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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

Photo Challenge - Day Seven

This morning was gray and drizzly. Not an ideal vacation day, but hey, whatever. Staying home in the rain beats going to school any day! :) Of course, it will add to the awful mud we already have. :( I fed and turned out early and then went back inside until 10AM. Then the little guy and I went out to clean out the barn.

Here is Dreamy with her rainsheet. Hi MOM!

Good morning chickens! (And yes, we have a guinea hen, the ugliest thing ever. But Clarence loves her.)

Now, wait a second......didn't I put Reva's rainsheet on? I always use nylon sheets under blankets to help keep the blanket clean underneath. Then all I have to do is wash the nylon sheet every week. I looked all around, thinking that maybe I forgot to add the rain sheet. It was not in the barn, nor was it in her muddy paddock. ??????? Clarence said, "Well, I bet she took it off Mama!" Yeah, right. But we decided to take a walk out back into her field just in case.

HOLY CRAP! She took her rainsheet off!!!!!!!! How in the heck did she manage that? It is a Weatherbeeta, and I know I buckled the fronts, did up the belly surcingles, and did the crisscrossed leg straps. I know because when I picked up the sheet off the ground, they were ALL STILL CONNECTED. Good lord filly! How did she manage that without getting tangled up? :O
Here is Clarence playing and being very good while Mama does stalls. :)

We are staying home for Thanksgiving., which is great. As soon as my son was out of the portable infant stage, I told everyone that we would stay home for holidays. All are welcome to come here, but I was just not going to start with the driving all over creation thing. It is nice to be home. But of course, it also means I get to cook everything. I am just not motivated looking at this pile of stuff! LOL!

Clarence took out his Build-A-Bear turkey for Thanksgiving! LOL!

Ah, the joys of staying home. Clarence loves to build his trains in the living room. This morning he made some sort of bridge thing between his table chairs. Too cute!

I needed a final photo, so I took a pic of the KHP map that was sent today by the USTA. LOL! So far, I have saved almost half of what I think I will need to get the Dream Girl and myself to Kentucky next year for the Standardbred demos at WEG in Oct. 2010! It is exciting and very fun to be working with the excellent TEAM of Standardbred owners! Yay!



  1. Dawn managed to undress herself once that way - except the underneath layer came off and the outer one stayed on - she did manage to tear it up in the process!

  2. LOL, really? That is too funny. Silly horses...... :)

  3. Gen has done that before, but only if he finds a rock to cut at least one of the straps on. It is pretty impressive that Reva got out! She is one talented filly. I know that the photo challenge was a total pain in the ass, but it was great to see so much from you this week. I hope you have a happy thanksgiving!

  4. When I boarded my mare Emmy at my trainer's barn last year over winter break she made friends with a very lovely dressage Appy who like to undress her on a daily basis. I watched him do it once and it was hilarious! (Mainly because Emmy LET him do it...she never was much of a social animal, she likes other horses to keep their distance, but she must have thought this guy was REALLY cute!) Horses are so much smarter than people give them credit for!


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