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>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…AEF Hosts Canadian Interprovincials

The Alberta Equestrian Federation will be hosting the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships this year September 13 – 15. The event will be held at Anderson Ranch, just south of Calgary.

The CIEC is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition & a collaborative event between the national and provincial sports organizations.  It aims to develop the next generation of equestrian national and international champions.

This year the competition will be held in Alberta for the first time.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Sophie Beaufils at competitions@albertaequestrian.com

For more information about the CIEC you can visit: www.cec?en.ca

Also, below is the link to the CIEC page on the AEF website.

http://www.albertaequestrian.com/Canadian-Interprovincial-Equestrian-Championships

Calgary Area Dressage….Riding Academy at Kestrel Ridge Farm

 

Jewels Vysniauskis riding in Aachen
Jewels Vysniauskis is Head Trainer at Kestrel Ridge Farm

Thinking of trying dressage?  Kestrel Ridge Farm has a Riding Academy for beginning riders or those new to the sport of dressage.

There are opportunities to cross train with grid work, jumping and  riding trails but dressage basics are at the heart of the program.

Kestrel Ridge Farm is one of the few facilities that offers dressage training on school horses.  Check out the website.

Riding Academy at Kestrel Ridge Farm

I will be instructing riding academy students at Kestrel Ridge Farm beginning in January. I am so pleased to be part of the Kestrel Ridge team, and hope to encourage particiaption in the sport of dressage.

Thank you to my family for supporting me in this, as I have always dreamed of working with people and horses at the same time.

For those dressagers not familiar with Kestrel Ridge Farm, the facility is family owned and managed. Jewels Vyniauskas is the head trainer, instuctor specializing in dressage. Jewels has a long and successful competitive history as a young rider, international competitor and W.E.G. athlete.  She draws on her personal experience to find what will work for you and your horse to improve. Jewels is one of the coaches that has the show ring experience to “ramp up” a student’s performance to the next level. I am looking forward to be working with her in the Kestrel Ridge Riding Academy.

Dressage Training at Kestrel Ridge
Riding Academy at Kestrel Ridge Farm

 

Canadian Dressage Team – 4th, 5th and 6th place

Tom Dvorak & Viva's Salieri
Tom Dvorak & Viva's Salieri

Guadalajara, Mexico – Canadian Dressage Team members Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, Tina Irwin of Stouffville, ON, and Crystal Kroetch of Calgary, AB, placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the Individual Dressage Final
held Wednesday, October 19, at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Tina Irwin & Winston
Tina Irwin & Winston

Canada’s youngest team member, 30-year-old Irwin, was the first to enter the arena at the Guadalajara Country Club.  Riding Winston, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Ellen Horgan, Irwin performed to a medley of popular songs from the 80’s, including ‘What a Feeling’ from Flashdance and ‘Life Is Life’ by Noah and the Whale.  Winston showed his maturity and consistency with a flawless and expressive performance that earned a score of 77.225% for Irwin. “Winston was amazing, and I was totally thrilled,” said Irwin, who was making her major games debut.  “It was my personal best score.  We definitely peaked at the right time.  It was also fantastic to ride to my music, which was produced by long-time sponsors and supporters Lewis Manné and Wendy Watson of Zap Productions.”Combined with her Intermediaire I score of 70.842% from the first half of the individual competition on Monday, Irwin’s average score of 74.034% moved her up five places, from tenth after the Intermediaire I, to fifth.

Tina Irwin & Winston
Tina Irwin & Winston

Next in for Canada was Kroetch, 54, riding her own 10-year-old
Hannoverian gelding Lymrix.  Kroetch’s difficult choreography included a canter pirouette immediately following the initial halt, and a serpentine of two tempi  changes.  Her score of 76.325% placed her sixth in the Freestyle.  Having  finished ninth in the Intermediaire I two days earlier with a score of 71%,  Kroetch improved on her ultimate placing, with an average score from the two  tests of 73.663%, and seventh place overall.

 

 

Dvorak, 46, was the second last rider in the arena, competing
immediately after the eventual silver medalist, Heather Blitz of the United
States on Paragon, and the gold medalist Steffen Peters, also of the United
States, on Weltino’s Magic.  Dvorak rode Viva’s Salieri, a 10-year-old
Canadian-bred Hannoverian stallion, to a dynamic Spanish guitar themed program
that included four canter pirouettes and tempi changes on curved lines for added
difficulty.  An impressive score of 77.300% placed Dvorak fourth in the
Freestyle.

Combined with his fourth place result of 73.079% in the Intermediaire
I, Dvorak finished fourth overall with an average score of 75.190%.  Even more
impressive, Viva’s Salieri is a Canadian-bred horse, having been bred by owners
Augustin and Christine Walch of W. Charlot Farms in Stratford, ON.

For Dvorak, the results in Guadalajara were reminiscent of the 2007
Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also placed fourth
individually, having also claimed a team silver medal.

The Canadian riders had high praise for the support they received
from Team Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith of Brockville, ON, and Team Technical Leader
Markus Gribbe of Germany.

“It’s great to be a part of our team’s wonderful results and to be able to help,” said Smith,
who was a member of Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul
Olympics.

