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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…

UNH Dressage Show Aug. 1-2, 2009

Well, I am going to begin a recap of all that I have been up to since I last blogged. So many things have been happening, and most of them have been very good! Life has settled down to a very happy and positive keel, so I am a much happier girl. Sometimes you gotta take the bad with the good.

After the Isaac Royal show I last wrote about, we headed to UNH (University of New Hampshire, my alma mater!) again for a two day dressage show. This was our worst one of the year, and I believe it is due to Dreamy having her Potomac and Rhino/Flu shots just days beforehand. In order to gear up for the Standardbred National show in New Jersey, I needed a 30 day health certificate and I also give her a booster for Rhino/Flue and a yearly Potomac Horse Fever vaccine. I do not normally give the PHF, but I wanted to do that now (and last year) since we traveled so far south. Better to be safe than sorry.

I thought she would be OK, but she was sluggish and dull. She was also very stiff in the canter, much more so than she has ever been. She has not been that stiff again, thankfully. Never again will I plan shots to fall so closely to a show. Next time, shots will come on a Monday, our day off!

Also it was super difficult for her in the grass ring at UNH. We had a ridiculous amount of rain this past summer in Maine/New Hampshire and the one grass ring was horrible! And of course, I did three of my four tests in the grass ring. L Out of four rings, we got the grass one!

We did Training 2 both days, both times in the grass ring, earning a 56.429% on Saturday and a 55.714% on Sunday. Our scores ranged from 5-8. Training 4 on Saturday was a VERY bad 49.200% in the grass ring and on Sunday was 59.600% in the sand ring! Both Training 4 tests had scores from 4-8. My friend Rachel came out to watch us and got some good pics.

Here we are in the warm up...

Training 2 on Sunday


  1. I love the freewalk picture! I am sorry it didn't go so well, and I am also surprised that they even had a grass ring. Clearly you northerners are much tougher because I think people would have thrown a fit showing in grass around here!


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