What do you expect me to do?

“War is at the doorstep. What do you expect me to do?” This is prompt #219 from Reena’s Xploration Challenge. Reena has chosen a challenge that is very timely with the horrific situation in Ukraine. My son knows people who live in Kyiv. He tells me they are ordinary working people who go out to…

Belinda Trussell : Horses, Competitions and Time Management!

Last year Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell was not in Florida for the winter show season. But she’s here this year and I was able to ask her some questions about her horses, her competitions and how she manages her time. 1. Last year, with the border closed, you were not able to come to Florida…

Monday Minstrel: The horses of the Camargue.

This post is a copy of an article from the FEI.org ‘Editors Pick for January’ online magazine. It is written by Patricia Salem. Patricia Salem(Patricia is a former professional equine massage therapist and recreational rider. ) We take a closer look at this stunning horse… A trip to Southern France wouldn’t be complete for equestrians…

Is it all just about numbers?

I recently read a quote about how obsessed with numbers we have become. Our culture, obsessed with numbers, has given us the idea that what we can measure is more important than what we can’t measure……it means that we make quantity more important than quality. Donella Meadows I immediately thought about how this is true…

Belinda Trussell: Competing at Global.

The next day Belinda competed in the Intermediare 1. Belinda plans to do more showing with Lana and I will be posting an interview with her before their next show.

I’ve never seen anything like this!

The Great Charity Challenge: horses and riders in costumes riding for charity and for 2022 raising $1.7 Million for local charities! This is, without any doubt, a tremendously entertaining evening. At the start there was a new challenge: children and their favorite animals who had paired up with a local charity. Judged for costumes, of…

Pinch that grape!

What does pinching grapes have to do with dressage? Let me explain. My coach Belinda Trussell wants me to half halt without using my hands. She told me to pinch a grape between my shoulder blades. That pinching of a little grape, a small movement but a powerful one, can produce a signal that is…