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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…

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!  

Headed out!

That is Dreamy in the foreground.  Otis (the sorrel) rode with his tail caught on the window the entire time.  D'oh!

First ride!  



Not many pics of me, but there we are on the far left!  ;-)








Jordan Pond!  Love this view!














Tania and her dad






The Bubbles!  My favorite pond!

Such cool colors!



Second ride - Sunset ride to the summit of Day Mountain


On the buckle - such a good trail horse!

Trying to get pics behind me...hahaha!

I'm such a dork.
Summit



Our group!


Lydia and I climbed the rock!


Yes, I think we were singing.  HAHA




Hard to get a pic while moving, but I love our headlamps.



Getting dark!!





Gotta love the ears!
Third ride down to Jordan Stream!





Took a non-horsey outing to Bar Harbor for lunch and gift shops!  We stopped at Thunder Hole.
Love my state!! 


Fourth ride!  No one else wanted to take a last sunset ride up Day Mountain, so Dreamy and I went up alone!  I have ridden this trail now five times and feel really comfortable.

Do you see what we saw?????  (Not the equipment...haha)
GORGEOUS!!
Dreamy was so interested!  She was not at all scared!!
The doe was not afraid of us either!  We stood there and watched her for quite a while!  It was completely surreal! 









We reached the summit and stood at the very top!



So gorgeous and awesome I wanted to cry!

Oh hey, our friend is back!  Just in a different spot!  




I took a video this time around.  I will have to post it. 
Headed back down!  What a magical ride!


Last ride!  :-(















And we are back to the stables and ready to head home!  
 I already cannot wait until our 2014 trip!!  :-)

Comments

  1. I wish I was brave enough to even go out on a trail around the farm. I'm always riding by myself so I never get to try. Not fair! My aunt has a house in the park owned by the original family... AND it looks AMAZING and PERFECT. Need to get on that! Looks like a great time!

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