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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…

2009 MHA Banquet (aka Photo Challenge - Day Three)

Last night's Maine Horse Association banquet was so much fun! Here I am all dressed up with a fun place to go! LOL! Is it wrong that the only time I dress up is for horse events? Show attire for competitions and fancy outfits for banquets......tee hee! I decided against my tiara and pink crystals........BAWAHAHAHAHA! ;D Guess it would be no use dressing as a dressage queen when I am not one.

I went with my friend Shelly and we always have a good time together, no matter the destination. It was a bit funny at first, since thought we would not know anyone there, so we sat alone at a huge table. LOL! At least Shelly can see dead people, so she did not have to sit completely alone. ROFLMAO! (Inside joke, sorry....but let's just say that even mentally crazy people who try to make life negative are NOT successful!) It was not a big deal, because I was there to be with Shelly, and who cared where we sat!?! Midway through the evening I ended up seeing the nice Friesian lady we met a DEHC this summer and a childhood friend with her mom. All of them laughed at us for sitting alone, but seeing as we arrived so early, we just took seats in the back and called it good. It was way more fun to be silly alone together than have to be "upstanding" with a group of acquaintances. LOL! And we were drinking water, so that makes it even more funny. :D

The Maine Horse Association folks overall do a great job, but especially the ever talented Rick Drew. We had a yummy buffet, a large silent auction, and they gave out 212 awards! WOW! They award only champion and reserve in each division, and award champion through fourth in the youth divisions. Then there were a handful of challenge trophies. So all told, there were 212 awards! Yes, I went through the booklet and counted......LOL! It was great to see the MAINE horse community doing so well! :)

Shelly and I did well in the silent auction, as she won a free night at a hotel located close to the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, and I won a free stall for the entire weekend of the Downeast Congress! So that was a fun plus! I donated three small items to the silent auction, as I was told they needed things that would be affordable for the younger kids. Shelly was the biggest auction stalker ever.....which I fully attribute to her father. LOL! Apple does not fall far....... :)

All in all, it was a great night, especially to have the Standardbreds back in the awards for MHA. It has been many many years since the Standardbreds have had a breed division with MHA (and it is the only STB breed division in rated shows in the entire state!). I am proud to say it is because of my effort contacting MHA and securing sponsors that made it happen (with some help from Nonni too!) Next year looks to be even bigger, as I have already secured sponsors and the MHA has agreed to add the division to more shows. YAY! And we have already submitted a plan for a Maine Standardbred Challenge trophy for 2010 as well. I am very pleased to be the driving force behind such a cool promotion for a great breed! :D

Great work to our fantastic horses, McKeever Hanover and Dreamy Starlet!

McKeever Hanover
Reserve Champion Standardbred In-Hand
Reserve Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure

Dreamy Starlet
Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure


  1. That is fantastic! I am glad you had so much fun!

  2. Thanks! We did have a great time. The only bad part was the psychotic and vicious person who tries to make everything in life negative. She is so out of touch with reality that she thinks we are drama queens, when SHE is the one who is a lunatic, causes problems, and writes ridiculous things on her blog! UGGG! LOL! Shelly and I just have fun and treat everyone politely. But this person stayed away and kept her mouth shut, thank god. Just wish she did not have to invade our state organizations......and stay in her OWN state. :( SIGH!

  3. Long time no talk too. Looking forward to seeing you in Jersey for the SPHO Award Dinner.

    Congratulations on your Championship with Dreamy


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