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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…

RIP Honest Appraisal aka "Muffin"

A very talented Standardbred mare was laid to rest today. Her name is Honest Appraisal, known to her friends as Muffin. I was lucky enough to meet Muffin this past summer. See here for the story. My thoughts are with her owner MS, who owned this lovely mare for 25 of her 30 years on earth.

Rest in peace, dear mare.

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  1. This has been a very sad week for the Standardbred world in the state of maine. My heart goes out to all who have passed over the bridge horse and human.

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