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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…

Dreamy's Last Show

I chose not to show during 2014 because I felt it was more important to save my money for building a house (more on that later...).  In the end, I did two shows and my honey did a few fairs.  It wasn't a huge year in comparison to the last decade, but I was pleased that we both got to do a little something.

When I saw a Facebook post that the local dressage club was having trouble filling their fall show, I figured I might as well give First 2 and 3 a shot with Dreamy.  On a whim, I sent in my entry and we showed on September 14, 2014.  I knew this could very well be our last show, as Dreamy was 23 in 2014 and First Level was tough for her.  We had spent the summer with one lovely ride and another, so I knew she could do the movements.

First 2 we won with a 64.3% out of four riders.  I was pretty excited.  It was a great test and we beat a fancy young horse that had been undefeated all season at First level.  He is now doing Second Level and will probably climb the levels quite easily.  So I felt satisfied with that!

First 3 we had never ridden at a show.  I had ridden the movements at home, but I knew this was a stretch.  I just wanted to break 60% and feel as though we had ended our show career together on a high note.

At First 3 we placed second with a 60.1% out of four riders.  I seriously cried I was so proud of the little mare!  The fancy young horse beat us, which I didn't care about because we broke 60%!  Who cares if it was just a schooling show.  I am proud of all the hard work I have put into this horse since I started showing her in 2006.

On a side note, in 2014 this same club changed their name to the State of Maine Dressage Association and started a new year end program etc.  I sent in my needed scores and earned my GMO bronze medal, all with scores I earned with Dreamy.  She is now officially retired from competition!


Last two ribbons of her show career!  Super mare!!

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