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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…

Day 3 - Your best riding

Hmmm...this is kind of a tough one.  I mean, I have won plenty of equitation classes before, but does that really constitute my "best riding"?  Would staying on a bucking horse count as my best riding?  I don't know exactly how I would define my best riding.

Honestly, sometimes my best riding has nothing to do with being judged or winning a ribbon.  I also don't think I can define my best riding by one moment in time.  

I lie.  Denny Emerson telling me "perfect" while schooling XC is obv my best riding hahaha!
I think my best riding is when I have either had a breakthrough with my horse on a difficult movement or when I have finally figured out how to be effective.  Generally the horse goes properly BECAUSE I have gotten my own act together.  

Imagine that!  
Sometimes I can get my act together and jump things without my leg being dumb (Dreamy)
I have been riding for nearly 33 years, but I am no where near professional.  I don't do everything perfectly.  It takes me longer to train my horses because sometimes I just can't get myself together, in order to get my horse together.  

Sometimes I remember how to actually look like a dressage rider (Dreamy again)
But that's OK!  Because this is just for fun, and I know I am overall a decent rider.  My best riding to me is when I am doing the best for my horse, so she can be her best.


I'd like to think my best riding is when I start with a first ever ride (Snappy here)...
And progress to a happy horse who can do fun things with me!

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