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)

CalgaryDressage.com…Dressage Code of Conduct

Dressage Code
Patience, Practice, Trust

Dressage Code:

Understand the results you achieve in training are only a step in the process.

Let your horse be the primary source of instant feedback for your purpose and progress.

Focus on joy, celebration and an inner sense of calm purposeful determination.

Know that each result achieved correctly will occur perfectly on purpose.

Prepare to acknowledge what is. Emphasize your appreciation of your horse and what it can do.

Complaints are shared only with someone who can initiate change.

Yours in good riding,

Kim Cox

 

CalgaryDressage.com….Barn Affirmations

Be thankful
As you enter the barn…

Here are personal affirmations I use as I go to train at the barn: I accept myself and my horse for who we are today. I have a warm regard for others at the barn. I am ready, present physically, emotionaly, mentally and spiritually. I will assist others whenever I can, without taking away from their self detrmination.I believe in win/win and give for the love of giving. Abundance is the natural state of the universe. Believe it.  Ask and allow. Grooming is a silent time to focus on and communicate with your horse.This is part of the ritual of preparation for a successful ride.

Yours in good riding,

Kim

CalgaryDressage.com….Core Principles…

 

Roderick, Kim Cox up
Core principles and the strength to hold them true

Dressage Business Management… My core principles:

 1.     Engage in lawfulness, honesty, personal, integrity and fairness in all transactions. You will always be caught in a lie.

2.     Commit to safety. Stop, think and ask. There are no dumb questions.

3.     Seek out roles and responsibilities…Help.  Be part of the solution.

4.     Set high expectations for yourself, demonstrate them. Lead by example.

5.     Build and maintain positive relationships. Learn to identify those whom you cannot satisfy, understand that hey are unworthy of your time and effort and move on.

6.     Develop and practice humility and intellectual honesty.

7.     Treat others with dignity, respect and sensitivity.

8.     Embrace change.

9.     Beyond knowledge, seek understanding.

10. Have a compelling desire to achieve success and find fulfilment. Enable functionality in sport. 

The era of the princess, diva, or tyrant management style in dressage barns is fading.  Consumers are far savvier. Utilizing the corporate model in dressage barn management creates clear roles and responsibilities for staff and clients.  Goal setting and project management, corporate communication and stakeholder relations are imperative for attracting and retaining sponsors, and high level riders. Dressage management must rise to a level of professionalism that is expected in an international sport.

Thank you, Charles Koch and Market Based Management for this profound influence.  It was a pleasure to host Mr. Koch and his upper level staff at our home in Fort McMurray in June 2001.

Kim Cox

 

Merry Christmas from CalgaryDressage.com

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a German Riding Po-ny…

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 Halflingers, and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the fouth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers, and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 5 custom saddles….4 Hanovarians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles,… 4 Hanovarians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 7 tons of footing, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles… 4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 8 brand new paddocks, 7 tons of footing, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles… 4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 9 Rambo blankets, 8 brand new paddocks, 7 tons of footing, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles…4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warm Bloods, 2 Halflingers and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 Thinline saddle pads, 9 Rambo blankets, 8 brand new paddocks, 7 tons of footing, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles….4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 Halflingers, and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 crystal browbands, 10 Thinline saddle pads, 9 Rambo blankets, 8 brand new paddocks, 7 tons of footing, 6 rubber stall mats, 5 custom saddles…4 Hanoverians, 3 Dutch Warmbloods, 2 halflingers, and a German Riding Po-ny.

On the twelveth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a divorce!  (ha ha)

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas season with horse and family.