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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 26 - Biggest riding pet peeve

This is sort of a tough one!  There isn't much about riding that truly peeves me, because I just work hard and try to do the best I can for my horses.  One thing that does drive me kinda nuts when it rains what feels like every single day in the fall and my "ring" (aka, a flat corner of the turnout paddock/field) turns to slippery mud.  It dries out fine in the spring and summer, but once it turns colder, it just doesn't dry out well.  It's just a bummer because there is nothing I can do about it.  Eventually, I will have enough money saved up for a real ring with fantastic drainage!  Until then, I'm just patient and creative about where I ride (and cursing the rain, under my breath haha)!

I don't post pics of my kids much on social media, but these are just too darn cute not to share!  We were doing turn in and the mares always get a cookie each before we go back inside.  

Ellie: Oh, hi tiny friend!  I see you have cookies!
Ellie: I like you and your truck, too!
Dreamy: Do you have more cookies, kid?

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    1. Thank you! The 13 year old is just outside the frame, because he is not into photographs lately lol!!

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  2. Your children are adorable. The rain certainly puts a damper on things :)

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    1. Thank you! The 13 year old fed treats and was like, "Uhhh, I don't want to be in the photos!" Teenager boys are strange beings LOL! ;-)

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  3. Ahh! Your critters love your kids too!

    I love watching them all interact. It's so cool, especially when the horses know where the kids stand in the herd order and respect that.

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    1. They do love them! And yes, even though I am SO careful, it is super cute to see them interact. My horses have always been so patient with the kids. I bet yours are too!

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  4. aww the horses are so gentle with him!

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    1. They LOVE him! Ellie thinks he is the coolest kid ever and loves his toy tractors. I think she'd like to play with the toys too! Dreamy mostly just wants him to feed her more cookies LOL! ;-)

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  5. Goodness, so much cute! Rain is the woooorst. I'm pretty sure the people who built my ring didn't put a base on it (really?!) but I'm still going to feverishly drag it until we freeze again so maybe it will freeze as a flat surface, and try to be thankful I have a sandbox at all :)

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    1. Yeah, the fall seems to be super rainy the last few years, which is a bummer. My ring fund is not quite big enough yet, so I have to be patient! You are lucky to have something even if it is not perfect for sure! :-)

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