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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…

Honest Scrap Award!

On the Bit, a fellow blogger, has bestowed yet another award to me! Thanks OTB!

In accordance with the award rules I have to let you all know who gave me this award, 10 things about me you didn’t know before, and pass it along to 10 other blogs. That is tough to do, because I am not sure I read 10 blogs. :( But let's try it.

What don't you know about me? Hmmmm....

1. I am short. Like only 5 feet tall short. People think I am younger than I actually am (born in 1979...) which is sort of funny. :) By now the gray hair is pretty evident, so it is even more funny to me when someone thinks I am a high school age kid. I mean, c'mon people! I TEACH high school kids! LOL!

2. I am a night owl and HATE getting up in the morning. Seriously. HATE IT. :P

3. My barn colors are maroon and silver. But sometimes they are navy blue too. Or even forest green. It all depends on the colors the store has in stock! :P

4. I named my barn when I was in fifth grade. :) I had a friend that wanted to name her "dream farm" Sapphire Stable since it was her birthstone. Seeing as my birthstone is a peridot (and what kind of name is Peridot Farm???? that was out of the question. I got out my thesaurus and looked up "gemstones." Moonstone was there, and I loved the name. At the time, I wanted to own a Morgan breeding Moonstone Morgans had a nice ring. So when I finally did have "my own barn", my husband said I really needed to use my original farm Moonstone Farm was born! LOL!

5. I hate cooked vegetables. I can eat most of them raw, but cooked? GAG ME.

6. I am addicted to Facebook. :) I even created "horsebooks" for my mares and OMG I am such a foolish girl. LOL! I mean, I am writing things like "Elizabeth gives Dreamy a treat!" LOL! So funny.....and now my horses are becoming "friends" with other people's horses......BAAAHAHAHAHA! :D

7. I am writing a young adult novel about a girl and a horse, of course! I wish I could find the time to finish it and actually send it out to an agent. :(

8. I am a ribbon ho. OK, there, I said it. :p LOL!!!!!!!!! I know OTB gets it! :)

9. I make lists because I like to cross things off. I will even write things on the list JUST to cross them off. Yes, I am crazy.

10. I eat Pepto Bismol for meals sometimes. :D Especially before a horse show. And I never thought anyone else would ever understand until I had a chat with Rob one night. And HE IS THE SAME WAY! :) Pepto Buddy! :)

Now, for the blogs I award this I actually follow 10 blogs! :)
  1. A Horse and a Half
  2. College Cowgirl
  3. Dancing Hooves
  4. Dressage - Path to the USDF...
  5. Dressage Mom
  6. Eventing-A-Gogo!
  7. Haiku Farm
  8. Not So Standard Standardbred
  9. Now THAT'S A Trot!


  1. Fun to read more about you - I'm with you on the list thing!

  2. I love your things...but how does a night owl teach high school! The hours KILL ME and I am an early bird! And you need to finish your book! I love horse books, even if they are a little young for me...up until like 2 years ago I had the entire collection of Thoroughbred books from 1-whatever they were up to. And I still read them every year! I loved you things and thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks guys! I like doing that stuff, but I have a hard time coming up with interesting things to share about myself! LOL!

    OTB - The hours of HS kill me too. Trust me, I am NOT happy to be teaching at 8:05AM! At least school starts that late...I have to be there at 7:30 which is nice...the other school I taught at before my son was born started at 7:25AM! And it was an hour away, so I was up regularly at 5AM to feed and muck horses and leave at 6AM for work!! :(

  4. haha so funny and Rob is a ribbon ho to so there is 2 things you have in common with him lol

  5. LOL! Never knew that about Rob, but I should have known. Too funny! :D


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