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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…

2017 Year End Awards

In all honesty, some years I set competition goals that include qualifying for year end awards, but 2017 was different.  I did not plan or expect to win any year ends, but somehow I did anyway!  Because, obviously, I may or may not be a ribbon ho.

We had a fun year showing both the little red steers at fairs and horse shows with Snappy and then Ellie.  I always display our ribbons on the kitchen hutch throughout the year and then hang them up with all the other ribbons around this time of year.  The only one missing is Snappy's Area I Championship ribbon because I put it in her shadow box already.

My husband is as much as a ribbon ho as I am.
Though he does win premiums at the fairs and I have to pay entry fees...haha
I received a random phone call at the beginning of December from the lovely owner of Hilltop Equestrian Center.  She wanted to let me know that Snappy had won her division for the year, which they awarded at their last three phase in October, and she wanted my mailing address to send the ribbon and cooler.  She said something about missing me that day (since obviously I didn't show Snappy...) and of course, that made me start bawling and tell her that I had to have Snappy put down.  I had considered volunteering instead, but we had family plans that day so I never did.  

A few weeks later, a package arrived just after Christmas with a beautiful ribbon and cooler.  I am not sure I am ready to put the cooler on anyone else just yet, since Snappy won it and I am a stupidly emotional horse girl.  But even though she's gone, she's still a champion.



And leave it to me to buy a new horse in September and end up winning year end awards.  #definitelynotaribbonho When I decided to bring Ellie to the little New England Jumpers Association shows held at her birth farm, I also sent in a two year membership, thinking it is a new club and I ought to support it.  Plus, I also fantasized that if I attended three shows, I could qualify for year ends (see... #definitelynotaribbonho).  We went to both the October and December shows, but the November one (at a different farm) was cancelled due to weather.  

I didn't think much of it until just after the December show, NEJA announced the year end awards and LO AND BEHOLD, Ellie qualified.  I guess they double pointed the December show to make up for the cancelled November show.  Well, hot damn!  Nothing like being walk/trot pleasure, equitation, and ground pole champions of the world LOL!!!
I think these are my favorite colored year end awards.  Look at the TEAL!!  
We also won cool "trophies"!
I love when instead of trophies, clubs give out useful prizes.  I ended up with an LL Bean fleece pullover, long sleeved shirt (big logo on back too), and a Carhartt hat!  Love it!!  

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  1. aww that cooler tho <3 and hot damn but those are gorgeous year end ribbons that Ellie won! champions of the wooorrlldddd!!!!!!

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    1. I know!! I am almost glad it is too big for Ellie (well, didn't try it on but it's a 76 and she's fine in a 70) because then I can just not use it. :-( I LOVE the ribbons because there is TEAL! TEAL!!! IN MY RIBBONS! hahahaha

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  2. Great ribbons and prizes! #ribbonhoforlife

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    1. Thank you fellow ribbon ho! #ribbonhoforlifeindeed!!

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  3. yay!! look at you ribbon ho! :) love it!! I love the teal too. And aww on Snappy's win too :( Sorry but so happy you got the ribbon and the cooler. i would be tempted to use the cooler to keep myself warm in MAINE :) LOL Ellie is still the cutest btw.

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    1. Hahaha! Seriously, after today's ice storm (yay Maine, thanks for more ice!) I am totally going to need that fleece for myself!

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  4. What a wonderful way to wrap up the year. I love that Snappy won that beautiful cooler. It's a real tribute to her. You could use it just for 'good' (like shows) or keep it perfect as is.

    Also, yay for Ellie! She's a champ. I can't wait to see what you get up to in 2018!

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    1. Yes, I definitely think it will be a special cooler (though at a 76" it may not even fit Ellie, and that's OK!). I am so excited for this year! Just need to get to spring! ;-)

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