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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

Hidden Brook Farm Team Dressage Show - August 9, 2020

Our third attempt at First level was at the August "team" show at HBF. This is always a fun show because not only do we get to ride and be scored on our tests, we are also put into teams ahead of time for an overall team score as well. Complete with neck sashes and a white polo awards ceremony, this is always a highlight of summer showing!

Ellie and I had some serious growing pains with First Level in 2020, which is probably fitting in the Year of the Dumpster Fire that was 2020 haha. However, it gave me space to figure things out, with the help of Beth of course, and just sticking with First 1 and showing at HBF. This August show was a clear step in the right direction and helped me to remember that progress is not linear just because you want it to be. Training an opinionated young horse teaches much more than just horsemanship. 


Our first ride was a 61.2069% with our typical unbalanced bobbles in the canter and difficulty with submission. Our reride was a bit better with a 63.4483% because I decided to ride her firmly. No, you cannot blow through my half halts and trot like a sewing machine, especially after the canter. No, you cannot gallop down the long side in the canter or ignore my half halt before the 15 m. circle because WE HAVE TO TURN when I say so. LOL she has so much confidence that her way is the right way, and it wasn't really until the end of August she started truly working with me instead of trying to be "right". I needed to put my foot down a little, even at a show, because that's why they are called schooling shows!

We were paired with two other AA riders as our team, and we were reserve champs of our division! Yay!

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  1. OMG neck ribbons! I am so jealous! Nice work!

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    1. LOL right? Who doesn't love a neck ribbon! It's one of my favorite parts of this show haha.

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