Ride like you are in the Olympics!

I step on the ice and I get this feeling that I’m at the Olympic Games. I don’t just step out there in training and say: Here we go, another program. Brian Orser, former world champion and two time Olympic Silver medalist in men’s figure skating. I have never had the ambition to be in…

The Outdoor! The Lockdown!

Monday, April 5th, 2021 was a beautiful sunny day. I rode Biasini in the outdoor arena, my first time this year in the outdoor. A few weeks ago this arena was under two feet of snow. Then came the thawing and melting and it resembled a small lake! But now Carl, the barn manager, has…

Discouraged? What comes next?

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow. Robert Tew This past week I have had a struggle with my riding. I had one lesson this week when I could not get it together. My coach Belinda Trussell is always encouraging. But she also tells it like it is. Here is…

Ride That Horse!

Hello again! Yesterday I posted about the no stirrups work I did in my lesson last week with my coach Belinda Trussell. When I took my stirrups back we did canter work. Then, after a break, I asked to do some trot work . I wanted to see how it felt to ride the trot…

Is It Only One Year Ago?

Just one year ago I had spent the weekend showing at White Fences in Loxahatchee Florida. The USEF had announced that all horse shows would be cancelled going forward due to Covid 19. Remember when we used to give Covid a number? There was to have been one more show for the White Fences Championship…

Dale Dedrick Paralympian Competes in Combined Driving!

Hello Again! I am so glad you came back today to read the second part of my post about Paralympian Dale Dedrick. Today Dale will tell us more about what she is doing now . Dale you have not been deterred by a serious heart condition that prevents you from riding horses but you have…

Paralympian Dale Dedrick. Against the odds she’s driving on!

Dale Dedrick is an extraordinary woman. She was on a career path to being an orthopedic surgeon when fate threw a spanner in the works. Her health history is a series of calamities that would have had most people retiring to their Lazy Boy recliners. But not Dale. I interviewed her back in 2017. Click…

Facts about riding the Hot Tamale Horse!

A Hot Tamale horse! This is not a reference to the physical temperature of the horse but it could refer to the horse being “spicy”. In my lesson with my coach Belinda Trussell this week Biasini became a Hot Tamale Horse! He is not a horse that has a “hot” temperament but he can become…