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Learning, always learning something

I don’t think I’ve ever attended a dressage clinic where I didn’t learn something.  Some clinics I learned quite a bit, some not so much.  This clinic…I learned a lot and now my brain is very, very tired.

Shannon Peters was here this weekend.  And now my brain is so filled with concepts and exercises and solutions.  Though now thinking about it…this is quite reministic of a normal day at Arroyo Del Mar from the last 4 winters!







So many thank yous…to Linda and Isabella (the best barn staff in the world!!), to Greg and Peter and Barb (for managing the very difficult lunch logistics at the house), to The Good Oven Bakery (for all the gluten-free goodies), to Ivars (even though he wasn’t home, he put together so many details before he left, he made my life so easy this weekend!), to all the auditors (for being so patient about the long walk from the parking paddock and the one busy bathroom in the barn!!!), to Lindsey for the expert rides (especially the 3 back to back rides starting at 6am Sunday morning!!), to Casey and Deanna and Cheryl and Kim (for letting us watch and learn as they applied new ideas and techniques to each ride) and to Shannon…thank you, thank you, thank you…for being so generous and patient to teach us how to explain the very difficult concepts to our horses about how we can ride in lightness and ease and sensitivity.  Happy horses, happy riders, happy coaches.

Off to my horses and a great new day!!!





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It’s almost Friday!!!!

Comfort zone

We are about to be moved out of our comfort zone and make some magic happen!!!


Shannon Peters Clinic 

We are excited to have Shannon’s clinic dates finally so close!


Friday (open to audit by clinic riders only)

3 – 5pm     Shannon will work with Lindsey and Vickie  (Lance, Fred and William)


Saturday (open to all auditors)

9am Casey Dermott, Avatar (FEI 5 yr old)

9:45 Jenifer Parks, Ravir(7 yr old, Third Level)

10:30 Lindsey Stroh, Fadora (Inter 2)

11:15 Deanna Cullen, Fausto (FEI 5 yr old)

Noon to 1pm     Lunch

1pm Kim Aasman, Wind Walker (PSG, Inter1)

1:45 Lindsey Stroh, Lancelot (Grand Prix)

2:30 Cheryl Roberts, Luna (Third Level)

3:15 Lindsey Stroh, William (PSG, Inter 1)

4:00 Wrap up.


Sunday (open to all auditors)

6am William

6:30 Fadora

7:15 Lancelot

8am Jenifer

8:45 Casey

9:30 Deanna

10:15 Cheryl

11am Kim

11:45 Wrap up.



  • Lunch will be available (Sat), $10 (soup, sandwiches, salad) (vegetarian, gluten free options will be available)
  • Coffee, tea and water (and gluten free muffins!!!!) available (if you have a favorite cup, pls bring it along!!)
  • If you have a portable, comfortable chair available, bring it along
  • Bring note paper and a pen
  • The riders will ride with headsets to clearly hear Shannon and the auditors will be able hear her teach through the arena speakers
  • Flying Colours now works only on cell phones so add this number to your contact list (in case you get lost and need directions J)  780.361.7062


“It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen.”


Till Friday…

Vickie (off to my to-do lists)


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