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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

Ellis River Riders Versatility Trail Challenge #3 - September 12, 2020

Rejoice and I attended the third and versatility challenge of the 2020 series in September and had another great day. She exceeded my expectations, improved her scores yet again, and handled every obstacle like a pro. It was so worth finding something to do together to increase our bond, and the ribbons were just a fun bonus! 

We placed sixth out of 12 with a 54.2 out of a possible 70 points! Our best score yet! Each obstacle is worth a possible 0 to 5 points. This last try we had our first fives! In fact, we earned four 5s, one for the ground tie and remount, another for the judged trot across the ring, another for the noodle gate, and one for the milk jug drag.

I was under the impression the club did year end awards for versatility, but alas they did not. In fact, they really only seemed to do year ends for their gaming shows, so even though I didn't go into this expecting a year end, once I ended up completing all three and actually placing well, I looked into their website and realized there wasn't any year end recognition. Oh well, it was still a blast!

Sadly, their first one of 2021 is coming up and I already have something to bring Ellie to, so I cannot do it. The other two are conflicting with other dates of events I want to attend, so I am unsure if I will get to any this year.


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