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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - April 22, 2021

While Rejoice and I were busy playing jumper pony, Ellie and I had been concentrating on our dressage lessons during the late winter and early spring. It felt good to come back from a pretty laidback winter and not to have lost any training; in fact, I think Ellie's winter break did her a world of good. It felt as though she had matured a ton and was ready to be a First Level horse. She is coming nine this year and I think it is my favorite age so far! this was March but pretty representative of our winter rides Beth and I agreed it would be a good idea to knock off the rust and get the first 2021 show under our belt, so I entered the little schooling show her barn held during April school vacation. It ended up being freezing cold and spitting sn*w (which is better than the rain that was forecasted I suppose lol), so the weather wasn't exactly ideal and fun, but it was worth getting into the big outside ring and riding First 1 to see where we were at. We had not ridden this tes

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - March 21, 2021

Rejoice and I were ready for our second jumper show of 2021! I was determined to ride more confidently and ask my zoomy pony for a little more speed, as she had proven to me how good she was back in February. Let's be real. I just wanted to be ground pole champion of the world hahahahaha. Margaret did Rejoice's braids again, and this time because it wasn't absolutely freezing I put on her cute little boots and bells. I mean, it was ground poles and crossrails, but she was seriously the cutest little jumper pony! I walked the course and really liked the quick turns and flow. I decided to make a sneak attack between jumps 4 and 5 in ground poles to save some serious time hahaha.  Even better was the trainer telling her kid instructions as they watched my round: "Don't do that. Wide turn, go to the rail." We won (speed) ground poles out of ten riders! WHOOT! We ended up second out of sixteen in the speed cross rails class.  Then we had a great jump off round cros

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - February 21, 2021

I feel as though winter shows always feel like a fun thing to do until it is actually the morning of, and it is SO FREAKING COLD outside, and you think why am I like this? so cold but so cute But I digress. Margaret and I decided it would be super fun and exciting to bring Rejoice to the winter schooling shows at a local farm. Rejoice is actually a pretty decent jumper and seems to enjoy it much more than anything too dressage related haha. After our success at the three versatility challenges in 2020, I figured it might be fun to bop around a few little courses. Jumping Rejoice also helped give me confidence that had been lost in 2020 with Ellie's stopping issues. Rejoice is honest and the jumps were so tiny that it gave me the opportunity to just jump without much thought. I mean really, we did ground poles and cross rails. Adorable and so fun!  look at her cute little ears and plump & fuzzy mama belly Rejoice was a little wide eyed and I definitely was overthinking everythin

Movin' On to 2021

Whew! That was a whole lotta posts in a short amount of time! All caught up with 2020 and now we are moving forward! is this not the CUTEST photo of my youngest riding Rejoice back in January?? I never really wrote any goals for 2021, but they are pretty simple: Keep the ponies happy and healthy Ellie: Have multiple solid experiences at BN level Maybe have Babette take Ellie N by fall Confident in all First Level movements by end of 2021 Rejoice: Continue to have fun outings when we can! Dreamy: Keep her comfortable, sound, and in good weight (she was looking a bit elderly/unsound this winter to me so she is back on Equioxx) this was my favorite Bernie meme even better is that Janet Foy made it her FB profile pic hahaha I gave Ellie most of the winter off and just did some toodling around in the sn*w here and there. I felt as though we had grown SO much in 2020 that we both needed a little down time to digest it all. Babette was in Aiken anyway and I did not want to take dressage lesso

Ellie and Rejoice's 2020 Year End Awards

Despite the fact 2020 was a year of cancelled shows and lots of horse show changes, I am still pleased with the fact Ellie was able to qualify for a few year end awards. Rejoice even got into the act with one of her own! Ellie Maine Horse Association First Level Champion  62.2414% Family Pleasure Horse Program (Most Hours Award) Maine Dressage Society First Level AA, 3rd place 62.2414% Western Maine Dressage Society First Level AA, Reserve Champion  62.2414% (no pic because I have not received the ribbon yet) American Morgan Horse Association Bronze Medal in Dressage *While they suspended the Open Competition in 2020, they still awarded medallions. For a bronze in dressage, we had to earn  8 scores for Training or First level tests completed in at least 5 shows with at least 4 different judges. At least 2 scores must be from First level. All scores must be 60% or higher. Rejoice Maine Horse Association Family Pleasure Horse Program (25 or More Hours Award)

Ellie's First Fox Hunt - November 18, 2020

Ellie finally became a foxhunter! She was such a star and thought it was the most exciting trail ride of her life haha. It included new horses to meet, hounds that looked like fun to meet,  three deer jumping into our path, going fast through the fields, and then getting to eat grass at the holds while wearing her bridle. She took it all in stride and with a maturity I wasn't sure would ever happen LOL! This was a perfect culmination of a year of growing up and learning how to work as a team. We had SO MUCH FUN! I hope to do a few more fox hunts this fall in 2021! before we headed out we are way in the back haha Ellie is on the far left!

Wentworth Hunter Pace - October 11, 2020

With my show season with Ellie over after the RABT fall XC derby, it was time to enjoy the fall foliage and do something fun to end the crazy dumpster fire of 2020. Margaret and I decided to take our two older mares out to a hunter pace put on by a local fox hunt.  It was a perfect fall day to enjoy being out and about with each other. Rejoice is the best trail horse ever and Margaret's horse Ladyhawke is always brave, too. Being out with the two matriarchs was so much fun! of course, we matched keeping a close eye on the sheep in the field

RABT Fall Cross Country Derby - September 27, 2020

Through September, I felt as though Ellie and I had overcome most of our major challenges. This is not to say things were suddenly perfect, and I certainly did stupid things like forget to put my leg on at times, but Babette had helped me learn how to balance her before a jump so 1. Ellie stopped fussing and could SEE the jump and 2. I could put my leg on because she wasn't rushing at the fence. I stopped allowing myself to be fooled by the fact she would take me to the fence and feel so forward and then surprisingly grind to a stop. It wasn't a true forward and it was too unbalanced. I learned how to set the canter pace and use leg to ask her to go forward at the base. It sounds so much easier when I write it out, but honestly it took me some time as a rider to really iron this out with Ellie. So, with that newfound confidence, we entered the Fall XC Derby at Rest & Be Thankful (RABT), the farm where we take our jumping lessons. I was excited to give BN another try on a co