2015 NEDA Fall Festival and GAIG/USDF

On September 16th, we loaded up Karma (La Habanara), Schando, DeJure, and All That ‘N More (Andy) and headed down on the seven-hour trip to Saugerties, New York for the NEDA Fall Festival.

I competed both DJ, in the championships, and Andy, at Training Level. This was my second time showing Andy, including the previous Saugerties show, with mixed results. This time, however, the rides went much better, and we even managed 4th High Point of the Show for Traning Level.

Saturday was DJ and my’s regional championship ride at First Level. Leading up to the show, she had been feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, we did not have the warmup time that we’d planned on, and therefore rode too conservitively to score higher than a 67.426%, which was still fabulous, and placing 6th overall. I was super proud of our jumps from when I first started riding DJ, rockin’ Introductory Level only three years ago!


Okay, I know I said that I would write about what I’ve been up to in the last few months, but first, some exciting news about what’s to happen in the not-so-distant future!


Woo-hoo! Yea!

No, I’m not showing 😦 but I will be doing the next best thing… grooming for two of my favorite ponies in the barn (okay, they’re all my favorite, but that’s besides the point)… Schando the Brilliant and Ms. La Habanara (aka Karma). Schando had the achievement of winning his I-2 Adult Ammy class at the Region 8 Championships while Karma received a wild card for Third Level.

I am super excited to be traveling all the way down to Kentucky, on a plane (I LOVE FLYING), to the famous Kentucky Horse Park, home of the beautiful pictures at the bottom of the page.

I have been doing my homework, both from school and reading prohorsegrooms.com, and I feel prepared for this task. After all, it’s just another horse show, right?


Catching Up!


It’s been a super busy time getting back into the school year (gack), but I’ve still managed to spend an adequate time at the barn (or in horsey settings, at least). Since I last posted (the Bear Spot experience), here is what I’ve been up to:

As I write posts on each of these events, I will turn these bullet points into blue links, so you can click on them to see an entire post on the specifics of the event!

Adult Amateur Dressage Shame

Dressage Different

crying2Gentle Readers,

This is to be the first part of a series focused on the phenomenon I have termed “Dressage Shame”. It seems that dressage more than any other equestrian sport is subject to the mentality of “I am not worthy”. Perhaps it is because oftentimes adult amateurs enter the sport later in life, having never ridden, or only informally many years ago. You visit your local dressage trainer and watch them ride. They make it seem effortless, and elegant. You watch freestyles online and are enthralled by the precision and power and by the rider with their invisible aids. You want to do that! Or perhaps it is less complex – for whatever reason you do not want to jump anymore. Maybe you had a bad fall or your horse went off and so you switch disciplines.

No matter your route most people enter the dressage arena for the…

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