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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Day 7 - Your favorite ribbon won at a show and why

I have won my fair share of ribbons over the years with several horses.  I have no problem admitting I am a ribbon ho, hahaha, though I would NEVER do anything illegal or harmful to a horse/person to win a ribbon.  I love every ribbon I win and have kept every single one since I first started showing.  

My favorite blue ribbon was with Dreamy at a 2013 MHA show, when we placed first in Hunter Pleasure Open out of 21 riders.  Even though hunter under saddle hasn't ever been my focus, being a self-proclaimed event/dressage rider, it was so cool to win a class like that on a horse who isn't the "ideal hunter type" and was supposed to just be a harness racehorse and not ever canter haha. It made me feel good as a rider, especially since this was late April, our first show of the year, and the night before I had chaperoned the high school's prom (I was prom advisor for many years before I moved to the middle school last year!).  



My favorite ribbon ever was a third place ribbon from a 2010 Dressage on the Seacoast UNH Dressage Show.  We earned a 68.214% at Training 2, after spending a year and a half struggle bussing through Training level dressage at rated shows.  (We also won a second place that day at Training 1 with a 64.348%, just behind a Grand Prix rider on a young horse.  So both ribbons and scores that day were exciting!)  I tried so hard to earn USDF awards in 2009, but it was not meant to be because our scores were just too low.  However, 2010 was our year!  This was our highest ever score at a rated show at Training level and while not a huge deal to most dressage riders, this ribbon and score to me was AMAZING!  We were in a class of 12 riders and the first and second place winners were professionals (they rarely split pro and AA, so if I want to ribbon well, I have to work extra hard!) It also clinched our two USDF All Breed Championship awards that year.  

Apparently, I don't even have a pic of that show or the ribbons, LOL!  So here we are showing at UNH earlier that year.  



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  1. Those ribbons represent so much work. My favourite ribbon is the one I got at Carmen's first show this May. It represented so much work and heartache.

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    1. Yes, they sure do! I know as riders we are more than just what any ribbon represents, but sometimes it is just nice to place well for yourself/your horse and think, "We EARNED that!"

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  2. i love those special wins like that <3

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    1. Me too! Doesn't even have to be a first place, sometimes the best ribbons are just our personal bests (whatever that may be!).

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