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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…

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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