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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

Day 18: In my bag

I thought of writing about my purse or school bag, but I am trying to keep this horse themed, so here goes.  :-)


I love this bag from Smartpak.  I use it a lot when I travel to overnight horse shows and it worked great on my two horsey trips to Acadia National Park.  In the past few months,  I bought another one to tote my helmet in its case, riding boots in their bag, grooming tote, and saddle pad for Snappy.  (I have another bag for my RUS saddle, girth, reins, crupper, and buxton.)  Because Snappy is stabled at Cumberland Fairgrounds, an hour from my house, I just tote my all tack back and forth.  This bag is awesome!  It is roomy and well made.  And of course, I love the Smart Pink color!  (Smartpak donates the proceeds to breast cancer research and to my delight, it is towards the Avon Foundation, not the Komen folks who I do NOT support.  I called and asked a while back. ;-)

If you are looking for a great tote bag, check this out!

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