The Double Whammy!

I could call this post the “Coaches Conference” or the “Passing of the Baton”. But I chose “Double Whammy” because I thought it was the one that fit the situation best.  At the end of this week Biasini will get onto the transport and ship home to Ontario. The day after he leaves my husband and I will hit the road north.  Today my coach from home, Belinda Trussell, came to watch my lesson with my Florida coach Lou Denizard.

I am really very fortunate that my two coaches communicate very well. Before I came down to Florida Lou was visiting Canada and came to see me have a lesson with Belinda. Now that my time in Florida is coming to an end the ‘baton’ (Biasini and me) is passed back to Belinda.

Two coaches. Two coaches watching and observing and discussing. One…Lou… giving me instruction and the other….Belinda….watching. In the breaks they would discuss what was going on and how Biasini and I were doing. So how did it go?

I warmed up and then we began with some routine work of  canter haunches-in on the circle in both directions. Then on to some work on the passage (slow motion trot) with Lou coming alongside me to assist and encourage Biasini.  This was followed by some  trot shoulder in on the long side of the arena.After that some work on the canter half pass. First half pass to the quarter line of the arena and a 15 meter circle, then half pass to the centerline and a 10 meter circle then straight on the centerline.  Once we had that then it was half pass the entire width of the arena.

How did I feel it went?

I was happy with most of the work. The shoulder in is a work in progress at the moment. We have been able to do decent shoulder in for a couple of years but the ante has been upped as in the Intermediare 1 test we must do it on the centerline. So Lou has been addressing my problems with that. I cannot use the inside rein for getting the angle. He calls that “mouth reining”. I also have to make sure I have enough angle and create it without loosing the quality of the trot. So at the moment the shoulder in is a bit here and there. I get it, loose it, get it, loose it. But I know that with time we will get it consistently.

How did they feel it went?

Both Lou and Belinda were happy with my riding. Belinda told me that both of them were most pleased with how I made quick corrections. That’s what it’s all about really….making quick corrections.  Also, Belinda said that now, for the whole ride, I have Biasini “closed up”. This means he is not long in his frame. Upper level dressage horses should be round in their top line as Biasini is here.

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A different picture from an upper level jumper who is much more open in the body frame.

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So I was pleased that I have achieved that “closed up ” frame with consistency in my riding. Belinda also said that I had many moments where I really got Biasini’s shoulder, neck and poll (the point between his ears) up.  I still do not have this consistently throughout the ride but she told me that she was happy that when I lost it I immediately corrected it and could get it back. This is something we will continue to work on when we get home.

It was a good lesson and I was pleased that I did not feel I had let either of my coaches down.  So the Double Whammy was a positive experience for all concerned.

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Lou Denizard, Belinda Trussell and Belinda’s companion Claire.

 

 

25 Comments Add yours

  1. athling2001 says:

    Sounds like you are doing great. I envy you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is really a luxury to have two very good coaches who work so hard to help me. I am also mindful that I am not a young rider and sometimes things take me longer than a person who is in their 20s. But I try to make up for that with focus and dedication. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  2. Jeff Rab says:

    Love this! And ALWAYS enjoy the pictures!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and i’m so glad to know you enjoy the photos!

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  3. shiarrael says:

    Woot! I’m so happy for you – great coaches and an ability to work with their advice – I am green with envy over the latter!
    Can’t complain one bit about my coach, the lady is a legend. Alas, I am a terrible goof. Just this Monday I was in the middle of a near perfect turn on the haunches, when a brief “Awesome! Just like that!” reached my ears. Of course, knowing myself watched I then proceeded to make a hilarious mess of things. Think Viennese Waltz followed by a few sideways Tango Argentino steps…

    (PS: Biasini and you look fabulous as usual!)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Oh my a Waltz in combination with the Tango! Wooo Hooo! I’m just kidding. I know what it is like to loose concentration for even a second. things can go haywire so darned fast. Today I did a diagonal of 4 tempis and made a complete pig’s ear of it. Lou did not even bother to say anything. I went on and did it again and kept my wits about me. “That’s better.” he said. After that the 3s and 2s were good just because I kept my focus. Thank you for this comment. It is nice to hear your riding experiences and I’ve been there believe me!

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      1. shiarrael says:

        Diagonal of 4 tempis!!
        That’s like Charlotte Dujardin level from where I’m sitting on my poor bewildered Viking 😋 (“You want me to do what??!“)

        Hope you and hubby and Biasini have a safe trip home and I’m looking forward to hearing (reading) from you guys again!

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      2. anne leueen says:

        Well your Viking might surprise you one day! Thank you for your good wishes for our trip

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  4. Congratulations! Way to go! Safe travels for Biasini and for you both!

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  5. What a fantastic resource: not only as individual couches, but the fact that they can work in tandem is an added perk for you, too.
    Safe travels to you and Biasini.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and yes I am very lucky!

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! It is a fantastic resource to have two coaches who communicate so well with each other. And thank you for your good wishes for our travels.

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  6. iqra2095 says:

    Nice great job:)

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  7. What great feedback!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it was very encouraging! thanks for this supportive comment it’s much appreciated.

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  8. WOW, Half Pass at the Canter is my dream move! I’d love to be able to do that. I love also that you were able to have two people give you feedback. That’s the road to greatness mate, being able to see how you can improve and not afraid to have someone help you get there.
    Mel x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I hope you will be doing the canter half pass before too long! I must admit I find it is not easy. With Biasini it starts out well and then around the centerline he starts to get very strong and so the second half, of a width of the arena ,is sometimes a struggle. But he can do it well so it is up to me to stay on top of it! I am so lucky to have two really (REALLY!!) good coaches who are willing to work with an older amateur like myself. Thanks for commenting Mel.

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  9. Beautiful pair! I love your dedication 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thanks so much! I appreciate your positive comment.

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  10. Robyn says:

    Awesome! Great job, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robyn!

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  11. Good for you, for not being hamstrung by self-consciousness, when you had two coaches scrutinizing your performance!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I know that both of them are scrutinizing but they are ‘on my side’ so that helps to keep me focused on the job at hand. Thank you for commenting.

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