Friday, August 18, 2017

FUN CONTEST! Only two days left to enter!

Thank you all for entering so far! Here is what we have for guesses:

Emma 31
Teresa 25
Karen 26
Jamie 28.65
Carly 25.3
Rachel 19.7

Make sure you enter today if you haven't already!  Share with others! :-)

Here is the link with directions and to enter:

Sunday, August 13, 2017


How about a contest!?  

Win a USG A/P Pad and Bonnet in dark green/brown with matching socks!

Here's how to enter:

Step 1: Comment ONE guess as to what our dressage score will be at the Area I Schooling Championships on August 20, 2017.

Step 2: Like my Facebook page, Instagram page, or Twitter page (or all three for a better shot at winning!)

Step 3: For more chances to win, share this post on your social media, become a blog follower, or even make a comment on a blog post between now and Championships!

Steps 1 and 2 MUST be completed in order to win.  If you guess correctly but you do not follow at least ONE of my social media accounts, you are not eligible.

The contest will end at midnight Eastern time 8/19/2017, which means you must guess before we ride our test the following day!  

If there are multiple correct guesses, I will randomly pick a winner.  If no one guesses correctly, the closest guess wins.  This contest is not affiliated with any social media companies or with USG in any way.  I receive no compensation, this is just for fun!

HINT: Our scores this year have averaged around 27.55 and ranged from 18.1 to 33.13.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Product Review: EssentialEryn Saddle Covers

If you are looking for affordable and well made fleece saddle covers, look no further than Essential Eryn!  Not only does Eryn make saddle covers, she also does polo wraps, saddle pads, quarter sheets, and more! 

I purchased two green plaid saddle covers, one for my AP and the other for my dressage saddle.  
She even added a little card and a bag full of peppermints!
I had wanted a Kensington green plaid, but after an exhaustive online search, I couldn't come up with anything.

not to be found
Instead, I reached out to Eryn on Etsy and she also confirmed she could not find that same plaid above.  But she sent me several other options to look at, and I ended up choosing the green/black plaid.

I am glad I did because it is super cute and matches my trailer tack room set up so well!

My AP Stubben saddle cover is getting pretty worn out and the elastic is going.  My dressage saddle has a nice DK fleece cover, but it isn't really big enough for the saddle.

The cover my saddle came with when I purchased it.  There is nothing wrong with it, and it is a pretty color, but there isn't great coverage for keeping it clean.

It has a big cantle!
So when I first opened the new dressage cover, it seemed huge!  BUT that is a good thing because it covers my dressage saddle really well.

Not only does the set up look nice (because we all know I love everything matchy-matchy), but the covers are well made.  That is important to me, because obviously it stinks to buy a pretty custom item and it falls apart.  The elastic is just right, the stitching is excellent, and the black webbing down the middle is sturdy.  Granted, I have them for less than 24 hours, but I can tell they will hold up well and it is not as though I abuse my tack haha.  The only thing that generally goes wrong with a saddle cover in my experience is the elastic will give out.  Because I bought this from a real person who handmade it instead of just from a tack shop, I am willing to bet if the elastic eventually breaks or gets stretched out, I can pay Eryn to replace it. 

Overall, I love the new covers!  Thank you, Eryn!  I will definitely be a repeat customer!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hilltop Equestrian Center Horse Trials - August 6, 2017

When I decided to only event this summer, I really only had two venues in mind where I knew we could get solid experience close to home, Hilltop and Green Acres.  The only two HTs in Maine are over three hours away, so I figured these two venues in NH were our best bet.  

We were back at Hilltop for the third time this year at the beginning of August.  I almost didn't bother sending my entry, figuring we had already done four events (two at each farm), but I thought it would be a good last schooling before the championships later in the month.  Plus, Hilltop does a year-end awards program that I have never participated in, despite having shown there since 2007!  So, I figured it was worth the experience and chance at winning a fun year end award.

It was the most perfect summer day and I had great ride times.  My friend and her 4-H kiddos were going to come watch again but ended up not being able to at the last minute, so I was alone.  This is fine except it makes for limited and crappy media haha.  When I arrived, it seemed pretty quiet, and I found out at the secretary's booth that the judge had overslept, so the dressage hadn't started yet.  Whoops!  LOL!  Everything was going to be about forty minutes behind, which meant that I really had plenty of time to walk my XC and take my time getting ready.  I even hand grazed Snappy for about twenty minutes and watched a few dressage tests because I had so much time to spare.

