Monthly Archives: July 2015

Awesome horses, awesome riders and one awesome coach…

Shannon Peters this past weekend at Flying Colours…totally awesome!!

Grand Prix horse, almost Grand Prix horses and baby Grand Prix horses…all ridden by Grand Prix riders. What a weekend of learning!

With Shannon’s depth of knowledge and expertise on the Grand Prix subject and the skill and competence of the riders to apply Shannon’s concepts, the changes in the horses each session was dramatic.

Maybe we can convince her to come back this fall…eh Shann?????

Thank you Paula Meahan for being are “official clinic photographer”. (She’ll also be at the Calgary show with her new, nifty Nikon….)

Schooling Piaffe on Lance…

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Lance and Linds

Colleen and Dorian

Colleen and Dorian

Chelsea and Fautos

Chelsea and Fautos

Sharon and Donny

Sharon and Donny

Cheryl, Shannon and Luna

Cheryl, Shannon and Luna

Fred in cavelletti work on Sunday

Fred in cavelletti work on Sunday

William after in hand work, workingiwth Lindsey and Shannon in the cavesson on Sunday

William after in hand work, working with Lindsey and Shannon in the cavesson on Sunday

Off to Pilates…so thankful for this weekend…

V

 

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Shannon Peters Clinic Auditors

Thank you to all auditors that have registered this week. It makes planning a bit easier knowing the numbers involved. 🙂 There is some space available each day to audit (especially Sunday…Ha!…Sunday is for hard core dressage enthusiasts as we start at 6am!). $25/day.

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Auditors…you will need…

  • a chair (we have chairs but you may want your special “sit all day” and relax lawn chair) and by the numbers, chairs may be short supply. So if you can bring a chair along that would be great!
  • something warm to sit on and to wear…the indoor arena is blessedly cool to ride in on the hottest days but a bit chilly while sitting.
  • your favourite mug
  • lunch? There is no lunch break. The coffee pot will be on (Keurig) and the tea kettle is plugged in. So bring something to munch on if lunch is your favourite meal of the day and munch away!!…we want you happy!!!

If you need directions to the stable, let me know.

If you get lost trying to find the stable, call me. 780.361.7062

See you Saturday…

Vickie

 

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Shannon Peters Clinic July 25/26

We are being very busy and getting things ready for the clinic this weekend with Shannon!

Here are the details…

Friday

  • Shannon will be at Flying Colours about 3pm on Friday. She will be working with Lindsey and I and our 3 horses. These training sessions are open to clinic riders.
  • Clinic horse/riders arrive at FCS.

Saturday

  • We start at 10am.
  • Saturday’s lessons tend to go over time so the schedule is not often accurate.
  • There is no lunch break.

Sunday

  • Sunday is a 6am start.
  • To make it a bit easier on the riders from out of town, we have scheduled our 3 horses back to back starting at 6. (Sharon’s 8:30 ride may be a bit earlier as Fred and William may have shorter lessons depending on how much gas is left in their tanks)

Please ask permission of individual riders re video or any sound recording.

Shannon teaches with a mike. She will be wirelessly connected to the riders’ headsets. She will also be miked to the arena speakers for auditors.

Auditors, $25/day. Can register by contacting me (Facebook, email or text).

I’ll post a short bio on the horses and riders as they come into me.

If you need directions to the farm, let me know. (We are 6kms north of the Wetaskiwin Hospital, on Hwy 814, on the west side of the highway. 472010 Hwy 814)

If you have any questions, let me know!!

Ride Schedule Shannon Peters Clinic

Saturday

  • 10          Freddie
  • 10:45    Sharon
  • 11:30    Lance
  • 12:15    Cheryl
  • 1:00      William
  • 1:45      Colleen
  • 2:30      Chelsea

Sunday

  • 6:15     Freddie
  • 7:00     William
  • 7:45     Lance
  • 8:30     Sharon
  • 9:15     Chelsea
  • 10        Colleen
  • 10:45   Cheryl

Can’t think of anything else…off to the next job!!!

V

 

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Shannon Peters Clinic next weekend!!!

I’m sitting here with my second cup of tea for the morning (it’s raining out!!!!!! 🙂  ❤ which means a “no turnout morning”…a first for this summer at Flying Colours!!!) and feeling so grateful for the moisture. The farm is getting greener by the minute. Ahhhh…..

