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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

Tack Review: Dark Jewel Designs browbands

It is no secret I like things to be matchy-matchy when I compete.  When I ride at home, I am usually a mismatched slob, realizing too late how much my shirt clashes with my saddle pad.

Case in point.

Hahahaha!
I have mentioned my custom browbands here a few times, so I felt as though it was time for a review post!  Amelia at Dark Jewel Designs does a fabulous job with her Etsy shop.  I met her years ago at UNH when we were riding at the horse barn, so when I stumbled across her gorgeous and affordable designs I knew I had to order one!  

So far, I have six of her designs (holy cow) and both the black and the brown browbands.  The coolest thing about Amy's design is that you can mix and match the strands however you want on either color browband.  I like the flexibility!  And Amy is super easy to work with, has great customer service and an eye for design.  She is an eventer, so she uses her products on her own horse, which matters to me!  I like knowing the products I purchase are approved by the owner herself!

The current rotation: Tiffany blue for dressage and dark green for XC!

This was made for Snappy, since her racing colors were maroon and gold!




This is dark blue (bad pic but the only one I have!)
I also have a dark grey and silver strand, but I cannot find a pic.  

If you are looking for an affordable and beautiful custom browband, I highly recommend Dark Jewel Designs!  

Comments

  1. I LOVE Amelia's work!! The browbands get compliments everywhere and I'm always thinking up new colors and designs haha. Definitely worth recommending to anyone looking

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  2. I can never get enough of blingy browbands. These are all great!

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  3. Thanks for the fantastic review! I'm glad that you are happy with the browbands and that we reconnected after all these years. Hope to see you around Area 1 sometime! :)

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