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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

Movin' On to 2021

Whew! That was a whole lotta posts in a short amount of time! All caught up with 2020 and now we are moving forward!

is this not the CUTEST photo of my youngest riding
Rejoice back in January??

I never really wrote any goals for 2021, but they are pretty simple:

  • Keep the ponies happy and healthy
  • Ellie:
    • Have multiple solid experiences at BN level
    • Maybe have Babette take Ellie N by fall
    • Confident in all First Level movements by end of 2021
  • Rejoice:
    • Continue to have fun outings when we can!
  • Dreamy:
    • Keep her comfortable, sound, and in good weight (she was looking a bit elderly/unsound this winter to me so she is back on Equioxx)
this was my favorite Bernie meme
even better is that Janet Foy made it her FB profile pic hahaha

I gave Ellie most of the winter off and just did some toodling around in the sn*w here and there. I felt as though we had grown SO much in 2020 that we both needed a little down time to digest it all. Babette was in Aiken anyway and I did not want to take dressage lessons, or more accurately I did not want to deal with the focus of lessons in the dead of winter! You never know what the roads are going to be like, what my steep driveway is going to be like, the fact I would have to clip Ellie more than just the little bib clip I did, trying to make progress even though I couldn't practice much at home......BLAH. I enjoyed the little break to be honest.

    Here is a ridiculously massive Google Meet from my living room haha
    One entire grade/wing was quarantined in January for ten days.
    Yup, that included me!
    I had my first COVID test and thankfully was negative!

    I did end up riding a lot with Margaret over the winter, and Rejoice seemed to like getting out when the footing was favorable. I mean mostly we just bopped around and didn't do much productive, which was exactly what we needed to survive winter haha. We even rode one day in the sn*w in February and it actually was quite nice! (If you know me, you know I am NOT a fan of winter lol).

    To beat the winter blues, we cooked up a lot of schemes about what we wanted to do in 2021 and ended up deciding to play jumper pony with Rejoice at a local farm during their winter jumper series. More on that later...

    Ultimately, I feel as though I came into 2021 with a much more positive outlook than I felt during most of 2020. Winter didn't feel as never ending as usual, I felt excited to get going again, but also tried to enjoy the quiet months too.