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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Esprit Equestrian Center 2-Phase - August 23, 2020

After the mostly successful but still a lot of refusals event at Green Acres two weeks earlier, I decided to take Ellie out to a local 2-phase for another experience over fences. I knew we could get eliminated, but the point was to get her out and get her over everything for my own confidence. And when I put my leg on I had to mean it. 

Dressage was status quo with a 36.67 and the comment nicely forward but needs to be more supple, tight today. It is not a great indoor in which to do a calm dressage test, so we had some tension issues we normally do not have. But whatever, I was here to jump not worry about a dressage score.

still cute

above the kick boards on each long side are stalls
all the horses are left inside and it is noisy

Ellie is just short enough she cannot see anything over the walls but she hears and reacts to everything. This is not just an Ellie issue - lots of riders are not fond of riding tests in this indoor (they do have an outdoor but don't use it for small arena tests...)

When it was time to jump, I warned the barn manager/SJ steward that we might have three stops but I wanted to finish the course no matter what. Thankfully, she is a kind person who had no problem with this, so I was able to re-present Ellie to the three fences she stopped at. So while we were eliminated, again at least I got to get her around a course. We would've won had we gone clear haha. But it was nice to have the entire crowd supporting us and cheering us on. My friend Margaret and her sister Kathleen were there, and both agreed Ellie was making dirty stops and I had grit to get her over everything. 


my face in this one hahaha
this was a two stride and I was like mofo we are GOING OVER BOTH

So, not our best showing, but it was worth giving it a try and sticking with it! 

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