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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…

Three Years

It would be remiss of me to let July 2 go by without a tribute to my first horse, who passed away three years to the day.  Sparky was the best first horse a girl could have.  I wrote about her here and her last photo shoot (the night before she was put down, though I did not realize it at the time) is here.

Fly high, sweet mare.  You are missed every day.  


Joydale Sparklerslas
June 5 ,1982 ~ July 2, 2014
My senior photo (1997)
Last photo of us together (2014)
~ same spot ~

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