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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…

Standardbred Old Friends

Back in 2013, my friend Ellen Harvey, who works for the USTA, asked if I would be willing to be a part of her new book, Standardbred Old Friends, which she was writing together the famed photographer Barbara Livingston.  Of course, I said YES!  She decided to include Dreamy with McKeever Hanover, my friend Shelly's gelding.  The book was designed after Barbara's Old Friends books she had done for Thoroughbreds.  The Standardbred book features forty three distinguished horses of the breed in the twilight of their careers.

We spent a gorgeous fall day at Popham Beach at sunset.  We had so much fun and Barbara got some really great shots.  Ellen wrote the narratives to accompany the photos.














So being in a cool book clearly wasn't enough!  Ellen asked us if we would like to guest marshal/outride at the historic track in Goshen, NY over July 4, 2014.  Another resounding YES!  Sadly, it was POURING on July 4, but we had fun on the track anyway.  After marshaling the races, we had a book reception dinner, hence the fancy clothes!  LOL!

The press release about the book signing at Goshen.

The book's Facebook page.


The book's cover - the famous Mack Lobell
And the book's back - DREAMY STARLET!  :-)
Fancy book reception
 
After a fancy book reception, you've got to do night check and pick your mare's stall!
I brought my barn shoes to change into and everything!  LOL!

Dreamy's stall at Goshen track

Barbara Livingston riding Dreamy at Goshen - Unbeknownst to me, she had been dying to ride my horse the day we did the photos at the beach.  I wish I had known them, because she totally could have taken her for a spin!  We had to settle for second best, riding on the track!

Barbara and Dreamy







It was wet, but it was fun!  LOL



Meet and greet after the races








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