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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…

NEDA Spring Photographs

I hate trying to get my photos into a long post, so I am going to do the photos separate. I am hoping that I can get a professional pic too.

I am actually on the center line (got a 7 on this center line) but from S's vantage point, it looks bad. LOL!

I am sitting up, but Dreamy is on her forehand....

Whoa, big canter stride. Unfortunately, S never got a good pic of the canter. My position is not that bad, really. Definitely getting better!

Free walk...her hind legs look odd. ??
Cantering and I am TRYING so hard to sit up and keep my legs at the girth...

YAY! Our second place ribbon for Training 2! With the nice backdrop of gravel piles. We should have though of it and taken a pic near a NEDA banner or something nicer.....

This is our good luck charm, thanks to On the Bit! :) :) :) Thanks M!!!! I know it is working!!!

C wanted to take some here is S looking over my tests at the end of the day...

C taking pics of me untacking Dreamy. For an almost five year old, he takes pretty decent pics!


  1. I love it! I am so glad that my lucky charm is really working! I told it before I put it in the package that it had to bring you luck. I am so proud of you for placing at your very first recognized show! Go "Dream Team"!!!

  2. Congratulations Dreamy looks great, the two of you did very well. I want to thank you for your Canter Support group, I applied your techniques and it worked. Lat's most difficult lead is clockwise (Right lead) but tonight she was correct twice. :)

    Thanks again:0 :)

  3. Hi! I was just browsing though and saw your site. I have a STB gelding who has learned to canter and jumpe (quite nicely actually) but he has a very difficult time picking up his right lead. Any suggestions? I am an expereienced rider, but new to working with STBs and I was wondering if you had any adivce! Thanks!

  4. Hi Live to Fly! Welcome to my blog! I actually did a post last month about cantering. I think I called it Cantering Your STB. Link is here:

    Hope that helps as a start! :) Feel free to email me if you want to chat more. :D


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