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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 4 - A ride that impacted your life

Obviously, my first riding lesson impacted my life the most, because without my parents FINALLY agreeing to let me ride horses, my life would not be the same at all!

But if I had to pick one ride, it would be the four days I spent riding at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.  (Warning: the linked blog post is long with tons of photos, but it is kinda fun to read about!)  It is definitely one of my most favorite horse memories and impacted my life in so many ways.  I shipped my horse myself all the way to KY which was crazy and gave me a huge confidence boost in driving my rig.  I met a ton of great people and enjoyed spending time with friends.  I got to RIDE MY HORSE AT WEG (yes, yes, it was just four riding demos, but still.  WEG.  It was WEG, people!)

We had to apply ahead of time to ride in the demo, and it certainly was an honor to be accepted.  It was a huge confidence boost to ship and ride my horse in such a faraway place.  Dreamy was absolutely perfectly behaved the entire time.  I could not have asked for a better mare and she just took everything in stride.  We made an overnight pit stop in New Jersey both on the way down and back home, we stayed at a friend's house near the horse park, we rode in a practice ride at the Red Mile, and then we spent four days at the actual horse park.  Being chosen and then riding at WEG was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that I will probably never have a chance to do again.  

Our practice ride at the Red Mile before we arrived at the KY Horse Park the following day


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  1. another great post :) You have had some good experiences!! Mine seem lame after all yours HA!

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    1. Thank you! I have been lucky to have been given some amazing opportunities and I never back down from a challenge! I owe it all to my mare, Dreamy! She gave me many memorable times!

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  2. Oh man WEG is definitely on my list - how awesome to have gotten to actually ride in the event!!!!

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    1. It was awesome to be there, even if we weren't actually competing haha!

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