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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 4 - A ride that impacted your life

Obviously, my first riding lesson impacted my life the most, because without my parents FINALLY agreeing to let me ride horses, my life would not be the same at all!

But if I had to pick one ride, it would be the four days I spent riding at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.  (Warning: the linked blog post is long with tons of photos, but it is kinda fun to read about!)  It is definitely one of my most favorite horse memories and impacted my life in so many ways.  I shipped my horse myself all the way to KY which was crazy and gave me a huge confidence boost in driving my rig.  I met a ton of great people and enjoyed spending time with friends.  I got to RIDE MY HORSE AT WEG (yes, yes, it was just four riding demos, but still.  WEG.  It was WEG, people!)

We had to apply ahead of time to ride in the demo, and it certainly was an honor to be accepted.  It was a huge confidence boost to ship and ride my horse in such a faraway place.  Dreamy was absolutely perfectly behaved the entire time.  I could not have asked for a better mare and she just took everything in stride.  We made an overnight pit stop in New Jersey both on the way down and back home, we stayed at a friend's house near the horse park, we rode in a practice ride at the Red Mile, and then we spent four days at the actual horse park.  Being chosen and then riding at WEG was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that I will probably never have a chance to do again.  

Our practice ride at the Red Mile before we arrived at the KY Horse Park the following day


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  1. another great post :) You have had some good experiences!! Mine seem lame after all yours HA!

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    1. Thank you! I have been lucky to have been given some amazing opportunities and I never back down from a challenge! I owe it all to my mare, Dreamy! She gave me many memorable times!

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  2. Oh man WEG is definitely on my list - how awesome to have gotten to actually ride in the event!!!!

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    1. It was awesome to be there, even if we weren't actually competing haha!

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