Believe in Yourself!

Believe in yourself, your horse, your dreams. Carl Hester This past weekend Carl Hester won his 66th National Championship title. Sixty six!! Here is what he posted on his Facebook page about this latest win. 11 yrs ago Barney came 3rd in the 4 year old class at Stoneleigh. Fast forward to this weekend (a…

See the Beauty!

This past weekend I took part in a three day clinic with Linda Telllington, founder of the  Tellington TTouch method of working with horses and riders. “See the beauty. Do not go to the place of despair.” Linda said to us on the first day.  So much is happening on our planet; wild fires, hurricanes! …

I Never Expected This!

At the start of this week my coach Belinda Trussell said she wanted to make my horse, Biasini , more sensitive to the aids. She came up and took hold of my lower leg and demonstrated how light she wanted my leg aid to be. Let me tell you it was a feather touch! Then…

Seriously misplaced protest!

Before I say anything I invite you to look at this video. This is Marc Houtzager riding Calimaro in the European Championships in Rotterdam. When you hear the crowd shouting that is when the protesters came on to the jump course and ran through the jumps. Video courtesy of Horsetelex. The protesters had the words”Stop…

Control Less. Create More.

Control less. Create More! Eddo Hoekstra This is a wonderful quote from coach and trainer Eddo Hoekstra. My daughter took lessons with Eddo and he encouraged me to get back to riding after 30 years away from horses. Eddo’s discipline is dressage and so began my dressage journey. I have always understood the words of…

54 Draft Horses, 9 wagons, 18 Humans.

The Six Horse Hitch! I am a big fan of the six horse hitch and it was a beautiful sunny day, not too hot and with a bit of a breeze. The horses were harnessed and came in to the ring three teams at a time. With a total of nine teams competing they could…

Over 6 Feet Tall and Weighs in at 2000 lbs.

I love to see the big Draft horses and the Six Horse Hitch is my favorite. So on Saturday August 3 my husband and I set off to see them compete at the Canadian National Draft Horse Show. We arrived well before the class so I would have time to walk around the stabling area…

Gold and a ticket to Tokyo !

Despite the fact that some people think watching dressage is as exciting as watching paint dry there are times when dressage competition can be an edge of the seat nail biter! This is how it was at the Pan American Games in Lima today. The Canadian dressage team, of four riders, were under a lot…

Discipline, Details and the 20m Circle.

I am riding , training and competing at the FEI Intermediare 1 level. So riding a 20 meter circle should be a simple task for me . Right? Not so fast. In a lesson this week I warmed up while my coach Belinda Trussell, watched. I must have been a bit ‘la di da’ about…