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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

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - March 21, 2021

Rejoice and I were ready for our second jumper show of 2021! I was determined to ride more confidently and ask my zoomy pony for a little more speed, as she had proven to me how good she was back in February.

Let's be real. I just wanted to be ground pole champion of the world hahahahaha.

Margaret did Rejoice's braids again, and this time because it wasn't absolutely freezing I put on her cute little boots and bells. I mean, it was ground poles and crossrails, but she was seriously the cutest little jumper pony!

I walked the course and really liked the quick turns and flow. I decided to make a sneak attack between jumps 4 and 5 in ground poles to save some serious time hahaha. 

Even better was the trainer telling her kid instructions as they watched my round: "Don't do that. Wide turn, go to the rail."

We won (speed) ground poles out of ten riders! WHOOT!

We ended up second out of sixteen in the speed cross rails class. 

Then we had a great jump off round cross rails class, going clear in the first round. We headed directly into the jump off, which is always tough for me as I have a hard time remembering courses never mind when there are no jump numbers like in eventing! We were super fast and clear, but as we are headed towards the final fence, I was like ohhhh wait, how the heck am I going to get to that fence......OH DAMN I MISSED AN ENTIRE COMBINATION! All I could do was laugh, so we just went the long way around and jumped the last fence. Somehow we still placed third out of seven even though I didn't even do the combination hahaha. I will never really understand how jumpers work!

Rejoice is just too much fun. I love her sassy tail and those happy ears as she happily motors around the course like she's been doing this all her life. I enjoy having a horse who I can truly just have fun with and not have any goals or expectations for her or for myself.