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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 I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!)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

FEA Benefit Show

This past weekend, June 23, I attended the Friesian Events Association Benefit Horse Show.  I like this show for many reasons, most of all because this organization donates money from their shows to different causes.  This year the show was to benefit a woman from NY who recently was in a bad carriage driving accident and has tons of medical bills.  They were able to donate a total of $2000 to her!!  WOW!  Of course, it also helps that it was held close (30 minutes) from home and is run by several of my wonderful horse show friends!!

Dreamy and I did very well and had a great day!  I am proud of her for holding her own in the open classes, which unless they are specifically a hunter class, we compete against hunt seat, saddleseat, and western riders.  It was rainy in the morning and then SUPER HOT the rest of the day!  Blah!!  I love the heat, but this was a little much.  The show grounds don't have a lick of shade, so it was a bit exhausting to be in the sun all day long.  I literally left my house at 7:30AM and got home at 6:30PM.  Thankfully, though Dreamy does not usually drink much at all while at shows (even when I bring her own water from home), she did suck down three and a half full buckets that day!  I also gave her a dose of paste electrolytes to be on the safe side.  I had eight bottles of water, which was approximately a gallon and I probably should have had more!

My friend Stephanie had her Standardbred stallion there for the in-hand class.  He is still racing and looked great.  My friend Shelly rode her leased QH gelding for the first time and had a great show.  And my friend Katie had her Standardbred gelding there for his second show!  She did well too, though she struggled with the heat at the end of the day.  It was just brutal.

  • Adult Equitation, Open - 2nd out of five
  • Hunter Pleasure Horse, Open - 5th out of thirteen!
  • Ladies Pleasure Horse, Open - 4th out of five (We had an accidental break to the trot for a couple strides when cantering - other than that she was great!)
  • MHA Medallion Pleasure Horse or Pony, Open - 4th out of five (Another break to the trot - I put my spurs on after this class...)
  • Hunter Pleasure Equitation, Open - 2nd out of three
  • NEHC Pleasure Horse or Pony, Open - 3rd out of three  (We got a wrong lead in the right canter - whoops!  That has not happened in a long time!  She was a tired old mare, so I can most certainly forgive her.  I am sure it was rider error!!)
  • MHA Pleasure Horse, English - 5th out of nine (Decent ride but she was getting tired!!)
  • Hunter Pleasure Horse Championship - 6th out of six (We were both exhausted and I probably should have scratched.  We had breaks to the trot while cantering.  It's OK though, because Dreamy really tried hard to do well.  I cannot fault her for a last place finish in our last class of a very long and hot day!)
There were a few volunteer photographers there throughout the day, and they uploaded photos to the FEA Facebook page, encouraging us to use, share, tag, and make copies.  I thought that was pretty neat!

I took this photo to show our ribbons at the end of the day!  Yay Dreamy mare!! 


  1. Those are some super placings!

  2. Liz - the lady that the money was donated to I think you may have actually meet very briefly at WEG. Cindy had her Connemara Pony stallion there. We have shown together off and on for many years as she lives maybe 15 miles or so away from my parent's place in NY. While she is far from fully healed Cindy is finally coming home next weekend. Thanks for contributing to her medical fund.


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