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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…

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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