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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

Day 30: In motion

Marshaling with Dreamy at Bangor Raceway - Summer 2010 You can read about this past adventure  here .  :-)

Day 29: Purchased

Remember the artwork I had commissioned of my mares?  It is DONE! It looks so gorgeous in the photograph that Niamh sent that I cannot wait to receive the real thing!  Yay yay yay yay!!!

Day 28: Daily routine

This is about the only thing (besides eating and showering, LOL) that I am guaranteed to do every day as a routine.  :-D

Day 27: After dark

Goodnight mares.  

Day 26: Something old

I love this little crop I found on eBay and had shipped from Great Britain!  I have been using it for fox hunting.  It was advertised as an antique English child's show/hunt whip.  The shaft is made of malacca wood cane, the binding and leather popper are perfect, and the antler handle is really neat.  It measures only 44 cm long, which is a good length and weight for me! The initials are MCE on top with KEC underneath.

Yorkfield Farm Fox Hunt

Dreamy and I went to Yorkfield Farm in Kensington, NH on November 17, 2012 for our fifth hunt of the season.  It was another gorgeous day!  We have really lucked out on our hunting weather this year.  Yorkfield Farm is beautiful, as is the surrounding land, and it boasts a true nine acre polo field!  :-O  We had a great day galloping and jumping through the countryside, as usual! Hacking along the road to get to the next field...we are fifth back. Before a run...fifth from front, fourth from back! Whee!!!  We are back there somewhere in the middle! There was A LOT of galloping at this hunt!  It was fast and fun!!  I think we are last in this photo. Catching our breath at a check. At a check at the end of a campground area, near a pond. Relaxing at the check.  I love that she has figured out to just relax at the checks and not stay wound up! Dreamy is probably in the best shape she has ever been in! Talking with Joshua and his owner :-) 

Day 25: Sunflare

Another Acadia National Park photo.  This was the summit of Day Mountain at dusk.  

Day 24: A smile

I love this photo!  While I have never actually trained Reva for Roadster under Saddle, we always have such a fun time.  The smile never leaves my face....even when she breaks to the canter in the corners.  ;-)  LOL! Downeast Horse Congress 2012 photo by Eighth Generation

Echo Ridge Farm Fox Hunt

Dreamy and I attended Wentworth's hunt on Nov. 14, 2012 at Echo Ridge Farm, owned by fellow hunter Kelly (who leads second field!).  It was a cool crisp fall morning, perfect for hunting!  My friend Sarah was not there, so we don't have hundreds of lovely photos to look at.  But we did get a fun video!  LOL! The hunt that day only had two fields: first field and hilltop.  This means that Dreamy and I had our first experience riding first field!  Whooo!  We stayed at the back in case we wanted to gap any fences, but we kept right up with everyone. Sadly, the hounds jumped several deer just minutes into the hunt.  I thought it was very odd to hear them in full cry so quickly, but soon figured out what had happened.  We had a lot of waiting around while we tried to determine where the hounds went and when/if the hunt would resume.  Thankfully none of the hounds were hurt or hit by traffic, despite the fact that they split up into two groups and had to be chased down!!  Thank g

Day 23: Sunset

This was snapped with my iPhone on the way to Kittery one late summer evening.  Gorgeous hayfield sunset and my crappy photo does not do it justice.

Day 22: Trees

There is nothing prettier than the trees in Acadia National Park.  This was taken in 2012.  Such a great trip !!

Day 21: A pretty pattern

I love seeing hoof print patterns.  This is from a beach ride back in 2011 with Tania and her horse Otis.  These prints are from Dreamy and Otis. 

Gorgeous paper artwork of my mares

I am pretty excited to share this with you!  Niamh over at  Hoofbeats for Heartbeats  is in the process of creating a beautiful piece of paper cut artwork of my three mares.  Here is the start of Sparky's portrait that she sent me as a sneak peek... Isn't that amazing???  Niamh is easy to work with and super communicative   She has written more information about her paper cut artwork  here .  I think her artwork is quirky and different, but just so beautiful and painstakingly created.  It sounds like it will be done very soon!!!  I cannot wait!

Day 20: What I read

Lately, my reading has been limited to what I am currently teaching.  My English 12 students are in the first act of Hamlet , while my AP students are discussing The Handmaid's Tale and are in the process of reading The Great Gatsby .   Not horsey at all.    ;-)

All New England Joint Meet

WOW.  All I can say is WOW, our third fox hunt this year was AMAZING!! Dreamy and I went down to Hamilton, MA on November 10, 2012 to attend the All New England Joint Meet, hosted by the Myopia Hunt .  I had no idea what to expect, other than a wonderful day in the hunt field.  I was not disappointed!  It was a gorgeous sunny day, with perfect temps.  in the upper fifties. Dreamy was sooooooo good!  She was a beast!  We had long gallops, lots of jumps, great weather, and great camaraderie!  A few times Dreamy was crowded from behind and riders passed us without saying a word (I was taught you were to ask to pass in the hunt field...), and it made her a bit cranky.  I cannot blame her; we were pushed off the trail by two women riding two abreast and my knee cranked into a small tree.  OUCH!  :-(  One of them must have seen the look of pain on my face because she did apologize.  But still, I was a little saddened by what I perceived as a lack of manners from some.  Maybe I am just be