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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me. Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap! Happy, health, sound Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase. having this photo shoot was definitely a highlight of 2019! Continue lessons with Beth and Babette This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the

CMDA Kur for a Cure Dressage Show - October 5, 2019

I honestly had thought our last dressage show of the year was going to be the Esprit show at the end of August.  I started gathering my scores together to submit for year-end awards, and I realized that if I did just one more show, I could submit scores for CMDA (Central Maine Dressage Association).  

Plus, doing this show would give me yet another two tries at Training 3 before we do First next year.  

AND, because it was the "Kur for a Cure" show, I would be able to dig out all of the pink things I bought several years ago for a Drive for the Cure event at the track and have been hanging onto just in case we ever did something similar.  Even though pink really isn't a good color on a chestnut, it was really fun to dress up a little for a show!  And the flowy scarf was uhhh, kind of fun flowing out behind me while I rode LOL!  

of course, I couldn't use the bell boots or polo wraps,
but the pink overload was fun anyway haha

my oldest son took the pics, videos, AND helped watch his little brother
he's a good egg

Ellie looks strangely put together here,
but it is such an adorable photo!
I made a stupid mistake in Training 3 and almost forgot the first canter depart; therefore OF COURSE I didn't prepare my poor horse and we got the wrong lead.  OMG our last dressage show and here I am bringing back an old habit from the spring LOL!  But Ellie was actually pretty good and I got it fixed before we started the circle!  Plus, she came right down to a wonderfully calm medium walk after the canter, which she would NOT have done in the spring after a botched lead.  It would have made the rest of the test full of tension.  So I am pretty happy with that development!

Our second attempt was a million times better.  I feel like it was probably the best Training 3 test we have ridden, and it felt like a good way to end our dressage shows for the year.

We ended up with a pair of 63.62% for second place in the first test and first place in the re-ride! 

I actually have video evidence of BOTH tests, thanks to my oldest son, 
but for some reason, my phone and laptop do not want to play nice.


  1. The more I ride the more I celebrate those times when you botch something but don’t let it ruin the rest of the ride. That isn’t easy to do

    1. YES! It always makes me feel better about the mistake if we can easily recover!

  2. Nice job! That 3rd pic with your son on the mounting block is the cutest!

    1. Thank you!! I love how they have their eyes closed!! So adorable!

  3. So cute that your boys came to help!

    1. It wasn't by choice but they were totally helpful and did a great job!


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