When I grabbed my packet, I noticed the XC jump list said the wrong division name at the top, so I asked to swap it out with the correct list of jumps.  This venue doesn't do a map, just a list of numbered jump names.  Remember this, as it will matter later on.

Snappy was calm and warmed up easily.  I really love how laid back she has become at shows and how she transitions from the warm up to the competition ring without any issues.  This took Dreamy quite a while to learn how to do, so I appreciate Snappy's lack of drama.  We had a decent test, no problems, and I was pleased with her effort.  I didn't think it was our best test ever, but I was in for a surprise when I saw an 18.1 on the scoreboard.  WHAT?!?!  
So calm
In a small division of three senior riders, I was sitting in second, as the first place rider (let's call her J) had a 16.something.  We both were discussing our shock at our scores while warming up to jump LOL.  J had also been ahead of me after dressage at the last Hilltop HT in June by less than a point but had a run out at the black drainage pipe fence.  I teased her that she wasn't allowed a run out today and then she could beat me haha!  I told her she better sit up, leg on, use the crop if needed!  She seemed surprised I would encourage her to beat me, but let's face it: this is for FUN and why would I wish her to have a run out again?  I don't care what place I am in as long as I give my horse a good ride and we have fun!

We had about an hour to relax before XC.  It was pushed back as well, so I tried to be smart by keeping an ear on which division was up and not be ready too early for XC. Once I had done a bit of trot and a few fences, the warm up area didn't seem to be emptying out, so I asked the steward if everything was OK.  I figured a rider had fallen. 😔  Instead, she said the division before me had been given the wrong XC jump list, so they were allowing riders to walk the course.  

Remember when I said I had been given the wrong XC jump paper?  Yep, they accidentally switched the two lowest divisions XC lists in our packets and not many had noticed.  I am SO thankful I did because it would have stressed me out to have to hand off my horse to a random person or tie her back to the trailer in order to run out and walk my course.  It's not a short course either, and it took a good fifteen minutes for everyone to walk around the big field and out through the woods and get back over to the XC warm up and start box.  So despite the fact I tried to only give us twenty-ish minutes to warm up, it was closer to an hour by the time I actually rode.  It's not a big deal, mistakes happen, and it was a GORGEOUS day without high heat or humidity, so whatever.  I think I may have been cranky if it had been 900 degrees or freezing cold haha.  Normally this farm runs well organized events, so one mess up in the ten years I have been coming here really isn't anything to get upset about.

The course was changed around for this event, as the last two had exactly the same course, so that was a good thing.  They even moved the start box this time, so we had to go by the warm up area and all the horses/people and snake through the field in a totally different way.  The jumps themselves were all things Snappy has seen before, with tables, logs, hay bales, coops, and the black drainage pipe, and she was absolutely brilliant!  She didn't want to canter through the long stretch in the woods (ah well), but she did canter between a couple fences in the field.  GOOD MARE!

We went clear XC and went I returned to the trailers, I saw J, as she had gone out right before me. Of course, I asked her if she had made it over the black drainage pipe the first time.  She laughed and said yes, but instead her horse stopped at the white coop, the second fence on course.  WHOOPS!  That was a bummer for her.  I knew if I could go clear in stadium we had another win.  Heck, I think I could have had four or five rails down and still beat the other rider in the division because of our fantastic dressage score!

We had another hour or so wait until stadium.  After all the walking we had done waiting for XC to start, I knew she wouldn't need much warm up at all.  I just planned to trot a little and pop over two fences.  The course was a simple figure eight this time, so no issues and even a bit of canter again, which was great!  Right now, her canter is much less careening out-of-control exuberant than it has been, but now she has decided she only likes the left lead, so that's the only lead she picked after each fence haha.  I had to bring her back to the trot, but that's OK because she still cantered a bit without losing her mind.  I have to remember it is going to be a lot of small steps to gain this mare's confidence!

So, to end another great day of showing, we finished on our dressage score again!  I think we have been in second after dressage and moved to first at every event this year haha!

So impressed with herself haha

So those scores will never happen again!  Generous judge!!

A 9 on rider position?  OK!
messy hair, don't care
Next up is championships!  AHHHHHH!!!! So excited!  😁

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tack Review: If The Bonnet Fits

After seeing all the fuss about these fly bonnets from If The Bonnet Fits, I decided I had to try a few for showing, one for dressage and one for XC/stadium.  You can do any type of customization and they are a great price point.

