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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…

Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

State of Maine Dressage Schooling Show - May 19, 2019

Ellie and I had our first official dressage show outing (besides the rally obviously!) two weekends ago.  I felt fairly confident about the show, having knocked off the rust at the rally and having had a really good lesson the day before the show.  I just wanted to have two smooth tests and get our canter leads correctly.  

I am super proud of how well Ellie behaves at shows now, except for her behavior while being tied to the trailer. Uggg. She has always been needy and prone to paw, but for some reason, she has suddenly decided the trailer itself is scary.  She will load and unload just fine, and she rides quietly; however, she has started to do that weird snort they do when they are spooked the entire time she is tied up.  She barely ate any hay and she couldn't stop moving.  It wasn't anywhere near explosive or horrible, but it was annoying and worrisome.  I don't want her to sit back and break her halter (she did that once at a lesson ugg), especially at a show on a bu…