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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…

Snappy Earns a Gold Star at the Local Fun Day

Knowing full well that entering Snappy in her first ever dressage show for May 22 might have been a huge mistake, I set out to find a way for us to ride in an actual dressage ring beforehand.  I wanted her to see the tiny white dressage fence, complete with letters and flowers.  If she was going to be incredibly spooky about Christmas trees and rocks on our daily rides at home, then she was surely going to kill me when I asked her to trot around a dressage fence, right?

I found a local fun day on April 24 that would have the ring set up and it was even the same venue where I planned to show her in May.  Perfect!  I did not account for the fact there would be a trail course (complete with balloons and tarp curtain) directly outside the ring by E, but heck, if she could get through this, she could get through a calm dressage show.

Snappy was tense and nervous when we arrived but not crazy.  She did not want to stand tied to the trailer and worked herself up about the entire ordeal, but I tried my best to just remain calm.  She wasn't horrible but she was very VERY tense, to the point where she couldn't bend LOL!  





Oh god help me, my core!!  :-(
Sorry it's a bit (a lot!) wobbly.  My 12 year old did his best!

I am so glad we went because it told me many things.  She didn't even notice the dressage ring (yay!) and even though she was nervous, she wasn't dangerous or have any bucking/snorting/stopping/wheeling moments.  It showed me she doesn't look as bad as she sometimes feels, but for the love of god I NEED TO STRENGTHEN MY CORE AND SIT UP!!!  We ran through Intro A and Intro B and it wasn't bad.  I rode in her front of others away from home and we survived.  Maybe entering her first dressage show wasn't going to be a bad decision after all...

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