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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

Hilltop Horse Trials

On Sunday, October 24, we competed at the Hilltop Horse Trials in Somersworth, NH.  It was our last show of the 2010 year!  I was quite happy to have a good event and end the year in style!!! Thankfully, one of the mothers at the trailer next to me was willing to snap this photo at the end of the day!  I hate showing alone because I never get any pics!  :) Yay Dreamy!  :) It was a good day...we competed in the senior division of Elementary, which is also called Modified Beginner Novice.  Basically it is the same as Beginner Novice, but the jumps are lower.   It was cold and damp, with one slight rain shower after dressage, but thankfully there was no wind.  It did rain more right as we were pulling out of the farm drive to go home....which was better than while we were showing!  LOL!  I dressed for success in my full Carhartt suit, complete with all my polar fleece accoutrement.  :)  Dreamy relaxed in the trailer with her hay net and her polar fleece sheet between our phases...wi

Marshaling the 3 Year Old Maine Sire Stakes Finals

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, my friend Shelly and I marshaled the 3 Year Old Maine Sire Stakes Finals at Scarborough Downs.  It was a lot of fun, as always.  The weather was a bit on the cold side, but the sun was shining and the wind was almost nil.  Dreamy is on the right...  Here we are on the left... Our adoring fans......LOL! Dreamy was not so sure she liked the cigars..... Quite possibly, my most favorite photo ever!!!!!  LOVE IT!  The are not exactly stepping the same, but in a mirror image type way!  :)  Awwww, our ponies love each other.   Thank you to Kelly C. and Katie F. for taking gorgeous photos!!! And if you look closely at the right hand side of the screen at 1:28 (in the video), you'll see us standing at the fence between races chatting with our fans!  LOL!  Click here for the video....

November Hoof Beats

I received an email today from Jessica at the USTA.  It seems they are including a small blurb about the WEG Standardbreds in the November issue of Hoof Beats .  She wrote, "They chose a picture of Liz & Dreamy and a quote from Laura and it’s on the first page of “Starting Lines".  Not only is it exciting that they wrote again about the WEG Standardbred team, but they chose a photo of my horse!  :)  Yay Dreamy!  LOL!  I love it! I am a subscriber and should receive my monthly issue this week.  I'll scan it to post here!  :D

Our 2010 World Equestrian Games Adventure

I had an absolutely amazing time at WEG.  I was very lucky to be asked by the USTA to step up from being the jumping alternate (chosen in 2008) and actually be a part of the jumping demo.  The horse who was supposed to jump did a western pleasure demo instead, due to her navicular.  So the jumping section of our demo was performed by Dreamy and I (as the eventing horse) and my friend Helene and her horse JB (as the show jumping horse). It was so much work to prep and plan for this event.  I had so many lists!  LOL!  Shipping my horse 1000+ miles to Kentucky was a huge undertaking as well.  I am proud that I did 99% of the driving myself, except for just a few hours at the end of the trip on the way down.  After too many hours in the driver's seat, I needed to take a break and my friend Tania stepped up to help.  Dreamy was just perfect.  With her COPD issues, I had to be super careful about where I stabled her...I ended up putting her on TriHist just while we were gone to be safe