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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Day 13 - A video of your horse/you riding

Here are a few fun memories caught on video I was lucky to share with Dreamy!

First, here is our first ever attempt at showing sidesaddle in a Training 3 test at the State of Maine Dressage Association show (used to be called Southern Maine Dressage) on August 4, 2013.  It was definitely NOT our best ever test and that stretchy trot circle at the rising trot at the end was super tough in a sidesaddle haha, but I am still glad we tried it. That summer I was doing well with her at First level, but I opted to try the sidesaddle at T3 (I guess I was a wimp LOL).  
Dreamy's Dressage Sidesaddle Showing Debut from Elizabeth Sanborn on Vimeo.

Next is our Standardbred demo from the 2013 Equine Affaire.  It was definitely neat to ride in the Coliseum!

And lastly, a funny little video of us jumping a little log in tandem with four other riders at the end of a foxhunt at Echo Ridge Farm back in November 2012.  Dreamy and I are on the far left.  Shutterfly won't let me embed it here (not my account), so you will have to click the link!


  1. aw i LOVE that tandem log jump! there's a local hunter trial here that does pairs classes and i've wanted to do it so badly but it never seems to work out for us. maybe next year!

    1. Pairs jumping would be fun!! Dreamy was never a fan of having horses too close to her (still cannot be turned out with ANYone and we all know how I fell off at the fox hunt...),so as you can see I stayed waaaay to the side on this tandem log jump haha! Dreamy would never have dealt with a pairs class, but Ellie would probably love it!

  2. How does one do a rising trot in a sidesaddle? I had one for a short while and I A) only used it on my gaited horse and B) never tried rising.

    1. It is the same as rising trot in an astride saddle, only you wish you were not doing it. It takes practice and it sucks lol!!! :-P

  3. Sidesaddle? You are brave! That log jump looked like a lot of fun

    1. Crazy, yes. Brave, ehhhh maybe! Hahaha! Dreamy has always been the horse I can do anything with, so we did! Definitely had a lot of fun before she had to be retired.


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