What is Long Term Equestrian Development?

LTED in Alberta Canada

Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is the equestrian model for maximizing an athlete’s potential at critical stages of cognitive, affective and psycho-motor skill set acquisition.

More simply, it’s providing the right coaching environment to facilitate learning throughout the active lifetime of the athlete. The model is practical, designed to direct programming needs of youthful beginners to seasoned competitors and includes needs of adult amateurs. The LTED or in other sports, the Long Term Athlete Development model is a cornerstone program that has been adopted by most, if not all, sports governing organizations in Canada.

Each demographic in every sport discipline has an optimum time frame for skill acquisition, physical and mental training, and competitive mileage. In equestrian sport, our equine partners are subject to the same considerations as human athletes. All groups of athletes, human and equine benefit from setting and achieving attainable goals within a coach supervised training plan. Using the LTED as a guideline for riding coaches encourages the implementation of sport science as it relates to the equestrian athlete.

The LTED Committee of the Alberta Equestrian Federation initiated, conferred and published a Long Term Equestrian Development booklet in 2016. Committee members began the process to align the the LTED model with services and programs offered through the AEF and Equestrian Canada. As a member of the committee and certified coach, I’m excited to see the possibilities of having a developmental model for coaches, instructors, riders and officials in Alberta.

More information on the LTED in Alberta can be found at http://www.albertaequestrian.com/programs

Long Term Athlete Development
LTED, Riding for the Long Term

Calgary Dressage.com – The Princess Principle

Dressage, from the French verb, dressager, “to train” has a reputation for elitism.  After all, the sport is based on highly trained cavalry manouvers shown at court before kings and queens.
Dressage is a tough sportThe “princess principle” embodies the entilted few who have the means to compete a made horse, sometimes observed showing at a level above capacity. These riders as seen with an entourage of support personel rivaled only by minor celebrities and reality T.V. stars.

I stand firm in my conviction that those of us who tirelessly train our own horses in the classical style, manage their health, feed and turnout sacrifice as warriors of our sport. We save enough to buy a young prospect then fight to accumulate funds supporting years of training, boarding and care before we can step into the show ring.

Dressage warriors are their own grooms, personal managers, stable hands, veterinary technicians, tackers and cool out riders. Those with the embedded “princess principle” will never know the sacrifice and joy the rest of us experience.  Warriors are absolutely willing to take on all of these roles and responsibilities. That’s how tough it is to get to Grand Prix. The difference between the warrior and the princess is the personal cost, the self sacrifice and what riders must give up to gain in the years it takes to train a Dressage horse. There is pride in being a warrior rather than a princess.

So not a princess

Great Teams and Systems Build Success

I provide Dressage lessons to clients at Black Whiskey Ranch, Priddis,  Alberta. The western lilt of the barn’s name and that our regular clinician is regarded as one of the most renown hunter/jumper equitation coaches in Canada should peak your interest in our program.

We have a team and our team has a system, a program for developing skill sets for horse and rider. We practice correct aids and communication with our horses from Walk/Trot to Grand Prix.

I know this may sound simplistic, but without a basic system of understanding between horse and human, it is difficult to achieve a harmonious progression in Dressage.

I’m fortunate to be able to work with Chris Brand and reinforce the material presented in the bi-monthly clinics. It’s my job to keep the lesson program consistent and clients true to their journey between Chris’s  regular visits to Black Whiskey Ranch.

We are taking new clients in at this time. We work with jump riders to improve their skills over fences too. Call Bev 403-616-5771 for information on boarding your horse at our barn.

 

 

 

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I’m working with riders and horse out of Black Whiskey Ranch, Priddis Alberta. Don’t let the western lilt of the barn name fool you, or the fact that the resident clinician is hailed as one of the countries greatest hunter/jumper men and horse trainers. We at Black whiskey, are developing a consistent system of training horses and riders from Walk/trot through training Grand Prix level movements.

Chris Brand gives regular clinics. every two weeks, and I keep the lesson program moving forward with consistency, reinforcing the basics. This builds on the success of the regular clinics with Chris.

