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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 …

Dreamy's Last Show

I chose not to show during 2014 because I felt it was more important to save my money for building a house (more on that later...).  In the end, I did two shows and my honey did a few fairs.  It wasn't a huge year in comparison to the last decade, but I was pleased that we both got to do a little something.

When I saw a Facebook post that the local dressage club was having trouble filling their fall show, I figured I might as well give First 2 and 3 a shot with Dreamy.  On a whim, I sent in my entry and we showed on September 14, 2014.  I knew this could very well be our last show, as Dreamy was 23 in 2014 and First Level was tough for her.  We had spent the summer with one lovely ride and another, so I knew she could do the movements.

First 2 we won with a 64.3% out of four riders.  I was pretty excited.  It was a great test and we beat a fancy young horse that had been undefeated all season at First level.  He is now doing Second Level and will probably climb the levels quite easily.  So I felt satisfied with that!

First 3 we had never ridden at a show.  I had ridden the movements at home, but I knew this was a stretch.  I just wanted to break 60% and feel as though we had ended our show career together on a high note.

At First 3 we placed second with a 60.1% out of four riders.  I seriously cried I was so proud of the little mare!  The fancy young horse beat us, which I didn't care about because we broke 60%!  Who cares if it was just a schooling show.  I am proud of all the hard work I have put into this horse since I started showing her in 2006.

On a side note, in 2014 this same club changed their name to the State of Maine Dressage Association and started a new year end program etc.  I sent in my needed scores and earned my GMO bronze medal, all with scores I earned with Dreamy.  She is now officially retired from competition!


Last two ribbons of her show career!  Super mare!!

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