Tag: Training Blog

Dec 20

CalgaryDressage.com: Hemp Meal for Dressage horses – London’s story

Hemp Meal Helps

I began looking for a palatable source of supplemental protein for London. London is: large horse(17.3) thoroughbred in his breeding (Laurie’s Crusader, Londonderry) stomach issues, hard keeper hot, forward, nervous heavy work and high protein requirement getting a high alfalfa, grass hay mix. I found a supplier of ground hemp meal, the fines after the …

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Sep 11

CalgaryDressage.com – Moving up to Second Level

Second Level frame

Kimberly Cox, Assignment re: application for promotion of dressage judge status (to Basic). Topic: Second Level is a significant step-up from First Level. What are the differences? The differences between competing at First and Second Level in dressage involves more than mastery of movements including: shoulder in, travers, simple change, counter canter, 10 meter circle, …

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Dec 01

Calgary Dressage.com – The Princess Principle

Dressage is a tough sport

Dressage, from the French verb, dressager, “to train” has a reputation for elitism.  After all, the sport is based on highly trained cavalry manouvers shown at court before kings and queens. The “princess principle” embodies the entilted few who have the means to compete a made horse, sometimes observed showing at a level above capacity. These riders as seen with …

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Aug 23

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 …

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Jan 28

Barn Best Practices

Facility planning

Here are some best practices for building a dressage barn. The list is based on years of boarding and training at different equestrian facilities.

Jan 13

CalgaryDressage.com – Goal Setting for Dressagers….

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future

Jan 01

CalgaryDressage.com…2018 resolutions for the New Year

CalgaryDressage.com Kim Cox and Roderick

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 2018. I must  let my horse do his job. I can be there for him when he needs me, but …

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Nov 27

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 …

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Aug 25

CalgaryDressage.com…Roderick August 11, 2013

Roderick, Kim Cox up

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 …

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Aug 06

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

CalgaryDressage pictures

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 …

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