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Wentworth Hunter Pace - June 6, 2021

After Margaret and I had such a fun time at the fall hunter pace, we opted to go again this spring! This time, while I rode Rejoice again, Margaret rode her horse Jester and had a friend ride Ladyhawke. All Kennebec Morgans!! Jester and Rejoice have the same dam and Jester and Lady share the same sire. Unfortunately instead of a lovely late spring day, we had one of the first intensely hot and humid days of the year. It was definitely a bummer, but the ride was mostly in the shade of the woods and we had a great time!  most of the fences were 3' coops but we found a small log and this hay to jump haha Until we didn't. 😑 We brought along a third friend who rode Margaret's older mare, Ladyhawke. She's a good rider but hasn't known Ladyhawke for very long and didn't realize how much of a cranky boss mare she could be at times. She kicked Jester right in the front leg just about halfway through the ride, and while the cut itself ended up not being a big deal in the

Ellis River Riders Versatility Trail Challenge #3 - September 12, 2020

Rejoice and I attended the third and versatility challenge of the 2020 series in September and had another great day. She exceeded my expectations, improved her scores yet again, and handled every obstacle like a pro. It was so worth finding something to do together to increase our bond, and the ribbons were just a fun bonus! 

We placed sixth out of 12 with a 54.2 out of a possible 70 points! Our best score yet! Each obstacle is worth a possible 0 to 5 points. This last try we had our first fives! In fact, we earned four 5s, one for the ground tie and remount, another for the judged trot across the ring, another for the noodle gate, and one for the milk jug drag.

I was under the impression the club did year end awards for versatility, but alas they did not. In fact, they really only seemed to do year ends for their gaming shows, so even though I didn't go into this expecting a year end, once I ended up completing all three and actually placing well, I looked into their website and realized there wasn't any year end recognition. Oh well, it was still a blast!

Sadly, their first one of 2021 is coming up and I already have something to bring Ellie to, so I cannot do it. The other two are conflicting with other dates of events I want to attend, so I am unsure if I will get to any this year.