Ride That Horse!

Hello again! Yesterday I posted about the no stirrups work I did in my lesson last week with my coach Belinda Trussell. When I took my stirrups back we did canter work. Then, after a break, I asked to do some trot work . I wanted to see how it felt to ride the trot…

Emotions! Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131

For this Lens-Artists challenge, to show photos of “emotions”, I am choosing several photos from the World Equestrian Games in 2018. I had media accreditation for the WEG 2018 This enabled me to get a good spot ringside to take photos. These riders have just finished their tests. The release of the tension and the…

Enter at A

Every dressage test, from training level to the Grand Prix starts with the horse and rider entering the ring at the letter A. Whether you are riding in a show at your local club or in the Olympics you enter at the letter A. So when I saw that this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #126 from…

Is Megan Lane going to Florida?

This is my third post about Canadian dressage riders who usually go to Florida for the winter season to train and compete. For some the situation with Covid in Florida and the closure of the Canadian border to all but essential travel has caused them to make the decision to stay home in Canada. Olympian…

The Shape Changing Half Halt!

Shape Changing. I am not referring to the sort of shape shifting seen in Star Trek. This is a shape changing that refers to the horse changing shape; coming up in the withers and engaging actively with the hind quarters. What is a half halt? Even dressage riders discuss the half halt ad infinitum, ad…

Every Split Second!

“The quicker you can correct him in these split seconds he’s not going to get away.” This was the quote from my coach Belinda Trussell, in last week’s lessons, that has stuck in my mind. Belinda does not mean he will run off with me when she says Biasini will ” get away”. She means…

The Professional Perspective.

Canadian Olympian Megan Lane was at Oakcrest Farm on Wednesday to work with fellow Olympian Belinda Trussell and two of the horses Belinda has in training: Feng de Lys and Bella Venezia.  I was able to watch. And to learn a few things. So what were they? We all have the same issues to deal…

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…