Monthly Archives: August 2009

Steffan Peters clinic sooooo wonderful!

We’re home from the Steffan Peters clinic at Double W Ranch in Bluffton, thanks to all the organizers of this clinic, great job!…what a great couple of days work.  Lindsey and Lance rode on Saturday and Sunday.  Thanks to Deb Meraw, I’ll be able to post photos from both days.  Thanks so much Deb.  I can’t seem to concentrate on the work and handle the camera as well.

There were so many light bulbs moments from this weekend that we can add to our daily work. 

  • Suppleness, suppleness, suppleness.  Don’t sacrifice suppleness for movement.
  • Make every stride honest and clear
  • Keep everything simple and uncomplicated
  • Finish what you start
  • Horse not submissive, cooperative is a better term
  • Make the training be understood by the horse day by day
  • He must work in the transitions not rest
  • If a full halt doesn’t work, a half halt certainly won’t
  • Forward is good, correct contact is difficult
  • Keep the topline supple in all of the training
  • Extended trot to piaffe…honest, clear and through, ahhh what a goal!!!
  • Be accurate within each stride
  • An error free test goes a long way
  • “See he understands, he can learn”
  • “Get the job done.”

There are many more for sure but these are what I’ll try to take to the arena this morning.  This clinic really clarified some concepts for me.  We’ll change the emphasis in some of our work and beef up some of the concepts we have being using.  Looking forward to September’s work and having Shannon Peters here October 3/4. 

All the horses worked so much better on Sunday after Saturday’s schooling with Steffan.  It sure looked like everyone had integrated  the concepts and would be able to reproduce the work at home.  This doesn’t happen at every clinic for sure!  Thanks Steffan!

Here’s some photos…

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Steffan Peters Clinic Tomorrow

We’re all ready to head to Bluffton to the Peters clinic tomorrow.  I’ll add photos (if I remeber to use the camera during the lesson!  Maybe they’ll be someone there I can hand the camera to???!!!)  This will be the first time Lance will be leaving FCS by himself for a good time!  The only other time he’s been in the trailer by himself, is to head to Calgary for colic surgery!  I hope Fred will be ok as we pull out of the yard…she believes she should be with Lance outside, inside and especially in the trailer!

We have put the final details together for the Shannon Peters clinic.  She’ll be here Sat/Sun, October 3/4.  We’re very excited about the weekend!  Peters training X 2!  August and October!

William is doing amazing.  He is scheduled to ride in the Shannon Peters clinic and Christoph Hess October 19/20.  He loves to get down and go to work each day.  We are slowly adding more intensity each week and he is thriving.  Still can’t turn him out yet…he just would gallop and buck and buck and buck…not good for his tummy!

Labour Day, Monday September 7 is the FCS “Babies and Big Girls Dressage Show”.  All sorts of little girls, ponies, big girls, horses, hot dogs, decorations and dressage!  I think it’ll be a good day!

Dressage Camp tentatively set for Thanksgiving weekend, October 10/11.  Details to come.

Time to get everyone fed and out…


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William is cantering!!!

Our young stallion, William is recovering in record time (record around here anyway!!).  He cantered one circle each way with Lindsey yesterday.  Colic surgery one month ago.  He loves to work, digs deep and tries so hard to figure things out under saddle.  He is still on “no turnout” ’cause he runs and bucks and bucks and bucks (trying to impress the girls, I’m sure!).  He gets hand walked and grazed several times during the day so he’s not bored.  He loves to be groomed and talks the girls into a good brush daily!  It’s soooo good to see him and Linds in the arena each day.  Linds may even need her spurs on soon!

Fred has turned into a PSG horse.  What an elegant, super mare!  She and Lindsey have put together such wonderful work this summer.  Fred has blossomed into a stunning girl.  The fall is going to hold some great schooling rides for Linds and Fred!  So exciting!!!

We are getting ready for the Steffan Peters clinic with Lindsey and Lance.  Lance is getting so strong.  He is settling into schooling the Grand Prix very nicely.  The 3 Ps (piaffe, passage, pirouettes) are coming along nicely.  It is such a thrill to watch the day to day work, so much learning and such good quality.  Linds and Lance are a wonderful team.

We are in the process of putting together our clinic, workshop and camp schedule for the fall at Flying Colours.  We’re waiting for confirmation on dates for several international clinicians.  Once the dates have been finalized then we can fill in the blanks for the rest of the clinics.

Looks like we’ll be heading to California for the spring.  We’re looking at show dates and working out the logisticsof horses, people and vehicles.  Ivarsand I have booked the last week of October to take the coach to Phoenix.  From Phoenix to California is a day’s trip to get the coach where we need it in February so no driving the Foretravel in minus 30+ this year…yeah!

Congratulations to Marilyn and Jennifer Parslow.  This mom and daughter are the new proud owners of Vaultara!  Tara spent the several months at Gorsline’s Stables learning the ropes of jumping.  She did great and put many jumper ribbons on her stall.  She’ll make a wonderful new versatile partner for Jen and Marilyn.  Lindsey will fine tune Tara’s schooling for the next couple of months with Jen and Marilyn.

A busy August into a great September!

Enjoy the journey,


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