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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…

Decorating with an equestrian flair

Having a brand new home to decorate was equal parts exciting and overwhelming.  I tried to incorporate small horsey touches without making my home look like my bedroom at 12 years old LOL!  I thought I would share a few ideas today, as it is freezing cold here in the Northeast and there is not much going on with the horses besides feeding and cleaning out!  


I love this little horse, as it reminds me of a (Standardbred) trotter!  It hangs in my kitchen.  I changed the ribbon to match the accent color.

I have had this print since college, because it looked like Sparky (even the same saddle I had at the time).  Now it is in my dining room.

My papercut made by Niamh and a pastel drawing of Sparky from my parents the first Christmas I owned her!  This is our office.

Horsey pillows, of course!  Way too pricey, but I have coveted these forever!  

Saw it on Pinterest, of course!  LOL!  I painted old horseshoes from Sparky and Dreamy.

My sister-in-law made this for me a few Christmases ago.

Funny story to this one.  Four years ago, I entered a Facebook contest to name this print and my suggestion won!  Therefore I won this gorgeous piece of artwork!  It hangs in my living room.
It showed up on my Facebook memories today, which is what made me think of it!  LOL!
This is my wee one at 13 days old.  Another Pinterest idea!  He peed on my saddle during this photoshoot.  LOL!

Two foxhunting prints in the master bathroom.  Found these for a steal on eBay!


Horsey touches in the master bathroom.  I found these at two different antique stores.  (The small white dish on the left is from Target, and the two wooden boxes were my grandmother's.)
Framed photo of our racing under saddle race (we won!) and a drawing of Sparky from a coworker for our secret Santa a few years ago.  This is the master bedroom.

Artsy photo of Dreamy years ago at a dressage show, plus a few little horsey knick knacks from my childhood.

Two little fox lamps in the master bedroom to go with the foxhunting theme.  

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