These fly bonnets are well made and Sierra is super easy to work with.  I am not a huge bling fan, and seeing as my show browbands are already pretty snazzy, I did not want to overdo it with more bling on the bonnets.   But you can choose crystals and such.

And even more fun, she offers embroidery on the ears, so I had to do my favorite saying:

Overall, I am super happy with these bonnets.  The teal cording that I first asked for was no longer available, so Sierra ordered from a different supplier.  It took a little longer than maybe her regular turn-around time, but she kept me informed and I really wasn't in a huge rush anyway.  I ordered cob sized, as Snappy wears a cob sized bridle and a yearling sized fly mask (no joke), but when I order again, I think I will go with horse size.  At our last event, she shook her head because of a bug right before we went into stadium and the green bonnet half fell off.  :-(  It fits her, but just barely tucks under her crown piece on the sides, so I need more bonnet behind her poll.  My horse has a weird shaped head LOL!

You can see that while there is plenty of bonnet directly under the crown, the sides are too short.

I would highly recommend checking out If The Bonnet Fits if you are looking for a great fly bonnet for riding!  :-)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Snappy's Weird Skin Problem

My horse is strange.  She has always been prone to small scaly spots on her body, but generally they go away with a bath, good grooming, and maybe a dab of Vit E capsule or Derma Gel.  However, since last fall, she has had THIS crap on her elbow.

And how fun!  And she now has the same spots on her hip and thigh.  Even the hair is dark in these areas.  :-(

close up of hip - I don't know why it looks yellow/green but it is not in person

close up of thigh
I have tried a million OTC products and nothing works.  I have tried both triamcinolone acetonide cream and dermalone ointment (corticosteriod) prescribed from my vet and those did not work either.  And I tried them for days/weeks each, trying to see if it would just take time to work. 

Nothing works.  
Not pictured is Bag Balm, Vit E capsules, and Lotrimin which all did not work
I know she lies down on this side at night, so the best I can figure is that these are essentially bed sores or pressure sores.  She is bedded well with sawdust on stall mats, so it is not as though I am skimping on bedding.  It is not like I can wrap her elbow, her hip, or her thigh.  I am completely at a loss and my horse looks hell.  :-(

Thoughts?  Anyone dealt with this crud before?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Green Acres Stables Horse Trials - July 16, 2017

Snappy and I were back at Green Acres in mid July for another horse trials.  We were last there in May and had a great day.  It was MUCH hotter in July than in May though!  ;-)  There is no shade and we all sweltered in the heat, but it was a successful outing nonetheless!

Snappy has pretty much figured out this entire showing thing and is perfectly easy to unload, tack up, and warm up.  She doesn't have any anxiety any longer and will mostly eat/drink during the day (though I wish she would eat more!) without any issue.  It makes it much less stressful and way more fun to compete with a horse that is calm and willing.  I swear she is calmer in a crazy warm up ring with horses going every which way than she is when I ride alone at home!  Her many years on the track must be the reason why she is comfortable and unfazed by horses bolting and riders who cannot steer.  

Generally I am alone when I compete (or sometimes can drag my 13 year old along for pics), but this time around I have an entire tribe of support!  It was slightly overwhelming to have so many people and questions after being used to going solo, but I did enjoy it!  My horse friend Rachel met us there, along with her two young girls, and two 4-H kiddos and their parents.  At the last moment before I left the house, my husband decided to come along, which meant we had both children.  The only tough part of having a bunch of people is that there wasn't a lot of time for me to socialize, as I had to warm up for dressage, ride dressage, take care of horse, walk the XC and stadium, sit for about twenty minutes, and then retack and dress for jumping!  LOL!  And with dressage running late I did not have as much time between.  I like when things are pretty close together to eliminate wait time when I am by myself, yet with the heat is was nice to be done within about five hours of arriving.

Snappy warmed up fine for dressage but was definitely showing some stiffness.  Time to change the game plan with her IV injections and in speaking to my vet afterwards, I think it is time to change to or alternate with Adequan.  We put in a decent test for a 33.13, just four tenths of a point above the second place rider.  There were four of us in the pre-elementary senior division and all of our scores were within a few points.  We had a bobble in the first halt where she halted and then stepped forward her front right hoof when I put my reins in my left hand to salute.  It was not very graceful and was our lowest score at a 6.  The judge remarked that the halt was achieved but not sustained LOL!   Collectives were all 7s and 7.5s and overall I thought her rhythm and connection were good.  I cannot WAIT until we iron out the canter enough to move up though.  I am bored with Intro B and I know she needs to move up.

