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Ellie's Big Adventure - Equine Affaire 2019

On the last day of September, I received an email from the Vermont Morgan Horse Association asking if I would be interested in bringing Ellie to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from November 7-10.  I became a member of VMHA this year when I decided to compete at Vermont Heritage Days; so even though I live in Maine and not Vermont haha, I made a snap decision to say yes!  
Honestly, it was 21 minutes after the email came in that I responded yes!  Then I had to figure out how to actually make it all happen hahahahaha.  Typical.
I attended Equine Affaire as a spectator a few times way back when and then for many years I ran the breed booth for the Standardbreds, including a four-day stint in C Barn with Dreamy back in 2013.  It is fun and exhausting to travel 4+ hours one way from home to talk with thousands of people, walk thousands of miles around the venue (ok, not that far but close), and ride in demos on a horse that has never seen such a huge venue (though in her defense, Ellie was …

Green Acres Event - May 26, 2012

Any of you who have followed my blog for a while know that Dreamy and I have had much success at Elementary (or Modified Beginner Novice) level eventing.  It is basically the Beginner Novice Test A and 2' - 2'3" jumps.  We have won our fair share of events, but I recognized that for this year, we either needed to move up or stop competing.  (I would hate to be "that girl" who stays at the same level and just keeps winning.  That just doesn't seem right.)  Now that Dreamy is 21 years old, the thought of moving up to 2'7" jumps seemed iffy.  I figured if she was sound and happy over fences up to 2'9" at home, then I could feel confident entering her in Beginner Novice events.


So far, Dreamy has been her same old happy and sound self this year.  She is in good shape and is moving well for a horse her age.  She is on joint supplements, of course, and I am careful to only jump her a few times a month.  


Our first move up event was on May 26 at Gre…

Dunegrass Living Classic Horse Show - May 13, 2012

Reva and I competed at the Dunegrass Living Classic show on May 13 and had a great time!  We started our show career a year ago at this show (though it used to be called the Ocean Communities Classic before it had a sponsor change).  This show is run by the American Saddlebred Association of Maine (ASAM), but it is Maine Horse Association (MHA) pointed.  It is a fun show in that it is double judged, so not only do you get double points but also double ribbons!  So while we only entered six classes, we came home with TWELVE ribbons!  That makes a ribbon whore like myself quite happy!  LOL!  ;-D


Overall, it was a wonderful day!  Though I ended up bathing Reva that morning before we left for the show, and accidentally I used her Eqyss Microtek Medicated Shampoo (she has intermittent skin issues) instead of the Vetrolin shampoo I normally use for showing.  Whoops!  She did not come out as "clean" as I had hoped, so I spent some time before our in-hand class stressing, brushing, a…

TEAM PENNING!!! We finally did it!

YAY!  Dreamy and I finally went team penning and it was AWESOME!!  I have been dying to try this discipline for years!!  Be prepared for some pretty serious photo spamming in a moment.  LOL!  We are officially members of CMTPA, which is the Central Maine Team Penning Association.  We attended a team penning clinic on May 12, 2012 with two of the higher rated penners in the club, Morgan and Bruce.  You are rated 1-6... obviously I am a ONE!  LOL!  ;-)  The clinicians were awesome and I had a wonderful day!  (Warning, this is long!)


SMDA show #1 - May 6, 2012

Reva and I competed in her first dressage show of the year (and the third one of her life!) on May 6, 2012.  It was a Southern Maine Dressage Association show.
She was excellent for our first outing of 2012!  She was a bit nervous but held it together really well.  She is not really sure she understands why we have to stay in the little bitty dressage ring, but she really tried to be a good obedient girl and that is what matters at this point.  She wasn't really "scared" but just tense.  


Intro A had some really nice moments.  We had all 6.5s and 7s (I had forgotten that the half points are now allowed!  Cool!) and just one 4 on our first right trot circle at A.  Reva tried to exit quickly at A and we nearly left the arena.  LOL!  I am pretty sure at least two, if not three, hooves left the ring.  We had to "jump" back into the ring with her front feet.  I was a bit rattled, but what can you do?  I laughed it off and rode the rest of the test with more attention…