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NER United States Pony Club Show Jump Rally - July 20, 2019

Ellie and I had SO MUCH FUN at our first Pony Club jump rally this year.  We drove up to Clay Brook Farms, where we had our D-1/D-2 rating, in order to compete for the day on July 20.  This happened to be one of the hottest days of summer, so the organizers modified the schedule a bit.  Instead of doing two rounds in the morning and one in the afternoon, we all did just two rounds (with a ten-minute break in between) all in the morning, so we were done and headed out just after lunch.  
Everything ran so smoothly despite the condensed format.  We were able to do our formal inspections right before we mounted up, and we were all encouraged to limit our warm up time.  We were not allowed to wear jackets, and there was a TON of horse water and ice cold human water available at numerous stations around the field.
I was competing with Epona Pony Club, but I was again put on a Horsemaster team with two other adults from Foxcroft Pony Club, Angie and Beth, the two riders I competed with at the…

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 …