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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…

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" indoor that she refused to enter back in July, so that was great.  It was super windy and the indoor makes rattle noises, but she was super good.  She really knows her job and Intro B is becoming easy for her.  For some reason, I continually overshoot the centerline on our final salute, so that is something I need to work on at home.  I need to actually measure out a 10m. turn instead of just guessing when I ride at home.

We were the second to last rider in dressage, so just as I was finished untacking her, the jumping started.  We hung out for about a half hour at the trailer before I tacked her up for stadium.  I love the fact that I arrived at the farm at 9:30am and left at 1pm.  I am so over spending 10 hours at a horse show LOL!  She was sluggish in the warm up which was fine (glad she was calm) but she tends to get sloppy with her hind end and I did not want her to take any rails.  I hoped she wouldn't spook at the brush boxes AGAIN and I am proud she didn't.  The jumps are all the same but the course changes, so I was happy to actually she her progression in calmness.  

I think it was a good idea to do all three of these 2-phases with Snappy (they held four, but we missed the June one).  I just didn't feel she was ready for XC yet, even though I am DYING to take her to a full horse trial.  I am also hopeful that maybe we will have earned a year end award from MeCTA (the Maine Combined Training Association).  That would be pretty neat!

We have a few more shows in October before we quit for the winter.  What a great year we have had!  :-)

Yay mare!

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  1. Wow! Arriving at 930 and leaving at one sounds like a perfect amount of time to be at a horse show! :) Sounds like it was an awesome day!

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  2. It was amazing and no horse show hangover the next day at work LOL! ;-)

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