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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…

Day 3 - Your best riding

Hmmm...this is kind of a tough one.  I mean, I have won plenty of equitation classes before, but does that really constitute my "best riding"?  Would staying on a bucking horse count as my best riding?  I don't know exactly how I would define my best riding.

Honestly, sometimes my best riding has nothing to do with being judged or winning a ribbon.  I also don't think I can define my best riding by one moment in time.  

I lie.  Denny Emerson telling me "perfect" while schooling XC is obv my best riding hahaha!
I think my best riding is when I have either had a breakthrough with my horse on a difficult movement or when I have finally figured out how to be effective.  Generally the horse goes properly BECAUSE I have gotten my own act together.  

Imagine that!  
Sometimes I can get my act together and jump things without my leg being dumb (Dreamy)
I have been riding for nearly 33 years, but I am no where near professional.  I don't do everything perfectly.  It takes me longer to train my horses because sometimes I just can't get myself together, in order to get my horse together.  

Sometimes I remember how to actually look like a dressage rider (Dreamy again)
But that's OK!  Because this is just for fun, and I know I am overall a decent rider.  My best riding to me is when I am doing the best for my horse, so she can be her best.


I'd like to think my best riding is when I start with a first ever ride (Snappy here)...
And progress to a happy horse who can do fun things with me!

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