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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…

2017 Blogger Gift Exchange

First, I have to thank Tracey at Printable Pony for hosting this super fun equestrian blogger gift exchange!  I discovered this excitement only last year, though she has been arranging it for five years now!  I had Emily last year, from Wilbur, Ellie, and Emily, a new-to-me blog once I was given her as my blogger giftee!  It was so fun to stalk get to know her through her blog and then choose, wrap, and mail her gifts!  

This year I had to really be on the ball with my gifting, because I offered to ship my gift to Canada.  So I am waiting to hear if the package arrived!  I am so excited as there is nothing better than sending off a bunch of fun horsey gifts!

Because I sent my own gift a while ago, I kinda forgot about this for a while in the bustle of December.  It was only the last two days when other bloggers started writing about their own gifts arriving that I remembered!  And tonight (after the LOOOOONEST week teaching at school), the UPS man brought MY gift!  Yay!  What a fun kick off to Christmas vacation week!

I knew immediately who my Secret Santa was because her name was on the return label.  THANK YOU Amanda!  The $900 Facebook Pony is one of my favorite blogs.  I love following along with Amanda's adventures with Henry and Presto.  She is definitely an eventer I look up to and hope to jump badass jumps with Ellie one day like she does with Henry!  (Plus, I love her sense of style, so I was excited to open the box and see my treats haha!)

I was good and read the card before I looked in the box!


Cutest Christmas card!


Amanda really knocked this out of the park!  She was so generous!!  She gifted me two super cute pairs of Sox Trot socks, which is a brand I have never tried, so I am excited to wear them!  It may not be right off, since we are currently in the middle of a freaking sn*w storm (looking at about a foot of accumulation by tomorrow morning) and while it it is 15 degrees right now at 8:00PM, the real feel is 7.  Yeah, so might not be wearing anything but wool socks in the barn for a good long while hahahaha!  ;-)

There is also a container of KJ Creations tack cleaner in Delta Blue scent, which is margarita and salt.  YES PLEASE!  I'd like a margarita right now haha between the week I had at school and the freaking sn*w storm!  It looks like it will be an excellent addition to my tack cleaning supplies.  I also have never heard of this company, so yet another website to poke around on and buy all the things! 

I am impressed with the book, Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere by Dr. Bo Brock, as it is one that I haven't read yet!  Yay!!  This is definitely my kind of book and I will definitely be devouring it over school break this coming week!  I LOVE books and LOVE getting books as gifts, so this was perfect.  The vet is from Texas, which is also where Amanda lives.

And THEN, as if that all wasn't exciting enough on its own, Amanda gave Ellie her own Haas Diamond Wurzel brushes!!  I cleaned and disinfected Snappy's old brushes for her when she arrived, but admittedly they are getting pretty old and Ellie definitely deserves her own!  I love them because they are sparkly and just right for a redheaded pony!  There is a dandy brush and a body brush.  I am sure Ellie will approve!

Also, there is a long handled brush that I fully admit I had no idea what it was at first hahaha!  I initially thought it was for scrubbing out buckets, but it just seems way too nice for that.  I mean, I love a well cleaned water bucket, but I don't know that I could use such a nice brush for it!  ;-)  Then I was like well, maybe it is for carefully brushing out her tail?  Ummmm.....for muddy legs?  Then it dawned on me that it is probably for scrubbing hooves and I was right LMAO!  Couldn't find it on Riding Warehouse's site (which I know Amanda loves haha), so I checked Teddy's Tack Trunk.  BINGO!  This thing is super cool and once we hit mud season and then show season (which are the other two seasons here in Maine besides winter!), this thing is going to see a lot of use!

And last but not least, she included a $10 Riding Warehouse gift card.  Perfect way to justify a RW shopping spree hahaha!!

Holy shit, woman!  This is a crazy, amazing box full of gifts and I love every single thing!!  Thank you so much, Amanda, for your generosity and great gift ideas.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Henry behaves himself while you are off enjoying vacation! 

Comments

  1. Oh I’m so glad it made it! I was super last minute about getting it out, for no particular reason except that I’m a disorganized procrastinator. I totally forgot to write this in the card, but the book was written by the vet that owns the clinic that Presto spent so many weeks at, and one of the vets he mentions in there a few times, Michelle, was the head vet for Presto’s case. They are all great people and Bo is a fantastic story teller. The book is an easy read because it’s basically just a bunch of super short stories. Glad you figured out the mud brush, I probably should have explained that one too! Lol.

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  2. I wondered if he was either your vet or a vet from the clinic where Presto spent so much time! Can't wait to read it; I love these kind of collections of stories. Thank you again! :-)

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  3. amanda is amazing (yes i said it). What great presents and how interesting about the book! (Amanda hope being away is making you feel better and not sicker). And great brushes. Ellie will enjoy her own set. Stay warm up north Elizabeth BRGHHHH That sounds cold (It is 65 here right now in VA but cold weather is coming this week just in time for XMAS) :)

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  4. Ha! I never would have guessed that long handled brush. Wonderful gifts.

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  5. Dang, your secret Santa went all out!

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