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This has been my summer for riding high as Cryztal-B, my arabian mare, and I have prepared for and competed in three trail rides. Our most recent event was last weekend, the Ontario Competetive Trail Riding Association (OCTRA) Merrickville Competitive Trail Ride. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.

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We completed the 20 mile ride in 4 hours, with an additional half hour midway hold and vet check. Our riding partners were good friend Sharen Craig and her horse I Bee Jazzin’. Thanks to Ordinary Ripple Photography for the great shots.

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Cryztal-B and I after completing our 20 mile Competitive Trail Ride at Merrickville on August 14th.Thanks to Gaelan Leckie for the photo.

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Arabian mare Cryztal-B and foal Chanelfyre, age 4 weeks.

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Five of a Kind: Mini horses at Merrickville Fair

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Since Finnegan joined our animal menagerie last autumn, he has been gently training in basic dressage. Our smart boy has been doing well, and a week ago he made his debut in the show ring with Ponygirl in the saddle.

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In dressage competitions, each horse and rider team enters the ring alone and they must follow a prescribed pattern according to their level of training. Each movement is assigned a mark by the judge to compile a total score for their performance.

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We were so pleased with Finnegan, who delighted us with his calm demeanor and honest performance as he tried his very best to meet his rider’s requests.

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Our little prince has lots to learn, but he has already won our hearts.

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April 5th marked the 25th birthday of our arabian mare, Wiregrass Czarina. Czarina celebrated with a quiet day spent in the company of her best friends, Louis and Teddy. Everyone is glad to finally be able to enjoy some warm, sunny days. Shaggy winter coats are being shed in handfuls.

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This autumn, we welcomed a four-legged addition to the family. What a beauty he is! Meet Finnegan, a 4 1/2-year-old arabian-thoroughbred cross (anglo-arab).

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Finnegan has a very sweet personality, and takes all that comes his way in stride. He is calm and intelligent.

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He is currently living at a local stable so that we can take advantage of an indoor arena and training over the winter.

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Finnegan has a good start at basic work under saddle. My daughter Ponygirl and I are beginning work at building his dressage foundation. Above, Ponygirl rides with visiting Clinic guest coach Jade Deter.

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We don’t know much about Finnegan’s background. We purchased him from a foster home after he had been rescued from an auction frequented by meat buyers. How he came to be in such dire circumstances is a mystery. He is a bit underweight for his size and age, and we expect him to do some filling out over the next year.

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A lucky star must have guided him to us and a chance at a new life.

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We look forward to many happy years with our new boy.

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Here I am in the saddle, above, and Finnegan with Ponygirl, below.

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