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This face…

This face…


The guy that wears this face decided last weekend; while Lindsey was away, while I was still in Alberta and while Shannon was also uncharacteristicly not at Arroyo; that somehow we had abandoned him. He became dehydrated, lethargic and lost all the shiny bloom from his coat. Sigh…my very sensitive Grand Prix horse, Lance.

So this week the vet has been out to see him several times. He has been IV hydrated, poked and poked for blood work and stared at for hours and hours and hours by a lot of anxious people.

He is now back to feeling better but the show at Del Mar Show Park this weekend is off his schedule.

So we’ll keep the plan for the CDI in Burbank next week and miss the schooling we had planned this weekend.

On the other hand, at Flying Colours (Alberta)…the weather has been fabulous. We even got some snow this week. Everything now is storybook pretty; trees and houses and fences, all piled with fluffy white drifts. 🙂

I’m off to Yoga Teacher Training for the weekend…ohmmmmm


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Wednesday, pack day…

The day before leaving for a show is very busy.

Packing for the show is done at the end of the day after all the horses who are staying home are ridden, all the students that are staying home are coached and all the chores needed to be done while we are at the show are taken care of and arranged.

Jayne getting a lesson with Lindsey in the early am. Iris watching...

Jayne getting a lesson with Lindsey in the early am. Iris watching…

Jayne and the lovely Samara with Coach Lindsey and Iris... :)

Jayne and the lovely Samara with Coach Lindsey and Iris… 🙂

Our first lesson was at 7:15 with Shannon. (And we weren’t her first lesson…) It was freezing…nose dripping, fingers unfeeling, toes numbed cold. I didn’t warm up till after noon…

Note the puffy jackets, blankets and hot tea...

Note the puffy jackets and blanket…

Today we pack it all up and head to LA.

Off to Arroyo…it’s another puffy jacket morning…


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Catch up day at Arroyo… :)

What a wonderful day at Arroyo…it is really like coming home; our southern home!

The horses all look amazing. They have been working hard since arriving and it was great to see the progress. A big thank you to Lindsey and Shannon for all their work…thank you!!!

Ivars spent most of the afternoon on his bike…he’s very happy. He will be out on the hills again today. A big “Yeah!” from him!

Jane and Iris (we miss Merle…she’s popped home for a short stint at work and will be back next week) are very happy to be immersed in the amazing learning experience at Arroyo. Everyday they are watching some of the best dressage riding in the world; they are listening to some of the best dressage coaching in the world (with a great scope of riding levels) and they are riding their horses in the sunshine with Lindsey coaching, all week. Happy, happy girls.

Jane and Iris enjoying the view...early morning rides at Arroyo! Yeah Team Peters!

Jane and Iris enjoying the view…early morning rides at Arroyo! Yeah Team Peters!

Fred and Gezz thoroughly enjoying the view at Arroyo!! :)

Fred and Gezz thoroughly enjoying the view at Arroyo!! 🙂

The view from our condo balcony...you can see the whales spouting out there as they travel by... :)

The view from our condo balcony…you can see the whales spouting out there as they travel by to Baja… 🙂

So tomorrow is travel day to the show in Burbank….which makes today “pack” day.

Off to my “southern” happy place…


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It’s Horse Show week!!!

From HorsesDaily….

West Coast Olympic Season Gets Underway This Week at California Dreaming Productions’ LA Winter Dressage CDI-W


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Steffen Peters, Rosamunde, CDP, California

Steffen Peters (shown here on Rosaminde) will be one of the West Coast Grand Prix riders competing this weekend at California Dreaming Productions’ LA Winter Dressage CDI-W. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

Burbank, CA – With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, the West Coast’s top dressage prospects are getting a head start on qualifying for the U.S. Team during this week’sLos Angeles Winter Dressage CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held January 28-31 in Burbank, Calif.

“Due to demand from riders for another West Coast CDI in this tremendously important year as well as the need for an additional World Cup qualifying event on this coast, we decided to upgrade this January show to an FEI event,” said Glenda McElroy, co-organizer of California Dreaming Productions with David and Alisa Wilson. “The whole reason we host this series is for the good of the sport, so we’re glad to be able to help competitors achieve their goals and are delighted with the response we’ve received. It’s a great way to start what we anticipate will be a very exciting season here in California.”

