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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

WEG update!

So far, my trip to the World Equestrian Games has been amazing.  I am tired and need to sleep, so this is more of a quick update rather than the longer posts I plan to type eventually.  :)

Dreamy and I left Maine last Thursday and drove to New Jersey to spend the night.  We then went on to Kentucky, with our friends Helene and her Standardbred JB in tow.  We also have two fabulous "grooms" Christie and Tania with us.  :)  We arrived in Kentucky on Friday night, and we stayed the night with the horses with our friends Justin and Laura, who live right outside of Lexington.  Laura is also in the demo with her Standardbred mare Legs!

We had team practice at the Red Mile on Saturday and then moved into the Horse Park this morning!  It has been a crazy whirlwind trip.  This is seriously the most exciting equine experience of my thirty-one years.

Tonight was our first demo and it was OK.  It was FREEZING and windy, but you cannot control the weather!  LOL!  Dreamy was PERFECT.  She was not worried, she walked around on the buckle, and was just a good mare overall.  (Why would I expect anything less???  LOL!)  Things were a little off, such as the announcer reading our scripts REALLY slow which messed up the timing of our music and mispronouncing many things (such as "they compete in horse shoes.....um, I mean, horse SHOWS....").  And a part of the demo was changed at the very last minute which made Helene and my jumping course waaaaaaaay too tight.  It bummed me out because then I could not actually DO my pre-planned jump course!  So I just did a lot of cantering and big trotting around....grrrr!!!  Oh well.  :(  Sometimes working as a TEAM is harder than it looks!  ;-O  Instead I am trying to just enjoy my time here in Kentucky and relish in the fact that I am riding my horse at WEG!  :)  It is an experience I will never have again!

More updates and pics soon!  In the meantime, if you are on Facebook, please find our new page WEG Standardbreds, made by our groom Christie!  It has tons of photos!

Here is a teaser photo.....it is the entire group at the Red Mile before our practice!  :)  Dreamy and I are on the far right.  :D

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  1. Wow - how cool that you are riding Dreamy at WEG!! Hope you have time to get some shopping and spectating in too!

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