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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…

"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."

How true is this saying!  I realize that posting about divorce, my dog dying, and my horse having to be put down is pretty sad stuff. 


Losing my dog and horse was incredibly difficult and still makes me tear up at times.  I miss them both every single day.  My divorce was difficult but for very different reasons.  It is something I should have done years earlier, but I was too afraid for a variety of reasons. Suffice it to say that the eight months after I left were some of my lowest points, but not because I grieved the end of my marriage.  That was the best thing that I ever found the courage to do. 

I'm not going to get personal here on my blog, but it took a while to get my life on track.  I stayed focused on what I wanted in life and worked my butt off to get there.  I put my kiddo first in everything I did.  I spent as much time as I possibly could enjoying my horses, thankful I was able to keep them in my life at all.  Losing my horses was my biggest fear about getting a divorce, to be honest.

I didn't want to date, and I didn't even think anyone would ever be interested in me.  I kept to myself and focused on my future.  I signed up for a dating site and then totally regretted that decision LOL!  Too many creepy men out there!  

Of course, sometimes life works out in crazy ways.  Sometimes the person you are meant to be with ends up being someone you NEVER EVER would have guessed.  I suppose I should never regret any of my struggles, because had I not moved to this area of the state for my first marriage back in 2003, I never would have been in a position to know the person I would end up with now in 2016.

I know, I know, this is all very vague, but basically I decided to allow my heart to love again and it has been wonderful!  More about that all later...


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