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CAADA CDI Grand Prix

Many years ago, it was so amazing for me to watch my first Grand Prix class at a CDI. Grand Prix level is a feat of extraordinary athletics for both equine and human requiring years of training, discipline and luck. And then add the extra pressure of the demands of the judging in the CDI ring… man o man….an amazing feat…

And those who got to watch the Grand Prix class at the Calgary CDI yesterday, watched the gold standard of Grand Prix work expected of competitors. Competitors world wide. That’s what is expected in the CDI ring, world standards.

And once again I was amazed. To be able to watch this level of work at home…priceless.

And for all those watching this world standard; in the warm up ring, in the competition ring, there is a trickle down effect. There are riders that will raise the bar of their work having been exposed to world standards, there are coaches that will up their game to their students having seen that there is road to this standard and there are sponsors (of riders, of horses, of competitions) that are now exposed to the highlights of the best of our sport.

Watching a Grand Prix CDI class at home…world standards are attainable.

Congrats to everyone in the class…it was amazing.

Congrats to Lindsey and Lance. That was the best test ever (in both of your careers!!!) Words can not express the feelings…I’m proud of you as your coach, as your sponsor and most importantly as your friend…both of you!!!! ❤ ❤

Today Lance is not competing (he will do a Freestyle tomorrow am). But William is back in the ring this morning. He needs to find his groove in the competition ring to keep him headed to the goal of Grand Prix very soon.

Off to another amazing day!!

V

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Organic Horse Feed in Calgary???

Yes!! Genesis, certified organic horse feed, is in Calgary at Okotoks County Living and Garden Centre. 403.938.4094

Genesis Calgary

We dropped off another load of Genesis to Okotoks last week….I’m now known as the “Organic Lady” to their staff…and I kinda like that!!!

If you need more info on the feed, (we stock it here at Flying Colours) drop me a note and I’ll fill you in…

The Organic Lady…Ha!!!

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Schooling in the big ring…

This ring is the CDI ring Yesterday with Lindsey and Lance schooling. It’ll be packed to the rafters and loud Saturday night for the Freestyle class. Our last class, our last show in CA and it’s going to be a great time!

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We are in the heavy lifting time slot right now of packing up the house and the horses for the long trip home. We all head back this weekend after the show. All our horses should be in their stalls at home at Flying Colours early next week.

Today is early schooling rides at the show grounds for Lance and William then back to Arroyo to Fred, DiMaggio and Sardonyx. The jog is at 3 this afternoon for Lance.

Tomorrow William’s class (Inter 1) is at 2:02 and Lance’s Grand Prix class starts at 3. (We won’t know Lance’s ride time for the Grand Prix till after the jog today.)

Off to pack something!!!

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Fencing almost ready!

We (insert Greg and Ivars…I’m the designer 🙂 ) are almost finished the fencing project we needed this year.

The front paddocks are now divided. It will give us more turn out options when the horse arrive home…. and we bring them home in 2 weeks!!! ❤

Fencing

Ivars and Greg worked all weekend and finished up all the brace posts and wire as the sun set on Sunday night. Greg will be out today to string the coated wire and re connect the fencer. Thank you, thank you to an amazing husband and son. ❤ ❤

Off to my morning at the stable and then on to “Amma Day”!

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It’s Yoga Teacher Training Weekend at Refresh Wellness!!

Happiness is when you think,

what you say,

and what you do

are in harmony.

Gandhi

We are now in month 16 of our 18 month Yoga Teacher Training and this weekend is our final presentations to the group. The group is amazing with so many interesting, intensely committed people. Each presentation will reflect the passion they have found in the direction this teacher training has opened up to them personally. It’s going to be a very exciting weekend!

yoga self acceptance

Off to roll up my yoga mat and pack it into the car…it’s yoga teacher training weekend at Refresh Wellness!

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A real day off!!!

This is it!! Linds is off to the gym and Ivars and I are having tea, watching the sun rise in the east and the ocean waves crashing out the patio windows on the beach in the west.

A day off…awesome, amazing wonderful!

Be present.
Make tea.
Avoid small talk, make conversation.
Water a plant.
Make your bed.
Make someone else’s bed.
Have a smart mouth and a quick wit.
Walk.
Make art, create.
Take chances.
Ask questions.
Make mistakes.
Learn.
Know your worth.
Love fiercely.
Forgive quickly.
Let go of what doesn’t make you happy.
Grow.

So the day starts with Somatic yoga for us (Ivars had a very big ride yesterday and needs a “stretch” day off today). We may find ourselves on the beach at some time (low tide is 1pm) and when Linds gets back, I think it’ll be a “mother of the groom wedding dress” shopping kinda afternoon.

Another beautiful, mindful day starts…

Pay attention
Be grateful
Let go
Make space
Slow down
Write it down
Act like a tourist
Be

In other words…

buddha

Love to you all…

V

 

 

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This never gets old…

So we are both really missing be part of the competition in San Juan this weekend but we have an amazing diversion here at Arroyo. 5 amazing diversions really, each one as amazing as the last!

Wednesday was “trail” day. Some of them had a short trail ride and some had a longer trail ride. And DiMaggio had his first Californian trail ride.  Good boy baby DiMaggio!!

Yesterday was a “full work” day for them all.

William 2a

Thursdays are inhand days for William. Such a great tool for him. He’s learning how not to over use his stallion neck and lift his shoulders for more hind leg activity. His progress this spring has been wonderful.

Williama

The saddle work after the inhand work is amazing! He’s going to be a super little Grand Prix competitor for the future!

Today is another full day of work with everyone. They’ll all get the weekend off and be rested and ready for lessons with Shannon on Monday.

So despite missing the CDI…we’re coping!!! 🙂 :)…yes…coping very well…

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