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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

2010 Goals

I am super excited for 2010! I have a lot of fun things planned, and I am looking forward to being able to use my own truck this year for lessons, shows, etc! I have many goals and ideas for what I want to accomplish this year. I am just writing down the basic equine goals.....that is really all I want to share here on the blog. :) It seems like a TON now that I write it down. I have to remember that not all goals HAVE to be met by December. LOL! There is always next year!

Sparky
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound
  • Ride/drive her lightly
Dreamy
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound
  • Continue to show at recognized dressage shows, a few of the MHA hunter shows, and perhaps a three phase event or two
  • Compete for the third year in a row at the Standardbred Nationals in August
  • Take at least 2 lessons per month with Judy, preferably more if possible
  • Attend as many clinics as financially possible
  • Marshal at the racetrack for MSBOA and SD as needed...maybe one day at Cumberland with Shel??
  • Go team penning and/or try cowboy mounted shooting (I am being serious!! LOL!)
  • Continue to work on the connection to the bit at the canter, the stretchy trot, and begin to ask for increased collection/impulsion
  • Score consistently in the 60's at Training level
  • Strengthen my core (This is obviously a goal for me, but I will be achieving it when riding Dreamy, so here it is.)
  • Have fun at WEG
Reva
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound
  • Continue the excellent under saddle work started last July-Oct
  • Work on balance while walking and trotting, reaching for the bit, and bending ribcage
  • Continue to work on in-hand cues (for showing in 2011)
  • Introduce canter in late summer/early fall (maybe)
  • Attend at least one clinic
  • Attend at least one SMDA schooling show, not to show, but to "school on the grounds"
  • Take her to a few lessons at Judy's, mostly just to get her off the farm
  • Be ready to compete in Intro level dressage and walk/trot hunter classes in 2011

Comments

  1. Those seem like great and achievable goals!

    "Go team penning and/or try cowboy mounted shooting (I am being serious!! LOL!)"

    I was excited to see this one! I plan on doing some team penning and ranch sorting this year with either Emmy or Johnny...I watch it all the time at a farm around here and it looks like so much fun! Good luck with your goals! Maybe we'll see you at Nationals?

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  2. Thanks! I thought so too.

    I *HOPE* you can come to Nationals! That would be great fun to meet you!!!!!! :) And Johnny too of course!

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  3. Those are wonderful goals! I am surprised at how little jumping is involved in them though. Where did my eventer go?!?!?! I think scoring in the 60%s sounds like a wonderful goal and I cannot wait to read all about your time at the WEGs!! 2010 is going to be a wonderful year for you! Oh, and I love that you put goals in for all 3 of your girls...that really brought a smile to my face!

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  4. Aw, the eventer is still here OTB! LOL! Dreamy is 19 this year, so like last year, I just try to keep the jumping to a minimum. I believe a horse only has so many jumps in them....and being older, I just want to keep her as sound as she has always been. Our limit is 2'3" and I jumped her 4 or less times a month last year, which included shows. And to be honest, there are no real goals around jumping......well, I should probably put one down about improving MY position, but Dreamy has become a very brave and thinking mare over fences. :)

    And of course all three girls get goals! LOL! ;-D

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