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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…

Dressage? Eventing? Or Both??

My real love is eventing. I love dressage, but nothing beats riding a cross country course! Having an older horse has forced me to focus more on dressage in the last year. This is not a bad thing, as I love dressage and it obviously helps over fences. The real reason for this focus shift is because I believe a horse has only so many jumps in them, and I am very careful how much I jump Dreamy due to her age. We jump no more than once a week, which includes when I jump at a show. This year I am planning to do pretty much the same shows as last year. So the plan is as long as she is sound and happy, I still want to do a few one day horse trials. Having been started until saddle at age 15, I am hoping she will be sound for low jumping (under 2'3") well into her 20's. And if not, that is obviously OK. I monitor my horses like a hawk, and each horse tells me what she can do.

So with not much to do outside, I like to spend time making my show calendar. I scouted around for dates of horse trials recently. Two of my favorite places to event are in New Hampshire; one is at the Hilltop Equestrian Center in Somersworth and the other is at Green Acres Stable in Madbury. Hilltop has yet to post their 2010 schedule, but I have all the dates for Green Acres. Their first event (May 23) is the same day as my son's birthday. I never show on his birthday, so that is out. The second one is on June 20, the same day I will be at the Downeast Congress. And the third one is on August 22, the same day I will be in NJ at the National Standardbred show. SIGH.

Oh well. LOL! The same thing happened last year, where I was unable to do an event until the fall. I could potentially do either Sept. 12 and/or Oct. 17 at Green Acres. But the event I did last year in October was SO COLD!!!! LOL! I am anxious to see the Hilltop calendar, as maybe I can do one there earlier in the summer. It is so fun to make plans...spring is almost here!

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  1. I know what you mean! I LOVE to sit around on a cold winter day and plan all the fun I am going to have for the summer. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the other show grounds has some shows you can go to in the summer. Oh...and I thought you would like to know...Phoenix was accepted into the breed registry so I am going to be going USDF this year. All-Breeds awards here we come!

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