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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

Morgan Dressage Association Scholarship

When I bought Ellie back at the end of 2017, I somehow came across the Morgan Dressage Association's Facebook page.  Promoting Morgans in dressage is a cause I find worthy of support, and of course with a fun year end award program it seemed like something I might want to do with Ellie someday haha.  They base their awards on rated USDF shows, so it will be some time before we are ready to show regularly at that level though.  Schooling shows are life (and cheaper and closer...!)  MDS also has a scholarship program and an interesting newsletter, so overall it seemed worth the small fee.



Besides sending in my yearly membership check, I have admittedly not had much to do with the organization.  However, back in November, I received two different emails from MDA about their scholarship program, as they were extending the due date by two weeks.

Basically, MDA awards three to four $500 scholarships a year, to be used exclusively on dressage training on a Morgan.  As the website states, 
Scholarships must be used to further the training and education of the applicant and their Morgan(s). Eligible expenses include instruction, clinics (mounted or as an auditor) and the expenses to attend those clinics, educational materials such as training books and videos, and other educational opportunities such as symposiums. The purchases of tack or computer software and competition expenses are NOT eligible. 
I ignored the first email, but the second email made me pause.  Generally, extending a due date for applications indicates that perhaps there were not enough entries, as sometimes occurs with horse shows.  

Hmm.

So I pulled up the application just to see what was required.  It is a hefty application, with a cover letter, five in depth questions, and a requirement for two to five photos and two videos.  But it was totally doable, so I dug in and started writing.



I submitted my application back on November 8.  And then waited, as awards would be announced by December 31.  On the 30th, I received an email saying the announcement would be delayed.  No big deal, but of course, I am NOT good at waiting haha.

But just a few days later, I received an email that said I was awarded a $500 scholarship!  YAY!  Maybe we were selected because not many people applied haha, but nevertheless, I am excited to have extra lesson money and specifically clinic money at my disposal this year.  I must provide a detailed listing of how I spent the money by the end of December, and I cannot apply for/win a scholarship two years in a row (so I would have to wait until 2021 if I want to try again).


whoops spelled my name wrong haha
and I'm not sure why it says 2020...
So now I eagerly await clinic dates and the opportunity to start lessons again, knowing I have a little extra financial cushion to reach our training goals this year!  

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  1. wow that is great! Good for you for applying! YAY!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad I decided to put the time in to write the application for sure!

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  2. How cool! That should open up some fun opportunities this year!

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    1. Right?? I love that I can choose some clinics that perhaps I normally could not afford!

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  3. That's so awesome! What a great way to help further your training this year.

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    1. Yes! I am hopeful it will give us extra opportunities for sure!

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  4. OMG, how fabulous! Congratulations! That is an exciting opportunity for both of you and totally well deserved.

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    1. Thank you! I am really excited for the possibilities it opens up!

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    1. Right? So cool and I can't wait to see how we can grow!

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  6. Very cool! Congrats! It is well deserved no matter how many entries :)

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  7. WOW!

    That is such a cool program! Congratulations on that clinic and lesson money. That is a treasure!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to find clinics to attend!

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  8. That is awesome! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you! I am so pleased something like this is available to AAs!

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