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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…

Ellie + Dreamy's Photo Shoot

I have always wanted to have a photo session with my horses, and I especially have loved the recent trend of black background photos of horses standing in aisles.  After meeting the professional photographer at the Vermont Morgan Heritage Days and then seeing (and buying!) her gorgeous photos, I got really excited when I realized she actually lived in Maine.  When I reached out to her to see if she would travel down her to my farm, she enthusiastically agreed!

Taylor of Lasting Moments Media is a sweetheart and has a sharp eye!  She is so fun to work with and I really enjoyed our session.  She had a sneak peek up for me that night, too!  She is a horse girl herself, so she is confident around horses and how to engage them.

We started with Ellie, who soon became bored with our antics and put on her bored mare face.  She looks pissy, but honestly, she had just lost interest in our human shenanigans LOL!  Dreamy was totally fine, as she is used to being roped into such foolishness.  She also was impressed at being turned out in the big front field, as she had never been out there before.

So here are a ton of the 114 photos she sent to me!  Enjoy!


I love this one!

Ellie was so bored at this point haha

The only thing I would change is to sweep my barn aisle a little better and put hoof oil on the mares for the black background pics.  Hahaha I am too much of a perfectionist!  Taylor captured beautiful shots and I am so happy to have them!


  1. Gorgeous shots! A photoshoot with my girls is on my bucket list too! 😁

  2. Those are gorgeous! Ellie looks SO FANCY in that black background photo, the first one you posted of her. Having photos like that is a bucket list item for me too!

    1. YES definitely do them! I am so glad I did. She does look so fancy haha.

  3. Beautiful! Of course, I always love when people get portraits done! You'll love those photos forever I'm sure!

    1. YES! I wish you were closer to Maine because you would have already taken some photos for me hahahaha. ;-)


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