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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 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

Martidoll said…
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
Polo! Do it! Most clubs offer clinics to get people involved so try contacting them.
emma said…
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!
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!
Definitely will jump on the chance if it presents itself!
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!
Julia H. said…
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!