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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 I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!)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


My grandfather, whom I call Bampie and have written about here, is not only one of my favorite people, but also one of my favorite horse people.  He taught me so much in the years I boarded my first mare Sparky at his farm.  I was lucky enough to board her there for the first six months I owned her in eighth grade, and after a year and a half boarding elsewhere, I brought her back from my sophomore year in high school until I moved her here to Cornish with me in 2003.  He took care of her for me all through college, and there were times when I would not be able to visit her for a week or two at a time.  But I always knew Sparky was fine.  Bampie is the one person who I truly have never had to worry about leaving my horse with.  

Anyway, I visited and went out to lunch with Bampie on Christmas Eve day.  Besides the usual Christmas card and cash gift (thank you Bampie!) he gave me a brand new pair of leather splint boots.

Now granted, they are 20+ years old.  LOL!  But they were never put on a horse!  They're brand new and in perfect shape!  They are the Walsh brand and really nice.  Granted, they won't fit Dreamy's little tendons, but they are just right for Reva!  Yay!  Her first pair of cross country boots!  :D

I love that Bampie is the biggest pack rat ever.  He has trunks and trunks FULL of harness racing equipment.  I have one of his trunks (given to me the day Sparky became mine and arrived at his farm), I have a jog cart, a few harnesses, and other odds and ends he has given me over the years.  Every time I am there, he gives me something to take home.  I love it, because even though some of the things I will not use (I have Volo's halter and brushes...they are his and I will keep them forever just because) or cannot use (I have an old leather racing harness that is not safe but it was my grandfather's and that is what matters...), they are hand-me-downs from someone I love and care about very much.  :)


  1. That is too cool. He sounds similar great grandfather. Before he fought with the Air Force in WWII (fighting and being a POW in the Euro Theater, a purple heart, he's got some amazing stories) he worked on his family farm driving the plow horse. So I've learned a thing or two about driving (I showed him videos of combined driving at the WEG, and he laughed and said that he couldn't understand why people overcomplicated it!) I keep trying to get him to come down from Dallas and visit Greta, he's never met her!

  2. what a great gift! How neat that your grandfather was is a horse person as well! I think it is so neat that you have a bunch of his old stuff... I hope you have some pictures of him with his horses, or with you and your horses....

    I'm the only horsey person in my family and would've been nice to have someone that was interested/understood what I was doing!


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