Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas Wishes

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”  Burton Hillis

Wishing everyone a christmas “wrapped in family” afar or near.


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FCS Open House complete with cookies and hot chocolate and pony rides!

From Lindsey’s Desk…….

Flying Colours Stables Open House 

We invite you to join us for cookies, carrots and cocoa at our stable. This is our way to wish you a happy holiday, show you our amazing horses and what dressage is all about. Bring your family and friends. It will be sure to warm your heart to see dancing with horses. 

The Open House will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet the Flying Colours Team who are headed to California on their journey to qualify to represent Canada at future competitions and the Olympics
  • Watch dressage demonstrations by Lindsey Stroh with Lance, Freddie and William with their coach Vickie Argals
  • Feed the horses carrots
  • Enjoy refreshments and music 

Monday, December 28, 2009

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Wetaskiwin, AB

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Press release, Dec 17, 2009

Stroh Makes the Dressage Canada Long List (Released on December 17, 2009)

Dressage Canada announced this week Lindsey Stroh and horse Lancelot, owned by Vickie and Ivars Argals, made the list of potential competitors to represent Canada in future international dressage competitions.  “We are thrilled to have the official notice,” said Stroh. “I have had my sights set on competing for Canada for many years but have been seriously training and preparing for the past three years.”

Stroh’s coach and manager is Vickie Argals owner of Flying Colours Stables in Wetaskiwin.  The Flying Colours team will travel with five horses to California in early 2010.  They will train with Steffen and Shannon Peters and compete in four international dressage competitions.  “We are privileged to get this opportunity to work along side this caliber of trainers” said Vickie Argals.

“We have three quality international horses that Lindsey will compete with in 2010,” said Argals. “The horses are members of the team and are elite athletes and are treated in the highest regard. We go to great efforts to keep the horses in sound condition, mentally and physically.” Training and competing in California will provide Lindsey, Vickie and the horses with more opportunity to gain needed experience and exposure to succeed at the international level.
Lindsey is the daughter of Barb Stroh and the late Bruce Stroh of Camrose.  The Flying Colours Team is having an open house on Monday, December 28, 2009 from 2 – 4 pm if you want to see dressage in action and meet the riders and horses. For more information on the open house call Flying Colours Stables at 780-352-0007. You can follow the team’s progress on their blog at


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Lindsey and Lance Long Listed for Canada

The official list is out!!

Way to go Lindsey!!!  She and Lance are long listed for Canada.  This has been an amazing year, goals set, goals met.  On to the next phase.


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Departing Phoenix arriving at coldest place in North American…call me crazy!!!

We have had the best week.  Golf, hot tub, great company, wonderful food. 

The coach is running very well and just needs some tweaking on the slide.  We dropped it off at Desert West and they can have it for the next couple of weeks.  Desert West is a wonderful RV repair company in Phoenix.  They really know their stuff and take great care of us and our Foretravel!  It really is quite the experience to drive a 40 ft coach into their yard and have it be one of the smaller coaches!  Lots and lots of “rock star” buses and our cute little ‘ol coach!

Aleks and Neil have their Christmas decorations up and are just about ready for all of us arriving  there for the holidays.  Neil is busy finishing the remodel on the master bath and Aleks is finishing up all her Christmas sewing projects.  Aleks and I put together a wonderful wreath for the front door all from greens from the front garden.  Amazing.  It’s going to be great to celebrate some of the holidays in Scottsdale with all the kids.  Greg will be here Christmas Day; Kirsten, Andrew and Mack on Boxing Day and Ivars and I arrive December 30.  We’ll all have a couple of days together, the kids will then head back to Edmonton and Ivars and I head to California.  We’ll golf a little on the way, enjoy a bit of San Diego and get the coach set up in Escondido.  Escondido will be home away from home for Lindsey and I till April, 11 miles to Shannon and Steffan’s stable and close enough to the beach.

We’ve ordered a single legged kickstand for the Vespa.  The double legged kickstand is very stable but I’m too short to tip it off the kickstand and get off and running by myself.  I’m hoping the single legged kickstand will make the scooter more manageable for me!  Ivars will install in when we’re back in Phoenix and I can test drive it over the holidays.

So now we’re sitting in the Phoenix airport bracing ourselves for the flight back to minus 35 and to trying to start the car at  at 1:30 am in the cold….

Ivars "On Course" in Phoenix

Neil and Ivars buffing up the old girl, a chilly day in Scottsdale.

Aleks adding Christmas lights and bows.

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Oh my goodness…winter arrived…brrrrrrr!

The snow has a distinctive crunch at minus 30.  The walk across the yard to the stable is an all senses experiences at these temperatures.  The sound of the snow under foot, the feel of the extreme cold air in your lungs, and the heavy cold on your face and freezing your eyelashes.  Then the welcoming warmth of the stable and the soft greeting of nickering, hungry horses.  A great way to start the day!

For the last several days, everyone got turned out for an hour or so, we quickly cleaned the barn and then settled them all back into their stalls.  Looks like the rest of the week will be the same turnout schedule.  The arena is warm to ride and I can teach all day as long as I can hug a mug of hot tea for warmth! 

The horses are all going great.  Lance is really getting the 2 Ps (passage, piaffe).  Next to put together are 15 one tempis.  Fred is really enjoying tempis and we’ll introduce her to 2 tempis soon.  William is figuring out tempis quite nicely and left half pass is not so scary any more!

So all this talk about winter…Ivars and I leave for Phoenix today…ahhhh golf.  Lindsey and Peter take over the farm while we’re away.  They are both trying to figure out how we plan our trips to coincide with extreme winter weather patterns!  We’ll be back on Sunday, refreshed and ready to finish off the rest of December!

December 28 (Monday) is our Open House and Christmas party.  So if you are interested in meeting and feeding a carrot or 2 to our horses, drop by for cookies and refreshments.  2-4 pm.  Lindsey will be doing demos on Lance, Fred and William during the afternoon.  This is our send-off event to California as the horses get on the truck January 13.

Off to a hot shower before tackling minus 35….


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