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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…

Cornish Horsemen's Day

I have marshaled at Cornish Horseman’s Day for many years now. This year it was held on Sept. 12, 2009. It is a fun day of racing at the local track here in my town, known as the Cornish Trotting Park at the Cornish Fairgrounds. Many amateur horsemen and women are given the chance to try their skills at harness racing. This year's event benefited the Cornish Fairgrounds Restoration Fund.

In the past, I have marshaled as a member of the SPHO-Maine. Because I am no longer a member, I had not planned to marshal this year. However, Diann the organizer called just a week before the event to ask if the Standardbred Performance Society was interested in sending any volunteers. WHY SURE! It seemed as though SPHO-Maine had no marshals to send, so SPS was invited instead!

So both Shelly and McKeever joined Dreamy and I for the day. We had such a blast! I love to marshal and meet-and-greet with the crowd. It was an overcast day with a slight drizzle, but despite that, we had a great time together! Plus the infield is a GREAT place to canter! :)


All photos by Derek Davis. :)


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