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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 …

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!

Trying to get pics behind me...hahaha!

I'm such a dork.
Summit



Our group!


Lydia and I climbed the rock!


Yes, I think we were singing.  HAHA




Hard to get a pic while moving, but I love our headlamps.



Getting dark!!





Gotta love the ears!
Third ride down to Jordan Stream!





Took a non-horsey outing to Bar Harbor for lunch and gift shops!  We stopped at Thunder Hole.
Love my state!! 


Fourth ride!  No one else wanted to take a last sunset ride up Day Mountain, so Dreamy and I went up alone!  I have ridden this trail now five times and feel really comfortable.

Do you see what we saw?????  (Not the equipment...haha)
GORGEOUS!!
Dreamy was so interested!  She was not at all scared!!
The doe was not afraid of us either!  We stood there and watched her for quite a while!  It was completely surreal! 









We reached the summit and stood at the very top!



So gorgeous and awesome I wanted to cry!

Oh hey, our friend is back!  Just in a different spot!  




I took a video this time around.  I will have to post it. 
Headed back down!  What a magical ride!


Last ride!  :-(















And we are back to the stables and ready to head home!  
 I already cannot wait until our 2014 trip!!  :-)

Comments

I wish I was brave enough to even go out on a trail around the farm. I'm always riding by myself so I never get to try. Not fair! My aunt has a house in the park owned by the original family... AND it looks AMAZING and PERFECT. Need to get on that! Looks like a great time!