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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…

Green Acres Horse Trials - August 31, 2013

Dreamy and I had a great day at the Green Acres Horse Trial back in August.  This is one of my favorite places to event.  In 2012 when we first moved up to Beginner Novice, we had some bad luck on the cross country course at one of the GA events (refusal on the LAST DAMN FENCE!  Ahhh!  I left my mare down and forgot to ride the entire course!) and then the next event Dreamy pulled a three-day-old front shoe from slipping on the grassy stadium course.  I was sort of leery about showing there this year, as I really like the event but worry about "bad luck".  Haha.

I should not have been worried.  After a season of fox hunting over monstrous natural fences and just really upping our game this year, this event was a great success.  Plus, we had just returned from our week with Denny, so our confidence as a team was very high.  We had one of our best dressage tests, even scoring a FREAKING NINE on our free walk (HELL YEAH!).

Awesome test!  And yes, spoiler alert: we placed second!  
Super Mare is adorable.  I look like a deranged monkey.  Typical.  LOL!!
Here is the official photographer's link for this photo.


And another.  I'm either making a face or grinning like a fool in my horse show pics.  I love it!  :-D  Here is the official photographer's link for this photo!


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