That Goldilocks bend!

“One millimeter more bend. Keep the activity! And the bend! ” These are the words of my coach Belinda Trussell during my lesson on Thursday this past week. One more millimeter? Not too much, not too little, just the perfect amount of bend. Just like Goldilocks’ porridge the bend has to be just right. It…

LAPC#170 Street Art for a good cause.

6731 Main Street in Stouffville Ontario has something going on in front of the house. But what is it? I stopped my car and got out to take a look. As I looked inside the “rooms” I realized this was an extraordinary creation for Halloween! Here are some of the haunting things I saw. I…

Life in Color–Orange!

Life in Color has given us the color Orange this month! I remembered a very daring display of orange at the Tokyo Olympics. One of the leading riders in the dressage world rode in an orange tailcoat. He rides for the Netherlands and their team color is orange. But dressage is very traditional in its…

Street Art LAPC #170

This week’s challenge from Patti at Pilotfishblog is Street Art. Here are some views of street art in the East London Borough of Hackney. Just this week I found some delightful street art right on the main street of the town near where we live. Each of these little “pet rocks” had been painted and…

Festival of Leaves 2021

This year we have had many autumn days of above average temperatures and I have enjoyed those. There has also been quite a bit of rain and cloud on those warmer days. At least that is how it seems to me. The autumn colors are somewhat muted this year with fewer reds and bright oranges….

Belinda Trussell trains the Passage.

Here is the FEI definition of what is required for a passage ( pronounced pasahhje) The passage is a measured, very collected, elevated and cadenced trot . It is characterized by a pronounced engagement of the hindquarters, a more accentuated flexion of the knees and hocks and graceful elasticity of the movement Each pair of…

The Grand Prix. The Pressure!

Think about human athletes. Not everyone wants to go to the Olympics and face the pressure of that event. Other athletes come alive in that pressure. Think about any human performer. Not every singer or musician wants to be out on the stage of a gigantic stadium, like Wembley, in front of tens of thousands…

“More Activity!”

“More Activity” Belinda said as I cantered past her. She did not mean I should get Biasini to go faster or more forward. The activity she wants to see is in his hind legs. His hind end is where he must be more active. This past week I have been getting on Biasini and warming…

When the sun comes up!

At 7am the sun was not fully up and a thick mist was on the farmer’s field. But by 7:30 am it was a different scene!

What is Ordinary?: LAPC #169

It was just an ordinary day. I was in Grade 9 and I was thinking about the sandwich I had made for lunch. Then the Vice Principal opened the door to our classroom. “Everyone down to the Assembly hall. There is an important announcement. ” We all packed up our books and marched down to…

Thanksgiving!

Our Grandson had his 7th Birthday this past weekend. Here in Canada it is Thanksgiving long weekend . Our daughter, Breanne, who is the marketing manager for the Belleville Sens AHL ( American Hockey League) team organized a party for him at the Sunday afternoon game. This is a preseason game and with Covid restrictions…

Autumn: The Chipmunks prepare for winter!

The autumn leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. But that is not the only sign that Autumn is here. The Chipmunks are busy! They hibernate in their underground homes for the winter. Now you can see them filling their cheeks with seeds and nuts which they take down to their lairs to…