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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…

Snappy's First Show

Even though I had decided not to show in 2014, taking Dreamy out to one last dressage show made me miss the entire thing.  So, I decided to take Snappy to her very first horse show on October 11, 2014.

It was a perfect venue (local show grounds) and the perfect show (tiny little show that benefits a local Mustang rescue).  The classes were bigger than I had remembered from years past, but Snappy was still quite good.  She was perfectly behaved, had a super warm up, and acted like an old pro in the show ring.  She did NOT want to stand still in the line up and was not convinced that standing quietly in an in-hand class was a good idea, but that is easy stuff to work on.  

Snappy earned:
5th in Fitting and Showmanship out of 16
1st in Adult Walk/Trot out of six (her first ever riding class - I wanted to cry!)
3rd in Open Walk/Trot Equitation out of 11 (I was totally ok with the two adorable children who pinned higher than me LOL!!)
1st in Open Walk/Trot Command out of 9

I was SO HAPPY with her!  In our riding classes, we beat some horses who have been in walk/trot classes with adults (meaning horse and rider pairs who really need to/ought to move up to walk/trot/canter classes!!!!!!) for five+ years, so that was awesome.   I wish I wanted to continue showing in these type of classes, because it is so hilarious when an adult on a green horse beats the adults riding career walk trotters hahahahahaha.  And besides a tube of Gastroguard, she had ZERO drugs!  Drugging your horse to show seems to be the rage nowadays around here........

So anyways, Snappy's first show was a huge success and now I have a better idea what her brain will be like at future horse shows.  If I show her again, I plan to do dressage and eventing with her.


Getting glamorous the night before
The mare's first ever ribbon!!

Snappy's first show haul.  Not bad for testing the waters to see where her brain would be at a show! 
Hanging out at the trailer

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