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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

SMDA Dressage Show #3 - July 17, 2011

While Reva took the month of July off from showing, Dreamy stepped up in her place!  We entered an SMDA affiliated dressage show hosted by the SPHO-Maine on Sunday July 17. 

I decided to ramp it up a little by entering Prix Caprilli, First 1, and First 2, as we had done back at the second SMDA show in June.  Instead of raining, it was sweltering HOT.  It was super hot, up into the 90s and they actually waived jackets.  Phew!

We rocked the Prix Caprilli class again, our third win!  This time there were five riders and we scored a 66.600%.  Lots of 7s and 6s with two 8s (one on our entry centerline and the other on the, you guessed it, free walk!)  Our comment was "well ridden".  :-D  Prix Caprilli is seriously the BEST dressage test ever!!

First 1 was an OK test.  I remember being very hot and Dreamy was sluggish.  It was almost all 6s, with one 7 and one 5, and we scored a 60%!  LOL!  We placed third out of 11 riders.  The judge remarked "capable pair that needs to develop steadier more elastic connection for improved balance throughout".  

And First 2 was tough.  We were both pretty tired from the heat and I think I did a less-than-10-minute warmup!  Dreamy decided see knew the test better than I did, so when we were transitioning down to the trot from the canter to do a stretchy trot circle, she decided to randomly canter again!  :-P  Foolish mare!  We got a four on that transition.  HA HA HA.  She leaned on me in the canter and therefore had a much harder time coming up and through, so our canter work was mostly 5s and a 6.  We got decent scores on our half circles and leg yields though, which was good (6s and 7s).  The judge was encouraging with a "Rider working well to help horse in canter.  Keep working at suppling him and good luck!"  We scored a 57.900% and a sixth out of 7 riders.  I was happy with the test, knowing that the heat was not helping and we had ridden the best test for that moment. 

Just yesterday (over a month later), I received a champion neck sash in the mail for this show!  Yay!  Because it was hosted by the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine (SPHO-ME), they awarded the highest scoring Standardbred.  There were two Standardbreds there and Dreamy was champion!  Good mare!!  :-)