Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2016 Show Season and Year End Awards Recap

When I considered what I wanted to do with Snap Dancer about a year ago, I figured just getting out to a few shows would be a success.  I had no idea how she would take to a new career of "show horse" and honestly I was nervous about the both of us taking the previous year off completely because of my January - September 2015 pregnancy.  

We started at a local fun day, just to see what the mare thought of the little dressage ring.  I felt pleased with her yet discouraged by my severe lack of core muscles (thanks baby human haha).
First outing in 2016
Our first dressage show felt like a fluke.


First dressage show - two great scores and a high point rider award!

But each time we competed, I felt her grow more confident and rideable.  
Bravest 2-phase in August!  No spooking!
First 3-phase in October and she was super!
Snap Dancer's first year of showing ended up being a fairy tale. I know that sounds silly in a way, and we only competed at intro level, but I know we will never be able to replicate the amount of success we had in 2016!!

All told, we competed in 11 horse shows:
  • 4 dressage shows
  • 5 two-phases
  • 1 three-phase
  • 1 open show
  • Plus 1 xc clinic and 1 fun day
















And we ended up with:
  • 12 first place ribbons
  • 6 second place ribbons
  • 1 third (egg/spoon) 
  • 1 fourth (showmanship)
  • 4 high point awards

I was pretty excited by the end of our show season in October, but I still had year end awards to look forward to! Snap Dancer ended up winning FIVE championships. Definitely a fairy tale year! I nearly couldn't wrap my head around it each time the awards were announced.

Maine Horse Association - 71.56% - Introductory Level Champion (out of 5)



Maine Combined Training Association - Introductory Level Champion (out of 11)


State of Maine Dressage Association - Intro A Champion, Intro B Champion, High Point STB


To say I am proud of this little mare would be an understatement.  She was such a good sport about giving this dressage and eventing thing a shot.  I know we will never have such a successful year again, and who knows if she will ever win another ribbon or championship. But that doesn't matter to me because she did it now and how could we ever expect to do better than this!  

I have some ideas about what I would like to do this year with Snappy, and time will tell.  We will see how she feels and how her canter comes along.  I know that I will always remember 2016 as a great year. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

What has happened to bridles lately?

I love tack, don't get me wrong.  I have way too much tack when you consider I only own two horses and one is retired haha.  But lately, on blogs and other social media, I have been horrified to see what is happening to bridles!  OMG!  I love the classic, sophisticated, refined look. I searched FOREVER to find a new dressage bridle last year without a flash.  Seriously, it is like never mind if your horse actually needs a flash (mine doesn't!) let's just put one on every bridle because no horse can do dress-ahhhhhhggggggge without one.  OMG.

I had a hard time looking at the Micklems, but I admit they grew on me.  I bought one once in a weak moment and neither mare liked it, so I sold it.  I still dislike the stupid drippy browbands, so I just die a little inside whenever I see one.  And roll my eyes.  

Why so drippy?  And I have seen worse, this was just the first one I saw in my googling effort.
Clearly I am becoming a curmudgeon in my young age.  But holy cow, the new fangled bridles out there are just......no.  JUST.  NO.

Yep.  Pretty much.
PS of Sweden for $342?  No thank you.

What the ACTUAL eff?  That noseband thingy is just ugly AF.
Stubben, my most favorite brand of all time, what have you done?  AND $520?  UHHHH NO.  
It only looks mildly horrific from the front, but that crownpiece and browband made me a little twitchy....
And then I see THIS?  WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, STUBBEN?
I feel kinda sad lately about the stupid fads in tack.  Not much going on with the crap winter weather and SO MUCH ICE, so yes, I have spent way too much time online lately.  

Is it spring yet?  *sigh*