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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

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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