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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

2012: Looking Back


Overall, I did pretty well with my 2012 goals!  It was a good year in many ways.  I am surprised that I actually met as many goals as I did!  LOL!  The only one that bothers me is not meeting my personal goal of working out and getting more fit.  I know I am not in terrible shape, but I wish I had time to commit to strengthening my core.

Sparky
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
Dreamy
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
  • Compete in at least one horse trial (or more) at Beginner Novice level - SUCCESS!
  • Go foxhunting!! - HUGE SUCCESS!
  • Hopefully attend a few hunter paces - Did not meet, but that is OK!
  • Attend at least one team penning clinic (May)  - SUCCESS!
  • Marshal at the track when asked - SUCCESS!
  • Ride at Acadia again (July) - SUCCESS!
  • Continue all of our good dressage work, take a few lessons here and there with Judy - SUCCESS!
  • Maybe take a few jumping lessons...???  - Did not meet, but that is OK!
Reva
  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound - SUCCESS!
  • Continue the excellent under saddle work from late fall 2011 - SUCCESS!
  • Work on bending, transitions, and transitions within gaits - SUCCESS!
  • Work on balance at the canter to be ready for 3-gait (and Intro C/Training 1??)  in 2013 - SUCCESS!
  • Attend at least one clinic - Did not meet.  I was just too busy and there is only so much money...
  • Take at least 2 lessons per month with Judy, preferably more if possible - SUCCESS!  
  • Compete in Intro A and B at SMDA schooling shows and maybe other venues too - SUCCESS! 
  • Compete in MHA shows in 2-gait classes (maybe roadster under saddle as well?) - SUCCESS!
My Personal Goals
  • Strengthen my core and use the Wii to work out - Yeah, this did not happen.  I wish I had put the effort in, but sadly, I did not.
  • Attend Standardbred Nationals with Dreamy or Reva....maybe.  It is being held in September this year!  :-(  That is a very tough time of year for me to go away, since I am back teaching at the high school.  I have already been down there four times to show and I don't feel a HUGE MAJOR NEED to go.  If it works out for me, great!  If not, it is OK too. - Did not attend, but I am happy I did not
  • Go on beach rides with Dreamy/Reva as much as possible! - We went on a few beach rides, but not nearly as many as I would like!  Damn work gets in the way of fun!  LOL!
  • The Standardbred Performance Society needs to be more active.  I am not sure how this might look, but I have some ideas. - Utter failure.  I am way too busy for my own good.  Uggg!

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