Some Thoughts on Training the Dressage horse & Jumpers too

Some Thoughts on Training the Dressage horse & Jumpers too What exercises should be easy before showing in the Dressage ring or over fences. The education gleaned from the hunter ring gave us, of a certain age, the basics from which we transitioned to Preliminary, Intermediate and the pinnacle of equestrian sport, Open Jumpers. I continually […]

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

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 […]

CalgaryDressage.com – Moving up to Second Level

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, […]

Calgary Dressage.com – The Princess Principle

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 […]

Great Teams and Systems Build Success

I have a team and I believe that teamwork is fundamental to success in any sport. 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. Without a basic system of understanding between horse and human, […]

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 […]

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 […]