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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

UNH Dressage - June 26, 2011

Dreamy and I competed at the University of New Hampshire USDF bacDressage Show at the end of June.  I love showing there and have written about it here and here back in 2010.  I also showed there in 2009, but I am sure my readers can find those back posts if they want to read them.  ;-)

I only showed Sunday instead of both days and was supposed to ride Training 3 and First 1.  When I looked at the times online, somehow I had been signed up for First 1 and FIRST 3!  AHHHH!  There was a wait list for Training 3 so I could not just be switched out.  I decided to ride, which I knew was stupid, since we are NOT ready for First 3 just yet.  In hindsight, I wish I had scratched, but I was trying to be tough and brave.  We had to ride First 3 before First 1, which made me nervous.  It was a bit of a disaster, with the canter loops through X pretty much non existent!  :-(  I was tense, Dreamy was tense, I messed up a movement and earned a two point error, and I dropped my whip.  Yeah, definitely not my finest moment.  But we got through it with a very low score and an 18th out of 20 something riders in the class.  :-p

I was much happier with our First 1 ride, earning two 8s and three 7s.  We ended up with a 58.276% which I was happy with as it was our first time riding First level at a rated USDF show.  I cannot remember what I placed, and it is not written on the test for some reason, but I know it was a huge class and they only pin to six.  It did not matter, since Dreamy tried her heart out for me.  I went home with the knowledge that I need to write VERY CLEARLY and LEGIBLY on my entry forms from now on!!!!

I am not crazy about the UNH photographer, but here are the proofs from the show.  I do like her free walk photo (IMG_3106), which is the free walk we have gotten all 8s on this year! 

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  1. That free walk does look spectacular. I have to agree with you though, the shots aren't spectacular. They aren't bad, they just don't have that "wow" sensation.

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