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Course Brook Farm Horse Trials - July 28, 2019

After a successful first-ever horse trial with Ellie in the spring, I decided to try a new-to-me venue for our July horse trial.  I also felt we were definitely ready to move up a level, from Introductory 18" to Elementary 2'.  Honestly, could we jump higher and do a more difficult dressage test?  Yes.  But I am a firm believer in setting my horse up for success by not over facing her, and knowing this would be a true cross country course through the woods, I didn't want anything to seem hard or scary to her.  I wanted us both to feel confident by having a positive experience.
Ellie and I traveled down to Course Brook Farm in Massachusetts on July 28, and while it was a long trip there, Ellie unloaded and settled in easily. Traffic had been heavier than I anticipated, so while we were not running late, I definitely had no extra time once we arrived. I did not realize this venue was actually A LOT bigger than I imagined, with 160 (!!!!) horses competing that day.  Ellie had…

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 understand, so I cannot reach out to him directly.  I sent her several photos of Snappy from her life with me, which she showed her husband and she said while he cannot speak any longer, the photos did hold his attention.  I hope they all know how much I loved this old mare.  

I am very fortunate to have had my friend Rachel with me at Championships, as I knew I would want photos of our last event together.  She did a great job capturing each phase.  This was also one of the only events I have done with Snappy that had a professional photographer, and so of course, I am a sucker and bought all of the pics she took!  It was worth it!  All the pics with the Spotted Vision watermark in the corner are used here with purchase, while all other pics are by Rachel. 

You can read about our final event here and my tribute to this great mare here.




Our comment here on the free walk was "not enough stretch".  Welp, that's fine, but for Intro Freaking A, I think it looks acceptable!






























You can see she was sore. :-(




Comments

  1. Gosh she looks so happy, I'm so glad you got to have this experience with her to top off a wonderful partnership!

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  2. Such beautiful photos. I love your smiles in them!

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  3. Beautiful photos. What a great way to remember her.

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  4. What a good girl. You both look so happy in the pictures.

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  5. Beautiful photos - what great memories to have of your great mare. So sorry to hear that she is gone.

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  6. So many great photos to remember her by!

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