If you are looking for a team approach to help you achieve success in Dressage and Jumping, consider our barn, Black Whiskey Ranch, Priddis Alberta, 403-616-5771

 

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c.parentNode.insertBefore(cp, c); })(); </script><noscript>Powered by Cincopa <a href=’https://www.cincopa.com//media-platform/html-slideshow’>HTML Slideshow</a> for Business solution.<span>Clinics at Black Whiskey Ranch, Priddis AB</span><span>Images of Chris Brand teaching Dressage at Black Whiskey Ranch, with Kimberly Cox Competition Coach Specialist </span><span>Chris Brand Schooling Sonny</span><span>Lateral work for staightness and suppling the horse</span><span>flash</span><span> 24</span><span>cameramake</span><span> Apple</span><span>height</span><span> 2120</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> 9.3.3</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 8/10/2016 5:18:38 PM</span><span>width</span><span> 1531</span><span>cameramodel</span><span> iPhone 5s</span><span>Long lining a young horse</span><span>Ground driving a young horse is an essential part of the system</span><span>flash</span><span> 24</span><span>cameramake</span><span> Apple</span><span>height</span><span> 1404</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> 9.3.3</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 8/10/2016 8:02:28 PM</span><span>width</span><span> 937</span><span>cameramodel</span><span> iPhone 5s</span><span>Chris Brand in the tack</span><span>One of the few true horsemen in our area.</span><span>flash</span><span> 24</span><span>cameramake</span><span> Apple</span><span>height</span><span> 2233</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> 9.3.3</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 8/10/2016 5:56:28 PM</span><span>width</span><span> 2092</span><span>cameramodel</span><span> iPhone 5s</span><span>Chris brand teaches a young rider</span><span>Great skills are progressive and systematic</span><span>flash</span><span> 24</span><span>cameramake</span><span> Apple</span><span>height</span><span> 2448</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> 9.3.3</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 8/10/2016 3:38:11 PM</span><span>width</span><span> 3264</span><span>cameramodel</span><span> iPhone 5s</span><span>Chris Brand works with Bev &amp; Neo</span><span>Adjusting the Rider’s leg position for canter work</span><span>flash</span><span> 32</span><span>cameramake</span><span> Apple</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>orientation</span><span> 6</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> 9.3.4</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 8/10/2016 3:09:26 PM</span><span>width</span><span> 720</span><span>cameramodel</span><span> iPad 2</span></noscript>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calgary Dressage – Why choose an Equestrian Canada Coach?

As an Equestrian Canada Competition Coach Specialist in Dressage, I am aligned with program development through Sport Canada, the National Coaching Certification Program and the Coaching Association of Canada.

The certifications achieved by accredited coaches exist to provide a level of confidence in the quality of lesson delivery, safety and ability to provide an optimal learning environment.

Certified coaches are coaching professionals evaluated at the highest national standard. We must provide evidence of our own riding ability, clear police record, adherence to the Equestrian Canada code of ethics and hold a current CPR/First Aid certificate.

As a Competition Coach Specialist, I am able to design and implement a year training plan (YTP) for human and equine athletes to prepare students for regional and national level competitions.

Equestrian Canada certified coaches are professionals committed to best practices based on sport science.  We continuously upgrade our skills through professional development to maintain our current certification status.

When considering an equestrian coach for yourself or your child, ask them if they are certified by Equestrian Canada.

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Barn Best Practices

Here are some best practices for building a dressage barn. The list is based on years of boarding and training at different equestrian facilities.

The indoor arena, in our northern climate, is central to the equestrian community. Years past, show barns boarded a mix of riders of various disciplines. There were few dedicated dressagers and more hunter jumper riders back in the day.

Footing originally was basic. It usually started with a clay base, with local sand, wood chips and perhaps some dust control product added. Watering arenas was part of the maintenance cycle.

