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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 …

Snappy's Final Pics - Area I SHT Champs

First, let me say thank you for all of your support and love.  It is not easy to make the decision to end a horse's life, and even though I know it was the right thing to do, it still hurts so much.  Snappy was also well loved in the Maine harness racing community, so her death affected many others beyond me.  So many people remember Snappy as the "little mare with the big heart" because she was a scrappy and gutsy mare on the track.  Snappy's little Facebook page is full of kind words and memories from those folks.

I messaged Snappy's former harness trainer's wife the morning it happened, because I wanted them both to know directly from me.  I also messaged her previous owner's wife, Cindy, who I have never met, and she has been so kind.  She's not a horse person, but she shared with me that she is the one who named Snap Dancer when she was born.  Her husband, Bruce, who gave Snappy to me, is now suffering from dementia/Alzheimer's from what I und…

Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth Review and Giveaway

Olivia at DIY Horsemanship is holding a cool contest to win a new girth from Total Saddle Fit!  Click here to read her blog post about it.  You might also consider following along on her adventures, as her blog is fun and well written!  :-)


Snap Dancer ~ May 23, 2000 - August 25, 2017

"You were a great champion. When you ran, the ground shook, the sky opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you'll meet me in the winner's circle, where I'll put a blanket of flowers on your back."


A recipe for happiness and heartache: Take one cranky, plain brown mare who needs a new career and putter around with her, teach her dressage basics and how to jump, stay calm despite her occasional FREQUENT hissy fits and tantrums.  Bond with her and watch her sweet personality blossom as she accepts her new career, set a few goals for her first year of showing in 2016, and then easily meet those goals.  Continue to work hard and set a new goal of qualifying for Area 1 Schooling Championships in 2017.  Qualify handily by winning five straight events (we only needed to win one!), compete in the championships, and conquer the day!

Sadly, there can also be intense heartache with horses.  As I wrote about here, Area I Championships was Snap Dance…