Former Olympic teammates Steffen Peters and Guenter Seidel headline the CDI Grand Prix field at LA Winter Dressage as they are both looking for a hopeful return to the U.S. Dressage Team this summer. Peters will compete with his 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medal-winning mount Legolas 92 as well as young phenom Rosamunde, while Seidel will present rising star Zero Gravity to the international ground jury which includes Lilo Fore (5* USA), Cara Whitham (5* CAN), Gabriel Armando (4* ARG), Bo Jenna (4* SWE), and Sandy Hotz (4* USA). Both Peters and Seidel are making their 2016 debuts after competing at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Florida in December, and now look forward to kicking off the new show season in their home state of California. “I’ve ridden around the world and there’s no doubt there are some incredible places to show,” said Peters. “But we’ve competed at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center for many years, and there are so many wonderful memories here. It’s a special place and it’s nice to be close to home.”

Thanks to the hard-working staff of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, a multitude of improvements will welcome competitors back to the facility for the New Year. No matter what kind of weather El Niño brings to the West Coast, CDI competitors will enjoy perfect conditions in the covered Equidome (which was outfitted with brand new GGT footing in November), as well as a completely remodeled horse show office and patio seating areas to enjoy California Dreaming Productions’ renowned hospitality. Series organizers also welcome major show supporters Kastel Denmark, Shapley Horse Products, and Lisa Seger Insurance, as well as an exciting new partnership with SmartPak. The California Dressage Society (CDS) returns as a media partner, and LA Saddlery will once again present “Best Dressed” awards in Burbank.

In addition to being an Olympic Games and Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Dressage Final qualifying competition, the LA Winter Dressage CDI and open show is an official qualifier for a multitude of national awards and championship programs, including the USEF Festival of Champions; the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC); the Markel/USEF National Young & Developing Horse Dressage Championships; the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC); USDF year-end awards and regional championships; and California Dressage Society (CDS) Horse of the Year awards and annual championship show.

Don’t miss any of the excitement! To learn more about LA Winter Dressage CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, visit www.californiadreamingproductions.com or visit us on Facebook.

Check the California Dreaming website for updates on live streaming.

I’ll be posting photos as soon as we land today!!

Miss my ponies (and people 🙂 )


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They survived the torrents and torrents of rain…

Everyone at Arroyo has survived the rain power of El Nino…yeah. The footing Shannon and Steffen installed in the dressage court made training possible after the deluge. El Nino years in California are wet (we were there for the last one…whew) so it is wise to have a plan..What is needed to train in rainy conditions? Thanks to Team Peters and their well thought out planning, we lost very few days of training and we’re back in the saddle pronto pronto.

Our first show is in Burbank in 2 weeks. I just got the confirmation on our entries and they will have two sets of times for the rides…one if it rains and one if it stays dry. What a logistical nightmare for organizers! Basically working out two shows and running the one the weather dictates. We’re very glad they have an alternate plan though!!! 🙂 Wet, soggy footing is a no go for a show without an alternate plan.

Here in Alberta the weather has been wonderful! Bright sunny skies and warm winter weather!!!

So Ivars and I played hookie from work yesterday and headed to the mountains to ski. -3C and sunny…downright almost perfect skiing weather. We thought we’d try and ski at Nakiska. The runs there are big and open and good for practising new techniques. We had a super great time and skied our legs off and then drove home. 🙂  (Other than the race camp kids, we probably were the youngsters there! It has such a lovely open runs it entices many retirees from Calgary. That’s my kinda retire!!!)  Nobody missed us and we had fun! We’ll be doing that again….

Nakiska 1

Last run of the day…


The drive home from Nakiska yesterday

The drive home from Nakiska yesterday.


This never gets old...Alberta...

This never gets old…Alberta…

So today is a busy catch up day… 🙂 off to the stable. ❤


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When it rains in CA this year…it really, really pours…

Footing…one of the many, many reasons we train with Shannon Peters at Arroyo Del Mar….all aspects of dressage training are well thought out, well researched and happy horse focused.

El Nino slammed Arroyo Del Mar this week with rain.

All our equines are back at work at Arroyo…thank you Shannon and Steffen! The new footing is awesome!!  Rain, schmain…we have a show in 3 weeks!!!

The following is a news article released from Premier Equestrian (Arroyo Del Mar footing supplier). (They also supplied the footing at Flying Colours.)


Premier Equestrians Have Dry Haven in Midst of Powerful El Niño


San Diego, California (January 8, 2016)– As a series of storms pummel California this week with one of the strongest El Niño weather systems on record, many equestrians find themselves extremely limited with the excess of flooding in paddocks and riding rings. However, with early preparations to the warnings of the upcoming El Niño year, some wise equestrians have installed an elite arena system that allows them to “walk on water” during this massive storm.