The arenas were often insulated and heated as an afterthought, or when it became financially viable to do so. Heat and water created a problem with footing, either exacerbating the dust or causing the clay base to rise. The worst cases of watering and indoor in our climate can cause mold issues and water damage to steel arena supports. Footing continues to evolve into a state of the art all its own.

Now purpose built arenas and barn designs take into account specific disciplines in equestrian sport. Considerable research has gone into the design phase and best practice when implementing an arena build.

Let’s take a look as some other equestrian facility best practice ideas:

  • Room for trailer and big rig turn around & parking
  • Plan for having a safety gate at the facility entrance to contain any “run away”
  • Purchase the correct vehicle and tools for stable management
  • Consider hvac needs and heat conservation methods in arena planning
  • LED lighting throughout and special lighting for farriers and veterinary considerations
  • Safety mirrors and appropriate angle of mirror set for maximum view above kick boards
  • MP3, blutooth, technology in planning music systems
  • Sound systems should be accessible both from the viewing area and from the arena floor
  • Make sure the arena can support a dressage court (20 x 60 metres) with a 5 metre perimeter
  • Have a “drive through” arena and barn isle
  • Plan a dedicated storage area for the dressage ring, cavaletti, and jumps
  • Design a viewing area for spectators that is functional (WiFi), warm (heated), and comfortable
  • Keep sufficiently large  paddocks close to the barn for ease of turnout.
  • Automatic waterers designed for negative temperatures
  • Warmblood size stalls, rubber mats, windows in barn
  • Consider using a method of non slip flooring throughout barn
  • Blanket bars and halter racks in front of every stall
  • Wash racks with hot and cold running water
  • Washer and Dryer for horse laundry
  • Washrooms in barn and viewing area
  • Generous sized tack lockers for clients
  • Organized feed room and feed cart catering to standard and customized feeding protocols
  • Dedicated area for weekly hay storage onsite, with bulk storage planned for a separate hay shed or building
  • Dedicated area for show trunks and extra blanket storage
  • Accessible and copious numbers of brooms, forks and muck buckets to encourage clients to clean up after their horses (make cleanliness user friendly)
  • Empower a dedicated staff capable of the highest level of care

Feel free to add your own ideas for best practice attributes of an equestrian facility. Together we can raise the bar.

 

 

Kim Cox – Competition Coach Specialist Dressage

Kim Cox is awarded her Competition Coach Specialist Dressage through Equine Canada
Kim Cox is awarded her Competition Coach Specialist Dressage accreditation through Equine Canada