Cross country was an inviting course of 12 jumps, with much less packed into the front field than back in May.  It was a similar course to the one we jumped in May, but with a big serpentine in the middle which rode sort of awkwardly.  Snappy didn't look at a thing and jumped everything without sucking back or hesitating, but she wasn't willing to try a canter, which bummed me out a bit.   It is a much shorter course than we did at Hilltop, it was hot, and she was definitely a bit stiff, so I cannot complain.  There were two new 2' coops that I wondered what she would with, especially because they were bright new wood, but she didn't care at all.

We were able to walk around for about ten minute before we did our stadium course, which was full of good lines and flowing turns.  She hit a cross rail fairly hard in the beginning with her hind hoof, and I am surprised it didn't fall, but everything else was fine.  Plus, it woke her up enough to remember that even small crossrails need to be taken seriously!  We went clear in both XC and stadium to finish on our dressage score for the win!

Sorry about the video, especially my child with his thumbs-up thing in the XC section LOL!  I have no idea what he was doing.  I tried to cut out some of boring trotting around in XC.  The dressage test is only the second part since he forgot to start taping until just after the free walk.  Let's face it, the entire video is pretty boring, but the point of keeping/posting the media is for me to have it to look back on, not to entertain the masses haha!  ;-)

Green Acres HT 07.16.17 from Elizabeth Sanborn on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's in YOUR tack room? First Aid Kit edition

I have always kept a well-stocked first aid kit for my horses.  It is a no-brainer and it has always amazed me when I hear about/talk to horse owner's who have never taken the time to understand how to administer basic first aid.  Even if you board your horse, I firmly believe it is a horse owner's responsibility to understand how to treat the horse before the vet arrives (or even in place of vet care for minor problems).

When I moved into the new barn here at our new house, I had my dad build me a wooden cabinet to store all the first-aid supplies.  I do have a large assortment of wraps and towels as well, but I keep them in a separate trunk.  ;-)

I keep the items I use most often on the bottom shelf.  I have a variety of gauze pads in various sizes, rolled gauze, and surgical pads.  Obviously, these are for underneath vetwrap and a standing wrap for cuts.  I also have two large cotton rolls, but I have honestly had these forever (think 20 years) because I really have never needed them.  I have found a gauze pad, gauze roll (if needed), vetwrap, and a quilt/standing wrap works the best.  

I have bacitracin ointment, which is usually my got-to after Derma Gel (not pictured because I think it made its way into my show trunk) for any nicks, cuts, or scrapes.  I have a thermometer, which has a long string and clothespin attached because trust me, you do not want to lose a thermometer in a horse's rectum.  I use the petroleum jelly to insert said thermometer.  I have a couple of empty syringes of various sizes for administering meds as needed.  The mineral oil and Gas-X are always on hand just in case of a colic episode (I actually used up my mineral oil on a calf this spring, so this is a brand new bottle I hope to never need!).  I have small samples of Bannix, which is a decent product, but I do prefer the Derma Gel.  Scissors of course are always handy and I have a stethoscope to listen to gut sounds or heart/lungs as needed.  The metal bowl is handy for washing out small cuts (I usually use Betadine, but my bottle's top broke so it is currently stored in a safe spot in the feed room with a makeshift cover.  I don't want it to spill!  And I always have a tube of Banamine, electrolytes, and Ulcergard on hand (though I just used up the last dose of Ulcergard for our last show - always one dose the morning of - and I am waiting for the new tube with my next Smartpak order.  For some reason, I have a random tube of HA paste from Smartpak here which probably was a free sample somewhere and I ought to chuck it LOL!)

