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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

Riding update

Dreamy has been going quite well lately.  We spent seven weeks conditioning this year, from the middle of March until the end of April.  I was very organized and methodical in my approach this year, more so than normal anyway, and she looks great.  She feels great, too, which is exciting.

Coming back from an Easter Day 2011 trail ride with Dreamy and my faithful dog Lucy.  That is my (white) house and lawn in the upper right hand side...the official road ends at my house (on the other side of the hill here) and we have this old discontinued town road that goes on for over 2 miles. 
Our connection and acceptance of the bit/aids is 100% improved.  Granted, it is something we have been working on for three years now, so I suppose it is ABOUT TIME I got my act together.  LOL!  ;-D  There are times when she will get a little behind the bit, mostly at the stretchy free walk, but I finally have steady and consistent contact at the walk, trot, and canter!  I think spending two full weeks in early March just walking really helped this.   She is also finally accepting the right rein much more than before. 

Our canter is much improved as well!  We still do not have a traditional "normal" canter, but I think it has become much better.  I am hoping for nothing less than 5s on our canters this year....I HOPE!  Improving the contact and remembering to keep her straight/supporting her outside shoulder has really helped.  I had one of my last USDF tests from 2010 professionally videotaped and watching that has REALLY helped me figure out what I am doing right/wrong.  I feel like I need to videotape myself more often.

And I am also pretty happy with the improvement in our stretchy trot circle.  She is actually stretching correctly INTO the contact, instead of just dropping her head and the reins go slack.  This is big!  Maybe I can score well on this movement this year!  :-)

I think a lot of this is that I am finally starting to put the pieces together....sometimes I think I have a serious mental block when it comes to dressage.  HA HA HA.  And I am starting to be able to RIDE her the way she needs to be ridden.  

I have only been able to take one lesson this month so far...but I am hoping to take at least one more.  Once summer is here, I am hoping to lesson once a week.  Right now with the end of school, my professional life is crazy!

We were originally wait listed for our first show but I just got a phone call tonight that we are in!  We were first on the wait list, which helped!  It is just a local schooling dressage show, but it is a great place to do the new 2011 tests for the first time and MOVE UP!!!!  ;-D  

So although I am not really sure we are ready, we are going to be doing Training 3, First 1, and a Prix Caprilli test!  I was so excited to get in, but then it dawned on me....I have to memorize THREE new tests!  AHHHHHHH!  Ought to get my tests out and make some diagrams.......being on the wait list made me put off studying!  Ahhhhhh!  Wish us luck!  :-)


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  2. Good luck memeorizing three test. I bet you guys will do awesome!!


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