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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Green Acres Horse Trials - August 31, 2013

Dreamy and I had a great day at the Green Acres Horse Trial back in August.  This is one of my favorite places to event.  In 2012 when we first moved up to Beginner Novice, we had some bad luck on the cross country course at one of the GA events (refusal on the LAST DAMN FENCE!  Ahhh!  I left my mare down and forgot to ride the entire course!) and then the next event Dreamy pulled a three-day-old front shoe from slipping on the grassy stadium course.  I was sort of leery about showing there this year, as I really like the event but worry about "bad luck".  Haha.

I should not have been worried.  After a season of fox hunting over monstrous natural fences and just really upping our game this year, this event was a great success.  Plus, we had just returned from our week with Denny, so our confidence as a team was very high.  We had one of our best dressage tests, even scoring a FREAKING NINE on our free walk (HELL YEAH!).

Awesome test!  And yes, spoiler alert: we placed second!  
Super Mare is adorable.  I look like a deranged monkey.  Typical.  LOL!!
Here is the official photographer's link for this photo.


And another.  I'm either making a face or grinning like a fool in my horse show pics.  I love it!  :-D  Here is the official photographer's link for this photo!


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