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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

Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 14, 2020

Ellie and I had a late start to starting up dressage lessons in the spring of 2020, which was fine with me since I appreciated the opportunity to get out for lessons at all! So many of our issues at the time stemmed from connection (a lack thereof) and Ellie blowing off my seat/half halts. It was nice to look at 2020 as an opportunity to really buckle down on training and not worry about showing rated or pushing ourselves to really get solid at First level. Beth (my instructor) wanted us to tackle First level in the competition ring, even though we still had plenty of bobbles and Ellie did not always want to work as a team haha. But the pressure was off due to COVID which was actually just what we needed.

We tackled First Level in the middle of June 2020. We ended up only doing dressage tests/shows at Hidden Brook Farm, where we take lessons, which was perfect. And we only did First 1 last year because we were NOT ready to do much else haha. It was a huge growing year.


Our debut at First Level was not terrible haha. We rode First 1 and a reride, scoring a 62.5862% and then a 60.8621% on the reride for fourth and a fifth place ribbons in our class. The judge encouraged us to work on the balance in her canter, which could get rushy and remarked on her too quick tempo. The best comment was "Sometimes horse has more energy than balance" which is exactly the biggest problem we worked on throughout 2020.

Overall, I was pretty excited to stay above 60% and the test rode well for us with lots of room for improvement!

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  1. I love that feedback. It’s a great way to think of it.

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    1. I thought so, too. It has become one of those mantras to me to always think about balance which slows our energy down in a purposeful and productive way!

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