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Ellie's Big Adventure - Equine Affaire 2019

On the last day of September, I received an email from the Vermont Morgan Horse Association asking if I would be interested in bringing Ellie to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from November 7-10.  I became a member of VMHA this year when I decided to compete at Vermont Heritage Days; so even though I live in Maine and not Vermont haha, I made a snap decision to say yes!  
Honestly, it was 21 minutes after the email came in that I responded yes!  Then I had to figure out how to actually make it all happen hahahahaha.  Typical.
I attended Equine Affaire as a spectator a few times way back when and then for many years I ran the breed booth for the Standardbreds, including a four-day stint in C Barn with Dreamy back in 2013.  It is fun and exhausting to travel 4+ hours one way from home to talk with thousands of people, walk thousands of miles around the venue (ok, not that far but close), and ride in demos on a horse that has never seen such a huge venue (though in her defense, Ellie was …

Green Acres Horse Trials - May 7, 2017

Our first outing of the 2017 season was at Green Acres this past Sunday!  EDITED TO ADD: Clearly, this outing was weeks ago.  I have been sitting on this entry as a draft since the week we went, waiting patiently for the professional photog to get her pics posted (I went alone and had no personal media).  Well, still waiting for the pics to be posted, despite contacting her nicely last week and promising I would buy whatever she got of us.  :-(  I use the term professional loosely, because while I am sure she has a nice camera and a decent enough eye, I don't think she has ever done this before and well.......I get that life happens, but don't bill yourself as the show photog and never bother to post your pics.  Sorry for the mini rant, but that is why there are no active shots LOL!

I admit, I don't know what I was thinking when I sent my entry.  I thought spring was coming, but as always, the weather had other plans.  We haven't jumped XC since last October and this ha…

Ten Questions for May

Taking a lead from Bel Joeor, I am going to copy her "Ten Questions for May" post.  I changed my blog URL recently to match the title change, so I have noticed my readership is low.  That's ok, since I really do this more for my own record keeping than anything else.  But because of that, I don't expect much of a true "blog hop".  ;-)
1. What are your summer horse goals? This summer, my plan is to enjoy a few horse trials with Snappy, do some lessons/clinics/XC schools, and hopefully compete in Area I Schooling Horse Trials Championships in August.  Here is the current qualifying list, but they have not put in last fall's Hilltop scores or last week's Green Acres scores, so we are not yet on the list.  I am pretty sure we are all qualified, but I want to see it in writing for sure.  (Stay tuned for a show recap once I get pics to post!)
2. Do you have any tips or tricks for fly control? I don't think any fly spray really works that great, but I gene…

OK, Bloggers, I need help finding a belt!

Alright, I know there are savvy horse shoppers out there in blog land, so I am looking for help finding a belt to match this dressage coat.  It is from Annie's Equestrienne Apparel and it is my most favorite Tiffany blue!  



Of course, I already had Amy from Dark Jewel Designs create the perfect matching browband.  If you are looking for a fantastic custom browband at a great price point, check out her Etsy site!


Now I'd love a belt, preferably a ribbon belt a la Mango Bay style!  Please help me out, Blogger friends!

Planning A Show Season and Setting Goals for 2017

Every year, I try to create a realistic yet challenging show season for myself and my horse.  I try to set goals that are attainable, fairly specific, and FUN!  I could show every weekend, but that is obviously not realistic (and truthfully, it's a lot of work , strain on my horse, and not as much fun to show after a while).

With Dreamy, I had a weird urge to prove she could "do it all".  We did dressage, eventing, and fox hunting, as well as dabbled in the pleasure/hunter rings and attempted team penning a few times.  We even tried sidesaddle and won an NEHC pleasure class.  She won a lot of awards in a lot of different divisions and disciplines and gave me some of the most incredible horse experiences of my life.  We did things others probably never thought we would (maybe included) and I hope I helped show someone out there that a Standardbred really is a good choice in a horse if you put in the time.  And WOW, did I ever put in my share of blood, sweat, and tears with…