I am the first candidate in the province of Alberta, Canada to achieve my Competition Coach Specialist Dressage accreditation. This certification is backed by Equine Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and administered by the Alberta Equestrian Federation.
The process involves reaching or exceeding all 7 certification outcomes to be mastered. Some of these outcomes are theory based and others are evaluated in person by expert evaluators chosen by Equine Canada. I was evaluated by Dale Irwin and Maureen Walters, both hailing from British Columbia.
My evaluators observed my preparation of a Fourth Level student at the recent CA/ADA Mardi Gras gold show to ride her test. The warm up evaluation includes both the horse and rider. The goal of the warm-up is to achieve suppleness and harmony in both. Some riders need to be pushed in the warm up and some need to be kept calm. Horses need to be ready and in a mind set to listen to the rider’s aids without distraction in a new and sometimes scary environment. The competition coach‘s job is to bring all the training and expertise together to maximize the performance. The coach takes care of all the logistics, making sure the rider is kept free of pre-test distractions and can offer 100% attention on the task at hand. Keeping tabs on contingencies, hydration breaks, medications (asthma), timing of the warm-up and checking with the ring-steward for the order of go are all part of the pre-performance requirements. This is all part of outcome 6, “Supporting the Competitive Experience”.
Hopefully all the pre-test warm-up and training has led to a successful test. I was so very pleased with my student and her horse. This was her debut at Fourth Level and as one of the evaluators exclaimed, “She has launched”. That being said, even a less stellar test has its merits from a learning perspective. This leads to the coach being able to logically debrief the athlete and comment knowledgeably and complete Outcome 3 – Analyze Performance.
After the competition piece of my evaluation, we reconvened the same evening at the facility where I coach. The evaluators were to view Outcome 2 – Support Athletes in Training. I prepared and taught 4 different lessons to 4 horse/rider combinations on topics chosen from the Competition Coach Specialist Dressage protocol. One lesson involves correctly and safely teaching a student to improve the horse through lunging. The other lessons topics I chose were improving the half halt, exercises to improve the half-pass and riding 10m circles.
The evaluators asked me to switch my lesson focus in situ, to improve a rider’s equitation. A good coach can think on her feet, and the evaluators were asking me to show adaptive management. This happens in training lessons frequently. A coach may have a plan, but a horse and rider can enter into a training session with some issue that needs to be addressed before moving forward.
Planning for all training of horses and riders in my care are part of Outcomes 4 and 5, Designing and Managing an Equestrian Sports Program. All equine and human athletes are on a time line of progress. The riders are classified as to their LTED (Long Term Equestrian Development) level and the horses are progressing along the Scale of Training. Improvement in dressage is not linear, nor constant. Coaching identifies areas in both athletes that need remediation and develops exercises that benefits both. YTP (Year Training Plan) is a flexible model that accommodates strengths and weaknesses in athletes. It also includes augmented training, such as weight training, Pilates, yoga and other modalities to improve rider fitness. Horses are also on a competition program of enhanced equine health, including dental and veterinary care, massage, chiropractic adjustments, saddle fit and farriery. The YTP is a time line divided into phases in the competition year, with attention to rest and recovery cycles for both horse and rider. The YTP is part of the written work submitted to the evaluators before the practical examination.
I feel my tenure as a Physical Education Teacher and High School Coach helped me formulate successful year training plans for riders. As an athlete, I can appreciate the importance of planning for progress, and as an equestrian I know what it takes to bring a horse along in training. The end result is a harmonious relationship between horse and rider.

CalgaryDressage.com interview – Dressage in Australia, 2015

CalgaryDressage in Oz…

Dressage Down Under, an interview with Nicole Tough

CalgaryDressage, Kim Cox interview with Nicole Tough
Nicole Tough Dressage

Nicole Tough is one of Australia’s leading Dressage coaches, judge and competitor. Nicole is not only an elite rider, but also certified as a Level 2 Equestrian Australia NCAS Dressage specialist coach, National A Level Dressage Judge and a Judge Educator.

 

When I contacted Nicole, she was away, giving one of her regular clinics in Melbourne. I was fortunate that she could meet with me, upon her return, at her Queensland home near Advancetown, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, outside of Brisbane.

Nicole and her mount Borsato, a grey KWPN gelding, were short listed to ride in the prestigious Equitana, held in Melbourne last August (2014), the draw of the 60 hour return trip from Advance town to Melbourne, was the opportunity to train with Olympic and World Dressage Champion Charlotte Dujardin and International 4* Judge Judy Harvey.

Nicole told me that, “The actual selection process was nerve-wracking because they (the organizers) told us that we weren’t guaranteed a spot.” Knowing that she may have to turn around and return home did not dissuade her. Nicole, husband Col and friend Stacey Schooth, with horse float in tow, began the long haul into Melbourne.

Equitana is an annual national equestrian trade event held in Melbourne. It is consummate and all encompassing.  Nicole says, “They even feature Jousting.  There are knights in shining armour and riders in Arabian costume. It is a very diverse event, quite different from the usual Dressage competition.

Nicole had confidence in Borsato, owned by Traci Bolt. She had entered Borsato as a candidate for the medium/advanced level of participation at Equitana. This is similar to Dressage Canada’s 3rd/4th level.  Nicole said, “There were three horse/rider combinations trying for one spot in our section of the clinic.”

Nicole and Borsato were a success.

Charlotte and Judy loved Borsato, and they were selected for a series of four rides during Equitana, while other horse/rider combinations were awarded one ride only.

“It was great. Charlotte was so down to earth. She was genuinely interested in helping.” Nicole added that Charlotte shared that she was initially uncomfortable with all the media attention after her epic wins in London and Normandy, but that disclosure just served to make her more of “a real person”.

