Only 45 minutes to get to FEI level.

Ride from the ground? Allow the student to assess their ride and comment? At the start of my Friday lesson my coach Belinda Trussell asked me what was the teaching method that worked best for me. We both agreed that as a visual learner I benefit from watching videos of my lessons and Belinda had…

The Olympians are in the arena!

Wednesday this week there were two Olympic dressage riders in the arena. My coach Belinda Trussell and Megan Lane. Megan was there to be the “eyes on the ground” to help Belinda. I was lucky enough to be able to watch Belinda ride two horses. The first was the 6 year old Diamanten Dave. The…

Respect or disrespect? What would you call it?

I am sure that most people who read my blog posts know that I am not trying to present myself as a fabulous rider who knows it all. Far from it. I recently received a lengthy comment from someone who said they wanted to offer some “constructive criticism”. The comment was a paragraph detailing all…

Attention to detail!

One of the things I know is necessary in dressage is attention to detail. My coach, Belinda Trussell, has an exceptional eye for detail. Every. Single. Second. After Biasini and I have warmed up (and believe me we get notes on our warm up as well!) I do my no stirrups work. In our lesson…

Webinar: The Irwins walk us through the Training Scale.

Friday, May 8, at 7 pm Equestrian Canada organized and hosted a webinar with Jaimey and Tina Irwin walking us up the levels of the training scale. Jaimey and Tina are both Grand Prix level riders and I have interviewed both of them on Horse Addict before. So what is the Training Scale? It is…