CalgaryDressage.com – Show Dates Alberta 2014…

Alberta Recognized & Schooling Show Dates

 

2014 RECOGNIZED SHOWS:

February 2nd  – Winter Dressage I – RMSJ – Anderson Ranch

 

February 23rd

PAADA Dressage Daze I – EC Sanctioned Silver – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

 

March 15 – 16th – Winter Dressage II – RMSJ – Anderson Ranch

 

March 22nd-23rd

PAADA Dressage Daze II – EC Sanctioned Silver – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

 

April 12 – 13th – Winter Dressage III – RMSJ – Anderson Ranch

 

May 3rd-4th

PAADA Dressage Daze III – Championships – EC Sanctioned Silver – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

 

May 9-11, 2014 – AJYR Dressage Classic Gold Show – at the Westerner in Red Deer

(May 10, 2014 – AJYR Dressage Classic Bronze Show – at the Westerner in Red Deer)

 

May 23 -25th – Amberlea Meadows Show

June 13-15 – Chinook Country/ADA Summer Dressage Gold Show – Claresholm, AB

Contact Debbie Roslinksky – deb.roslinsky@shaw.ca

June 27 -29th – National Gold Show – RMSJ- Anderson Ranch

July 18 – 20th – Amberlea Meadows Summer Dressage Show

September 4 – 7th – Gold Show and Provincial Championships – RMSJ –Anderson Ranch

 

SCHOOLING SHOWS

February 23rd

Wild Rose Dressage Show – Eversfield Equestrian

 

February 23rd

PAADA Dressage Daze I – Wild Rose Show – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

 

March 22nd-23rd

PAADA Dressage Daze II – Wild Rose Show – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

 

March 30th

Wild Rose Dressage Show – Eversfield Equestrian

 

May 3rd-4th

PAADA Dressage Daze III – Wild Rose Show – At the Ponoka Ag Event Center

Contact: allegra@ualberta.ca

CalgaryDressage.com…Roderick August 11, 2013

Roderick West Calgary Dressage Third Level Test 3 64%

Ride more forward into a steady hand. Why does it take so long to get there? I have a compulsive need to fix things as they happen. My coach, Deanna Cullen, has steadfastly resolved to not allow my disfunctionality to “fiddle” with the reins.

Roderick, my long suffering partner, has much to teach me yet.  Bless our horses and our children,  for they are the consumate teacher.

Your in good riding,

Kim

CalgaryDressage.com…..Tools for success in the Dressage Court

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Showing in Del Mar

The Digital Horse visual aid for learning dresage tests.

I ‘ve found it is better to learn all my dressage tests by memory.  It goes beyond memory, I learn them “by heart”.  In this way I use my anticipation and sequencing skills to help prepare for the next movement.

If there is soft music in the background of our ride I use it to “dance” to with my horse.  If there is no music I ride with a tune in my head.  When I studied dance at Uot C years ago, no one would talk us through the moves from the curtain, in gymnastics you need to remember your floor routine or you couldn’t sequence your tumbling lines, one portion of the routine flowed and built on the next.

I have been in the trenches of training level and I know nerves can play interference with memory. Have a reader if you must to keep yourself secure. I urge all of my riders to know their tests upside douwn and backwards.  Practice a sequence of 2 or 3 moves at a time untill they flow.  Dance with your horse.

Another way to learn your tests is to draw them out on a dressage court template.  This method suits visusal learners best.  Riders can visualize where the next transition takes place.  You make a dressage map for your test.  Advanced riders can add in half halts or what “feel” they should experience at each transition. Preparation points are critical, for example you can’t wait to get to a letter before asking to start a circle, shoulder in or half pass.

Good luck with this, see you at the shows.

Kim

 

 

 

CalgaryDressage.com…..Showing in the USA #3

 

Kim Cox and Roderick training in San Diego
Training in San Diego

In a perfect world, I would like to show every 2 to 3 weeks during the season.  In this part of the world you can do that.  Showing this often adds to a rider’s mental toughness and psychological edge. There is a long off season at home and shows are far apart in the regular schedule at home.I learned a lot about myself showing in California.  When I began my dressage career after leaving the jumper ring, my coach asked me about my goals.  I thought third level was “safe”, and not wanting to be brash, chimed out third level as my goal.  She was German. She looked at me and replied “Das ist M”. I had no idea what M was and wondered about how long it would take.  She waved her hand and said, “All riders take 5 years to learn”.

