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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Green Acres Horse Trials - May 7, 2017

Our first outing of the 2017 season was at Green Acres this past Sunday!  EDITED TO ADD: Clearly, this outing was weeks ago.  I have been sitting on this entry as a draft since the week we went, waiting patiently for the professional photog to get her pics posted (I went alone and had no personal media).  Well, still waiting for the pics to be posted, despite contacting her nicely last week and promising I would buy whatever she got of us.  :-(  I use the term professional loosely, because while I am sure she has a nice camera and a decent enough eye, I don't think she has ever done this before and well.......I get that life happens, but don't bill yourself as the show photog and never bother to post your pics.  Sorry for the mini rant, but that is why there are no active shots LOL!

I admit, I don't know what I was thinking when I sent my entry.  I thought spring was coming, but as always, the weather had other plans.  We haven't jumped XC since last October and this ha…

Ten Questions for May

Taking a lead from Bel Joeor, I am going to copy her "Ten Questions for May" post.  I changed my blog URL recently to match the title change, so I have noticed my readership is low.  That's ok, since I really do this more for my own record keeping than anything else.  But because of that, I don't expect much of a true "blog hop".  ;-)
1. What are your summer horse goals? This summer, my plan is to enjoy a few horse trials with Snappy, do some lessons/clinics/XC schools, and hopefully compete in Area I Schooling Horse Trials Championships in August.  Here is the current qualifying list, but they have not put in last fall's Hilltop scores or last week's Green Acres scores, so we are not yet on the list.  I am pretty sure we are all qualified, but I want to see it in writing for sure.  (Stay tuned for a show recap once I get pics to post!)
2. Do you have any tips or tricks for fly control? I don't think any fly spray really works that great, but I gene…

OK, Bloggers, I need help finding a belt!

Alright, I know there are savvy horse shoppers out there in blog land, so I am looking for help finding a belt to match this dressage coat.  It is from Annie's Equestrienne Apparel and it is my most favorite Tiffany blue!  



Of course, I already had Amy from Dark Jewel Designs create the perfect matching browband.  If you are looking for a fantastic custom browband at a great price point, check out her Etsy site!


Now I'd love a belt, preferably a ribbon belt a la Mango Bay style!  Please help me out, Blogger friends!

Planning A Show Season and Setting Goals for 2017

Every year, I try to create a realistic yet challenging show season for myself and my horse.  I try to set goals that are attainable, fairly specific, and FUN!  I could show every weekend, but that is obviously not realistic (and truthfully, it's a lot of work , strain on my horse, and not as much fun to show after a while).

With Dreamy, I had a weird urge to prove she could "do it all".  We did dressage, eventing, and fox hunting, as well as dabbled in the pleasure/hunter rings and attempted team penning a few times.  We even tried sidesaddle and won an NEHC pleasure class.  She won a lot of awards in a lot of different divisions and disciplines and gave me some of the most incredible horse experiences of my life.  We did things others probably never thought we would (maybe included) and I hope I helped show someone out there that a Standardbred really is a good choice in a horse if you put in the time.  And WOW, did I ever put in my share of blood, sweat, and tears with…