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ME Morgan Benefit Show - August 10, 2019

I had not been planning to bring Ellie to this show, but an email had gone out to members a few days prior that entries were a bit low.  So in order to support the club, we headed out to Pineland Farm the morning of August 10, for what promised to be a gorgeous summer day!  All photos that I am in were purchased from the show photographer!
I always think these types of shows are going to be fine, but at the end of every single one of them, I always remember why I should stick with dressage and eventing haha.  That is not to say there is anything wrong with open shows or the club that runs them; this is just not the type of showing we do well at because she's not a "show horse".
The show was held at a gorgeous facility that boasts both large indoor and outdoor arenas.  They chose to have the show indoors with warm-up outside, which is fine, but Ellie was not a fan of the indoor.  One corner was open to the large and echo-y storage area where they had set up the secretary…

Bloghop: Favorites of 2018

Thanks to Amanda for starting a fun little bloghop!

Favorite Show Picture
This is from our first dressage show ever, in May at our lesson barn.  It is a crappy screenshot from a video, but I love how Ellie looks like a proper little dressage pony!  Sadly, there were no photographers at any of the shows we did this year, so I was unable to purchase professional photos.


Favorite Non-Show Picture
This is such a sweet photo of my three year old son and Ellie.  She is so kind and this photo exemplifies her personality.




Favorite Thing You Bought
I don't know if I have a favorite thing, but for this blog post it would be my pretty blue AA Platinum MotionLite show coat.  The coat is such a great color and just different enough to stand out in a good way.  Also, it is so super comfortable and breathable, it is the best show coat I have ever worn.  I splurged and bought the hunter green as well.  



Favorite Moment on Horseback
This would probably be our XC clinic with Daryl, because it was so much darn fun (even though it was also a little frustrating)!  



Favorite Moment Out of the Saddle
I would say starting Ellie in harness and working with Sandra Beaulieu on ground work are tied for my favorite out-of-saddle moments!


Favorite "Between the Ears" Picture
I love all between the ears photos, since is there any place better than the back of a horse?  But I would choose this one from the height of summer, in the beautiful Maine woods, on a mare who has become a brave trail partner!


Favorite Horse Book or Article
This one is tough, because I used to be such a voracious reader, but in the last few years I have gotten away from reading.  This saddens me, but it is part of the season of my life right now (small child means no leisure reading time available), but I have been enjoying several Dressage Today articles this year.  I like this one on trot lengthenings and this on shoulder in/half pass.  I also just bought Denny's latest book, which I need to make time to read!  And of course, I spend a lot of time enjoying everyone's blogs, which besides the reading I do for teaching, is probably the most I read all year haha! 


Favorite Horse Ridden (or Groomed/Cared for) Aside from Your Own
Uhhh, I guess I would have to go with Taylor, since I haven't ridden, groomed, or cared for any other horse besides my own two this year LOL!


Favorite Funny Picture of Your Horse
Hands down, any pic of this mare smiling.  Seriously, she's ridiculous hahahaha!

plus the fact she loved wearing her hat haha
Favorite Fence You Successfully Jumped or Movement You Conquered
Since we are tadpole jumpers at the moment haha, I am going to go with the canter.  Our leads caused some issues this year and nailing both leads by the end of show season in Training 1 was an accomplishment to me with this mare.



Favorite Horse Meme or Funny Picture

Comments

  1. Ellie is such a good little mare. Love everything about her.

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  2. You and Ellie had a truly excellent year, and it was fun to follow along! 😁

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    1. Thank you! I had such a great year with her and thanks for coming along on our journey!!

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  3. Happy New Year! love Ellie's personality! are you buried in snow now??? It is raining here AGAIN.

    Love that photo of her and your kid too! so cute!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well! We are surprisingly not buried in sn*w as much as in ICE!!! Every time it sn*ws lately we get TONS of rain, too! So the ice is really sucking haha. But it was warm yesterday and we were actually able to trot and canter in the ring! It was wet but decent enough footing!

      I love that photo so much. He loves her just as much as she loves him right back!

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  4. Those are all great favourites

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