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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…

Wait, are those.....COWS?!?!


To make a very long story short, I agreed to go out to dinner with an acquaintance and I cautiously agreed to date him...and the rest, as they say, is history!  LOL!  How's that for catching you all up on my love life hahahaha.

The great part about deciding to be with someone again is that you can be VERY PICKY.  I knew exactly what I wanted in any man I was going to be with from here on out.  High on the list was someone who respected the fact that I enjoy horses and having a farm.

One of the factors that made me know this guy was right for me?  He has steers!  Hahaha! No, they are not cows.  They are castrated males, so they are called steers (under the age of four - like the horse term "filly") and oxen (over the age of four - like the term "mare").  Sometimes I call them cows if they are being pains haha or we call them bulls sometimes, but they are not actually bulls (uncastrated - think of the term "stallion").

So, of course, I figured I might as well learn about this whole thing.  My guy used to show in 4-H growing up and then got into pulling about ten years ago.  The stick looks bad, but you don't hit them any harder than I would use a crop over a fence.  

The weirdest part for me was that you don't lead them.  You direct them with your voice and the goad stick.  And you don't use the goad stick like you would a lunging whip (the steers just roll their eyes at me, I swear).  While I have been a good student, there are definitely moments when I totally forget everything my honey has taught me and I revert to my horse brain.  So, I'd end up pointing the stick at their butts to make them go forward.  Ummm no.  

My first experience at showing at Ossipee Fair 2014.  This is Jack and Andy.  
I had no idea what I was doing.  We did a few classes that were essentially like in-hand classes.  Then we had to do this "working" class, which was pretty much like a trail class.

This is my honey pulling at Ossipee Fair 2014 with his other pair, Cain and Rebel.
He placed first that day!  That is my son with him.
Working them at home

Andy and Jack placed second at Cumberland Fair 2014
And then they placed second again a week later at Fryeburg Fair 2014.  This was a huge class of 19!
My son loving on Andy

I got my turn at pulling at Pine Tree in June 2015.  We tied for 3rd in the powder puff!  This is Jack and Andy.


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