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

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…2014 resolutions for the New Year

Usually there are many things that come to mind when making New Years resolutions. I am choosing to keep it simple this year.

Stay neutral, open and observant in each ride. That’s my mantra for 2014.

I have gone through stages focusing  on technique, and micro-management.

I must now let my horse do his job.

I can be there for him when he needs me, but I cannot carry him.

I cannot focus on perfection only strive for it.

By staying neutral and observant I can improve my feel.

I’ve noticed a certain impatience to my warm up.

My expectations of how long it should take to get ready to work  have no impact on the horse’s readiness.

Patientce is a virtue…so I will choose to stay open and neutral.

I’ll ride correctly and let the patterns and exercises work for me and my horse. I realize that some things you  can’t hurry.

The virtue is in the comming together of the horse in a good frame on his own. I’v been guilty of “framing” the horse….before he was ready to yield.  I think it now better to ride an extra 15 minutes or so and have the horse come into you.

I also realize that having a talented horse that may give you 20% effort on any day must be asked to perform, demanding his attention leads to resistance. Some horses must be brought into work with more finesse, I will try to be more open to that.

The neutrality means not to judge the horse as lazy or unwilling to give over the back. I think some horses need convincing that the work will be fun and challenging. I believe giving the horse something to look at or something to ride over (cavalletti) may stimulate him and improve his work ethic. I enjoy fun new things and challenges, why not our horses.

Observant means not to overface or  overstimulate…there is a balance of what is fun and what is scary…don’t judge…be observant and creative in problem solving. A good observer can monitor feedback from the horse more effectively. Good riding is working through that infinite feedback loop.

I hope you find my musings interesting.

Happy New Year…from Kimberly Cox and Roderick

Here’s to a great 2014 full of hope, success and growth through CalgaryDressage.com

 

CalgaryDressage.com…The Positive Equestrian’s Pledge

The focus of attending the recent Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference held in Calgary November 7th through 9th was the power of maintaining a positive team focus.

Dressage is an individdual sport, but the barn you train at fosters a team.

The  group of experts you work wlith to better yourself and your horse is a team, if you are a sponsored rider, you are part of a team, you and your horse are a team.

The relevance of a positive team environment in sport is measurable success. The cost of even one negative team member is so great, it can and will sink even the grandest ship of confidence. This is fact.

If there is one negative person at  your side, subversion occurs.

It doesn’t mean everyone has to walk around with false smilles and be happy happy. Most of us who ride and compete in dressage are in a mature demagraphic and know when we hear negative barn talk, explicitly or inferred about another trainer, coach, rider, horse, farrier…etc.

Be a “fly on the wall” at the barn and take notice of the comments made and heard.  Notice who on your team is positive and who may need a tuning in. The head coach at a facility would be the likely candidate to discuss the negativity with the team member privately.  In most instances the negative person may not even realize the potential impact of the discourse.  If there is a question or conflict at a barn there needs to be a clear path of communication directed at the authority with the power to act on the situation.  That’s not negativity, that’s good business.  It’s the sly comments, or inferred remarks of general negativity that cause teams to fail.  Be mindfull in your speech…by all means “say what you mean and mean what you say” and direct any questions or concerns to the right people.

Be proactive, positive and bring your best to the barn. Your horses and your training deserve it.

Jon Gordon presented a “Positive Team Pledge” during his keynote address to the crowd of elite coaches and administrators.  I have modified its contents to fit equestrian sport:

The Positive Equestrian’s Pledge

I pledge to be a positive leader who sets the example for other equestrians through my positive energy and actions.

I promise to share positive energy and encouragement within equestrian sport

I will not be an energy vampire nor will I sabotage myself and my horse with negativity, complaining and excuses.

When I make a mistake I will own it and seek to improve.

When I’m not riding well I will stay positive and strive to get better.

When I experience self-doubt I will remember a time when I succeeded.

When I feel fear I will choose faith.

When I face adversity I will find strength.

When we experience a defeat I will choose to stay positive andd prepare to achieve another victory.

With hard work, determination and faith, I will never give up and will always help my horse forward towards our vision and goals.

Today and every day I will be positive and strive to make a positive impact in our sport.

Jon Gordon is a motivational speaker and has made his success by building winning teams in professional sports.