Monthly Archives: August 2014

Our Grand Fondo Banff Weekend

I’ve left my very precious ponies in the very capable hands of my staff Isabella DeGoeji and Linda Johnson this weekend (thank you, thank you, thank you).  We are in Banff to cheer Ivars on in the Grand Fondo.  He’s cycling 120 kms in the stunning vistas of the Rocky Mountains.  What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday!!!!  Go Papa Go!!!!

Gran Fondo Banff 2   Gran Fondo Banff 3

Grand Fondo Banff 1


But we started the weekend yesterday with a Little Ones Grand Fondo Banff…

The start of the "Under 6s"!  Go Mack, Go Cali!!!

The start of the “Under 6s”! Go Mack, Go Cali!!!

Mack, standing in his pedals, givin' it all he's got and finishing with the "Under 12s"!!!

Mack, standing in his pedals, givin’ it all he’s got and finishing with the “Under 12s”!!!

So today we’ll find a couple of places to hug a hot mug of tea (it’s only 6C this morning) and cheer and cheer!



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Barefoot! Dressage! Researched!

Read more:

“Researchers Challenge Common Belief Shoeing Dressage Horses

A British study found that the performance of a dressage horse is unlikely to be affected by being either shod or unshod.

The finding is in contrast to the widely held belief that shoeing improves gait quality.”


You can read the whole article by using the link above.

My thoughts on the article…

The study used 20 Irish Sport horses and the Kinovea gait analysis software with a video camera on good footing. They studied 5 different criteria in the stride quality and 5 different criteria in stride length.

There was some differences in joint flexion (the shod horses had some greater joint flexion).  In the “key dressage performance-related indicators” there was no significant differences shod or unshod.

Stride length was significantly reduced with the shod sample.


In this test, the shod horses had worn shoes for at least 12 months.  The study postulated the horses in this study had habituated to the weight of the shoes.  Previous tests had compared unshod horses and newly shod horses.

“Having worn shoes for at least 12 months, shod horses did not display a significant difference in four of the five kinematic variables that correlate best with dressage marks and were therefore viewed as not having a competitive advantage when compared to their unshod counterparts,” they told delegates.

The link to the full article is at the top of the blog….it adds more detail!


Whoo hoo!!!  Thanks to Shannon Peters!!!  We have been barefoot for over a year.  Young horses to Grand Prix.

This study details some of the feelings we have had with our barefoot experience.

There are a lot of benefits of barefoot but some drawbacks.  A good farrier is key…thank you Dan Sullivan!!!.  Dan Sullivan is my farrier.  He is a farrier, not a barefoot trimmer.  He is magic making shoes and shoeing all types of horses.  He has been my farrier for 30 years, shoe after shoe.  But he can trim a foot!!!  He’s trimmed my babies to sound adulthood and all the bits in between.  And thankfully he has helped me with this “barefoot” experiment.  It’s a high stakes experiment to pull the shoes and take an international Grand Prix horse barefoot in show season and Dan is on board for us!!  Thanks Dan!! We are very grateful to have you at Flying Colours!!

Dan Sullivan and Lance

Dan Sullivan and Lance

So there’s my barefoot rant.  I’m not sure it will work for everyone but it sure works for us.

Happy, sound horses…my daily goal.




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Dressage/Pilates Explorations Workshop!!!

Lindsey and I are pumped for this weekend’s workshop!!!  Explorations!!!

…Riders from Concepts returning for Explorations!

Pelvis tiltAnd we have lots to explore!  Same format as Concepts workshops (mat work and saddle work) but more indepth discoveries and feels!

Gonna be a great day!!!


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Friday, Friday, Friday!!!

It has been a wonderful, amazing week around here.  We have been taking the learning from Shannon’s clinic from the weekend and applying it…riding it, schooling it and teaching it!   And loving it!!!

The system works!!!  Thanks sooo much Shannon Peters!!!

Tea-mug-in-hand-Big-girlA great day ahead!




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You know what…the system works…

S Peters Dressage produces horses, riders and coaches.  Shannon and Steffen have consistently produced the best horses, the best riders and the best coaches currently in North America.  The system works.

Stop, go and turn.  Stop, go and turn without tension, with lightness and with understanding.

So our current version of stop, go and turn had an update and was taken to the next level with Shannon’s help this weekend.  We have now installed stop, go and turn 6.1!

Lance, Fred and William all love the new update!!

And boy are we excited for the work ahead!  The clearer the basics are, the better the work develops.

Thank you Shannon.  Small words for a very big feeling…thank you.

"Lindsey, there are all sorts of people in our arena!"

“Lindsey, there are all sorts of people in our arena!”

"There are people everywhere!!!"

“There are people everywhere!!!”

"And Shannon's here???!!!"

“And Shannon’s here???!!!”

"And who is riding today???!!!

“Ok…who is riding today???!!!

"Ahhhh...Shannon's going to take a spin today....I get it..."

“Ahhhh…Shannon’s going to take a spin today….I get it…”

Taking notes, videos and mental images...learning, learning, learning!!!

Taking notes, videos and mental images…learning, learning, learning!!!

Lindsey rode him after Shannon’s school and it was right on!!!  As always but especially that one…Great ride Lindsey!

A great end to a great weekend!

A great end to a great weekend!

The best reward...a shower, a pat and a granola bar!!!

The best reward for this Grand Prix horse…a shower, a pat and a granola bar!!!

Winding the day down and catching up.

Winding the day down and catching up.

Tack clean up before loading up and heading home.  Great ride Sharon! Wonderful new horse!!!

Tack clean up before loading up and heading home. Great ride Sharon! Wonderful new horse!!!

Aaaannnddd introducing Stewey!!!!  Barb's new horse!!! They'll be many more photos of Stewey in the future!!

Aaaannnddd introducing Stewey!!!! Barb’s new horse!!! They’ll be many more photos of Stewey in the future!!

So many thank yous to everyone who helped get this weekend up and successful, to everyone who came out and cheered and clapped especially to the keeners at 6:30 Sunday morning (we love you!!) and to the best husband in the world!!!!

Lance, Fred and William get the day off today…the rest go back to work…stop, go and turn 6.1 installing…


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So…as we head into day two with Shannon…

We had an amazing day of training yesterday.  Big changes, big ideas, lots of homework!

As I started out on our very early start for today’s second day of training, I woke up to an excerpt Shannon send me last night from an article from Dressage Daily by Dr. Josef Knipp (retired FEI judge).

“Mind these three Ts and hear their chime: “Things take time!”

A great rider is always firm but, at the same time, humble in his heart. He is always conscious that he is dealing with living creatures and that he has a wonderful opportunity to educate not only the horse but also himself. Riders have a great responsibility and duty to train and school after the classical principles, thus working for the benefit and sake of our equitation, demonstrating not only a fine feeling for riding but also its artistic beauty.”            Dr. Josef Knipp

So…heading into day two with Shannon…a wonderful opportunity for more education today!!!

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Today’s the day!!!

I know Big Valley Concert weekend starts today but waaaaaay more important….

Shannon is here today!!!!


Jan 20-1a


The ride times are listed in the last post.

Off to the stable…




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