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2019 Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

For the fourth year in a row, I participated in the Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange, which Tracy so kindly hosts (and has for seven years)!  I love choosing gifts for a fellow blogger, trying to find just the right thing to match their likes and interests.  And it is definitely fun to come home from work to a surprise package of horsey things for me!


This year, I received my gift quite early!  Thank you so much Eventing Saddlebred Style for the two surprises this past week!  She must have been checking out my Pinterest board I indicated I have, as these are both from my "want" category haha.

Plus, this is a new-to-me blog, so as soon as I finish this entry, I plan to tag along as a follower.  I like adding to my reading list, even though I have been terrible at commenting lately.


The cute little fox mug just makes me laugh.  I definitely cannot bring it to the middle school where I teach hahahaha, but I have already used it here at home a few times!

And the teal lead rope is aw…

Our first FOX HUNT!

Whew!  My bucket list is shrinking this year!  LOL!

Dreamy and I attended a Wentworth Hunt, hosted by Rest and Be Thankful Farm in Lyman, ME on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.  I have wanted to fox hunt FOREVER.  And I read all of Rita Mae Brown's fox hunting mysteries a few years ago and decided that I needed to try this discipline! 

I am SO glad I made time to finally attend a hunt.  I had wanted to go to the last hunt of 2011, but it was cancelled due to rain.  I had to wait almost an entire year, but it was worth it!!

As per hunt protocol, we started in the Hilltopper field.  In a hunt, there are three fields: First, Second, and Hilltop.  First Field stays right with the hounds and jumps everything, Second stays back a bit and can pick and choose jumps, while Hilltop goes at just a walk and trot and does not jump.  I was a bit disappointed with the VERY slow pace in the Hilltopper field as we very quickly lost sight of the hounds.  We had a bee attack, a few riders fall off, horses unw…

SMDA Dressage Show - Sept. 16, 2012

Reva and I competed in our last dressage show of the season on Sept. 16.  Actually, I am pretty sure it will also be our last horse show of 2012!


We rode Intro A and scored a 72.5% for a second place out of four riders.  That was our highest score yet to date!!  I was a little shocked, but she was super good and easy.  She was a little more tense than I would have liked, as there was a horse freaking out in the warmup while we tried to warm up.  Reva was unsure as to whether or not SHE should freak out too, but she held it together well.  We had really nice moments as the test went on; we scored a 6 and 6.5 on the first two movements, but then had all 7s, 7.5s, and even 8s on everything else!  I even had a 7.5 on my rider scores.  Our right trot circle, change of rein, and final halt were all 8s.  I was especially proud that our final halt comment was "straight and square" since we have worked so hard on that.  Judges comments at the end were, "Well ridden.  Be careful y…

2YO Maine Sire Stakes Finals

My friend Shelly and I marshaled at the 2YO Maine Sire Stakes Finals on Sept. 9, 2012, the day after my exciting RUS win!  ;-)  It was a gorgeous late summer day at the track.  We marshaled all eleven races and demonstrated the Standardbred's virtues to all in attendance.  There were no mishaps, just good racing and fast horses!  








Happy 30th Birthday Sparky!

Yes, I am THAT person.  ;-)

My wonderful first horse Sparky, registered name Joydale Sparklerslas, turned thirty this year.  I joked about having a birthday party for her back in June, but I never actually figured I would do it.  All summer my friends teased me about not throwing her a party.  Even my hay guy teased me about it and asked when the party was!  LOL!  So I finally broke down and figured she deserved a party.  What a wonderful day!  I am so glad I did it and I am equally glad I have great horse friends who don't think I am completely crazy for throwing my wonderful old mare a party.