy spent the week mulling over her wardrobe selection.  In the end, she chose her racing colors...  ;-)



When we first arrived, she was jumping out of her skin a little.  She was a bit antsy while tacking her up, but I was just super no nonsense and got into the saddle as quickly as I could.  I took her immediately out onto the track and we jogged around the outside back mile track to get her mind on straight.  She was super looky and forgot most of her good dressage basics, but that is OK.  

The funny thing about taking a Standardbred back to track, at least in my opinion and experience, is that they are usually "confused" about what they are expected to do.  T…

Showing Sidesaddle - We finally tried it!

As you probably know if you are a regular reader, I have been playing around with sidesaddle for a while.  I have no real idea what I am doing (haha), but I have a friend in NJ named Tracy who has been a huge help and mentor.  I had big plans to show sidesaddle at the end of July at a little local D rated show close to my house.  Unfortunately, my son got sick that Sunday and I ended up bringing him to the doctor that morning instead.  :-(  Thankfully he is fine!  I was admittedly a little bummed, but obviously it is more important that my son is ok.  

So, instead of a pleasure show as our first outing, I decided to try a dressage test at the same venue but put on by the local dressage club instead.  The show was on August 4.  I choose to just do Training 3, even though we have shown First level.  For one, I did not think we could pull off the extended trot and canter required in First 1 while attempting to go sidesaddle.  ;-P  Plus, I just wanted a good experience, so why overface mys…

Acadia National Park 2013

For the third year in a row, Dreamy and I traveled to Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, ME for a long weekend of riding the gorgeous carriage roads designed by Mr. Rockefeller.  We went up July 11-14 with our friends Shelly, Tania, Lydia, and Tania's dad Craig.  It was Tania and Lydia's first time riding in Acadia, and we were excited to show them around!  It was a wonderful time and I will just sum it up in LOTS of pics!