Friday, May 4, 2012

entered!

Well folks. I did it. I filled out the entry form, paid my $27 entry fee, and next Sunday Merlin and I will be entered in out first ever USDF show. I'll have on a jacket and shirt with a fluffy collar (borrowed from a coworker keeping score and not competing), and Merlin will not have his hair braided and trimmed. We are in the most basic class, but I am still nervous. I have never competed in the dressage ring. All week we'll practice the course. Steele and Patty are entering too, in the same class. I have a feeling they'll crush team Cold Antler but that's okay by me!

photo from fell pony society

22 Comments:

Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Best of Luck, Jenna & Merlin. Just have fun & see it all as a great experience....Win, place, show or no doesn't matter ~ all that's important is that you learn from it and have fun. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, though.

May 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hope you have a great time doing this! I ran across this and thought of you ... http://gizmodo.com/5906406/cuppow-turns-any-jar-into-a-travel-mug
Have a good one!

May 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

I have a feeling that, regardless of the outcome, this will be a wisdom-imparting experience that you will never forget. Enjoy it! (And I hope someone gets video!)

May 4, 2012 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

How exciting, can't wait to hear how it goes! I also echo what Mist said above. I think he'll be the handsomest pony out there, with the coolest rider, but then I'm a little partial ;)

May 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Jenna, you will do great and learn so much. I agree with Moose Hollow, the important thing is that you to have fun. We must have pictures of Jenna and Merlin!!
Linda in Ms

May 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Hey! You'll put up a fight against team Liv Brook! What a great ride today girl!

May 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Wow! You are diving right in. It's going to be an awesome...have fun!

May 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

That's so exciting! I remember my first horse show and and the way all the nerves and hope and excitement tangled together. I hope you and Merlin have a fantastic experience. It's been over 10 years since I last competed but my horse and I are sending you good vibes from British Columbia, Canada.

Best of luck from a new follower. :)

May 5, 2012 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Would have even dreamed this time last year you would be doing this???? Have a great time! Whether you win or lose; it is how you play the game.

May 5, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I still get nervous when competing! My first few shows though, my goal was to just stay on and finish the test. It usually worked out, haha! Good luck!
-Rachael from The Rehomesteaders

May 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger pjo2179 said...

Jenna, I have a 3 button black show coat, 100% wool you can have. I kept it for the "someday" I might show again, but the reality is no, no more for me! It's a size 20 (runs small) and great quality. Shoot me an email at pjo2179@aol.com if you're interested. Or if any readers are interested, do the same. :)

May 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous iacow said...

Good job! It takes a lot of guts to show. My unsolicitated advice?: breathe, center yourself, and make yourself long in the saddle. Oh, and don't be humble. Think that you are dang good. It's a little like a musical performance in that you are in a mind-set of how you want to show the world some nice things.

May 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous iacow said...

Good job. It takes lots of guts to show.

Center yourself, make yourself long in the saddle, and radiate confidence to that pony when you're in the ring.

May 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Jen (emsun.org) said...

Good luck!

May 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Rural Aspirations said...

More well wishes from British Columbia. I recall my first show - I was so nervous. But it was super fun. Go into it with that attitude and all will be well. :-)

May 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

I hope that all four of you do well but most importantly, I hope you have FUN!

May 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

Brave and the best way to learn. Best of luck.

May 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Way to go Jenna! How fun! My horse and I just entered our first show last weekend, and like you, we kept it simple and real. You'll have a good time! Smile! You only compete against yourself, so go in feeling like a winner, because you and Merlin are!

May 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Way to go Jenna! How fun! My horse and I just entered our first show last weekend, and like you, we kept it simple and real. You'll have a good time! Smile! You only compete against yourself, so go in feeling like a winner, because you and Merlin are!

May 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Good for you, Jenna! I love how you jump right in and try new things; you really inspire me. Best of luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes :)

May 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Excellent, Jenna! Quite inspiring actually...

May 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger KiwiGirl said...

I'm just curious - you mentioned in made From Scratch that you were in an equestrian team at school and gave it away as the emphasis was on competitive stuff i.e. shows etc. Has having your own horse made a difference?

May 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM  

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