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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Day 15 - If you could speak to any horse, dead or alive, what would you say?

I would tell my first horse Sparky how much I appreciate her.  She was the best first horse I could have asked for, and she deserves to know.
One of my senior photos - 1997

For Dreamy, I would thank her for all of the wonderful opportunities she has given to me.  We literally have done everything together, and she always trusted me every step of the way. 
Our first time going BN and we were clear!
Snappy is the tough one for me.  I would tell her I am sorry.  I am sorry I couldn't save her.  I did the best I could for her, but she was in so much pain at the end. Maybe had I been able to watch her in pain and wait for a longer amount of time, because perhaps the medication would have eventually worked, she would still be alive.  But my biggest fear was watching her suffer for any longer than necessary.  I regret not being able to save her and I feel as though this will haunt me forever.

Our first dressage show, first ever dressage test!
And, oh Ellie.  What would I tell Ellie?  Since I have only known her for ten and a half weeks, I would tell her it is ok to trust me.  That is silly in a way, because I know she will eventually and building trust takes time.  Yet, I can see how much easier it will be once we have that trust firmly established.  

The day I bought her, right before I loaded her on my trailer


Comments

KateRose said…
This is so interesting to think about! I am sure Snappy knows you did your very best and that your decisions resulted from love and mercy <3
Martidoll said…
aww this makes me sad but so sweet. You have had some great horses! :)
Sara said…
I’m sure she knows you did everything you could. The best thing we can do is say goodbye before they suffer.