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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…

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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