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Watching Steffen Peters…Dressage Master Class

One of the advantages of entering the Open show (and not the CDI) at the LA Winter Dressage was that we got to watch Steffen school and ride Rosie and Legolas.

Priceless; absolutely, jaw dropping priceless. The skill, feel and depth of knowledge required to produce the work he does on both horses totally reinforced the commitment to the decision we have made to train here with Team Peters in the past, for today and for the future.

The future for our sport lies in the commitment to this kind of kind, empathetic, very skilled training and riding. There are other trainers and riders riding with these tenants and we should search them out, find them and follow their lead. The future of our sport depends on it. For us, Steffen and Shannon Peters embodies exactly the road we would like to follow for our future and the future for sport of dressage.

Now some moments from the background of the LA Winter Dressage show…Ivars got a new camera and here are some of the shots he took while learning all the buttons (Good thing Aleks is visiting this weekend and can give her dad some of the short cuts on the Nikon!!)

Competitors and good friends. Emma and Lindsey

Competitors and good friends. Emma and Lindsey

Emma and Zidane...good boy Beastie!

Emma and Zidane…good boy Beastie!

Lance and Linds, warming up for the GPS.

Lance and Linds, warming up for the GPS.

Lance and Linds, GPS yesterday.

Lance and Linds, GPS yesterday.

"Do you have peppermints in that camera?!!!!"

“Do you have any peppermints in that camera?!!!!”

Today is raining and we are home at the condo. Yeah! Aleks and Neil and the dogs are visiting from Phoenix. We’ll get a couple of hours to visit before they need to head back this morning.

It’s a fireplace, sports on the tv kinda day…

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Thank you Emma!!!

Emma (Emma Weinert O’Rourke) was in the driver’s seat with the horse trailer to Burbank yesterday. Thank you Emma!!! She had her 2 lovely FEI horses (Velvet and Zindan) and Lance on board. Ivars and I drove in my truck with as much hay as Eddie (Eduardo Garcia, Steffen’s groom and the best groom in the country!!!) could jam into the box. Yeah one ton truck!!!

Emma, unloading in Burbank.

Thank you Emma!!!

The trip north from Del Mar to Burbank was brutal.  It’s about 180 km and takes normally about 2 1/2 hrs. We were on the road for 3 1/2 hours. Lots of stop and go on the freeway and lots of just stop.

Ivars and I first stopped at Pannikin before getting on the freeway (great tea, great coffee and most importantly…great gluten free muffins to take to the show for the weekend!!!). As we could travel in the HOV lane on the I 5, we caught up and passed the Emma, Lindsey and the horses.

Pannikin, yummmm

Pannikin, yummmm

Hay and horses, headed to Burbank...

Hay and horses, headed to Burbank…

Emma Weinert O’Rourke and Lindsey Stroh, two wonderful Grand Prix riders, both Shannon Peters’ students, one Canadian, one Australian, travelling together, hauling their precious Grand Prix horses to a show in California…priceless. Talent, knowledge and horses all in one rig. ❤

So everyone travelled well and settled comfortably into the show grounds.

Lance and Lindsey’s lesson, that afternoon, with Shannon was super.

Today is show day. Lance and Lindsey’s Grand Prix ride time is at 11:56. Emma and Velvet’s are at 11:38.

Off to make a cup of tea (and a gluten free Pannikin muffin!!!) and then head to the show grounds…

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Gold Canada Gold!!!!!

Cheering, waving my mitts in the air!!!!  What a great games in Sochi for Canada!!

Canada mitts

We both want thank you again for all your kind words and support for us this weekend.  It really meant a lot.  It’s so great to know we have such an amazing cheering squad.  Sometimes the journey is very long and every bit of support is cherished.  Thank you.

Yesterday’s warm up was even better than Friday’s.  Linds tackled the issue head on and Lance was on the program.  Once he cantered down centre line, he got confused as to what his job really was and went off task, in his ever helpful way.  There is no room in the lightning fast Grand Prix level to have a misread in the half halts between horse and rider…it unravels very quickly and is impossible for a good recovery.

So we know the work needed for the next couple of weeks and we’re on it.  The negative emotions and thoughts have been worked through (a good bottle of Californian Chardonnay was part of the conversation) and we are ready for the work ahead.

If you had a some time, David Wilson,  from Californian Dreaming Productions, would love to hear from you about his phenomenal efforts he and his crew put together for this show. They brought live streaming to you from the show ring.  His email is     David@cdpequestrian.com

Now…off to fill out our entries to the next couple of shows…

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On to the Grand Prix Special this morning…

Firstly…thank you so much for all your support; your emails, texts and facebook messages.  They mean a lot to us.  My access to the internet is limited during the day so I do apologize for not updating you more quickly on our results.

