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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…

Pics from the UNH TSAS Combined Test

Here are pics from the combined test.

Enter at A. (Beginner Novice Test A)


Dreamy looks fine, but I am such a HUNT SEAT RIDER! I wish my folks had started me back when I was six in dressage instead of hunt seat. With no stirrups. For at least two years. LOL!


Canter not bad, but I need to SIT UP!


Back to the trot.

Right lead canter is weaker. I am sitting up better but what happened to my reins??

Getting ready to trot up the center line.

Walk. Halt. Salute.

Good mare!

Stadium. A slight hesitation before fence 2. I thought is was a vertical, but looks like an oxer to me!


Fence 5.

Good mare! Fourth out of seven!

And this is my mare just 2 seconds after turning her out at home. She simply CANNOT be clean even for a second!

LOL!

Comments

  1. I love it! All of it! I know you were not thrilled with 4th, but I was for you! Could you imagine last year going out in April, doing a w/t/c test, jumping a course with most of the jumps at 2'3" with combinations and doing well? Yeah, I didn't think so. This is your STARTING point for the year! And I think you are starting at a pretty great place!

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  2. OTB - I am definitely happy with fourth! And you are SO RIGHT.....last year at this time we did not even HAVE a canter and jumping that high with 2-3 stride combinations would have NOT happened. Sometimes it is easy for me to get down on myself for not "doing better" (whatever THAT is), but when I put things in perspective (thanks for that! LOL) I realize how far we have come! That was the main reason for this blog: to look back and see our progress.

    It must have been the stock tie pin AND the bridle charm. I used both of course! Dreamy thought her charm looked great on her bridle...she is DEFINITELY more of a diva than I will ever be. ;-D

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  3. Great job! You guys look good! And like OTB said, not a bad way to start the year.

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