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CNER Eventing D Rally - October 6, 2019

I almost didn't attend the last Pony Club rally of the year, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to show in the dressage show on Saturday and then the rally the following day.  But seeing as this rally with Central New England Region (through Atlantic Pony Club) is only for riders at the D level, and my plan is to earn my C-1 next year, I knew that this was my one and only chance to compete.  I also figured Ellie was more than capable of doing two Training level tests the day before an event.  And as a D-3 rider, I was required to do BN Test A and jump 2'3", which seemed like a perfect move-up opportunity.
Of course, it was an early morning adventure to get to the Groton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, a place I had never been to before and is 2.5 hours away.  I left the house at 4:30am (OUCH) and luckily had a super easy drive down to MA.  It was only 29 degrees when I left, and it wasn't much warmer when I arrived at the grounds just before 7am.  There was still fros…

Esprit Equestrian Center Dressage Show - August 25, 2019

Having tried Training 3 just the weekend before, I signed up to ride T3 twice at this Esprit show for a little extra practice. I didn't know if we would have any more opportunities to enter a dressage show again this year (spoiler alert: I did enter one more after this), and I really wanted to get a few more solid T3 tests under our belt before 2020, where the plan is to move up to First.

It was perfectly timed where I rode my first test at 9:15, then another rider did T3, and then I went back in for my re-ride.  I was only gone five hours from the time I left my farm until when I returned, and the show was just over an hour away.  THAT is the best kind of show haha!

I thought both tests went even smoother and Ellie was much more rideable from the beginning than the weekend before.  


I tried to ride both tests accurately and was rewarded with an 8 on our serpentines!  For some reason, the geometry of the trot serpentines was tough for me when we first started practicing them in the spring.  Of course, it doesn't help that my ring at home is not a true 60m. long, so I only really got to practice them in a real ring in my lessons.  

The first test scored a 67.93% and a third place and the reride was a 68.79% for second place!  We had two really solid tests, which is what I had hoped for by entering this show kind of last minute.  It felt really good to finally, FINALLY, be able to ride a test and feel confident in our abilities AND GET BOTH CANTER LEADS OMG.  True progress hahahaha.

blurry but she looks so darn cute


she was a bit spooky about the test runner who was standing way outside of the ring
and the truck that was parked just to the side of the judge's booth
but overall she handled herself well!
I am super proud of her stretchy trot circle, though I have had to work
HARD to not stretch my body down forward with her.
WTAF do I think I am helping LOL




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  1. Congratulations! You look wonderful!

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  2. Congrats! You guys have had a great season! Just think of all the stuff you will get up to next year! ;-)

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    1. Thank you! I am so excited for next year already! :-)

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  3. Ooh, I love to also "stretch" with Opie. So helpful! :P

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  4. Stretchy trot definitely has it's own gravitational force lol. Congrats! It's so great you two got out so much this year.

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    1. Hahaha for sure! And thank you! We have had so much fun!

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  5. That stretchy trot though! WOW.

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    1. Right??? Now if I can just control my own body...... *facepalm*

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  6. That is awesome! So much progress in such a short time!

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    1. Thank you! I know, I do feel like this year was a HUGE year for Ellie's training and our growth together. I am so in love with this little mare! :-)

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