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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

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - February 21, 2021

I feel as though winter shows always feel like a fun thing to do until it is actually the morning of, and it is SO FREAKING COLD outside, and you think why am I like this?

so cold but so cute

But I digress. Margaret and I decided it would be super fun and exciting to bring Rejoice to the winter schooling shows at a local farm. Rejoice is actually a pretty decent jumper and seems to enjoy it much more than anything too dressage related haha. After our success at the three versatility challenges in 2020, I figured it might be fun to bop around a few little courses.

Jumping Rejoice also helped give me confidence that had been lost in 2020 with Ellie's stopping issues. Rejoice is honest and the jumps were so tiny that it gave me the opportunity to just jump without much thought.

I mean really, we did ground poles and cross rails. Adorable and so fun! 

look at her cute little ears and plump & fuzzy mama belly

Rejoice was a little wide eyed and I definitely was overthinking everything, but we made it around our two little courses and even brought home a 6th place ribbon for our effort in groundpoles haha. We were seventh in crossrails but no ribbons for that!

Rejoice did have one weirdo moment in the first class where she decided maybe it would be safer to NOT hop over the groundpoles, as a previous horse had knocked them apart. She literally looked down and went OHHH NOPE and skidded to a halt from the canter. I was NOT prepared for that, but thankfully it made me shake the cobwebs out of my brain and remember how to ride LOL! I am unsure how I stayed on and it never even counted against us as a refusal since I popped back up into the saddle and we went over. Ohhhhh Rejoice! *facepalm*

look at that heel grab lol
it is the only thing I can think of that saved me
from falling off ha

It was a FREAKING COLD day (high of 28), so Margaret and I only stayed long enough for my classes and we left. We decided it was worth doing again for sure, but hopefully March would be much warmer haha.

jumps so tiny she has one front on the ground
and a hind also on the ground ha

yay mare!