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SMDA Recognized Show - July 14, 2019

Ellie and I tried her first recognized show in July.  It was quite an interesting experience; I don't know why this has been such a weird year, but sadly it has!

I signed up to ride Training 2 and 3, paying the little extra to have T3 count as a qualifying score.  It didn't really matter since we cannot do enough rated shows this year to qualify for a USDF award, as I want to do horse trials and other things on weekends when the rated shows are scheduled.  But I wanted it to "count" just in case because you never know lol!

I didn't get any media as I went by myself.  Training 2 went great!  Ellie warmed up well and we had a really solid test.  She was calm and rideable, and I honestly thought we had done quite well!  The judge didn't agree and we scored a 62.241%, for third in a class of five.  Not a terrible score, but it seemed lower than the performance.  I figured it was just a difference between normally doing schooling shows and this was rated, so the sco…

SMDA Dressage Show - August 5, 2012

Reva and I competed at our third SMDA show this year on August 5.  We have been taking weekly lessons this summer, so I knew we would show improvement since our last SMDA show in June.  My only goals were to have fun, stay on the horse/stay in the ring (always a goal!  LOL!), score at least 65% on each test, and 7s on rider position. 

We met all of our goals!!  Yay!!  :-)

Reva was excellent.  I was so proud of her!  She has shown so many times now at the Hollis Equestrian Park that she is super comfortable there.  It is only a 30 minute drive from the house as well, so it is an easy day.  She warmed up PERFECTLY.  No fussing, no heaviness in the bridle, no anxiety at all.  She was forward, light, rhythmic, and happy!!  I loved it!  Even if I did not meet my showing goals, I felt like our warm up for Intro A was so lovely that is really didn't matter what happened.  Our tests both felt good and to my suprise, Reva scored the best scores of her young dressage career!

Intro A we scored …

FEA Benefit Show

Our sixth Maine Horse Association affiliated show was on July 29, 2012.  It was a benefit show for the Friesian Events Association.  It was a soggy and wet day, but we had fun, as usual!  I am lucky to have a great group of horse show friends.  My grandfather and father both showed up to watch, which was really neat!  Reva was a very good mare...


Champion Junior Pleasure HorseReserve Champion Adult Equitation, OpenReserve Champion STB 2-Gait Pleasure1st STB In Hand 1st Adult Equitation, Open1st Junior Pleasure Horse3rd STB 2-Gait Pleasure
I am very proud with the mare's progress this year.  Due to time and finances, I might not be competing in any more MHA shows this year.  While it is a bummer because I do enjoy the shows and the people, I feel really good about how well we have done in MHA this year.  

The professional photos from the FEA Benefit are here!

Acadia National Park 2012 - Second Annual Trip

I was fortunate enough to visit Acadia National Park again this year.  My friend Shelly and I had a BLAST last year and this time around was no different.  Several friends expressed interest in coming along, but only two actually did: Angie and Craig.  They are a super nice couple that live here in my town, and interestingly enough, Shelly knew Angie when they were younger.  And Craig is my friend Tania's dad!  LOL!  Small world indeed!

Dreamy really seems to love Acadia and is the perfect trail horse!  :-)  We spent four days this year, going up on Thursday and coming back on Sunday.  I really hope to return in 2013!


























Ride #1 - Day Mountain Summit = 5.7 miles
Ride #2 - Jordan and Bubble Ponds = 8.3 miles
Ride #3 - Day Mountain short ride = 1.5 miles

Gettin' Crafty!

I love being crafty, but I am not very talented.  LOL!  Every so often, I am inspired and create something that turns out exactly as I imagined.  I found this blog and loved the little animal jars.  (She sells them on etsy for $26!!  OMG!!)  I decided to create my own to donate to the American Saddlebred Association of Maine's Pink Party at their big Summer Spectacular show in a week.  I became a member of ASAM this year, not only because many of my friends are and I like to support friends, but also because I was able to accumulate points with ASAM for the roadster classes I did with Reva!  Many of the MHA affiliated shows I attend are put on by ASAM. 

So, I may not own a Saddlebred, but I support them!  How cute are these??  I bought used Breyer Stablemates on eBay, new Mason jars, Super Glue, spray paint, various pink candies, and ribbon and put them together this afternoon!  So easy and adorable!  :-)