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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

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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