Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mr. Fat Cheeks strikes again…

You know what it’s like to bite your cheek? Well our favourite Grand Prix horse did it at the last show. We both knew he had done it and luckily, didn’t interfere with the test…thank goodness.

So we had the equine dental vet out last week. There wasn’t much to do, a light float to take care of minor edges. But he had a large (quarter sized) lesion on the inside of his cheek.

And because it’s slightly swollen, it’s likely to be re-bitten. So we’ve ridden in the snaffle since the last show giving his mouth a lot of room and as much time as possible to heal. His noseband is always super loose and we loosened it more.

When I checked him yesterday, the lesion was much improved (about the size of dime) but decided that it was still too likely he would re-bite it with his double bridle in and the test of the Grand Prix CDI ahead.

So we’re staying home instead of riding at the show in San Juan this weekend. This will give his mouth three more weeks to heal before our last California CDI at the end of April. Very hard decision but the right decision.

Lindsey is very disappointed (as you can imagine!!) but she is a competitor, a very good competitor…

Success in life

comes when you simply refuse to give up,

with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss

only act as motivation. 

So we’ll spend the week riding at Arroyo and cheer on Team Peters from home. Yeah live streaming!!!

Off to fit in an early morning lesson with Shannon… ❤



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Nathan from N2 Saddles at FCS Saturday…

Yeah! Nathan will be here Saturday afternoon. He’ll be fitting new saddles and adjusting and fitting others. Thank you Nathan for providing great service on these wonderful saddles!


Nathan has a great eye and a wonderful approach to saddle fitting, making the horse and rider efficient, comfortable and happy.

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Our family Easter Egg hunt is on Saturday…maybe the bunny will leave some eggs for Nathan…mmmm chocolate!!

We’re off skiing today…fresh snow at Louise and spring skiing!!! (Insert two very happy faces here!!!!)

Back tonight…


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Stretching doesn’t work…

But in order to be the best (rider, cyclist, runner, gardener, fitness enthusiast or all round active, healthy, happy, human) the body should be able to relax and lengthen tight areas regularly.

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To be able to counter act the body’s Stretch Reflex, learning about somatic movement helps you retrain your brain to access tight areas and then learn how to length and relax them.

Somatic shoulder

The Stretch Reflex is a wonderful reflex (it enables the body to stand erect) but it sure gets in the way if we need to length a tight hamstring, hip, shoulder etc.

red light green light

Everything we do in life is reflected in a reflex in the body. Our bodies can become habituated to these effects causing  tight and painful areas. Stretching does not work!!! Pulling on a muscle causes the wonderful Stretch Reflex to activate and thus area reflexively tightens against the pull. Hanna Somatics Education is all about the brain, not the reflex being involved with the release of tight areas.

hanna somatics

Somatic Movement Education is where it’s at!!!

Somatic Movement class at Flying Colours tomorrow!

Off to hit my mat and start my day with Somatic Movement…


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Meet DeMaggio….

A special note from Lindsey…

Last spring our dear friend and client, Marilyn Kristjanson and I were talking about a horse for sale that I saw online. During that conversation she casually mentioned that she would be willing to be part of a syndicate to purchase a young horse for me to ride. After a few more conversations she asked me to do some research on syndication and put together a proposal.

Over the next several months, the group started to come together. I am amazed by the excitement, willingness and absolute generosity of this group who have decided to support us and be part of this exciting journey. 

For the last few years, Vickie and I have been keeping our eyes open for any interesting young horses. To find a young horse that fits all our criteria is not an easy task. When Shannon sent us the video of the recently imported DeMaggio we knew he was something special. The timing was right, the horse was right and everything came together with ease. Thank you to Jennifer Schrader-Williams for selling us this wonderful young horse. 

 DeMaggio (2011 gelding by Destano) arrived in San Diego on Monday afternoon (there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!) and he has far exceeded all our expectations in only a few days. We are in love!! 


Thank you to the syndicate group for believing in me enough to provide me with this incredible gift; Marilyn Kristjanson, Iris Haut, Barb Stroh, Merle Damberger and Jane Haslett. Thank you to Vickie and Ivars for their continued and unwavering support. Thank you to Shannon for finding this special horse and starting us off in the right direction. Thank you to Peter for being excited and willing to continue on this journey with me. I couldn’t do it without your never-ending support of my dreams. And finally, thank you to Lance, Freddie, William and all the other horses I have been lucky enough to work with to develop the skills and experience to prepare me for DeMaggio.  

