What is that “Certain Age”?

Recently I read this in Horse Sport magazine. How old is a woman of ‘a certain age’? According to a 1995 column in the New York Times, “only a Nosy Parker would try and find out.” A joke, of course, but one from a (hopefully) bygone era when women felt pressured to be coy about their…

How to ride the Inter 1 Zig Zag

This week I asked Lynsey Rowan to show me the Intermediare 1 Zig Zag. This movement was always one that I struggled with when I was competing in the Inter 1 in 2019. I used to dread it when I knew it was coming up in the test. This is a tricky movement. Starting with…

How important are rewards?

Watching Lysney Rowan ride Biasini something struck me. She always lets Biasini know when he is doing something good. She will give him a pat or a rub on the withers or a word of encouragement a “good boy”. Here is a video that shows her asking for a collected canter. Biasini responds well and…

How to ride Renvers.

I watched Lynsey Rowan riding Biasini. She did one exercise when she rode down the longside in shoulder in and then changed the bend to Renvers. I have always had difficulty with Renvers. I think it is a mental issue for me. Somehow I can deal with haunches in for travers and the shoulders in…

My requests for Belinda Trussell

Last week Belinda Trussell rode Biasini. She mounted up and asked me if I had any requests! What would I like to see her do with Biasini. I asked for some canter half pass and then perhaps some work on pirouettes. Belinda agreed and then she warmed up Biasini. Once he was warmed up she…

Belinda Trussell shows me how it’s done.

If you follow this blog you will know that due to my hip issues I am back to watching Belinda and Lynsey ride Biasini. This may be disappointing but also it is a great chance to see dressage executed as it should be. Here is a video that will show you what I mean. Belinda…

Back to Lessons!

My lessons are only 25 minutes at the moment and Belinda or Lynsey will warm him up for me and get him “switched on”! But I am working on getting my stamina back so I can get back to the full 45 minutes . But there is some real value to these short lessons. I…

Why do I need mini-lessons?

Last week Belinda Trussell rode Biasini and when she had finished her work with him I got on to just spend a bit of time in the saddle and walk Biasini. So up I get and I asked him to trot so I could practice some posting trot . Then I heard Belinda’s voice: “You…

Riding from the Heart.

Tiffany Foster was the only Canadian to qualify for the two round individual final for the jumpers at the 2022 World Championship in Herning. She and her horse Figor went clear in the first round and had two rails down plus a time fault in the second round . They placed 12th.  She did mighty…