Discipline!

Internal Discipline: This is the discipline that sets your alarm at 6am and actually gets you up at 6 am and off to the gym and then you do the 3 sets of 12 reps of those strengthening exercises. External Discipline: This is the discipline that the gym’s trainer exerts when he or she counts…

Amanda Derbyshire: Courage. Determination. Hard Work.

  It’s a long way from Leyland, Lancashire to the Equestrian Village in Wellington Florida but that is the life journey British show jumper Amanda Derbyshire has made. And it is not finished…she has her sights set on the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.  I had the opportunity to speak with Amanda recently about her journey….

Silent Sunday

All photos by Joanna Jodko Photography. White Fences Show February 22,23 2019

It takes a Village!

We have all heard that it takes a village to get an athlete, any athlete, in any sport, into the competition arena. Well it applies even to me, an older amateur dressage rider! Here are some fun photos of my “village”.Thank you Lisa Landis for snapping these. In this first photo the caption could be…

Sometimes it’s not about the ribbons or the score.

Don’t get me wrong…it’s wonderful to get a great score or a first place ribbon. But sometimes it is about something else. Biasini and I were off to White Fences for a show this past weekend. Biasini into the trailer and away we go. We did a nice schooling session, Biasini knows this show ground…

Isabel Werth Clinic in Wellington FL.

Isabel Werth is the highest ranking dressage rider in the world. She currently occupies the #1 spot with Weihegold, the #3 spot with Bella Rose and # 4 spot with Emilio. Isabel Werth is the most highly decorated equestrian in history. I think that says it all really. On February 7 2019 she was in…

Lee Tubman: Meet the Judge!

I spoke recently with FEI 4* judge Lee Tubman. I have done lots of interviews with dressage riders and I thought it was time to get a judge’s perspective. Every horse and rider enters the dressage arena at A , halts at X, and salutes the judge who is at C. In the international competitions there…

The Competition Diary: Show Number One.

Thursday January 31 And we’re off! Departing Silver Drache Farm in Palm City Florida and on the road down to White Fences Equestrian Center. My Florida coach Lou Denizard had three students competing in the first National rated White Fences show of 2019. We arrived and set up the stalls in the tent stabling; bedding,…