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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

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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