U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters knew that selecting an arena footing system for his California training facility was of utmost importance, especially with the threat of harsh storms and heavy rain. That’s why he chose to train on riding surfaces provided by Premier Equestrian, a leading industry innovator in arena footing. Steffen selected the advanced OTTO Sport arena. Premier Equestrian is the exclusive North American distributor for German based OTTO Sport-und Reiplatz GmbH. Now, even through the record-tying flooding, potential flash floods, and mudslides, Peters’ facility continues to function smoothly with riders and horses out and about training on the Premier Equestrian and OTTO Sport arena system.

“OTTO Sport offers a system of drainage, concussion relief, biomechanics benefits, and longevity,” said Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. “The OTTO Sport system is a proven product that has been around for over thirty years. Many arenas are still standing and performing as well as they did the first day the system was installed thirty years ago.” This is why several “Premier Equestrians,” riders like Peters who are people dedicated to the development and preservation of horse sport, have chosen to put the OTTO Sport system under their winning horses’ hooves.

The OTTO system centers on the OTTO Sport Perforated Mat. This arena base mat system provides maximum drainage, concussion mitigation, stability for horse and rider, and a proper and durable separation of footing and substructure. Drainage holes in the mat remove excess water quickly, making the arena useable immediately after persistent rain. Built in reservoirs hold enough water to rehydrate the footing later. These features make the OTTO Sport Perforated Mat System universally suited for any arena or farm in the world, and crucial in times of extreme weather.

Another key factor in Peters’ arena is the revolutionary Premier HT footing, which stands for Hydration Technology. This is a programmable textile footing that can be configured to uptake water at different levels and rates. The HT footing drastically reduces the amount of water needed to maintain an ideal riding surface, and reduces the amount of time spent maintaining the arena. Premier HT will always maintain the appropriate hydration whether it be drought or flood conditions.

Peters and his wife, USDF Gold Medalist Shannon Peters, believe that this advanced arena system and footing are essential, and their arena has truly proven its worth throughout the series of intense El Niño storms. Peters continues to train with Akiko Yamazaki’s Legolas 92 and Rosamunde 20, while the majority of the Californian equestrian population without the arena system is virtually stall bound. Yamazaki, another Premier Equestrian, also planned ahead and installed the OTTO Sport arena system before the storms hit. Peters and Yamazaki were originally introduced to the OTTO Sport arena system at the 2006 Word Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, where the system held up against two weeks of heavy rain.

Keri Homer, the barn manager for Steffen and Shannon Peters at Arroyo Del Mar, remarked that before the Premier Equestrian and OTTO Sport arena system, they would have had to close the outdoor ring with no telling when it could be reopened in the massive amount of flooding. Homer states, “Today, we are playing in the rain on stable, safe, and consistent footing. Let El Niño in— we are ready!”

Dave Martin of Footings West, who worked with Premier Equestrian to instal the OTTO Sport arena at Peters’ facility Arroyo Del Mar, has been paying close attention to the arena’s maintenance during El Niño. Martin states, “The Arroyo Del Mar arena is the only outdoor arena in all of southern California that is 100% usable even for heavy equipment. The performance of the OTTO Sport arena system is beyond anything I have ever seen in my 35 years of arena construction,” he remarks.

Founded in 1999, Premier Equestrian is the Official Dressage Arena of the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Dressage Federation. For more information about Premier Equestrian, the visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.

To see more news about this press release visit http://premierequestrian.com/category/pressrelease/articles/PR-dry-heaven-in-midst-of-powerful-El-nino-storms.html

I’m off to to Flying Colours to ride on our Premier Footing!!


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From California…rain……..and more rain…….and then rain….

Welcome El Nino…rain in California and California needs rain.

In the video Lindsey sent me the rain is coming down in torrents. That means lots of wash outs, lots of mud and a very crowded covered riding arena at Arroyo.

The Burbank CDI is in three weeks. Hopefully there will be a sunny window on that weekend…welcome El Nino…

El Nino in Alberta is not raining…it’s not raining and for the first week of January, amazingly, it’s not very cold…welcome El Nino! The horses here are all enjoying their sunny, snowy turnout pens. And it sure makes the farm work easier around here!

Off to turn out horses and watch the sun rise…


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