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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…

Rain sucks....but I got my UNH times!

This rain just completely and utterly sucks. It is so wet outside, and I feel like I am going to start growing mold. UGGGG. The worst part is that the footing in my "ring" is not that great after this many days of rain. AHHHH!

So, I gave Dreamy Monday off, of course. I wanted to take a lesson last night, but between my husband unable to get home in time for me to use the truck AND the rain, I cancelled it. I am hoping to try again tonight, but he just called and said he had a break down and was not sure he would be home by 5PM. Oh well....it will probably just rain anyway.

I did ride last night for 45 minutes in the drizzle. I did just a light dressage work out, nothing too hard. She was quiet and relaxed, coming right into steady contact! Yay! She did not feel stiff, but she did feel a little tired. We did some lateral work, trot-canter-trot transitions, and long and low trot. Her canter transitions both up and down were fabulous. No pace.

If I do not get to take a lesson tonight, I will just ride her lightly again. I want to do some of the test movements for this weekend's show. Ah yes, we are off to UNH for their dressage show.

Here is my ride schedule:

Friday
8:42 AM Training 2
9:45 AM Training 4

Saturday
8:57 AM Training 2
2:49 PM Training 4

I love the fact that I will be home by noon on Friday. Granted, I have to leave here around 6AM. But Saturday kind of sucks! I have to wait SIX HOURS between my tests!!! Good lord! I am not getting a stall, because UNH is close enough to trailer in to both days. So anyway, I am hoping for decent footing, good weather, and 60% or above tests! Send some good energy our way!

At least the rain is making the pastures grow out of control grass! If it ever dries up, we can mow it with the tractor and it will look amazing. This is Dreamy the day before we left for the Downeast show (last Thursday).

Who, me, spoiled? LOL!

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