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CNER Eventing D Rally - October 6, 2019

I almost didn't attend the last Pony Club rally of the year, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to show in the dressage show on Saturday and then the rally the following day.  But seeing as this rally with Central New England Region (through Atlantic Pony Club) is only for riders at the D level, and my plan is to earn my C-1 next year, I knew that this was my one and only chance to compete.  I also figured Ellie was more than capable of doing two Training level tests the day before an event.  And as a D-3 rider, I was required to do BN Test A and jump 2'3", which seemed like a perfect move-up opportunity.
Of course, it was an early morning adventure to get to the Groton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, a place I had never been to before and is 2.5 hours away.  I left the house at 4:30am (OUCH) and luckily had a super easy drive down to MA.  It was only 29 degrees when I left, and it wasn't much warmer when I arrived at the grounds just before 7am.  There was still fros…

Day 2- The last time you rode a horse and what you did

The last time I rode Ellie was yesterday, after not riding her for two days because of a yucky, nasty rainstorm that has left most of Maine without power.  Uggg!  Thank goodness we have a generator because we are told it could be days or even up to a week without power.  We haven't had school either, so it has been a strange week!

Mostly we just tootled around the ring (which is still pretty mucky from the rain) and went out into the adjacent field to trot between the Christmas trees.  My goal was just to get her forward and bending.  I had no real agenda to work on anything.  Without a ton of sunlight left and with the footing not 100%, I just wanted to get on.

We have been working on getting out and about around the farm too, so I did hack her up and down the driveway.  She is getting super brave and I am happy for that!  None of these pics are from our most recent ride, but from the last ten days or so!  Sometimes I forget to bring my phone with me LOL!


This was last week when we hacked in her pasture

Cattle are still the devil, but at least instead of being scared of them, she is now extremely disdainful LOL!  

Messy hair, don't care

We have a nice 1000'+ driveway to hack up and down to cool out!


Comments

  1. You're so much better at a) keeping up with the blog prompts and b) doing all the things than I am! Getting on and getting going is a challenge, especially when the weather is crappy. I just want to stay on the couch!

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    1. I hear you! It was chilly and slightly rainy today and I did NOT want to ride. But I also knew I would regret it and forced myself out the door. Sometimes I feel like I have to force myself out there a lot, but I never regret it! ;-)

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  2. i love that Ellie is so brave!! charlie's spending a lot of time walking up and down our farm's lonnnngg drive way these days too. it's good for legging up!

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    1. She is trying so hard to be brave for sure! That is good you have a long driveway as well. It works out well!

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