It has been 5 years and I have met my goal to ride third level.  I won 2 first and a fourth placenat Del-Mar. Now I realize how much I don’t know. Riding here in the same warm-up as Jewels, Stephen and Shannon Peters and Guenter Seidel has been an amazing and very humbling experience.  There is such a gap between good horses and great horses. Good riders and great riders, and I know I can ride better.  I personalized the experience…it’s not the score or the ribbon, it’s the ride that counts.  I can’t believe it has taken me this long or coming this far to figure out.

Every coach/athlete team needs to set goals for training.  Jewels asked me that question when I came to train with her.  I want to ride Prix St. George. This ups my game. I need several things to achieve this.  The most fundamental thing for me, is to understand my flaws as a rider/competitor. I must work hard to overcome them. I also need a dance partner that will take me to the upper levels.  I have a great coach that has gone to the WEG and has her sites set on re-entering the ring on the international stage.  I’m fortunate that my family supports my efforts and my clients at home are in my corner too.

The whole package, the mental toughness, the training, the horse, the show, the score, the ride etc. is a journey.  Dressage is a pursuit of perfect harmony with the horse.  I saw it in Del-Mar, and it was motivating.

 

CalgaryDressage.com…Showing in the USA #2

You have established a training base in southern California, your horse has arrived at the destination all is well. Your horse will need a few days to  adjust to the climate and change in hay.

Bathe and clip your horse and find the appropriate sheet/blanket/fly mask combination for the weather in the desert. We feed “Safe Choice”, a Purina product.  It is an American based brand, but was difficult to find locally.  Once the jumpers were competing at Thermal, the brand was brought in.   Don’t assume that you can find the same brands of horse feed here as at home.  Make sure you contact the local feed store to find if they will bring in a supply of any specialty feed you may require.

Ask about all the barn and arena rules.  These may be different than at your home barn. Be polite and respectful and always clean up after yourself and your horse. You are a guest boarder and remember you would like to be welcomed back. Other riders are a great source of information on where to find tack shops, boot repair, veterinary advice, farriers, showing etc.

Personal accomodation becomes a matter of choice.  I have an RV, and as long as there is a place to park near the barn, I am home.  There are condos, hotel resorts (suites) or rental units available locally.

Now that you and your horse have arrived safely and settled in, it’s time to start riding.

 

 

 

 

Calgary Dressage……California Blogging

Roderick
Roderick

Stay tuned for information and updates on how to “go large” on the southern California dressage circuit.  I will be shipping my third level horse to Thermal Ca. next week.  Watch for tips and informantion on “how to” for the adult amateur rider who may want to add this experience to their bucket list.

You need to go to the USDF and the USET websites and aquire the appropriate memberships that allow you to attend rated shows in the States.  You also need to join the California Dressage Society to show at certain levels in California.  The process to get all  certification in order takes some snail mail time. I encourage you to begin this process in early December prior to a January departure.

I have my own horse trailer, but opted to have my horse professionally shipped this time.  I contacted Foothills Horse Transport and chatted with Michael Kits.  He was very helpful and provided me with all the information I needed to aquire the health, vaccination, export paper work etc. needed to cross the border. My veterinary service did the tests and vaccinations in a timely manner and now we’re ready to go south.

I am following my horse down in a large RV with horse trailer attached, even though I am not hauling my own horse. You never know when you may find the horse of the century and I want to be prepared to bring it home.  I plan to follow Roderick down after he has a week of post travel recovery at a facility that was previously scouted out by my coach.  It really is important to have connections with a facility in the area where you are showing.  If you don’t have any link to the area, find a coach with these connections and see if they will take you on as a student.  It will make you experience so much less stressful.

If you ship your horse, please make sure you have a responsible party ready on the other end to receive him. This may sound crazy, but I would never let my horse go to a new barn without someone I trussted to keep a watchful eye on him until I could be there.

So as of the week prior to shipping:

  • Transport is booked
  • Veterinary certificates in hand
  • Pack tack trunk for shipping (This is its own topic)
  • arrange to deliver your horse to the departure site for shipping
  • clip horse, arranage for farrier if necessary before departure

So far so good.

