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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Christmas Rides!

I have a tradition to always take a bareback ride on Christmas Day. Not sure why, but I always do. Even if it is only a 15 min. walk around the pasture, I enjoy it. Usually I just have time for Sparky, but this year I was able to ride both mares. Sparky first, of course. She is my first love. :) And I must admit this is the first time I have actually ridden Dreamy bareback...LOL! What a wimp I am! Her withers are not THAT bad.

Here is the view from the round and fuzzy Sparky. Yes her bridle path is waaaaaay overgrown and my inner George Morris screams in protest every time I look at her. But I want to grow out some of it so it is not so nearly goes halfway down her neck! I hear the latest trend in the Morgan horse show world is to NOT trim them back so far.....and of course Ms. Sparky needs to be on top of the current trends, now doesn't she??

Interestingly enough, Dreamy was royally PO'ed that I was riding Sparky and ignoring her. So here she is standing directly in our path and looking very mean. Even cocking her leg! Man, what a baby! LOL! I usually keep the other horse out of the "ring" in the pasture when I am riding, but because I was only going to be on for a few minutes, I just left the other horse free. Too funny!

Sparky was like, "What is up with you Dreamy?" I was laughing and after a few minutes Dreamy went back to her hay pile. Sparky was so soft and warm....I love her trot! And the snow and footing was perfect!

And here I am trying to get a good picture of the two of us afterwards.

Ah well, her nose is not that big. But of course, the camera MIGHT have a hidden carrot in it, so it was nearly impossible to get a shot without the mare sticking her nose into the lens. LOL!
And then Ms. Dreamy gets her turn. She was so good. Her build is funny, in that she is ROUND but has WITHERS! Very hard to fit a saddle (thank god for my Duett, expensive but worth it!) And I have never ridden her bareback, mostly because when I get time to ride I want to "make it count" as a training ride and also because her withers have never looked that comfortable. But I was wrong....they were not that bad and she was comfy to ride!

Such a fuzzy mare! She got the BEST winter coat she has ever had, after five years of owning her! So for now she is a shaggy wild pony. If I can ever schedule a lesson on a day it does NOT snow (Sorry Judy, I am really bad at scheduling and too busy to boot!) I will have to trace clip her, but for now she can be a woolly beast. She'll get a haircut as we get closer to spring, I am sure.

So, after Dreamy's performance, Sparky decides not to be outdone. First she meandered off to Dreamy's paddock and Dengie pile to see if she had left any morsels. Abandoning that, she decided to suddenly gallop FULL TILT at us out in the pasture section. Dreamy was being SO GOOD.......tensing up but not doing she was saying, "OK Mom, do you see how GOOD I am being while my friend here is roaring around the pasture? I really COULD dump you and take off with her, but see what a nice mare I am!"
I was laughing so hard that it was difficult to take pictures. Here is the LOOK AT ME Morgan trot.....I thought I got a better one....where she looks like a park horse. Oh well.

Then the gallop! At almost 27 years old, I would say she is feeling pretty darn good!

But then she started running right AT Dreamy. Not cool. So I yelled at her and she stopped her foolishness. But then she decided to follow us around the entire field. What a weird horse! :D

And here is me and my mare. :)

Again, hard to photograph, but at least she was not trying to eat the camera! LOL!


  1. aww! What a great tradition! I love it. I used to board at a barn where we all had to come out and ride in the first snow of the year. My crazy TB who had not been ridden in several weeks and I were the entertainment as everyone else walked calmly through the fields. It was fun though. And a good traidion. I LOVE the pictures of both girls! And my trainer always said that it was okay for horses to be jerks when you are riding in the snow because at least the landing is soft :P


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