I asked Nicole, “what essence of riding for Charlotte Dujardin stayed with her after her experience at Equitana?” She told me, “Charlotte has exceptional core strength as a rider and that is part of her success. “Also, she said, “Never stay in your comfort zone. If things are going well, say, in a half-pass, just go up a gear, and if that is comfortable, go up another gear and so on. Then if it is falling apart, take it back again.” Nicole continued, “Charlotte has that ability to ask for more with Valegro. She has confidence in Valegro to give it to her. That is the relationship she has with him.

Nicole Tough summed up something else she learned from Charlotte. In her own words

“You cannot be a winner and have a fear of losing. If you are afraid of breaking, and ending up with a 6, you can’t go for a 10.”

 Nicole has eyes set on one of the spots with the Australian WEG team for 2018, on Borsato, and would welcome the opportunity to train with Charlotte Dujardin at her yard in England, if financially possible.

Nicole and husband Col, have visited Canada’s west coast and enjoyed time in Whistler. They “love Canada” and would be thrilled to compete Borsato at WEG in Bromont/Montreal in 2018.

In addition to her role as elite competitor, judge and clinician, Nicole organizes a fund-raising effort annually for Queensland Dressage.  This year she has tentatively secured Adelinde Corneilssen (we have until February 28th, 2015 to confirm Adelinde, so this isn’t ‘official’ yet) for the September 19th, 2015 event. The one day Queensland Dressage Festival takes place at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture, Queensland. The festival features both local and international presenters, demonstration rides and practical seminars for all levels of Dressage enthusiasts. “It’s all about sharing knowledge.” said Nicole.

Nicole hopes to have the opportunity to judge several shows in Canada and the U.S.  She could then shadow judge with leading North American judges which is a requirement to take her judging to the international level.

I’m sure we would welcome Nicole Tough’s experience and expertise as a coach and judge, and hope that she can find time in her busy schedule to visit Canada soon. She is “fair dinkum’, as they say down under. Nicole Tough is the genuine article, for sure.

Thursday January 22, 2015

Kim Cox    B.P.E., B.Ed.
Cell: 403-968-5455
coxkim@telus.net
www.CalgaryDressage.com

 

 

CalgaryDressage.com….Preface to Riding

ANYBODY CAN LEARN TO RIDE, for riding is nothing but skill. Skill can only be acquired by continual “trying out” and practice, but not by imitation of a model. Once skill has been acquired, however, it should be exercised in good form.

Riding is pleasant and can be made an art. And who would not be an artist? Only those, however, who try with their whole soul. to understand the horses’ psychic disposition and who endeavour to establish perfect harmony by sensitive feel instead of crude force, are entitled to be called artists. “Feel” is no “black magic”, and anybody can acquire it to a considerable degree.

The end of all schooling and dressage is perfect harmony between human (man) and mount  – Beauty. The horse must show that it feels comfortable and the rider must not betray how hard it is to achieve this!

W. Museler

CalgaryDressage.com…Why Dressage?

Unfortunately, there seems to be some misapprehension amongst English riders as to the nature of “School Riding”. More often than not it is confounded with “Haute Ecole”; some even go so far as to call it “trick riding”. It is nothing of the sort. Ordinary “School Riding” is the fundamental education of both rider and horse; it is, if I may be allowed to coin a phrase, the Grammar School for man and mount alike, and it is regarded as such by practically every Continental horseman, no matter what his particular “horsey” creed.  There are even trainers of racehorses, especially hurdlers and steeplechasers, who take pupils regularly to school (it need not always be a covered one) during the off-season, to make them “handy” and obedient, or to break them of bad habits, such as rushing their fences, storming away, being difficult to turn, ets. Ordinary School Riding comprises all forward movements in all three gaits, all turns, and side-steps, and the rein back, as well as all those “exercises” and “lessons” which help to develop suppleness and complete obedience in the horse. (F.W. Schiller, 1937)