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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…

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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