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Wentworth Hunter Pace - June 6, 2021

After Margaret and I had such a fun time at the fall hunter pace, we opted to go again this spring! This time, while I rode Rejoice again, Margaret rode her horse Jester and had a friend ride Ladyhawke. All Kennebec Morgans!! Jester and Rejoice have the same dam and Jester and Lady share the same sire. Unfortunately instead of a lovely late spring day, we had one of the first intensely hot and humid days of the year. It was definitely a bummer, but the ride was mostly in the shade of the woods and we had a great time!  most of the fences were 3' coops but we found a small log and this hay to jump haha Until we didn't. 😑 We brought along a third friend who rode Margaret's older mare, Ladyhawke. She's a good rider but hasn't known Ladyhawke for very long and didn't realize how much of a cranky boss mare she could be at times. She kicked Jester right in the front leg just about halfway through the ride, and while the cut itself ended up not being a big deal in the

Ellis River Riders Versatility Trail Challenge #2 - August 22, 2020

Because we had SO much fun at the May versatility challenge, Rejoice and I went back for the second one in August! Again, she was a super star and we had a solid ride. This time I dragged Margaret along with me haha and she took lots of pics!

warming up and Rejoice was MUCH calmer this time
she figured out how nice it is to just chill instead of being so forward

we practiced A LOT over tarps but she was still suspicious of the half barrels haha

this was a scary blob of milk jugs we had to drag from one pole bending pole to another
it actually made a few of the horses spook and riders even fell off
Rejoice had never done anything like this before and she NAILED IT
ps- she was staring at the bull cut out that was set OUTSIDE the ring at the far corner hahaha

she's a pro at gates and helped with her nose on this one 😂

she would NOT step on even one of these little raised bridges in May but
this time she marched up and over three of them without blinking

I was ridiculously proud haha

the requisite noodle curtain - NAILED IT

we ended up in fourth place this time around!

This was another large novice division and the top three riders were all experienced (in their second year of novice). I believe there were 12 riders and we earned a 36 out of 65 possible points! So being right up there in the placings was pretty cool. Even though I started this for just the hell of it, it turned into something Rejoice really excelled at and we both enjoyed!