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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…

Spring Happenings

Spring is taking its sweet time to arrive here on the farm, and I have been trying to not be crabby over the sn*wy weather.  I am craving warm weather!  We had the coldest month of March in history, and April hasn't been much better so far.  I hear it is supposed to be up near the 70s at the beginning of the work week, so perhaps things will dry out quickly and we will finally see bare ground!

I have tried my best to start spring conditioning with Snappy.  It is tough when there is either 2874655 feet of sn*w or now it is just wet enough that the white stuff that is left is too slushy to ride on without staving up the field.  

So there has been a lot of this...trying not to drown in sn*w!

And this...
My "ring" is just too muddy, since it is really not a ring and just a paddock.  So I have had to make due with the 1000' dirt driveway for now.  It is not horrible, but it is far from ideal.

We hired a new farm worker hahaha.  He seems to be working out so far.  Wastes a bit too much clean sawdust when mucking out though!  ;-)



That hat kills me!  
I finally gave in to my husband and these two little guys are now in our barn.  We have had them almost a month now.  They are milking shorthorn steers and will be used for showing this summer and fall.  My husband still has his pair of pulling oxen, but these guys are just to fool around with.  




The little steer was snuggled right up to the tiny child.

Sometimes the snow bank makes you a little distracted from training...

Cute little guys!  They are named Red and Rusty.

The big kid gave it a try, too!




And to go along with my last post about the farm logo swag, I finally ordered a farm sign!  This is the final proof, so we shall see what it look like when it arrives!  Yay!



And when I saw this on Etsy, I couldn't help myself.  Not sure where it will hang (and I would love to add the farm name somehow), but I love it!




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  1. The kids are the calves are adorable! I love the etsy find. I bet you could do a little name plate (like the halter name plates) in the center or the silver shoe ;)

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