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ME Morgan Benefit Show - August 10, 2019

I had not been planning to bring Ellie to this show, but an email had gone out to members a few days prior that entries were a bit low.  So in order to support the club, we headed out to Pineland Farm the morning of August 10, for what promised to be a gorgeous summer day!  All photos that I am in were purchased from the show photographer!
I always think these types of shows are going to be fine, but at the end of every single one of them, I always remember why I should stick with dressage and eventing haha.  That is not to say there is anything wrong with open shows or the club that runs them; this is just not the type of showing we do well at because she's not a "show horse".
The show was held at a gorgeous facility that boasts both large indoor and outdoor arenas.  They chose to have the show indoors with warm-up outside, which is fine, but Ellie was not a fan of the indoor.  One corner was open to the large and echo-y storage area where they had set up the secretary…

We were accepted!

I just got a phone call that my mare and I have been accepted to ride with Linda Zang on May 2-3! YEAH!

I applied about a month ago to ride. I knew there was a good chance that I would NOT be chosen, but I figured I might as well apply. It is an "On The Levels" symposium hosted by SMDA. Basically, it is a clinic that you have to apply to ride in, rather than just a normal clinic where you pay your money and get to ride if there is an open spot. Because it is "On The Levels" they only chose two Training level riders, two First level riders, etc. all the way to Grand Prix.

Here is the website: SMDA website
And what they write:

We are very excited to announce to be hosting a Symposium with Linda Zang on May 2 and 3, 2009. Linda Zang of Idlewilde Farm in Davidsonville, Maryland, is one of four "O" FEI Judges in the United States - the highest rating a judge can obtain. She has been an FEI Judge since 1985 and judged the Dressage event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, World Equestrian Games in Rome and Aachen, and 5 World Cup Finals. She is an incredible clinician with a strong emphasis on correct position and effective aids.

The symposium will be a “On the Levels” format. Participants will be chosen to represent the full range of riders and horses in the Southern Maine community, from Training to FEI. This format will limit the number of participants, but will provide a tremendous educational opportunity for everyone. There will be plenty of room for auditors (including heated viewing area!) at the brand new Spring Creek Farm Facility in Lyman ME.

I am just so excited! Now I want to definitely make sure I schedule a lesson with my instructor Judy this month! :)

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  1. That is awesome! And I could be wrong but I am almost positive that is the woman I saw get her last score needed for the O a few years ago...and if it is you are in for a real treat! She rode so nicely and her horse was totally out of gas...instead of kicking the crap out of it she was very correct, but aid and then tried to go back to small aid...and it worked! It was amazing to see. I hope she is even half as good a trainer as she is a rider. She just so very correct in her riding that I took notice!

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