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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 19 - A discipline you would like to do that you’ve never done before

For this post, I would definitely have to say playing polo.  I have tried so many disciplines that I really think this is the only one left anyway (haha), plus it seems like it would be fun despite the fact I would be terrible at it!  Olivia at DIY Horseownership played in college, which seems like a good way to try it.  There is a polo club down at Myopia, but I am 100% sure I will never have a chance to get involved, because that's for people who actually have a clue.  If there is ever a polo clinic in the area, I might give it a shot, but otherwise it is one of those random dreams.

I guess I could also add endurance, calf roping, cowboy mounted shooting, and TB racing to my list of disciplines I have never done before.  But none of those truly interest me to do myself.

So what disciplines have I tried?  Let's have a fun photo dump, because it kinda amazes me. I tried to mark the ones I have only done with one certain horse, despite the fact I used mostly Dreamy pics.

Dressage



Eventing


Hunter Under Saddle


Hunter Over Fences


In-Hand and Showmanship


Gymkhana (I've done it all: egg & spoon, barrels, poles, sit-a-buck, water race....etc)


Team Penning - only Dreamy
Dreamy's not a fan of cattle haha


Racing Under Saddle - Snappy only


Side Saddle - Dreamy only


Saddleseat - Reva only


Fox Hunting - Dreamy only


Trail riding, beach riding, hunter paces
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Acadia National Park - sunset at Day Mountain
Acadia National Park
Popham Beach, ME

Western Pleasure - Dreamy and Reva


Carriage Driving/Combined Driving - This was with Sparky, my first horse

And I drove Snappy a lot, just never showed her in driving events

Roadster - Dreamy and Reva

Prix Caprilli - only Dreamy
It is SO FREAKING WEIRD to jump in a dressage ring and in a dressage saddle

Demos and interviews

Cutting (haha just kidding, this was at WEG)


Harness racing - though I never raced a horse myself, I have been around it forever
This is Snappy!

Marshaling at racetracks - Dreamy and Snappy


Comments

  1. you my friend are a multitasker of all sorts! WOW. I should have put team penning and sidesaddle on my list too! would love to try those !LOL

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    1. Dreamy was such a good mare to ride (still is even pushing 27!) that I was like, LET'S TRY ALL THE THINGS. I'm glad I did! Pushing cows around was fun and made dressage seems super boring after that hahaha!

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  2. Polo! Do it! Most clubs offer clinics to get people involved so try contacting them.

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    1. Definitely will jump on the chance if it presents itself!

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  3. Oh man so many fun sports in there! I feel like I've tried a bunch of stuff but nowhere near as much as you lol. You should def try polo tho. It's hard but FUN!

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    1. I think it would be hilarious and I would probably slide right off the side while trying to hit the ball haha. Definitely on the bucket list!

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  4. Boston Polo in Byfield, MA, does lessons and they play indoor all winter, I'm pretty sure. I tried polo -- was awful -- but it was a blast!

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