FOTD: Star Magnolia

We have had a cold spring here in Ontario. But, at last, a week ago the Star Magnolia was able to open its blooms. Sadly last weekend the temperatures plunged to record lows and we had snow! This decimated the poor Star Magnolia blossoms and now they are brown and wilted. I did take a…

Crop, 86, Cut. The Lens-Artists Challenge #96

Most of the photography I do is of horses. They are moving subjects and often at the other end of an arena. For horse shows I use a very long lens 250-600 mm mounted on a mono-pod. So I can get close with that but often it may have too much other stuff in the…

Squirrels on Sunday

We have an eat-in kitchen that has large windows facing east. Outside we have a bird feeder and enjoy watching the birds that come and go. They drop quite a bit of seed onto the grass and the pathway below the feeder and doves, who are too big for the feeder, and squirrels pick up…

Good News!Thank You for the Prayers and Positivity!

I am happy to be able to update you on the progress made by Juan Matute Guimon. It is reported that yesterday he was transferred to a different hospital to be operated on in a special brain neurosurgery unit. The surgery took seven hours and successfully repaired the defect that had contributed to the brain…

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…

Perspective!

Sometimes life is just not fair. I am not talking about having to wear masks, or being in lockdown or any of those minor inconveniences. I am talking about a life changing moment when one second you are a healthy able bodied young person with the brightest of futures and the next second you are…

FOTD May 5 Scilla

These are growing around the base of two Heritage Birch trees in our back garden. They are such a lovely blue and the sunlight enticed me to capture them. .

Monday Minstrel: Coltsfoot

When is a weed not a weed? Many years ago I went to China with a group of horticulturalists led by well known plantsman Roy Lancaster. He always used to say that a weed was only a weed when the plant was growing somewhere we did not want it to grow. When out walking we…

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…

Join me for a ride in the forest!

I have been cantering Biasini through the forest. NO! Not really. This was a virtual ride. My coach’s assistant Lynsey Rowan has been taking Biasini out on the forest trails and she sent me videos. This first one is walking toward the trails. Oakcrest Farm has many acres of forest trails that can be reached…

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…