A few weeks ago Farrin ran her first recognized event at the novice level. She had a fantastic weekend over all and learned a ton. Her dressage was a pretty solid test but I felt the scoring did not reflect the quality of her ride. The good news on that however is that it seemed the scores were consistently high that day so it seems the judge was just being very harsh. She had a fantastic XC run on a really solid, pretty tough course, and a great (albeit fast) show jumping round. She pulled one rail when Misty had a temporary lapse in judgement and thought she should take control of the round. She was not impressed that she pulled the rail and decided after that she should probably at least consider Farrin’s input into their ride. All in all it was a great weekend for her and I feel that her and Misty are really starting to work together and form an excellent partnership. 

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We just returned from the Spring Break Dressage Show in Williamston, NC. What a fantastic  weekend we had. It was one of those weekends that without a doubt everything just fell into place and it was so much fun. This is why we go to horse shows in the first place. First of all if you have never shown at the Sen. Bob Martin Ag Center you are really missing out. The facility is fantastic. Great barns, great arenas, wonderful footing and excellent layout. It is really one of my favorite facilities to show at. We took 3 horses this weekend, Farrin was one of the jr/yr scholarship recipients from Sporting Services so she brought Misty, and I brought Joey (who is for sale BTW) and a non-compete horse to school for the weekend. Overall it was a super successful show on all accounts. Joey was a true pro all weekend long winning all 3 of his classes and being a last minute stand in for Farrin in the dressage seat equitation class. He is just the most enjoyable horse to have around. He is such a sweetheart on the ground and no drama. It really is refreshing. He loads and ships like a dream and was just as fantastic at the show as he is at home. He comes right out and goes to work and is all business and is so incredibly rideable in the arena. He really is a breath of fresh air. He scored in the high 60’s all weekend easily. Farrin also had a wonderful weekend with only one rough spell when Misty got a bit wound up (I think she was not impressed there was no jumping) in her 1st 1 test on Sunday AM. However, Farrin held it together like a pro and still managed to pull off a 4th place. She then rode Joey to a 5th place finish in a huge DSE class and had quite the comeback in the afternoon on Misty again to win her final class. She also placed 2nd in her only class on Saturday. Overall it was a great weekend and so much fun. What more could I ask for? I got to hang out with some of my great friends, and wonderful students, met some new friends, and got to ride amazing horses. I’ll take it any day of the week. 

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On the home front everyone else is going well. Tucker is getting a tune up for a month and is going really well, although, he is fairly certain he should get to passage everywhere he goes! MiMi has offically been started under saddle and today marked her 5th ride. So far she has been just a pure delight to start. In fact, I believe she is probably the easiest baby I have started to date. It took her about 5 minutes to figure out how to steer, stop, and start and the first time we trotted under saddle she was just as chill about it as she could be. I just adore her more and more with every passing day. Chance has been making so much progress. It is really wonderful to see his personality coming out and him actually wanting to be around people as much as he is. He is really a very sweet boy. He now comes up to the barn and goes on the crossties to get groomed from head to toe. We are working on him letting us pick up his feet and bit by bit we are making progress. He has also started learning how to lunge and start working on some ground work. Slow and steady but making big progress for sure. Cosmo and Norman are both back in work after basically having the winter off for a variety of reasons and will be hitting the show arena in the near future. Everyone else is going really well too. The longer days and nicer weather have been really helpful to get everyone working on a more consistent schedule. We have been super super busy with them all but it has been a good type of busy so I will gladly take it. 

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MiMi on her 4th ride under saddle

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Chance before and after (6 weeks improvement) 

I think we may take a few horses to Antares Dressage next weekend (instead of going to MacNair’s). Cosmo, and a few students really need to get out in the arena again and maybe we will bring MiMi to hang out at her first horse show too. Then Farrin will be heading to Longleaf Horse Trials in a few weeks and after that we will have Dressage In The Sandhills. 

It’s safe to say that spring is in full swing around here and we are really off to a wonderful year. Can’t wait to see how things continue to unfold around here. Until next time…..