Middle shelf has items that are a bit less common.  There is a big tub of Bute and I always have TriHist and Dexamethasone on hand because of Dreamy's COPD.  I have a variety of prescription eye ointments from the past few years between Sparky having a scratch on her lens to Snappy having blocked tear ducts when I first got her.  I use Aluspray a lot for cuts after they have healed to the point where they don't need a wrap or for a cut where you just cannot wrap it.  I have Wonder Dust, because I have not had to deal with proud flesh in a long time, it is perfect for that.  I don't use Corona ointment much, but I have some.  The Bigeoil is a leftover though I generally prefer Absorbine liniment.  The MTG, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, arnica, Clear Eyes, and iodine are on an as-needed basis.  The Skin So Soft from Avon is perfect for taking off pine pitch (I live in Maine and the mares will rub against a pine tree every so often!)  The Dermafas and Krudzapper were bought in hopes that it would clear up weird bed sores on Snappy's off side (it hasn't - stay tuned for a post on that...).  I really like the Effol hoof oil, especially for showing, because while I am not a huge fan of painting hooves with Hoof Black (though I have done it for in-hand), it is nice to have the hooves look oiled for showing.  I haven't had to use the Tuff Stuff or Thrush Buster in years, but both are handy when needed. 

And on the very top shelf are the items that I really don't want to ever have to use haha!  Thankfully, the only horse who liked to develop hoof abscesses was Reva and she is living up north doing low level pony club and distance rides now!  Hoof abscess must haves include diapers, Animalintex poultice pads, ichthammol, Epsom salts, vetwrap, and duct tape!  I have size 3 diapers here, which must have been the right size.  I tend to stay with black or blue vetwrap but you can see I won a bunch of "fun" prints at a show last fall haha.  I have never really needed to use the hoof packing much, so that is another item that has been in my first aid kit since the beginning of time with the rolled cotton LOL!  I have Dial soap which is great for washing everything, cloth tape (I prefer duct tape with horses but this has been kicking around the barn for a while), and cotton balls.  Bag Balm is a staple in the barn, right?  But again, it is not usually my ointment of choice.  And I have two balling guns that are really not my favorite to use, and one must be incredibly careful not to puncture the esophagus, but they do help when there is really no choice but to get several pills into a horse (aka Dreamy's episode with Lyme!).  

So, that is my version of a well stocked first aid kit.  Remember to always consult with your vet about learning to use any/all of the products I have shown here.  Is there anything you use or have in your first aid kit that I should have?  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Canter Progress

Like any Standardbred, it has taken time and patience with Snappy to develop her canter.  She is physically able to canter but what is holding her back is her mental block about the gait.  She raced until she was twelve years old, and I even trained and raced her under saddle (at a trot), so it was quite ingrained in her mind to never canter, just trot as fast as possible, even under saddle. She is honestly scared of the canter, as she was trained as a young horse that any time she moved into that gait, she was hit in the mouth hard with the reins/bit.  

Last summer I wrote about her current canter, which wasn't much as I wasn't really pushing the issue.  Back then, her left lead was stronger, her upwards transitions were horrid, and she could barely hold her right lead to go an almost full 2o m. circle.  After the canter, she forgot how to trot, bend, or relax and I had to go directly from a canter to a walk for her brain to settle down.

Thankfully, much has changed so far this year.  While her left lead is still stronger, she can canter 3-5 times around a 20 m. circle now in both directions without issue.  I would say her transitions are still pretty explosive, but she can now come back to a trot without losing her shit.  And her trot afterwards is pretty decent.  I just need to clean up the transitions and the first 2-3 strides and I think we could handle an Intro C test for sure, maybe a Training 1.  

The following three photos are an accurate representation of our current trot-canter transitions.  She throws her head, leaps into the gait, and then relaxes.

Current upwards explosion, errr, transition

 Then she decides to trust me and to trust herself, and she settles down into this.
Ohhhh, I CAN canter like a normal horse!

Her trot work after the canter is improving in quality as well.  Hopefully, it will only be a matter of more time, more patience, and more confidence before her canter comes together into a dressage worthy gait!  I'd like to think we could try an Intro C test this fall, but maybe I will wait until next spring.  It all depends on Snappy.  We shall see!  :-)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ossipee Valley Fair - July 6-9, 2017

My husband and I decided to bring our young calves, Red and Rusty, to the local fair, Ossipee Valley.  It is probably the smallest fair in the state and is only a fifteen minute drive to our house, so it was the perfect place to get the babies out for their first ever fair.  The idea behind purchasing these two was to have a pair to play around with for the year and then sell them at the end of the fair season in October.  We already have someone who wants to buy them after seeing them at Ossipee, so I suppose our plan will work out (and I made my husband PROMISE not to sell them out from me beforehand)!

Of course, all self respecting horse girls have to plan for a matching stall valance, name signs, and farm sign.  I mean, c'mon!  ;-)  I had all spring to brainstorm and I think it looked cute!  I also repainted an old wooden trunk of mine (green, of course) and added a brass nameplate to the top engraved with our farm name.

