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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 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 test since August 2020.

Due to the not-so-fun spring weather, I do not have any photos/videos because no one wanted to hang out and watch. We were able to ride First 1 twice almost back to back (one rider in between) which was nice. I was seriously frozen and wore a black winter coat and winter breeches hahaha. 

But despite the fact the weather was sub par, Ellie was super!

i win dis

We banged out a 66.5517% and a 67.2414% to place first and second in First 1 out of four rides (two other riders did F1 once). I made our canter circles a little too big, but that was easily fixable. We had comments about nice bend, being supple (!!!!), and needing more push from behind in the lengthenings. I was pumped to get all 7s on rider position/seat and use of aids, which I attribute to the fact I am no longer fighting with my saddle haha.

Overall, I felt really good about this first show of the year! And seeing as the highest we scored on this test in 2020 was a 63%, I'd say we have made some improvements!