Following the Prix St. Georges test held October 16, Canada won the
team silver medal and, in doing so, achieved their goal of qualifying a team for
the 2012 London Olympics.  Unfortunately, under Pan American Games rules, only
three riders per nation may advance to the Individual Final.  Although the
fourth member of the Canadian Dressage Team, 48-year-old Roberta Byng-Morris of
Godmanchester, QC, was unable to compete on the final day, she placed
16th individually in her major games debut with her 12-year-old
Hannoverian gelding Reiki Tyme.

The Canadian Dressage Team was assisted at the Pan American Games by
Team Veterinarian Dr. Alan Manning.  The Canadian Equestrian Team is supported
at the Pan American Games by Team Leader Kerri McGregor of Newmarket, ON, and
Assistant Team Leader Tina Collins of Loretto, ON.

2011
Pan American Games – Final Individual Dressage Results:

Gold:      Steffen Peters                United
States                    Weltino’s Magic
82.640%

Silver     Heather Blitz                 United
States                    Paragon                           81.917%

Bronze   Marisa Featherling        United States
Big Tyme                           77.545%

4.            Tom Dvorak                  Hillsburgh,
ON                 Viva’s Salieri                           75.190%

5.            Tina Irwin                      Stouffville,
ON                 Winston                           74.034%

6.            Crystal Kroetch             Calgary,
AB                      Lymrix                           73.66%

For more information on the 2011 Pan American Games, held every four years, please
visit www.guadalajara2011.org.mx.

 

Pan-Am Games Dressage Update…..

Pan American Games 2011
Crystal & Lymyrix at Pan American Games

– Following the first day of individual dressage competition at the XVI Pan American Games, Tom Dvorak, 46, of Hillsburgh, ON, sits in fourth place, just over one percentage point behind third placed Marisa Featherling of the United States.

Riding Viva’s Salieri, a 10-year-old Canadian-bred Hannoverian stallion, Dvorak received a score of 73.079% in the FEI Intermediaire I test, which forms the first half of the individual medal competition. On Sunday, October 16, Dvorak led Canada to a Team Silver medal as well as a berth for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

All four members of the Canadian Dressage Team contested the Intermediaire I with excellent results. Calgary’s Crystal Kroetch, 54, rode her 10-year-old Hannoverian gelding Lymrix to a ninth place finish with a score of 71%.

The Canadian team’s youngest member, Tina Irwin, 30, of Stouffville, ON, finished close behind in tenth with a score of 70.842% riding Mary Ellen Horgan’s Winston, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Roberta Byng-Morris, 48, of Godmanchester, QC, was the Canadian rider to make the biggest leap up the leaderboard, moving from 25th in the team competition to 16th in the Intermediaire I with a score of 66.947% riding her 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding, Reiki Tyme.

The top 15 competitors from the Intermediaire I test qualify for the Individual Freestyle, after which the individual medals will be awarded. However, as a maximum of three competitors per nation are allowed to contest the Individual Freestyle, Dvorak, Kroetch and Irwin will be Canada’s three representatives.

Delighted with his results to date with Viva’s Salieri, Dvorak is hoping for even more in the Individual Freestyle to Music on Wednesday afternoon. “I love riding the freestyle,” said Dvorak following Monday’s competition. “My freestyle is technically difficult and the music really suits my horse. I’m really pleased with my horse and I know we are in the ball game, which is very exciting.” Dvorak’s horse, Viva’s Salieri, is owned by its breeder, Augustin Walch, and his wife, Christine, who travelled to Mexico to watch their horse compete for Canada. “I’m always very happy to see Tom with my horse,” commented Augustin Walch of Stratford, ON. “Tom and his wife, Ellen, have always done the best for the horse since he was four years old.”

Kroetch also improved both her score and her placing from the team competition to Monday’s individual competition, and has every intention of moving even further up the standings in the Freestyle. “My horse just gets better and better in the ring,” she said. “I have wonderful music and a technically difficult program. If I can keep it together with no mistakes, I believe we can still improve on our placing.”

Canadian Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith of Brockville, ON, and Team Technical Leader Markus Gribbe of Germany have been thrilled with the Canadian results in both the team and individual competitions. “They have achieved exactly what we came here to do,” said Smith, a 1988 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist. “The atmosphere among the team is wonderful. It’s really been a pleasure to watch everyone come together and achieve these results.” The Intermediaire Freestyle to Music, by far the most popular spectator event of the Pan Am Games Dressage competition, will commence at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, at the sold-out stadium at the Guadalajara Country Club.

2011 Pan American Games Dressage Results – Intermediaire I – October 17, 2011

  1.  1. Steffen Peters/Weltino’s Magic (USA) – 78.079%
  2. 2. Heather Blitz/Paragon (USA) – 77.184%
  3. 3. Marisa Featherling/Big Tyme (USA) – 74.316%
  4. 4. Tom Dvorak/Viva’s Salieri (CAN) – 73.079%
  5. 5. Bernadette Pujals/Iusa Rolex (MEX) – 72.605%9.

9.Crystal Kroetch/Lymrix (CAN) – 71.000%

10. Tina Irwin/Winston (CAN) – 70.842%

16. Roberta Byng-Morris/Reiki Tyme (CAN) – 66.947%

For more information on the 2011 Pan American Games, held every four years, please visit www.guadalajara2011.org.mx.