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Jenni O.
 #251 
Eli was a rock star! And I was treated to front row seats of the Lipizzaner performance. It was pretty impressive!

The Harney Peak ride was incredible. It's challenging for sure, but every step of the way is beautiful scenery. There's no place for Lipizzaner moves though. Darn.
Cnb
 #252 
That looks like an awesome trip!! Hoping to get there someday.
Sandy
 #253 
Maybe Eli has to call on the Lipizzaner to get himself across those 6" creeks?  At least he has a plan.  What a beautiful trip!  Traveling, altitude, rocky ground, water, you guys did it all.  Well done!
Jenni O.
 #254 
I think he's just a show off. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ
Christine
 #255 
That's just wonderful! Looks like a dream trip!!
Jurita
 #256 
Thanks for viewing and posting comments. There were no 6โ€ creeks. Parts of French Creek are flooded with roads closed. There were 32 water crossings and the waters were high and fast. The water was so loud we came up on a fisherman and he couldnโ€™t hear us until we yelled out โ€œTravisโ€. LOL...we run into one person out on our ride and it happens to by my husband. I think we scared him so bad he almost did a Lippazzaner move!
Cnb
 #257 
That's funny!!
doreen
 #258 
Awesome pics!  Looks like you had a great time...and I am really glad that Eli made sure you were bored...LOL...too funny about Travis..ha ha ha
Jurita
 #259 
We had out final Dressage show of the year last Sunday. It was cold and snowing . Overall we did well especially considering it was indoors and Eli was sure there was a monster under the judge 's table. Gah!
Eli earned a first for Dressage Suitability and I got a first for Equitation. We earned a first and a second on our tests.

Jan N
 #260 
Jurita, you and Eli certainly are a great team! I have a great deal of admiration for your attitude about and belief in constant learning. It is the best way for people to reach whatever goals they have with their horses. Makes the partnership really sweet and far-reaching, too. Congratulations on both of you!
Cnb
 #261 
Congratulations to both you and Eli!!
MHWF
 #262 
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Jurita
 #263 
Luna and her "favorite horse."
Lisa B.
 #264 
So, it is obvious that Eli is now Luna's horse.  When are you going to get a mule, Jurita?
Jenni O.
 #265 
She's just going to have to teach Lobo some dressage.

It's cute that Eli is her favorite. Did she say why? Did it have to do with his inherent "Pooh-ness"?
doreen
 #266 
Congratulations on your dressage tests.  Awesome for both of you.  Luna has good taste...LOL
Jurita
 #267 
Eli and I went to our first Dressage Clinic last weekend. It was with Kate Phillips who is a Grand Prix rider and R rated dressage judge. I watched other people's lessons to try to pick up on some  pointers and admire their abilities. I had two lessons with Kate, myself.  

We worked on some very basic things because that is where we are at and she gave me some homework. Hopefully I can remember what I need to do. 

She had a lot of very nice things to say about Eli, but he still is not picking up his right lead so she asked if she could ride him the next day. During her ride she was able to get the right lead after a lot of try but only once. (More homework.)
After she rode Eli then I rode him and he was so much better after just a short ride. Look what a pro can do! I told her to take him home with her for 60 days then return him. [wink] 

She told me Eli is very talented, smart, and has three very nice gaits. She told me he is the most athletic Fjord she has ever seen and said he has a lot of potential. She told me he could do second or third level dressage! Wow!    

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BetC
 #268 
You two look great!
Well done!
Jenni O.
 #269 
Awesome!!! And I knew he was athletic-he has many special skills, Dressage being only one of them. [wink]
doreen
 #270 
Wow...there is nothing that feels quite so good as someone enjoying and complimenting your horse.  So glad for you!
Christine
 #271 
Very nice!!
Donna R
 #272 
You two look great together.   Not a surprise at all that Eli received such wonderful compliments.  Can't wait to see what you do together in the future.
Lisa B.
 #273 
You two have come so far!  Keep it up!

Jurita
 #274 
Thanks all. Yes, who doesn't want to hear someone else compliment your horse? The instructor said " I know I told you this 14 times but he is really nice."

I've also just started lessons with instructor Karen Lee. She is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist. Very knowledgable and a fantastic rider. Looking forward to learning from her.
Scott: MHWF
 #275 
Ok, I will admit....I had to look up USDF. Congrats!
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