Control Less. Create More.

Control less. Create More! Eddo Hoekstra This is a wonderful quote from coach and trainer Eddo Hoekstra. My daughter took lessons with Eddo and he encouraged me to get back to riding after 30 years away from horses. Eddo’s discipline is dressage and so began my dressage journey. I have always understood the words of…

Biasini Speaks: No Troubled Waters in our arena!

Hello Dear Humans! Well ! I have a story to tell you. We have a bridge in our arena. Yup! You may ask why would we need that? I have no clue and none of the other horses do either but the Humans are all over it. Coach Belinda asked Barn Manager Carl to make…

Discipline, Details and the 20m Circle.

I am riding , training and competing at the FEI Intermediare 1 level. So riding a 20 meter circle should be a simple task for me . Right? Not so fast. In a lesson this week I warmed up while my coach Belinda Trussell, watched. I must have been a bit ‘la di da’ about…

The Back to Basics Spiral.

Round. Like a circle in a spiral. Like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel. Lyrics from Windmills of your mind. Going back to the basics. How often do we hear this as riders? We are always going ‘back to the basics’. But it does not mean we…

Kindred Spirits.Anton and Me.

“You and Anton are kindred spirits.” My coach Belinda Trussell said this to me on a day she had been riding her Grand Prix mount Anton. “Is that because we are both ‘elders’?” I asked. “It’s because you both have so much energy! And because you are both older.” Belinda replied. WHO IS ANTON? Belinda…

Biasini Speaks: Ma Leueen is Back!

Hello Dear Humans, As some of you may know Ma Leueen had a colic episode. We horses get that when our insides get mixed up and we get very upset and sometimes have to go to the hospital. Well, that is what happened to Ma Leueen. I knew something was wrong. She told me she…

If I don’t make it through this…

“If I don’t make it through this I want you to promise me you will not sell Biasini. I don’t want him to be taken by someone who will just ride the hair off him and when he’s broken just dump him. Promises me that.” My husband agreed without hesitation. I was in the critical…

The Weight of the Reins

How much do your reins weigh? Well this could be a deeply metaphorical image for getting your life under control but fear not….I am just talking about the reins in your hands when you ride a horse. In dressage the ultimate goal is to have the contact with the horse so light that you only…