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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…

You Can Always Go Home

Moving back home in November 2013 was an interesting experience LOL!  I had not lived in my hometown since I went to college in the fall of 1997.  As much as I loved it, so much had changed.  I still taught at the same high school and my son attended the same school (both in the same district), so we were commuting an hour one way each day.  That was tough, but it was definitely worth it.

I experienced so many emotions, but the two things that kept me grounded were my horses and my son.  No matter what, I was committed to doing the right thing for my child because no matter what, he came first.  And I was determined to keep my horses.  My father and grandfather were so generous and amazing, I truly do not think I could have done this without them.  I had boarded my mare, Sparky, with my grandfather through much of high school and all of my college years, so it was literally like "coming home" in every way.

Dreamy's stall at my grandfather's farm
Sparky and Snappy at my grandfather's farm.  He had to rebuild these two stalls for me when I asked him if I could move my horses to his farm.
The horses lived in the bottom level of the barn.  
The feed area

One of the first mornings at my grandfather's farm
Sparky and Lucy (my dog), with Snappy to the side

Annual bareback Christmas ride on Sparky.  She almost bucked me off when she cantered through the snow!

Snappy enjoying the new snow
My grandfather's farm at sunset.  Nothing like driving down the road and three sets of eyes watching you.
Finally the snow melted and everyone got shiny and dapply!  This is Snappy.
Snappy began learning how to be a real dressage horse...



And learning to jump baby jumps!

And I drove her often on the small 1/4 mile track.  My grandfather (and great-grandfather) had bred, trained, and raced Standardbreds for many years.

Dreamy and I explored all the old trails that Sparky and I had ridden on years ago...
And Snappy did her fair share of trail riding, too!
Dreamy being sexy

And Dreamy jumping things...
God, I love this mare!  She was sooooo fun to ride that summer.   

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