Category Archive: Training

Sharing ideas and experiences while training my own and others' horses. I talk about successful strategies for preparing for competition.

Feb 15

CalgaryDressage.com – Showing Dressage in the USA #1

  Training in San Diego The process of showing Dressage is a multi stage process. Riding in the equivalent of our recognized shows, riders must have all memberships to the USDF, USEF and the local state NGO.  Riders also need a horse license number for your horse, USDF and USEF membership numbers for your coach or …

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Feb 06

CalgaryDressage…Location, Location, Location

We have parked our RV at the county run RV park adjacent to the historic Del-Mar Fair grounds and race track.  When racing season is on. this park is for the exclusive use of the Thoroughbred Club here in Del-Mar. The location is excellent for ammenities, or if you have non-riders in the family.  It’s …

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Feb 02

CalgaryDressage… Stress in Paradise

You would think that the oportunity to ride and train in paradise with other motivated riders and a great coach would be stress free. Yet, if something adverse happens before my ride, I spend more time wondering if I handled it properly, did the right thing, or what the repercussions might be. Yesterday, while walking …

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Feb 01

CalgaryDressage…Help in Half Pass

I’m preparing for my first show of the season here in Thermal. My coach, Jewels Vysniauskas, has been so very patient with us. I don’t know how many times she has had to say “Kim, widen your hands” or “Kim you need to ride with more leg”. I have a degree in Kinesiololgy and also …

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Jan 29

CalgaryDressage.com – “California Dreamin is ‘comin a reality”

Here at last.  I’m a flyer, not a driver. Big thanks to my husband Bob and buddy Robbie Broatch for getting me here and setting me up in our RV. I can see this is a group effort.  You would be hard pressed to do this all by yourself. I’m not saying it couldn’t be …

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Jan 12

Calgary Dressage……California Blogging

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 …

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Nov 13

Calgary Dressage…Riding Dressage Tests – Preparation

At a recent clinic on general horsemanship, the clinician repeated over and over again he was “getting the horse ready” to move or complete a task.  He was preparing the horse to choose the correct way to move based on his preparation.  This took me a moment to realize that this is what we as …

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Jan 23

Calgary Dressage..Tough training questions for amateurs, are there easy answers?

What is holding you back in your progress?  What if you are not moving ahead in a particular area of your horse’s training or your riding ability?  When is waiting for things to develop patiently not working for you? It can be tough to be honest with yourself, and your horse.  This is where your …

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Dec 27

Calgary Dressage..New Year’s resolutions for dressagers

2012 is fast approaching Have you thought of ways to improve your riding in the New Year? Goal setting is important for achievement in sport. My resolutions are “soft” or subjective.  My “hard” or objective goals are to train for a competitive half pass and achieve single flying changes needed to compete at third level.     Here are …

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Nov 12

Riding Forward……

It is a good idea to work with many different coaches throughout ones journey in dressage. I’ve been very fortunate to work with great teachers. There are times when you need to slow things down to master technique. There are times when you ned to focus on your horse and times when you need to …

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