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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…

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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