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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…

An article about us....

I was contacted about a STB article for the Bangor Daily News. I cannot believe he said I worked at Fryeburg! DUH! I said Sacopee like 3 times and even spelled it. I like the piece so-so. I really wanted him to focus on the HORSES, not me and my horse. I talked a lot about the breed in general, about our new org., and about the UMaine program. It is too bad in my opinion that he chose to focus on ME. Oh well. I understand a "human interest story" makes it more interesting, but it was kind of weird the way he made me sound so FORCEFUL. Like I would smack someone if they insinuated a horse should go to a glue factory? UMMM....never said a thing about a glue factory....and actually I am more pro slaughter anyway. Some of the quotes are things that I did not say. LOL! I said something like that, but he did direct quotes that were not really direct quotes. Oh well......good publicity for the breed is always good thing I suppose.

And apparently I operate a barn and started "dressage training" at six years old! LOL! It is always odd when a non-horse person writes about horses. :P

Here it is:

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/109977.html

Comments

  1. Wow, looks like the writer took some liberties on the article. And how can they get the school you work at wrong. I went to Fryeburg Academy and it doesn't look or sound anything like Sacopee Valley hahaha. Like you said, atleast it's good publicity for the breed because they always need it up here where STBs are dropped a dime a dozen after life on the track.

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  2. Yup, it's a "nice" article...even if it doesn't have a lot of correct and truthful information in it!

    What is it about newspaper reporters in particular that they feel the need to make up stuff?!? Argh.

    Still, it was nice publicity for your STB support organization, For the benefit of us STB-lovin' latecomers, can you post more info about that on your blog?

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