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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

Cornish Horsemen's Day 9/6/08

So......it has been awhile since I have posted. I have been waaay too busy with school.

We marshaled the race card last weekend here in Cornish (my hometown) for the 10th annual Horseman's Day at the Trotting Park. It was a fun day as usual and was the third time I have marshaled races in Cornish. It rained from 7:30-9:00 AM, but then cleared out. I bathed Dreamy at 10AM and we were headed out by 11AM. Only 3 miles to the track. :)

We marshaled the 8 races and did an informal meet and greet along the fence at the end. I did some nice canter work in the infield and Dreamy was fantastic. We even marshaled one of the races at the canter! YAY! Usually we trot out in front of the post parade, but after our nice canters I decided to canter out. Seeing as I marshaled FIVE of the races on my own, I was able to make decisions like that without worrying about upsetting someone else.

Not sure that I will do this again though.....it is always the Saturday before the last SMDA show. Now, if I am not competing in SMDA next year then I will do it. But honestly I rather show. And unless more folks decide to volunteer next year, doing marshaling alone for the majority of the day is not as fun/social for me.

Ed the photographer did not get ANY pics of me. WHAT?????? I teased him and said the next time I am at Scarborough Downs (which will be early October) he BETTER get pics of us! LOL! ;-)

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