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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 …

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 Horse
  • Reserve Champion Adult Equitation, Open
  • Reserve Champion STB 2-Gait Pleasure
  • 1st STB In Hand 
  • 1st Adult Equitation, Open
  • 1st Junior Pleasure Horse
  • 3rd STB 2-Gait Pleasure

We won cute canvas bags (left) as trophies, which means I have four!  LOL!
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!

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  1. Hello!

    You have an great blog and amazing horses! It's great to see, there are standardbred fans all over the world. I have a standardbred mare and schooling her in dressage :)

    Huges from Germany!
    Verena

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