I am so grateful and excited to start this next chapter with our new boy! 


A big welcome to DeMaggio to the family!! (And this was the easiest blog post ever!!! 🙂 )


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A very tired, very wonderful Grand Prix horse…

Lance 2 Grand Prix level is very difficult. And this weekend was no different except that the skills and timing that both Lindsey and Lance have developed this spring is quite exceptional. Thank you Shannon Peters!!!

The “Peters” method of dressage is light, expressive and horse empathic. And it’s the way we strive to train and ride every day. Thank you Shannon for sharing.

The Grand Prix on Friday was an 8 place finish (65%) and the Grand Prix Special on Sunday was 6 place (also 65%) with comments from Stephen Clarke of “excellent riding”. So proud of them!

And so thankful for this wonderful Grand Prix horse we have in our lives. Thank you Lance for a wonderful, wonderful weekend.

Big congrats to Steffen Peters on two very wonderful rides. A master class in dressage training every time I have the  opportunity to watch him school and compete. Amazing.

Congrats to Emma Weinert O’Rourke on very good rides on both Velvet (GP) and Zindans (PSG)! Good riding girl!!!

Big congrats to Ehren Volk and Magic. They rocked the Young Riders level! A top horse for Canada!

I’m headed back home; more horses at home, more time to spend with grandkids and there’s spring skiing at Lake Louise as well!

LAX this morning, home by dinner!

LAX this morning, home by dinner!

Off to stand in line for large hot tea before boarding!


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Congrats Steffen!

Steffen rode a very relaxed Legolas to the win of the Grand Prix class with 77.5 and he also won the PSG on Bailarino 74.8. Yeah Steffen!

Today is the Freestyle classes at the CDI. It also will be live streamed (California Dreaming Productions). Hopefully for all competitors, there will be no rain today!

Lindsey and Lance warmed up beautifully yesterday! The connection from her leg and seat to her hand was wonderful. Half halts going through, lotsa energy!! The class was in the indoor and when he entered the arena in he backed off just a bit and some of the throughness was just not there. In plain words…”He was a tourist in there!!” No tension or spooking, he just wanted to slow down a bit and take it all in (he’s that kinda of a guy!!).

Such a great ride for Lindsey! She did the best she could to get him to focus and rode, rode, rode! 65%, 8th place. Thank you Shannon! ❤

The last half of this class rode the warmup (it was outdoors) in a deluge. It was coming down in sheets of rain. It didn’t last long but long enough to make the last rides very difficult. Our hearts go out to those competitors who dealt with so very difficult conditions.

We have the day off  from competition today. We’ll school Lance and then head to Arroyo to school the rest of the crew.

Off to a busy day,


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Jog done, on to the Grand Prix!!

Lance and Linds had a great warm up ride in the indoor yesterday. Soft, focused and happy…a super great ride!

The jog followed at 3 and we all passed…yeah!!

Lance Del Mar Dressage Affaire

As they are expecting rain this weekend, the CDI will be held in the indoor arena at Show Park.

Grand Prix class is this afternoon and Lindsey and Lance will be coming down centreline at 2:19. ❤ ❤

Gonna be another wonderful day…Grand Prix today!!!



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This sport of ours…ugh…

An educated mind

I know being an FEI judge is a tough gig…I don’t want it. But if you do take it on…being fair is important; being honest and in the moment is important and having the intelligence being able to evaluate complex movements on a graduated scale is vitally important. Changing your judge’s hat to a trainers and using a judge’s booth as a training tool is not important at this level.

Yesterday Lindsey rode her personal best and she and Lance were stellar. She had mistakes in the ones (very uncharacteristic for Lance!) and the marks reflected those mistakes. But the range of final scores from 58% to 65% made me step back.

My horse has a short neck and at times in that test, a shortened neck (they all do at times, check the best tests out). But to try and make a training point to us from the judge’s booth about a having short neck and needing better training, nope…not gonna fly…

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Lindsey and Lancelot, Grand Prix Special, Sunday

Congrats Lindsey on the bestest test yet! ❤

And a great big CONGRATS to Wendy Christoff and Treffer on their third place ribbon in this class…good riding girl!!!

We’re back in Alberta today (I think the mountains are calling…).

I need more tea…


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