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…

A non-riding riding lesson!

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, that are in place in Ontario, it is not permissible for me to ride Biasini, or go inside the barn. But as you can see the outdoor arena allows for plenty of social distancing and I was able to watch my coach Belinda Trussell ride Biasini. Belinda was…

Soaking wet!

When I saw that Tina had chosen ALL WET for this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge I thought I would have to pass as I did not have any wet photos. But then I remembered. On July 22 , 2018 I went to a CDI3* (Concours Dressage International) to watch the Grand Prix competitors who were…

Five Habits for Good Horsemanship

In my history with horses I have made some mistakes and learned from them. Here are five things that I believe are important habits for an amateur rider to develop. Get the right horse for where you are now in your riding. If you are an amateur with a small budget think carefully about how…

Addiction and an Attitude of Gratitude!

Addiction: “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. ” When I chose the name of this blog Horse Addict I understood I was an addict. Horses and riding are my drugs of choice. If I am feeling anxious, or gloomy or upset I know that when I get to…

Postponed! Tokyo 2020 will now be in 2021.

I am sure that athletes all over the world will be disappointed to see the Olympics postponed for a year. But I suspect they will also be relieved. This past winter season in Florida I interviewed the Canadian dressage riders who were competing with the goal of making the Canadian Team. I have not communicated…

You’ve Got to Laugh!

In times like this when chaos, confusion and a mass panic of toilet paper buying it is necessary to possess some sangfroid and the ability to laugh. Humor can be a lifesaver! So here goes… 1….How many groom assistants does it take to get Coach Luis Reteguiz Denizard into the ring on Biasini? FOUR! Here…