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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…

Product Review: EssentialEryn Saddle Covers

If you are looking for affordable and well made fleece saddle covers, look no further than Essential Eryn!  Not only does Eryn make saddle covers, she also does polo wraps, saddle pads, quarter sheets, and more! 

I purchased two green plaid saddle covers, one for my AP and the other for my dressage saddle.  
She even added a little card and a bag full of peppermints!
I had wanted a Kensington green plaid, but after an exhaustive online search, I couldn't come up with anything.


not to be found
Instead, I reached out to Eryn on Etsy and she also confirmed she could not find that same plaid above.  But she sent me several other options to look at, and I ended up choosing the green/black plaid.

I am glad I did because it is super cute and matches my trailer tack room set up so well!




My AP Stubben saddle cover is getting pretty worn out and the elastic is going.  My dressage saddle has a nice DK fleece cover, but it isn't really big enough for the saddle.


The cover my saddle came with when I purchased it.  There is nothing wrong with it, and it is a pretty color, but there isn't great coverage for keeping it clean.

It has a big cantle!
So when I first opened the new dressage cover, it seemed huge!  BUT that is a good thing because it covers my dressage saddle really well.



Not only does the set up look nice (because we all know I love everything matchy-matchy), but the covers are well made.  That is important to me, because obviously it stinks to buy a pretty custom item and it falls apart.  The elastic is just right, the stitching is excellent, and the black webbing down the middle is sturdy.  Granted, I have them for less than 24 hours, but I can tell they will hold up well and it is not as though I abuse my tack haha.  The only thing that generally goes wrong with a saddle cover in my experience is the elastic will give out.  Because I bought this from a real person who handmade it instead of just from a tack shop, I am willing to bet if the elastic eventually breaks or gets stretched out, I can pay Eryn to replace it. 





Overall, I love the new covers!  Thank you, Eryn!  I will definitely be a repeat customer!

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