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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

SMDA show #2 - June 10, 2012

Reva and I attended our second dressage show of the year back in June.  I am woefully behind in my blogging!!  Oh well!  Reva was again very well behaved.  We rode Intro A and B and she was a bit less tense through her back.  We had a good warm up and no bucking!  Yay!!  Overall, I am very pleased with how her relaxation improved, hence our scores!


Intro A - 68.2% and a 2nd place out of seven!
Yay!  We scored all 6.5s - 8s.  The 8 on our last centerline was pretty awesome.  The comment said "quite straight" and I was happy to see that since we have been struggling with straightness off the rail.  Our overall comment was "Well ridden.  Some unsteady connection today caused loss of elasticity to hand and curling neck."  That is spot-on, as Reva's biggest evasion seems to be curling her neck and getting behind the bit.  We are working SO hard on that right now.  In recent lessons she has really started to improve and keep a light connection with my hand, instead of lugging and getting sucked back and tight over her topline. 


Intro B - 65.7% and a 3rd place out of nine!
Yay again!  This time our scores were bunched from 6, 6.5, and 7.  This test is a bit more involved but I think it rides much smoother.  (I hate the walk movements in Intro A.)  We got a lot of "fairly good" and "steady" comments and the overall comment was, "Steady tempo!  Some transitions hollowed.  Work to help him reach for your hand rather than curl his neck."  Again, a very fair and accurate assessment.


Here are the professional pics.  



Comments

  1. She looks great! She looks nice and relaxed, plus her mane is so long and silky! I'm jealous!

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  2. Thank you! (And I just found your blog....OMG I'm hungry now! I am totally making those muffins!!!) :-)

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