Release!

This week the main emphasis in my lessons has been on releasing the aids as soon as Biasini responds. If I push with my ankle I must release that push the instant he moves forward. But if he does not respond I must maintain the aid,keep it on until he gives me the right answer.Then…

She’s Still Smiling !

Monica Monroy is a bright light at the barn everyday. She always has a smile and something positive to say. Monica is from Mexico and rides and trains in Wellington and works virtually at her job . 1.Tell me about your life journey with horses. When did you start riding? How and why did you…

Belinda Trussell : Horses, Competitions and Time Management!

Last year Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell was not in Florida for the winter show season. But she’s here this year and I was able to ask her some questions about her horses, her competitions and how she manages her time. 1. Last year, with the border closed, you were not able to come to Florida…

Pinch that grape!

What does pinching grapes have to do with dressage? Let me explain. My coach Belinda Trussell wants me to half halt without using my hands. She told me to pinch a grape between my shoulder blades. That pinching of a little grape, a small movement but a powerful one, can produce a signal that is…

Ride like Raffa!

I have been a fan of tennis star Raphael Nadal for many years. It is not only that he has overcome injury and come back or that he is a brilliant tennis player but mostly because of his attitude! Recently I was listening to a radio report on the Australian Open . It was after…