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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

Esprit Equestrian Center 2-Phase - August 23, 2020

After the mostly successful but still a lot of refusals event at Green Acres two weeks earlier, I decided to take Ellie out to a local 2-phase for another experience over fences. I knew we could get eliminated, but the point was to get her out and get her over everything for my own confidence. And when I put my leg on I had to mean it. 

Dressage was status quo with a 36.67 and the comment nicely forward but needs to be more supple, tight today. It is not a great indoor in which to do a calm dressage test, so we had some tension issues we normally do not have. But whatever, I was here to jump not worry about a dressage score.

still cute

above the kick boards on each long side are stalls
all the horses are left inside and it is noisy

Ellie is just short enough she cannot see anything over the walls but she hears and reacts to everything. This is not just an Ellie issue - lots of riders are not fond of riding tests in this indoor (they do have an outdoor but don't use it for small arena tests...)

When it was time to jump, I warned the barn manager/SJ steward that we might have three stops but I wanted to finish the course no matter what. Thankfully, she is a kind person who had no problem with this, so I was able to re-present Ellie to the three fences she stopped at. So while we were eliminated, again at least I got to get her around a course. We would've won had we gone clear haha. But it was nice to have the entire crowd supporting us and cheering us on. My friend Margaret and her sister Kathleen were there, and both agreed Ellie was making dirty stops and I had grit to get her over everything. 

my face in this one hahaha
this was a two stride and I was like mofo we are GOING OVER BOTH

So, not our best showing, but it was worth giving it a try and sticking with it!