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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Marshaling at Cornish Horsemen's Day

For the sixth year in a row, Dreamy and I went to the local trotting track here in town to marshal the amateur races at the Cornish Horseman's Day on September 10, 2011.  We had a great time with Shelly and McKeever, our partners in crime.  Sadly no one took any photos except the track photographer, so I have none to share right now!  :-(  Oh well!  

It is neat that after a few years of attending as a part of a local club, Shelly and I (and McKeever and Dreamy, of course!) are now specifically requested as marshals.  Diann P. has requested us for the last three years and it makes me feel very proud that she does so.  Also, she has requested that we marshal at the Sire Stakes Finals at Scarborough Downs.  Unfortunately, this year we could not be there for the 2 year olds (Sept. 11) but we will be there for the 3 year olds in October!  

I enjoy being at the track and marshaling is one of my favorite activities.  I also think it is a great way to show the public how STBs can have successful under saddle careers after racing.  Highlights  at Cornish this year included chatting with many spectators, ordering a hot dog over the fence and eating it on horseback (without even dripping ANY mustard on my white breeches!  WHOOO!!), and having NO racing mishaps on the track!  Yay!

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  1. That's really neat - glad you guys got the opportunity to go again!

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  2. That is so awesome! I'm pretty jealouse of all you get to do with your horses! How do you manage all of that with a job and family?

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