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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

2013 Family Fun Day at Scarborough Downs

On August 11, 2013, Snappy and I headed to Scarborough Downs for a day of marshaling the races.  It was her first time back to the track since she retired in December of 2012.  I knew she would be a little nervous and "up", but I also knew that she is a good level-headed mare and we would have a great time. Snappy spent the week mulling over her wardrobe selection.  In the end, she chose her racing colors...  ;-) When we first arrived, she was jumping out of her skin a little.  She was a bit antsy while tacking her up, but I was just super no nonsense and got into the saddle as quickly as I could.  I took her immediately out onto the track and we jogged around the outside back mile track to get her mind on straight.  She was super looky and forgot most of her good dressage basics, but that is OK.   The funny thing about taking a Standardbred back to track, at least in my opinion and experience, is that they are usually "confused" about what they are ex

Showing Sidesaddle - We finally tried it!

As you probably know if you are a regular reader, I have been playing around with sidesaddle for a while.  I have no real idea what I am doing (haha), but I have a friend in NJ named Tracy who has been a huge help and mentor.  I had big plans to show sidesaddle at the end of July at a little local D rated show close to my house.  Unfortunately, my son got sick that Sunday and I ended up bringing him to the doctor that morning instead.  :-(  Thankfully he is fine!  I was admittedly a little bummed, but obviously it is more important that my son is ok.   So, instead of a pleasure show as our first outing, I decided to try a dressage test at the same venue but put on by the local dressage club instead.  The show was on August 4.  I choose to just do Training 3, even though we have shown First level.  For one, I did not think we could pull off the extended trot and canter required in First 1 while attempting to go sidesaddle.  ;-P  Plus, I just wanted a good experience, so why overface

Acadia National Park 2013

For the third year in a row, Dreamy and I traveled to Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, ME for a long weekend of riding the gorgeous carriage roads designed by Mr. Rockefeller.  We went up July 11-14 with our friends Shelly, Tania, Lydia, and Tania's dad Craig.  It was Tania and Lydia's first time riding in Acadia, and we were excited to show them around!  It was a wonderful time and I will just sum it up in LOTS of pics!   Headed out! That is Dreamy in the foreground.  Otis (the sorrel) rode with his tail caught on the window the entire time.  D'oh! First ride!   Not many pics of me, but there we are on the far left!  ;-) Jordan Pond!  Love this view! Tania and her dad The Bubbles!  My favorite pond! Such cool colors! Second ride - Sunset ride to the summit of Day Mountain On the buckle - such a good trail horse! Try