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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…

Lemonade Award!

My blogger friend OnTheBit, who owns a gorgeous TB named Gennyral and leases a talented Appy named Texas, passed on the Lemonade Award to me! YAY, my first blog award! LOL! :)

THANKS OnTheBit! :)

As far as I can tell, the Lemonade Award is for blogs that have or show a great attitude. I certainly try to keep my attitude positive, and anyone who knows what it is like to juggle family, horses, and showing can affirm how much work it can be and how much of a balancing act it all is. And of course, I have always tried to be really positive and thankful for my Little Horse That Could, my Standardbred dressage star Dreamy, whom the blog is named after. And of course, nothing else cheers me up than my first love, my first horse Sparky.

Here is what she wrote on her blog as to why she awarded this to me:

STB Eventer over at Standardbred Excellence is making the tough transition from stay at home mom to working warrior and is still keeping her show goals up for this summer.

I am supposed to award this to 10 blogs, but to be perfectly honest, I only read two blogs.....OnTheBit's who just awarded this to me, and NowThat'sATrot's who was also awarded the Lemonade Award from OTB! So I hate to do this, but I am a loser blogger who cannot pass it on the love. So if YOU have a blog and feel you qualify for having positive outlook on life, then this is your award! :D


  1. I am posting this here since you would not let me post it on the one below:

    BRAVO. A tip of the cap to you--there are so few people left who put the horse first that it's sick. I've seen terrible things in training AND showing, just for stupid things like a ribbon. I seen far more then my share of abuse, more then I'd ever need to.

    Just wanted to let you know I applaud you for always putting your horse first, even when it comes to things like mud and a seemingly healed injury. We're such a rarity anymore. :)

  2. Thanks DIJ - I agree it is a rarity. :) Sorry about closing the other post. It was just ridiculous that this person felt the need to send me the two comments. So I refused to post the second one and then just closed it. I do not believe the person "has never met me". I think I know exactly who it is. But that is just fine, because if my post made people realize how they are acting, then it worked. :) Without having to use names. LOL


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