Monthly Archives: October 2013

Well…that was very nice!

What an absolutely wonderful weekend we had around here.

It was our first Pilate/Dressage weekend and it was down right wonderful!

Thank you to the riders that participated Saturday and Sunday.  You were wonderfully patient with Lindsey and I and let us work out the bugs on the fly as we worked.

Pilates focused analysis on the bio mechanics of human movement transfers perfectly to the analysis of rider movement for effective riding.  Pilates breaks down and explains a basic form on the mat  which then transfers beautifully to effective riding techniques.

Pilates mat work in the morning, then on your horse in the afternoon…makes for 2 very full days.

Lots of “aaaahhhaaa” moments, lots of new muscle awareness and lots and lots of smiles.

And we get to do it again several times this fall.

Pilates/Dressage Workshops at Flying Colours

  • Nov 23/24
  • Dec 7/8
Finding neutral spine!

Finding neutral spine!

A wonderful exploration!!!


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Another workshop date added…

Steinbrecht on Dressage 

“If the art were not so difficult we would have plenty of good riders and excellently ridden horses.  But as it is art it requires; in addition to everything else; character traits that are not combined in everyone… inexhaustible patience, firm perseverance under stress and courage combined with quiet alertness.  Even if this seed is present; only a true, deep love for the horse can develop these character traits to the heights that alone will lead to the goal.” ~ Gustav Steinbrecht

Pilates/Dressage Workshops with Lindsey Stroh and Vickie Argals at Flying Colours

  • Oct 19/20 – full
  • Nov 23/24 – full
  • Dec 7/8 – several spots open

Loving the full moon today!!!   (It’s much easier to walk horses out in the early morning moonlight than in 6am darkness!!!)

Off to feed my ponies…


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Intense training, week long workshops at FCS

Lindsey and I have both felt that offering intense, week long training sessions would give our clients horses a boost forward.

We’ve allotted some weeks this fall to slot in week long training workshops.

Vickie, Lindsey and Zorro

Vickie, Lindsey and Zorro

These week long “full training” workshops will give our clients a little extra boost on their way in their dressage journey.

We have a very busy fall planned…and loving it!!!!


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Upcoming Clinics at Flying Colours

We are so excited to announce these upcoming clinics at Flying Colours!!!

Dressage/Pilates Workshops

October 19/20 (full)

November 23/24 (several spots open)


Call or email for more info.        780.361.7062


Self-carriage is not just a horse issue!

Dressage, like Pilates, is about dynamic stability for both the horse and rider.  A fully stable rider is better able to effectively influence the horse as they move together both horizontally and vertically.

Pilates, in general, will improve your riding technique by improving body awareness and connection, general suppleness, better balance, and overall strength.

An aware, supple, balanced rider can better influence and create these qualities in the horse.

Dynamic Stability

Dynamic Stability

This 2 day workshop will teach you to work in Pilates exercises carefully selected for dressage riders.  Work both days is on the mat and in the saddle, on your horse.

Day One – Building Body Awareness and Control


  • Pilates mat class; general principles and specific dressage focused exercises
  • Demo in arena, on horseback of body control in the saddle (left/right, front/back, in motion) (Lindsey and Lance)
  • Apply Pilates Awareness in the saddle (private riding lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)
  • Lunch
  • Apply Pilates Awareness in the saddle (more private lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)

Day Two – Building Body Awareness, Control, Strength and Endurance


  • Pilates semi private mat session with Lindsey, exercises specific to each individual rider and rider issues
  • Apply new Pilates Awareness in the saddle (private riding lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)

The posture we have while off our horses is mirrored while riding.  Pilates will help create a strong, aligned body that will enhance your riding effectiveness.

Happy riding, happy horses.



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