Its been a while

Posting a new entry has been on my list for tooo long. I have crossed off a lot on my never ending “to do” list over the last few months, but I never can seem to get to blogging. I enjoy reading all the updates I have set to receive on Sundays, but I just can’t think of much to write about unless I have an assignment.

My summer “assignment” to myself has been mostly horse stuff. I have started showing in very low key events (and getting harder as summer goes) and managed to have a lot of fun AND get some ribbons! Here is a little recap.

First show of the season was at Olde Hope Farm and it was a 3 day event. Although all events are done in the same day in the low levels. First was a dressage test, then stadium jumping which led straight out to the cross country course. The jumps were small and Amtrak looked at each one, but I kept my leg on we made it through and won the class!

The second show was at Blue Goose Stables. I thought there was dressage, stadium and cross country and signed up for class that was pretty small. Turns out there was no cross country so I paid for a non-judged class of 2’9″ stadium jumps to get some practice in. I won the class again and did the higher jumps well too.

Next was Fox Crossing Stable. I used to board there and took a lesson so I could school on the cross country portion prior to the show. It was THRILLING to do some more advanced jumps and get some advice how to ride them too. The show went well but the competition was much stiffer. I got 5th in one of the 3 stadium courses and 5th on cross country. Very proud of Amtrak with this one!

If you know about horses, you have probably heard of the Devon Horse Show. Its a premier place and there are other shows there other than the actual “Devon Horse Show”. We came the night before to school and got stalls for the horses so we wouldn’t be so stressed getting there the next day. It was amazing to be in the Dixon Oval where so many Olympic level riders have competed. I placed, but it was more about being at the venue.

Finally, a Derby at Pebble Creek Farms last week. Thankfully we were allowed to do 2 schooling rounds prior to the judged round because there was no where to school jumps ahead of time. Amtrak was like……we are jumping? Once he got the idea and saw most the jumps in practice, we rocked the derby and got 3rd!

Next week I am going to trailer to a place that has deep enough water off the beach to swim with your horse. Its another item on my bucket list and it has been so hot its the perfect time! I also had a higher level cross country event on my list, but it was cancelled.  Hoping it will be on again next year.

Here is a picture under the famous Devon sign at the entrance to the arena. Thinking I might try to qualify for a class at the big Devon show next year! It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be now that I have my “big girl breeches” on.


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