So as my pastures green up this morning I thought I’d put together some thoughts on Shannon’s clinic this weekend.

Saddle and Shannon

Yeah! Yeah!! (insert jumping up and down icon here 🙂 !!!) Shannon has been our coach for over 6 years. Everyone needs a coach…everyone…and we are very, very pleased that Shannon Peters is our coach. She has a level of expertise for dressage work, from young horse to Grand Prix, that has depth, complexity and experience. She is the real deal.

The clinic this weekend horse line up Shannon will be working with our 3 (Lance, William, and Fred) and 4 of the top horses and trainers from Alberta. (I’ll have the schedule out early next week.)

Saturday will be a full day of work, starting at 10am finishing about 4:30.

Sunday will be a very, very early start as Shannon’s flight leaves early in the afternoon.

Auditor spots are $25/day.

Call or email to reserve a spot…780.361.7062 or flngclrs@incentre.net

Off to have a small walk in the rain…ahhhh, again….

V

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What is sport with no spectators???…

It’s dressage at the Pan Ams….very few spectators in the stands (the tickets were “sold out” months ago) and no, not a, not ANY video coverage!!! No live streaming, no CBC cameras and threats of “banning you forever” should you be caught videoing any event from the stands.

Come on…this is an international event. An international event that held winning a team berth to Rio tagged to a gold medal and no live coverage???!!

And the Canadian team was stellar!!! Silver Medal.  “They gave us a run for the money!!” from the Gold Medal US Team. This was a competition!!!

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Canadian Silver Medal Team Pan Am 2015 Yeah Canada!!! ❤

And the we the spectators, supporters, the cheerleading squads were unable to participate in the day. We cheered after the fact. We cheered loudly but late.

So few spectators attending and so many spectators wanting to watch and no viewing opportunities.

Poor form Pan Am organizing people.

This would have been a excellent opportunity to showcase, promote and to educate about our sport. Missed.

Yeah Canadian Dressage!!! You guys did great and we’re proud!!!

Go get the Freestyles today…we’ll be thinking of you…wish we could watch…

V

 

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“Let’s go fly fishing,” he said.

“It’ll be fun,” he said.

So Ivars and I packed up the 5th wheel and headed to the mountains.

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Enjoying a sunset in the mountains

Enjoying a sunset in the mountains

 

This was the view of the North Ram River from the slide out on the 5th wheel. The access to the river is off a gravel road off the gravel Forestry Trunk Road. Remote…no cell service…just us 2 other campers and cows…lotsa cows and calves and 2 bulls. We woke the next day to sounds of munch, munch, munch as they all grazed around the rv.

“So here’s the plan”, he said. “We hike down this trail that goes downstream along the river for about an hour and then fish back upstream for about 2 hours”. That sounds like a great plan. I love hiking. It’s a beautiful day. And the fishing part is just more hiking in a beautiful river. Lovely.

6 1/2 hours later…well that was some hike!!!! We did catch lots of fish (I know they were trout of some kind…cutthroat?). Ivars had lots and lots of fun and I really enjoyed the hike!

A bit of casting on our hike!

A bit of casting on our hike!

The next morning we awoke to a grey, cold rainy day. We then decided we’d had enough fun for this weekend. 🙂  So after breakfast we packed up and headed home. Getting the 5th wheel out of it’s overnight spot took some tricky manoeuvring, but Ivars got it done. We said goodbye to the cows and the trout and spent the drive home from the mountains planning our next trip.

V

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July at Flying Colours

July weekend line up at Flying Colours

July 11/12 – Core Mechanics Concepts

  • Concepts workshops are for riders that have not taken any Core Mechanics workshops yet
  • check with Flying Colours for available open spots in Concepts 780.361.7062

July 18/19 – Yoga Teacher Training

  • Yoga Teacher Training continues with Dawn Lamothe
  • check with Flying Colours or Refresh Wellness for more details

July 25/26 – Shannon Peters Symposium

  • Shannon Peters will be at Flying Colours for the weekend
  • audit a symposium weekend with Shannon Peters and the top dressage horses and riders from Alberta at Flying Colours
  • Call Flying Colours for auditing details 780.361.7062

The weekends are full 🙂 ❤ and the weekday schedule at Flying Colours is training with Lindsey Stroh or Vickie Argals.

Whoo hoo!!! July is going to be great!!! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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