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ME Morgan Benefit Show - August 10, 2019

I had not been planning to bring Ellie to this show, but an email had gone out to members a few days prior that entries were a bit low.  So in order to support the club, we headed out to Pineland Farm the morning of August 10, for what promised to be a gorgeous summer day!  All photos that I am in were purchased from the show photographer!
I always think these types of shows are going to be fine, but at the end of every single one of them, I always remember why I should stick with dressage and eventing haha.  That is not to say there is anything wrong with open shows or the club that runs them; this is just not the type of showing we do well at because she's not a "show horse".
The show was held at a gorgeous facility that boasts both large indoor and outdoor arenas.  They chose to have the show indoors with warm-up outside, which is fine, but Ellie was not a fan of the indoor.  One corner was open to the large and echo-y storage area where they had set up the secretary…

Day 1 - When & Why You Started Riding

As a small child, I begged my parents for a horse for as long as I can remember.  They finally gave in to riding lessons, thinking I would take a few and lose interest.  Hahaha parents, you are so funny.

I started riding at the ripe old age of six, at a local Morgan breeding farm known as Joydale Morgan Farm owned by a woman named Joy and her husband Doug.  I was lucky to ride a variety of Morgans (and a few other breeds here and there) and learn how to start young horses.  I was taught "balance seat" and the basics of dressage and jumping.  I attended my first three phase event as a groom for the "older girls" at the barn when I was eight and I was completely hooked.  At age nine, I was allowed to be the first rider to sit on my project filly, which was super exciting and as I taught her the basics of riding, I thought I could convince my parents to buy her for me; sadly, she was sold the following year.  

My first horse, Joydale Sparklerslas, was originally born at Joydale, and she came to become mine when I was thirteen and she was ten, as J & D heard about one of their horses in a bad situation.  My parents finally caved and I got my first very own horse!  Of course, with Ellie in my life now, it is full circle back to Joydale, as Sparky came from the Kennebec lines.


This is me, about to do a dressage test on Kennebec Chief, Sparky's sire.
I credit my love of eventing and Morgan horses to my formative years at Joydale.  I learned so much from Joy and Doug.  They gave me opportunities that I will always be grateful for and taught me to be the best horsewoman and caregiver I can be.  

I lessoned, attended summer camps, and eventually gave summer camp lessons at Joydale throughout my college years.  Even when I moved my horses to my own farm when I graduated from college, I still taught summer camp for a few years.  

I miss being a kid at Joydale. :-)


One of my first lessons on Joydale Pollyanna!



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  1. aw this is great! sometimes i miss being a kid at the barn too ;)

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  2. love all the Morgans :) I am so jealous (I think your Morgans were nicer than ours LOL) HA HA HA

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    1. NOOOO, I saw your posts and your Morgans were gorgeous!!! :-p

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