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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 …

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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