Only 45 minutes to get to FEI level.

Ride from the ground? Allow the student to assess their ride and comment? At the start of my Friday lesson my coach Belinda Trussell asked me what was the teaching method that worked best for me. We both agreed that as a visual learner I benefit from watching videos of my lessons and Belinda had…

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…

Time to Dance!

This weekend Biasini and I will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and doing our Freestyle at the White Fences show. It is always the moment of truth entering the ring at A and going down the centerline to salute the judge. Things that were brilliant in the home arena may not be quite the same…

Gratitude!

I have a debt of gratitude to pay for all the help I received at the show last weekend. So let me start… BIASINI I thank my horse for working so hard and listening so well. He has been working with me for several months to get ready for this show and our freestyle. In…

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…

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…

Solving problems before they become issues!

I think that anyone who watches this video will enjoy it whether or not they ride, or have a horse, or even know any horses. This video is of German Olympian Isabel Werth riding Emilio, in the Grand Prix Freestyle, at the German Dressage Championships. Isabel is the most decorated equestrian in the world and…