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ME Morgan Benefit Show - August 10, 2019

I had not been planning to bring Ellie to this show, but an email had gone out to members a few days prior that entries were a bit low.  So in order to support the club, we headed out to Pineland Farm the morning of August 10, for what promised to be a gorgeous summer day!  All photos that I am in were purchased from the show photographer!
I always think these types of shows are going to be fine, but at the end of every single one of them, I always remember why I should stick with dressage and eventing haha.  That is not to say there is anything wrong with open shows or the club that runs them; this is just not the type of showing we do well at because she's not a "show horse".
The show was held at a gorgeous facility that boasts both large indoor and outdoor arenas.  They chose to have the show indoors with warm-up outside, which is fine, but Ellie was not a fan of the indoor.  One corner was open to the large and echo-y storage area where they had set up the secretary…

Standardbred Old Friends

Back in 2013, my friend Ellen Harvey, who works for the USTA, asked if I would be willing to be a part of her new book, Standardbred Old Friends, which she was writing together the famed photographer Barbara Livingston.  Of course, I said YES!  She decided to include Dreamy with McKeever Hanover, my friend Shelly's gelding.  The book was designed after Barbara's Old Friends books she had done for Thoroughbreds.  The Standardbred book features forty three distinguished horses of the breed in the twilight of their careers.

We spent a gorgeous fall day at Popham Beach at sunset.  We had so much fun and Barbara got some really great shots.  Ellen wrote the narratives to accompany the photos.














So being in a cool book clearly wasn't enough!  Ellen asked us if we would like to guest marshal/outride at the historic track in Goshen, NY over July 4, 2014.  Another resounding YES!  Sadly, it was POURING on July 4, but we had fun on the track anyway.  After marshaling the races, we had a book reception dinner, hence the fancy clothes!  LOL!

The press release about the book signing at Goshen.

The book's Facebook page.


The book's cover - the famous Mack Lobell
And the book's back - DREAMY STARLET!  :-)
Fancy book reception
 
After a fancy book reception, you've got to do night check and pick your mare's stall!
I brought my barn shoes to change into and everything!  LOL!

Dreamy's stall at Goshen track

Barbara Livingston riding Dreamy at Goshen - Unbeknownst to me, she had been dying to ride my horse the day we did the photos at the beach.  I wish I had known them, because she totally could have taken her for a spin!  We had to settle for second best, riding on the track!

Barbara and Dreamy







It was wet, but it was fun!  LOL



Meet and greet after the races








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