The fair lasted from Thursday to Sunday, which meant we brought them calves over on Wednesday night to get them settled in.  They were surprisingly easy going about the entire thing.  My husband had to work Thursday and Friday, so I knew it would be slightly crazy for me to do chores at home and get over to the fair for the day with two children in tow!  But we all managed and the baby did a great job taking afternoon naps at the fair in his reclining stroller and sleeping well at night!

There was nothing for us to show in until the weekend as well, so Thursday and Friday were a lot of cleaning them out and walking around the fair a bit.  My husband wanted to do the scooting contest, which means we also had to show them in the best pair, best matched, and working classes.  But of course, he doesn't like to show any longer, so that would be up to me.  I have only ever shown his cattle once back in 2014, so I was pretty nervous LOL!

The baby LOVED watching the 4-H kids get ready to show on Friday!

We had to sit on nearly ever single one of the tractors on display (this was Wednesday night, so my husband is right there holding him)

A good farmer always keeps his cattle cleaned out!

The little red wagon came in handy for carting him around!
My husband did the scooting contest on Saturday afternoon, which is basically like a cones course for driving horses.  The cattle are hitched to a wooden scoot and you have to do the course in the right order, going through each of the "gates" between the cones in the right order.  You get penalty points if you hit a cone or make certain mistakes (for example, my husband missed a "gate" when weaving through the cones, which added 40 penalty points and he hit two cones, adding 10 points for each cone).  Then at the end, when you halt on the line, they measure how close you stop the runners to the line and add inches to your penalty score.  My husband halted it right on the line, so he ended up with 60 penalty points.  You are timed as well, but they only use the time to break a tie as needed.

He had to go first, as they go by weight, so we had to wait over two hours for the class to finish before we knew the results.  He ended up fifth out of nineteen pairs, which was great!  Had he not missed the gate, he may have won, as the first place finisher had 24 penalty points.  Oh well!  Great work for the first time the babies ever did something like this at a fair.

Then it was my turn to show on Sunday morning.  I was super nervous because they were definitely a bit bright eyed when walking around the fairgrounds, and I just wanted them to have a good experience (aka not run away from me hahaha).  It is so strange to me that you show them with just a stick, voice, and body cues, because I am just so used to being attached to a horse with reins or a lead rope.  

Honestly, they were both perfect for their first time.  Yes, they almost exited the ring in the first class when we were asked to line up right in front of the open end (both ends of the small covered ring were wide open!) but thankfully they listened to me.  I had a hard time getting them to back perfectly straight between two cones in the working class, because it is just an unnatural thing to ask cattle to back up plus I haven't put enough time into them just yet.  They are young and it will just take more time.

We placed second in both best pair and best matched (out of five teams in our weight category) behind two different pairs of much more mature cattle.  I was super impressed!  For these two classes, you just stand there in the line up, like a halter class for horses.  I think the judge did ask us to back in the second class, but it was in the line up and only a few steps.

The working class was a super simple pattern of doing a figure eight around two cones (to show "haw" and "gee" turns) and then backing through two cones.  The figure eight was easu but I did have to do a little correction in backing up.  Red (the nigh calf) likes to step out sideways when backing, so I had to stop and have him straighten out a few times.  I was ok with that since it was more important to give them a good experience and school them in the pattern as needed.  Out of five teams, with everyone else a much more experienced driver than me, I had no problem not placing.  But to my utter amazement, we placed third!  Yay!

You stay right in the ring for all three classes back-to-back, so I had to stick my ribbons on my back pocket haha!

While the fair paid out to fifth place, they only gave out 1st and 2nd place ribbons in the show classes (but a full 1-6 ribbons in the scoot), so we were not given a third place ribbon.  Ah well!

I think this is my favorite pic of the fair!
Overall, it was a good experience despite being exhausted!  We were not allowed to leave until 6:00 on Sunday night, so we rolled out of there around 6:04.  We picked up take out on the way home, got all the farm chores done, bathed and put the baby to bed, unloaded and cleaned out the trailer, and I was in the shower by 8PM, with bedtime soon thereafter.  We probably won't do another overnight fair until fall, with most fairs have all the showing on one day, so it will just be a day trip.  Definitely a different experience than showing horses, but hey, there was no entry fee and we actually got paid premiums!  (Well, the fair will eventually send a check haha, but still much cheaper than showing horses!)