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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

Sorry, I have to complain...

I am kind of annoyed at two recognized shows that I have entered this year. One is coming up at the end of June at UNH. They wanted you to send your (huge amounts) of money and entry by May 6. And as of just a second ago, they STILL HAVE NOT POSTED THE ACCEPTED LIST???

Um, what? It has been 23 days. I think that is absolutely ridiculous. I actually called the secretary two days ago to check and see if I could find out if I had been accepted or wait listed or WHAT! I was SO polite on the message. And you guessed it, she has yet to call back. And this is part of her JOB. She is paid to run these shows.

And the other one is a show in July up here in Maine. The entry was due yesterday, so I forked over another HUGE check. I called the organizer the night before last to ask about stabling and such, since I unfortunately have a special need horse when it comes to stalls (her RAO). And yet again, you guessed it, no phone call back. Granted, the show is not until July, but still. I really feel I should have gotten a call back.

Now, I have organized and acted as secretary for many shows. It is a tough job, not one that I particularly enjoy, but I ALWAYS emailed or called back a competitor within 24 hours. I bent over backwards to help competitors, because I know what it is like to have a question, have a special need, or simply what it was like to be new to a sport and need my questions answered.

So yes, after my extremely long week at school, I am feeling entitled to just a small bit of complaining this evening. :D

EDITED: It is common, here in the Northeast it seems, that dressage shows and three phase events post an accepted list.  Or at least they send out an email saying you got in, long before the ride times are posted.  I have found out that it is different in other parts of the country.  So just to those who think I am being unreasonable, truly it is something that it done here and I guess I have come to expect.  :)

OH and by the way (as of today 6/10) I have been accepted at UNH.  I ride Training 2 and 4 twice, once on Friday and again on Sat.  :)

Comments

  1. totally off topic but I wanted to let you know that I just gave you the zombie chicken award!!!

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  2. Sounds like you have cause for complaint!

    Just found your blog, and have enjoyed reading - liked your post on canter, and the resources cited and the classical dressage emphasis - dressage is a great foundation for all horses! Thanks for going to the trouble to put together a post with all those links!

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  3. OTB - Zombie Chickens! Love it! THANKS! :)

    Kate - Welcome to the blog and thanks for posting! Can you tell I have spent many hours studying the canter??? :)

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