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RABT Summer Cross Country Derby - July 12, 2020

At the beginning of July, Ellie and I tackled our first ever BN level XC course at a competition! We take jumping lessons with Babette at RABT Farm (Rest & Be Thankful Farm), so having Babette there that day to coach me was perfect.  We did have some bobbles on my part, like not riding to each fence and not enough leg (NEVER ENOUGH LEG) so we had one stop on course, but I was super pumped to have a chance to jump around a course at a place we are totally comfortable but it was a crazy chaotic day with 50 horse/rider pairs and a ton more activity than our Wednesday lesson days!  ready to go I paid for a second unjudged round after our division of nine riders jumped and we went clean. It was a beautiful summer day and such a fun opportunity. All COVID protocols were in place and people were super respectful of them.  Due to our stop, we ended up in 8th place with a 3rd place team finish! I paired up with two of my Epona PC teammates for the team competition and they both won their di

Esprit Equestrian Center Dressage Show - August 25, 2019

Having tried Training 3 just the weekend before, I signed up to ride T3 twice at this Esprit show for a little extra practice. I didn't know if we would have any more opportunities to enter a dressage show again this year (spoiler alert: I did enter one more after this), and I really wanted to get a few more solid T3 tests under our belt before 2020, where the plan is to move up to First.

It was perfectly timed where I rode my first test at 9:15, then another rider did T3, and then I went back in for my re-ride.  I was only gone five hours from the time I left my farm until when I returned, and the show was just over an hour away.  THAT is the best kind of show haha!

I thought both tests went even smoother and Ellie was much more rideable from the beginning than the weekend before.  


I tried to ride both tests accurately and was rewarded with an 8 on our serpentines!  For some reason, the geometry of the trot serpentines was tough for me when we first started practicing them in the spring.  Of course, it doesn't help that my ring at home is not a true 60m. long, so I only really got to practice them in a real ring in my lessons.  

The first test scored a 67.93% and a third place and the reride was a 68.79% for second place!  We had two really solid tests, which is what I had hoped for by entering this show kind of last minute.  It felt really good to finally, FINALLY, be able to ride a test and feel confident in our abilities AND GET BOTH CANTER LEADS OMG.  True progress hahahaha.

blurry but she looks so darn cute


she was a bit spooky about the test runner who was standing way outside of the ring
and the truck that was parked just to the side of the judge's booth
but overall she handled herself well!
I am super proud of her stretchy trot circle, though I have had to work
HARD to not stretch my body down forward with her.
WTAF do I think I am helping LOL




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  1. Congratulations! You look wonderful!

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  2. Congrats! You guys have had a great season! Just think of all the stuff you will get up to next year! ;-)

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    1. Thank you! I am so excited for next year already! :-)

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  3. Ooh, I love to also "stretch" with Opie. So helpful! :P

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  4. Stretchy trot definitely has it's own gravitational force lol. Congrats! It's so great you two got out so much this year.

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    1. Hahaha for sure! And thank you! We have had so much fun!

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  5. That stretchy trot though! WOW.

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    1. Right??? Now if I can just control my own body...... *facepalm*

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  6. That is awesome! So much progress in such a short time!

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    1. Thank you! I know, I do feel like this year was a HUGE year for Ellie's training and our growth together. I am so in love with this little mare! :-)

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