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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

Fabulous STBs To Brag About!

The great thing about the internet is that you can get to "know" someone who does not even live near you. I have recently been in touch with a woman from SPHO-FL named Tina who has two OUTSTANDING Standardbred dressage horses, Whiz Bang and Sea the Gray (Luna). These mares are fabulous and very well trained. They are taking the dressage world by storm! One of the mares, Whiz Bang, was the 2007 USDF Training level All Breeds Award champion. You can read about them here and here. and here.

Anyway, here are their most recent accomplishments. This is the actual email Tina sent to me, as I figured it would be more fun to read her reactions than for me to paraphrase everything.

Well, I have fantastic news regarding how our Standardbreds did at The Heidelberg Cup 1 & 2. On Saturday, Luna did her First Level Musical Freestyle Q and received a score of 66.875% and she placed Second.

Whiz did First Level Test 4 Q, and was 6th out of 11 horses with a score of 63.684%, in the comment area, the judge wrote that now is the time to begin adding more collection to get ready to go to Second Level! WOW did that ever make me feel good.

On Sunday Whiz did her First Level Musical Freestyle Q and earned FIRST PLACE with a score of 67.708%. I was crying with joy and jumping up and down in the show office. Whiz actually beat a Warmblood that scored a 74% the day before and she did it in the pouring rain!

Since both Luna & Whiz scored above 65% in their Musical Freestyle Tests, which we went ahead and paid the extra $10 to make them Qualifying tests, they only need one more score above 65% and they will be eligible to go to Regionals!!

Later in the day Luna did a First Level Test 1 and received a 69% for FIRST PLACE! I can tell you that people are beginning to notice that the Standardbreds are getting good scores and blue ribbons. Once I get the pictures off my camera, I hope to get an article off to the USTA to publish on their website, and will let you know if it gets published.

I taped all the rides and will again try to post to U-Tube..I had trouble uploading before, but hope I can figure it out...any hints Elizabeth??

The next show we go to is on May 9-10th and we will be entering both horses in a $1000 Musical Freestyle challenge...so keep your fingers crossed for us.

Tina


Congrats to Tina, Heather, and all involved with these two fantastic mares! And lots of carrots and nose kisses to Luna and Whiz! I love having "role models" to look up to! :D

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  1. whiz bang's name sounds familiar...and I don't read the trotting news letters (:P) so I don't know why. Maybe it was from the year book from last year. I don't know but I love that she is doing so well!

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