The Competition Diary: Show Number One.

Thursday January 31 And we’re off! Departing Silver Drache Farm in Palm City Florida and on the road down to White Fences Equestrian Center. My Florida coach Lou Denizard had three students competing in the first National rated White Fences show of 2019. We arrived and set up the stalls in the tent stabling; bedding,…

Dancing in the Rain!

It was raining. A steady downpour of rain. But dressage riders can take that in stride especially if they are Canadian. Yesterday I went down to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to see the Intermediare 1 Freestyle. The freestyle is where the riders and their coaches will choose choreography from the required movements of the…

A Different Way of Winning.

Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing. Vince Lombardi I don’t think I could live my life following that mantra. Vince Lombardi was a football coach and player and maybe it worked for him. But there are different ways of winning. At the Christmas party, at Belinda Trusell’s Oakcrest Farm, Belinda spoke about her ride…

Two Steps Forward and…..

Two steps forward and one step back. That’s how it’s supposed to go. But what about those times when you  feel that you’ve taken two steps forward and two steps back and have made no progress at all. .  That is the circle I found myself in last week. My coach, Belinda Trussell, took a…

Ride! Ride! Ride!

I recently had the privilege of watching Christilot Boylen teach Belinda Trussell and Belinda’s assistant trainer Lynsey Rowan.  I say it is a privilege because both of these riders could say they preferred their lessons to be private.  But since I am  student of Belinda’s I was able to watch. Christilot is a seven time…