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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 …

NaBloPoMo 2012

I completed NaBloPoMo 2011 and have wanted to do it again.  (What is NaBloPoMo you ask?)  The only problem is that 1. I have not been able to find a cool list of prompts like I did last year and 2. I am so crazy and stressed with work and life right now that I have no idea when or how I will find time to write.  I currently have three backlogged blog posts to write and no time to write them!  Ahhh!  

So, I think I am going to try to do this photo challenge list.  Ignore the August 2011.  (I find it funny that August has 31 days, not 30, but I digress).  I have no idea where this is from, but thank you to that person.  This gives me the option to just post a pic or to write something a bit more in-depth.   





3 YO Maine Sire Stakes Finals

We were back at the Downs on October 14, 2012 for the 3 Year Old Maine Sire Stakes Finals.  We had another great day like back in September for the 2YO Finals.  It was a little colder and a little wetter, but still a lovely fall day.  I did not get as many photos of us as I did back in September.  I had bought a CD of Snappy and me racing under saddle the day before and Derek, the track photographer, added in pics from the 2YO Finals for me too!  Ah well.  I think I have PLENTY of photos of Dreamy, don't you think??  LOL!!!

We had a great day of fast horses and good racing!!







New Monte Racing Saddle (!!!!)

Well, my tack room already has two dressage saddles, an all-purpose, two western saddles, a saddleseat cutback, a tiny child's sized western saddle, a loaned Wintec, and a sidesaddle. Might as well add a monte racing saddle to that!!  LOL!!!

I have been saving since July to buy a monte saddle and I finally bought it at the beginning of the month.  I have ridden Snappy in it twice and it seems to work quite well.   It came with a crupper and I added my own stirrups, leathers, and buxton.  I opted to use non-slip stirrup pads, black Wintec stirrup leathers, and a black beta buxton.  I think the setup looks sharp.  The saddle is super comfortable and while I admit I do miss the "security" of my lovely Stubben Juventus AP saddle, I am sure that as I continue to ride in the monte saddle I will be more comfortable.  It is different to ride in a saddle with no tree!  As I added the photos, I realized I never took a pic of her on the crossties to show our new saddle!  Whoops!!!




It is time to boycott Blue Ribbon Custom Tack

I am a big believer in supporting small local business. There is a wonderful local tack shop here in Maine called Blue Ribbon Consignment and Tack.  This store was owned for many years by one person, who then sold it to a woman named Christine.  I met Christine a few years ago when I started shopping at Blue Ribbon.  Not only did I love browsing the new products and huge number of consignment items, but I developed a friendship with Christine.  She has a generous heart, an infectious laugh, and is one of the kindest people I have met.  Christine is also a single mother of two very polite teenagers.  She works hard and does her very best to raise her kids the right way and run her business professionally.  I admire her strength and tenacity.

Well, that would be a nice story, now wouldn't it?  But wait until you hear what is happening....

There is a company called Blue Ribbon Custom Tack out of Arizona.  They have trademarked the name Blue Ribbon Tack as a website domain and today fil…

Reva's 2012 Maine Horse Association Awards

The 2012 year end points for the Maine Horse Association were posted the other day and I am very proud of Reva!  She won four championships!!  Hard work pays off!



And congrats to my horse friends Shelly, Katie, and Tania for doing so well!!  Yay!!  :-)




Pipestave HT - Oct. 7, 2012

This past Sunday, Dreamy and I traveled to Pipestave Hill, a wonderful facility owned by the town of West Newbury, MA.  The equestrian events there are run by the West Newbury Riding and Driving Club.  I have heard good things about Pipestave Hill Horse Trials for many years, but I never actually looked at a map to see just how far away it was.  I was pleasantly surprised to see it was only two hours south of me and a straight shot down Interstate 95.  I did not get to their July event, as it was one of the only free weekends in my busy summer!  But I am very glad I rode in the October event, and we ended our 2012 season on a really great note!  We competed at Beginner Novice (BN) and there were nine riders in our Senior division.

I was lucky to have my friend and excellent show mommy, Tania, come along for the day.  She had originally planned to show her horse, but decided to scratch.  It was a good choice for her, as she felt she did not have enough time to prepare due to her recent …