MGAA Nationals 2015

July 2, 2015

This years MGAA Nationals was at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.  They set up a huge 350×600 grass arena for us to play in that was right next to the camp grounds.  Not only did this make for excellent spectating, but the riding was awesome on so much grass with so much space.

I rode Poe with my team, Gone Rogue, and we sorted our orders per Val’s suggestion.  It worked well.  With the added challenge of being the anchor rider for many of the races, and the support of my awesome teammates, I really pushed myself to pick up the pace.  Zoe also pulled anchor duty quite a bit, with me handing over to her.  Kristin was our main starter, and she really launched her new to games borrowed pony out there to eat up the field.  Averi and Matt also took a few turns at the start, Sparkles even did an uncharacteristic excited little rear on one of her starts.

There were quite a few very close races, and I just love those types of runs, even when my team doesn’t come out on top.  The top four teams really played around taking turns leading the pack from session to session.  In the end Border Patrol, a four rider, four pony team, trumped us all, taking the blue.  Full Tilt really got their game on for the last session and pulled one point ahead of Time Flies for second, with my team bringing in fourth, followed by Black and Blue Crew and Antiques Roadshow.

I personally felt really good, and back in the game.  I had some stupid, uncommon mistakes that were just pure sloppiness on my part.  I also need a bit of brushing up on my handoffs.  But all in all, I felt very on.  And Poe loved the footing.  Go us!

Nationals is always an awesome competition, with bigger prizes, more races and social activities.  this year we ran five sessions with a total of 54 races.  Interestingly, for Sunday’s 15 race final session, the masters division wanted races cut, but the fossil division almost unanimously did not want to miss a single race.  Nearly all of the races in the last two sessions were sponsored.  We missed out on the best prizes but we still went home with a bucket full of treats and other goodies.  Every rider also got a small tote bag that contained some pony treats, sample supplement, a last-rider-helmet-band, an MGAA logoed Klean Kanteen bottle and a commemorative MGAA Nationals 2015 patch.  Really fantastic prizes!

I skipped the Friday evening trip to Kings Dominion.  The lazy river was pretty tempting, but I enjoyed some down time in the camp grounds with teammates Matt and Zoe before turning in.  The Saturday night party started out awesome.  It was catered by Chipotle with a cotton candy machine too.  Zoe and I played some of the carnival games, enjoyed the DJ and watched some people ride the mechanical bull.  Unfortunately a massive storm rolled in with tornado warnings, rain and wind.  This sort of shut the party down just as it was kicking it up, and although it did continue after the storm passed, it still took some of the flame out of it.

The campsites were fun.  Jeannie picked up a blow up pool and we sat ringside in the shade with our feet in the nice cool pool.  That was probably the best part.  Carl put a pool in the back of his truck with chloride and a filter!  The ice cream truck swung through a few times a day, and we had more food than we could eat.  Oh and did I mention that Wendi kept us stocked up in fresh cold tea?

Nationals is certainly the most exciting competition of the year and this year was no let down.  Now I have to wait a month for MA3 to get here!

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I love this photo.  Its Karl from Northern Ireland riding Mitchell’s pony Cowboy.  Photo: S Thornton

Jill and Kimi set up this Snapchat thing that puts the MGAA Nationals 2015 logo on your Snapchat.  So we had a little fun with that.
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the camp grounds

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The storm and party

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There was a riot at MGAA Nationals! no no, there was a “country fest” across the road and the cops had their meeting in front of our camp grounds.

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PC: Maddie

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2 Comments

  1. wow that looks like so much fun! it looks like so much more than just a horse show, but a whole experience. Makes me want to try it!

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