Next…let me take back my comment about the indoor ring being horse friendly.  It looks wonderful and the footing is simply amazing.  During the warm up on Thursday the horses looked focused and happy in work.  But yesterday was a different story.  The horses went from a busy outside warm up ring to solo in a highly energized indoor ring.  We don’t know if it was the sound (the Geo-Tech footing is rolled very hard and each footfall echoes through the building) or the change in environment.  The low marks in all the CDI classes reflect the problems we were all having yesterday.  Tension, spookiness, unfocused horses.

Except for Steffen and Legolas…they were wonderful, 76%.  A beautiful, masterfully ridden test.

Lance and Linds had a great warm up outside yesterday; through, relaxed and ready.  As he came down centre line he got over excited and he then started making decisions about how he would execute the movements that didn’t really include Lindsey.  When Lance gets excited, he tries to be too helpful.  Linds got everything out of him she could but he was Mr. Excited Happy and he should have been Mr. Focused Happy.

So today will be a fine tune on the half halt, build from yesterday’s warm up and concentrate on keeping a better focus in the work.

Our ride time is 10:08 am PST and we will be ready.

Thank you for California Dreaming Productions for such a wonderful show and providing live streaming all day.  Here’s the link to the live streaming…

http://www.californiadreamingproductions.com/live-stream-test/

Off to check out of the hotel and head to the show grounds….

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Jog done…on to the Grand Prix…

This CDI 3*W in Burbank is indoors.  We got to school in the indoor yesterday morning.  It has great, new footing; is very open and very horse friendly.  Schooling went very well.  Lance was focused and on the program.  As per our plan, we didn’t do very much; just touched on the main points of the current work and stretched him out.  A good first day warmup.

The jog was in the late afternoon and the weather was lovely.  Lindsey jogged in her official “Canadian” uniform and everyone looked great!

Ready for the jog...looking very Canadian...khakis, navy jacket, new red scarf!

Ready for the jog…looking very Canadian…khakis, navy jacket, new red scarf!

Lance is ready!

Lance is ready!

"Oh wait, I think I hear something!"

“Oh wait, I think I hear something!”

Ready!

Ready!

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Accepted!!!

Accepted!!!

Lindsey is the foreign rider delegate for this CDI so she drew the order of go for the classes.  We’re 6th up in the Grand Prix, 2:08 pm.  (If you are wondering, the seeded riders go towards the end of the class.)  6 is a good number!

Off to the show grounds for the day…

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Today is packing day.

We leave for Burbank tomorrow so will spend the afternoon packing the trailer.

It’s going to be a bit weird only having one horse at this show…but this show is all about Lance; Lance and Lindsey and the first CDI of 2014.

The work Lindsey has been asking of Lance and herself this month has been very intense; focused on accuracy, power and most importantly relaxation.  This has been a very important last 6 weeks and they both have been amazing.  Add into the mix the blip of an injury for Lindsey and amazing has gone to phenomenal.  I am so proud of them both!!!

So one horse (one very important horse) and one student (one very amazing student) and very important horse show…we’re on our way and we’re ready!!!

Frb 6 3

Off to Arroyo…

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All is well at home…now back in California!

Well that was a tough week at home but everything is now going well and back in a normal groove.  Life is good.

On to our first CDI this weekend.  We leave for Burbank on Wednesday, headed to the jog for the CDI on Thursday.  The Grand Prix is Friday, the Grand Prix Special is Saturday.

Lindsey’s injury is healing well.  We’re making smart decisions about the level of work and strain to put on her leg each day.  It’ll take a bit longer for the healing to really mature into a totally stable hip so we’ll keep a close watch and not take any unnecessary risks.

The horses look great.  It’s been a tough week, management wise but they all look wonderful.  Lindsey ran through the Special on Lance on Friday with Shannon and left it on the video card for me to review last last night.  Great work.  Simply great work.  The learning curve right now for both Lance and Lindsey is massive and they are both amazing.  This sport is not for sissies.

I know it’s warm here, I know the ocean beach is near and I know the sunsets are beautiful but I soooo miss our 24/7 CBC Olympic 2014 TV coverage 😦 …   I’m now relying on Twitter feeds and Globe and Mail online for the latest on Olympic sport!  Ugh.  CBC you’re the best, I really miss you.

Taking my Canada mitts with me today …Go Canada!!!

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