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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 17 - Your equestrian idol

I have never really been the type of person who follows and swoons over celebrities (except for New Kids on the Block back when I was, like, 12 years old to be honest hahaha), so I cannot say I truly have a super famous rider idol.  

However, in order to answer today's blog hop question, I would have to say I currently most look up to Daryl Kinney.  She is the barn manager at Tamarack Hill Farm, owned by Denny and May Emerson.  
This is Daryl on Union.  They're pretty badass.  Sadly, he had to be put down.  :-(

I was able to attend Denny's adult eventing camp with Dreamy back in 2013.  It was one of the coolest things I have ever done, and now that he no longer offers the opportunity, I am even more thankful I did it when I did.  


I remember that when I arrived, I pulled into the driveway and stopped when I saw a girl come running over to tell me where the park.  OMG it's Daryl!!!  I laughed to myself when I realized that meeting Daryl was like meeting a famous person.  LOL!  Denny posts about her on his Facebook page all the time and she has a position to literally die for.  She has obviously worked hard and made good choices in her life to be in the position to ride such cool horses and end up eventing Union Station at Advanced. 


I love this photo of Daryl, showing her reaction to finishing her first Advanced!
The best part about Daryl, besides the fact that she is a superb horsewoman, is that she is super friendly and down to earth.  She is definitely someone I was pleased to finally meet!  I love keeping up with her on her Facebook, her Facebook page, and her Instagram, not to mention Denny's Facebook.  She comes up here to Maine every so often to give clinics at a farm about an hour away from me, so once Ellie is ready, I'd love to ride with her!


That time Denny used us as the photo to go along with his FB post...hahaha!





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  1. that's awesome to have them so close by too for when Ellie is ready for potential future clinics and such!

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    1. YES! I need to find an instructor close by (so hard when everything and everyone is far away from me!!) but for clinics or even a long weekend away in VT, I am totally planning to ride at Tamarack again or at least with Daryl when she comes to Maine!

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  2. I think she's great as well! Love following her on the grey OTTB that she and Denny produced. I just love everything about Denny. He even has great people at his barn

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  3. Daryl was the barn manager at my old barn before she went to Denny's. :) She's great!

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    1. Nice! She is definitely someone I would trust implicitly with my horses!

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