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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

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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