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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

Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Team Show - August 18, 2019

Ellie and I had a super fun show at our lesson barn on August 18.  This is one of my favorite shows, as we are put on teams and there is an awards ceremony at the end.  Any time we can do a fun awards ceremony with neck ribbons and white polo wraps, I am in!  

And even better?  I was on a team with two of my favorite people and their Morgans!  WHOO!  "Team 4 Kennebecs" consisted of Ellie (with me), Jester (with Margaret), and Echo and Rugby (with Kathleen), who are all related Kennebec Morgans!

Ellie with her "uncle" Jester haha
I chose to ride Training 2 and Training 3.  This was our first time riding Training 3 in a show other than the dressage rally at the end of June.  But because this was a show at our lesson barn, both Ellie and I were quite relaxed.  I mean really, a show at HBF is like having a lesson in clean, fancy show clothes.  

Both tests went quite well, though I will say that our first test was a bit more "rushed".  Ellie was great in the warm-up with all her fraaaaands and when we entered the ring for T2, she became a little bit of a freight train.  I don't remember what a half halt is!!!!!! she was very clearly telling me haha. 
me no do half halt!! 
Despite her lacking desire to take input from me, especially during the canter, we scored a lovely 65.3448% from a judge who doesn't give away scores.  Nailed all our leads and had decent geometry, so I was actually really happy with the test despite her bullish opinions. We ended up in second place for this test.

this is Ellie at times

We had a short break before Training 3, and I was pretty excited to ride this test.  It felt like the pieces were starting to fall together with Ellie so that T3 was well within our wheelhouse.

I spent a little time in the warm-up before T3 remember to use my SEAT and CORE to slow her down in the canter.  Ellie was willing to listen and we had a few solid canter transitions before we went in for our test.  Thankfully, Ellie was decidedly more gracious in this test, allowing me to influence her like a real dressage rider haha.  Our trot serpentines were pretty darn good, which I was excited about, and we got all our leads correctly!  
there was much more listening in this test haha

I nearly cried when I saw our score of 67.069%!  YAY!!!  It wasn't a perfect test, but it was definitely the best test we had done together to date.  We ended up placing fourth in this test, which didn't even matter to me as much as the decent test score!  And to score well at the highest test of the level, I felt really good about how far we had come since the spring.  I don't have the tests in front of me to be super specific about comments, but I am so behind in updating, I just wanted to get this post published.

Our team did quite well overall, and we ended up placing second out of seven total teams!  Yay!  We won big neck ribbons and got to have a victory canter around the ring together.  A friend from HBF offered to braid Ellie's mane for me, which looked really pretty!  I don't know that I will ever be able to recreate the button braids on her long mane as well as she did, but I think I need to learn.  My attempts look really BAD.

pretty braids

posing with Uncle Jester

seriously, they are all so stinking cute
and can you totally tell they are all related hahaha

Overall, a super fun show with a great group of friends and horses!  It doesn't get much better than that!  And it was all the day before my 40th birthday, so it was a perfect early birthday gift!  ;-)


  1. This is so great! So fun! Dressage is always better with friends :)

    1. Definitely always better with friends (or in Ellie's case, her relatives haha!)

  2. That sounds so fun! Congrats on the great score for training 3 and an overall successful day!

  3. Ellie looks so grown up and mature. She is a gorgeous mare. Congrats on a fun outing and a great team finish.

    1. Thank you! Doesn't she look so filled out and buff? She's looking rather fuzzy and scraggly right now haha, but she definitely looked great this summer!

  4. Happy belated birthday!! And welcome to the 40s. ;-) Glad that you had a good show and got some super nice satin!! Looove the neck ribbons!

    1. Thank you! I think 40 is my favorite age so far! Neck ribbons are so much fun!

  5. Gorgeous ribbons and great scores!

  6. I think that is SO COOL that you were able to team up with 3 other horses from Ellie's line. They're all gorgeous!

    1. They really are nice looking Morgans! It was so fun to do a family team!


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