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|
|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)
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.