 

 

Calgary Dressage…Basic Horse Turnout for Showing

Half Pass
Good turnout shows respect for the sport

Basic Horse Turnout for Showing

-Mane neatly pulled, trimmed, and braided.*

-Braid mane with elastics or yarn that matches your horse’s mane. White elastics are acceptable in dressage, but avoid them if you are not a skilled braider.

-Horse is clean!

-Tack is clean!

-Clean white or black saddle pad for dressage events.

-Hot towel or wipe down prior to your class to remove dust from dark horses.

-Feathers clipped.

-Ears, “beard”, and bridle path trimmed neatly. Do not shave the muzzle for dressage.

-Tail is brushed and banged, tails are not braided in dressage.

-Clear hoof polish may be applied, never black for dressage or English events. Do not oil hooves, as sand will stick to them. (Black looks tacky.)

*Always braid regardless of level or type of show. It shows respect for the judge, yourself, and your horse.

 Notes:

-Unless you are showing a Shire, or Clydesdale, clip your horse’s feathers. It will accentuate your horse’s conformation, not to mention clipped legs are easier to keep clean.

-Do not shave the muzzle hairs as it leaves a horse blind.

-Do not shave the inside of a horse’s ears because the hair keeps bugs and wind noise out of them. (Trim the outside hair only.)

-If your horse has a large barrel, avoid swallowtail pads. They’re unflattering.

-If your horse has a thick neck, avoid white braiding elastics.

-If your horse breed has a long mane, running braids are an acceptable alternative to button braids.

-Bang the tail according to the tail carriage of your horse in the trot. The tail should fall between the bottom of the fetlock and the middle of the cannon bone.

-Braiding the top of the tail can accentuate the hindquarters. Avoid shaving or pulling the sides unless your horse is a Hanoverian.

by Victoria Cox

 

 

 

Dressage Show Checklist….are you ready to go?

Rosettes
Having everything with you contributes to your success at Dressage Shows

Dressage Show Check List

Take a look at my list of items I bring to the Dressage Shows.

I hope it helps those new to showing. If you show with others from the same facility, divide the list up so everyone can contribute.  This is not an exhaustive list, although it may look like one.

Best wishes for a great season,

Kim Cox

 

Calgary Dressage – Alberta Dressage Show Dates for 2012

Dressage Show Ribbons
2012 Summer Dressage Show Dates for Alberta

Thank you to Beckie Snow for compiling the show dates for the Alberta Dressage Summer Season:

2012 Alberta Recognized & Schooling Show Dates as of March 21, 2012:
May 11, 12 &13th
Gold Show in Red Deer presented by AJ/YR

May 12th
Bronze Show in Red Deer presented by AJ/YR

May 26th and 27th
Gold Show – Amberlea Meadows Dressage Show (Edmonton Area)
Ph: 780-955-7608 Fax: 780-955-7755
Email- showoffice@amberleameadows.com Website www.amberleameadows.com

June 9th and 10th
Gold Show in Claresholm presented by CC/ADA

June 28th to July 1st
CDI*** in Calgary presented by CA/ADA

June 30th
Double W Riding Academy Bronze Summer Classic – Bronze Show
July 20 – 22nd
Gold Show – Amberlea Meadows Summer Dressage Festival (Edmonton Area)
Ph: 780-955-7608 Fax: 780-955-7755
Email- showoffice@amberleameadows.com Website www.amberleameadows.com

Sept 1st and 2nd
Gold Show in Calgary presented by CA/ADA

Sept 13th and 14th Parkland Dressage Festival Provincials in Red Deer presented by PA/ADA

Sept 15th and 16th
Parkland Dressage Festival Regionals in Red Deer presented by PA/ADA

SCHOOLING SHOWS

March 10-11 – Dressage Schooling Show I
April 14-15 – Dressage Schooling Show II
Contact: Ph: 780-955-7608 Fax: 780-955-7755
Email- showoffice@amberleameadows.com Website www.amberleameadows.com

UPDATE – Double W Riding Academy Dressage Schooling Show series:
* Saturday, April 14th
* Saturday, September 8th
* Saturday, October 6th
Watch www.doublewranches.ca for prize list. Follow on facebook as well! Please note new barn number 403-843-3333 .
Suzanne
Double W Riding Academy

August 10 – 12 – Extreme Stables Annual Summer Extravaganza – Dressage/Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show. Find the prize list in the News at www.extremestables.ca