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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…

Hilltop Horse Trials - June 18, 2017

Our second event of the year was this past weekend at an equestrian center in New Hampshire.  It was a gorgeous summer day when the sun was behind the clouds and blazing hot when the clouds parted LOL!  Despite the heat, Snappy was quite good.  My thirteen year old agreed to come along as my photographer and he did a great job.  

We warmed up easily for dressage and put in a decent test for a 28.1, which landed us in third place out of a division of five riders.  






Cross country went well and the only fence she was pretty sure was a big no was a 2' black drainage pipe thing.  She paused at the base of the fence but I was ready and pony kicked her over it haha.  No way you are stopping on the little fences, mare, because I know you are brave deep down!  There were thirteen total fences, ranging from tiny logs (see pic below of fence #1, the smallest fence on course) to railroad ties, coops, and a little brush fence.  I think had I not been riding her forward in a brave and quiet manner, she would not have been as good as she was.  I tried to get her to canter in a few spots where we had plenty of space and decent footing, but she is still not having anything to do with the canter.  She is so unsure of herself and lacks confidence in the gait, so as much as I want to move her up, she still cannot do a Beginner Novice level dressage test.  :-(
Snappy thought it would be best to NOT go over one of these.  I convinced her she was incorrect.  ;-)



I knew the girl ahead of me in dressage fell off on the XC course (she was fine), so I figured I had moved up to second place.  I checked my XC score to be sure it was correctly listed as clear (it was), but they hadn't updated the placings on the board and I didn't think much of it.  We jumped the stadium course well and I loved how much more easily the course rode because they expanded their ring this year!  Granted, we only trotted around over itty bitty jumps but it was a good upgrade to the facility.  


Baby jumps!




 At Hilltop, they pin the divisions in the ring right after everyone does their stadium round, so I was super surprised to hear them call us as first place!  The first place horse must've had a refusal on XC or a rail in stadium (I have no idea what), but whatever it was moved us up!  Yay!  Ribbons are fun but getting out there and showing my horse is the best no matter what.  Snappy was a good horse the entire day, despite the fact she refuses to eat much and barely drank any water (so frustrating).  At least she had Ulcergard on board, but darn it mare, it is frustrating how oddly picky she is about eating!



DORK


We won a brush and all competitors got a little bag from Meader's Supply.  Cool!

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  1. aw what a good mare tho! congrats!!! my trainer kinda approaches the canter the same way too - esp for green or young horses, or horses who otherwise kinda struggle with the canter, she likes to let them develop it through a little jumping. seems like Snappy was thinking about it a little bit in stadium too!!

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