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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

Farm Logo Swag

Last year, I had a graphic artist friend design a logo for our little farm.  I adore it but hadn't made anything with it yet, save a few stickers that I put on our buckets and one of my show trunks.  I had a local embroidery shop do a green jacket for me, but he was sort of weird about doing any (brand new, so clean!) saddle pads that I brought it.  That is fine, since he is not a horse guy, but I kinda gave up and forgot about it.

Of course, now I have had a LOOOONG winter to consider ALL THE THINGS I need want with our logo.  I made an order through Cafe Press but wasn't super impressed and things were printed crookedly despite the fact on the designer it looked correct.  My husband's hooded sweatshirt and the baby's onesies were the only things that looked correct.  The shirts were a wash, but I will say, Cafe Press refunded my money for me at least!

Deciding that I needed an actual human with design experience (imagine that!), I found a great little company on Etsy c…

Lund Saddlery Review

Back at the end of October 2016, I pulled the trigger on ordering a new five point breastplate because I just wasn't thrilled with the way my current breastplate fit Snappy.  It is a Stubben that I bought about six years ago, and while it is overpriced IMHO haha, I saved all that summer to purchase it, because STUBBEN.  

I figured a five point would fit her better, yet I wasn't crazy about the HDR or Nunn Finer versions and Stubben doesn't make a five point.  I had seen Lund Saddlery around Facebook and read a few reviews from other bloggers.  It seemed like well made tack for a decent price point, so I ordered it.  

Oddly, enough, though I knew I would have a wait a bit it to arrive...it never did!  I waited...and I waited...and I waited.  Finally in December, I sent an email to Lund and the owner was super apologetic.  Somehow my order had been lost in the shuffle, so he arranged for another one to be shipped.  I finally received it on January 9!  It was worth waiting for …