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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…

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! :)

Comments

  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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