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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…

Fun t-shirt

I follow several blogs and this morning I casually clicked on a website, Vantage Equestrian Lifestyle, which was reviewed by blogger The $900 Facebook Pony.  She reviewed a cute eventing t-shirt, which I fully expected to be pricey (it is, at $29).  I clicked around a little, seeing a link for Breeds.  I was floored to see "Raise Your Standards" and thought there is NO WAY they have Standardbred apparel!  Lo and behold, they DO!!




OK, so it is even more expensive than the cute dressage tee at $35, but GUYS IT IS A STANDARDBRED!  LOL!  Not sure I will be buying this anytime soon because $$$, but it is definitely on my wishlist now!

Esprit Equestrian Center 2-Phase III - September 25, 2016

Snappy and I competed in our third and last 2-phase of the year at Esprit Equestrian Center this past weekend.  She was fantastic and the fall weather was gorgeous, so it was a great day!  I went alone, so there are no pics or video (sad face), but rest assured she was adorable as always and I wore my new Horseware Competition Jacket in blue for stadium (that I saved for all spring and summer LOL), so we looked fab haha.

Again, there were just three riders in our division.  I admit I was really hoping for a first place, but always a bridesmaid, never a bride I guess!  ;-)  Just kidding, I am really pleased with our placing because it was our best 2-phase dressage score and calmest jumping round to date.  She warmed up fine for dressage despite the fact there were seven riders in a tiny space at once.  She has no problems being in close quarters with other horses going in every direction, which I am going to assume is from her years on the track.  She marched right into the "scary&…

XC Clinic - September 11, 2016

NOTE: I have been waiting to publish this post until I am sent pics, so if I do end up with pics someday, I will post them!  ;-)

Snappy and I had a GREAT time at a cross country clinic at Rest and Be Thankful Farm on September 11, 2016 with a local Preliminary rider.  I knew I needed to find a way to school her over XC jumps before we ever tried a full 3-phase and this was the perfect place to do so.

After a summer of sunshine and drought conditions, Sunday morning's sky threatened rain.  Not exactly the best weather to have a "calm" cross country schooling haha.  We arrived around 8:25 AM for our 9 AM lesson and no one else was there yet.  The wind was whipping and I was slightly worried that Snappy would be wound up between the weather and being alone.  I took my time getting my tack and cross country gear organized before I unloaded her.  By 8:45, I decided to just start getting her ready because I also did not want to be late.  I was just saddling her as the other two …

600th Post!

I don't have a snazzy and concise title, mostly because this post is going to be about several different things.  But it is the 600th post ever on my blog!  Whoo!

First, I realized that my videos from the August Esprit 2-Phase did not load via Blogger, so I went back and added them into Vimeo instead.  Not that anyone is super interested in seeing our baby level dressage and jumping, but now they are there.  :-)

I've seen a lot of progress recently with Miss Snappy.  It's funny how you can feel as though you have plateaued and nothing is changing, and suddenly things come together.  She is no longer having spooking fits about hacking out, which is LOVELY.  It is easy to forget she spent the first twelve years of her life either in a stall or on a perfectly groomed racetrack, so things like boulders and trees can be scary.  She is finally able to hack around on the buckle, trot a little without dying, and cross a tiny stream.  We have ventured out further than the Christmas t…

Esprit Equestrian Center 2-Phase II - August 28, 2016

Snappy and I competed in our third 2-phase at the end of August, again at Esprit Equestrian Center.  She was super good this time around, not afraid of the indoor at all and jumped around the stadium course in a much braver fashion.  She was, however, deathly afraid of the pretty brush boxes made out of pallets.  So she spooked at them before we started the course, as we were trotting by on our way to jump #3 (and I stopped to let her take a look at them), spooked at them when we went by on our way to jump #5, and then of course wanted to suck back and avoid them altogether on the actual jump they were at #8.  Ohhhh mare!  

I was happy with how she felt in dressage, and we were sitting in 2nd place in our small three rider division with a 32.81.  We jumped clear for a second place finish overall!  We are headed to their third 2-phase at the end of September.  

Snap Dancer - Esprit 2-Phase Dressage from Elizabeth Sanborn on Vimeo.


Snap Dancer - Esprit 2-Phase Stadium Jumping from Elizabet…