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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…

USDF Connection

Dreamy and I were featured in the "Tail End" section of the July 2009 edition of the USDF Connection! I am very proud of us both of course! I have received many nice compliments on the article, even from judges who recognize us! Click on the article and it will get large enough to read.


  1. Great article.

    Yes, people are amazed that Standies can (DO!) have great gaits. All that trotting is good for something, people!

    Have you read _Crazy Good_ yet? It's about Dan Patch, and a dang good read for horse people and true-history readers and most especially for lovers of Standardbreds!

  2. My favorite part of the USDF Connection is the tail end. I FREAKED OUT when I saw you and Dreamy in it! You are famous in my eyes now!


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