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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 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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