Monthly Archives: June 2015

So this is what a Grand Prix horse does on his day off…

Thank you so much to the organizers of the CAADA Mardi Gras CDI dressage show at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping this weekend. The stabling was wonderful, the footing was amazingly excellent and as always with Shelagh at the helm of the show office…the show was expertly run.

The days were hot but the breeze off the mountains kept everything quite workable. We all needed to keep hydrated and the judges kindly decided coats were optional so it was all good.

The Grand Prix was Friday morning and Lindsey put together an expertly ridden test; organized, tidy and very confidence building for Lance. First place ribbon.

Lindsey and Lance CDI Calgary

 

Saturday morning was the freestyle. We decided as Lance handled the whole thing so well the day before in the Grand Prix, our plan would be to try for a bit more power in the freestyle. The warm up was super; powered up, engaged, forward and straight. We were ready to put this test away!!!!!…soooo…..unfortunately the music man running the music had a bit of a fubar and cut 10 seconds or so off the start of the freestlye. That then resulted in Lindsey having to madly catch up to the music for the first part of the freestyle. Ugh. Lindsey did great as Lance was a bit unsettled with all the rushing about and once they caught up to the music; the rest of the freestyle was awesome. And as we were the only ones in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle class…another first place :). (Barb and I were both tearing up singing O Canada for this red ribbon though…)  ❤ the journey…

At the end of the class, I hitched the trailer and hit the road so I could get Lance home before the day really heated up. He was back in his stall at home, munching contentedly, by early afternoon.

Today is his well deserved day off and he and the rest of the barn are enjoying grazing as the morning sun rises. We’ll bring them all in before the heat of the day begins. 🙂

Lance turnout

Ivars is off for an early morning ride on his bike and I’m headed to the stable to ride…

🙂 ❤

 

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Equine Canada High Performance List

Congrats to all the horses and riders that made the 2015 High Performance list including Lindsey and Lance!! Lindsey and Lance are on the 2015 High Performance Short List.

The determination, dedication, self discipline and effort need to make this list is astonishing. And I am astonished each and every day.

“It takes strength, dedication and courageous action to bring a dream to life.”

Determination

 

“Yes it’s hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. It’s the hard of it that makes it great”

Congrats Lindsey Stroh! Congrats Lancelot!

http://equinecanada.ca/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=7130&Itemid=365&lang=en

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Workshop spot opened up….

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We have a Core Mechanics Explorations workshop slotted in for  next weekend (June 20/21). One spot in the clinic has opened up so…if you have taken the Core Mechanics Concepts workshop and are waiting for a spot in Explorations…next weekend at FCS is the weekend!!!

The next Core Mechanics Concepts is July 11/12 and there are today, 2 spots open.

Contact me or Lindsey for details!!

Off to ride a couple of ponies… 🙂 ❤ ❤

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Core Mechanics Concepts!!!

Core Mechanics Concepts…learning about more effective breathing patterns, neutral pelvis and spinal alignment, TAs…where are they and why are they so important and figuring out the difference between hinge and roll. And each afternoon…applying these concepts and awarenessess in the saddle.

This weekend’s Concepts Workshop action shots…

Day One

After mat work, we changed into boots and breeches and were in the arena to try out some new muscle awareness and movement concepts.

Day Two

Day two mat work is individual mat work. From our observations both on the mat and in the saddle from day one, we emphasize concepts on the mat specific to each rider.

And then once again, we take it to the saddle…

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We had a super weekend! Lotsa learning, lotsa laughs, and of course happy horses.

Next Core Mechanics Workshops at Flying Colours, are June 20/21 Explorations (wait listed) and then July 11/12 (some spots open). We will have August dates later this week.

Off to Pilates and then to the stable… 🙂 ❤

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Core Mechanics for Riders Concepts Weekend

This weekend is Core Mechanics weekend!!! June 6/7

We are so looking forward to Core Mechanics Concepts. Concepts weekends are so interesting as we introduce Core Mechanics to riders for their first time. It’s a time of discovery, exploration and understanding. So much fun!

 

Core Mechanics for Riders

Self-carriage is not just a horse issue!

Core Mechanics Workshops are about exploring dynamic stability for the rider and then applying the concepts to work in the saddle.  A fully stable rider is better able to effectively influence the horse as they move together both horizontally and vertically.

Core Mechanics weekends will improve your riding technique by introducing exercises to improve body awareness and connection, general suppleness, better balance, and overall strength.

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

This 2 day workshop will teach you to work on the mat with exercises carefully selected for riders.  We will work both days is on the mat and in the saddle.

Day One – Building Body Awareness and Control

Schedule

  • Group Core Mechanics mat class in the morning; introduce general principles and specific riding focused exercises
  • Demo in arena, mounted, of body control in the saddle (left/right, front/back, in motion) (Lindsey and Lance)
  • Apply Core Mechanics awareness learned in the morning on the mat to the saddle (individual riding sessions with Lindsey and Vickie)

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

Schedule

  • Semi private Core Mechanics mat work in the morning (exercises will be specific to each rider)
  • Apply Core Mechanics awareness learned in the morning to the saddle (another individual riding session with Lindsey and Vickie)

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

Happy riding, happy horses.

Vickie

 

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