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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

Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - July 16, 2020

We headed back to our lesson barn in July for another go at First Level. This was a little different, as Beth decided to try a Thursday show. This meant it was a super relaxed day with a bit few entries than normal.

At this point, we were still struggling with Ellie's canter, to help her find her balance by slowing down the canter. This was a huge work in progress in 2020, so this show we still had comments related to her balance in the canter. However, we also scored a few 7s and an 8 on our trot, free walk, and center lines which was great.

We ended up with a pair of 61% which was incredibly accurate for that point in time in a small class of five. 

First 1 the first time = 61.8966% 3rd

First 1 the reride = 61.5517% 4th

This was also about the time I finally admitted to myself that my Stubben Juventus just wasn't working well. Yes, it fit Ellie perfectly, but it really didn't fit me. It tipped me forward and I just couldn't be effective in the saddle. I started a super slow search to find something that might work better and not be a million dollars haha. Stay tuned on that!