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Upcoming Clinics at Flying Colours

We are so excited to announce these upcoming clinics at Flying Colours!!!

Dressage/Pilates Workshops

October 19/20 (full)

November 23/24 (several spots open)

$325

Call or email for more info.

flngclrs@incentre.net        780.361.7062

Dressage/Pilates

Self-carriage is not just a horse issue!

Dressage, like Pilates, is about dynamic stability for both the horse and rider.  A fully stable rider is better able to effectively influence the horse as they move together both horizontally and vertically.

Pilates, in general, will improve your riding technique by improving body awareness and connection, general suppleness, better balance, and overall strength.

An aware, supple, balanced rider can better influence and create these qualities in the horse.

Dynamic Stability

Dynamic Stability

This 2 day workshop will teach you to work in Pilates exercises carefully selected for dressage riders.  Work both days is on the mat and in the saddle, on your horse.

Day One – Building Body Awareness and Control

Schedule

  • Pilates mat class; general principles and specific dressage focused exercises
  • Demo in arena, on horseback of body control in the saddle (left/right, front/back, in motion) (Lindsey and Lance)
  • Apply Pilates Awareness in the saddle (private riding lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)
  • Lunch
  • Apply Pilates Awareness in the saddle (more private lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)

Day Two – Building Body Awareness, Control, Strength and Endurance

Schedule

  • Pilates semi private mat session with Lindsey, exercises specific to each individual rider and rider issues
  • Apply new Pilates Awareness in the saddle (private riding lessons with Lindsey and Vickie)

The posture we have while off our horses is mirrored while riding.  Pilates will help create a strong, aligned body that will enhance your riding effectiveness.

Happy riding, happy horses.

V

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Shannon Peters Clinic Oct 3/4

Clinic with international trainer and rider Shannon Peters. 

American Shannon Peters is a classically trained rider, not only training with her husband Steffen for the last 10 years, but also with her mentor, Karl Mikolka, former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. She has competed in national championships both in the FEI Young Horse divisions, and in the Intermediare Divisions, as well as CDI competitions at the Grand Prix level.  She enjoys establishing a great foundation of work to bring her students from training level to GP.  She will be at Flying Colours for a 2 day clinic.  Advanced auditor registration required.  This is a unique opportunity to expand our knowledge from one of the top, up and coming dressage trainers in the world today. 7 rider spots, 40 auditor seats. 

When: Saturday/Sunday, October 3/4, 2009   (Auditor registration deadline October 1, 2009)

Where:  Flying Colours Stables, Wetaskiwin, AB 

Time:  Later am start Saturday, early am start Sunday 

Cost:  $25/day, $50 + GST = $52.50 

(Registration form available on the ADA website or by contacting FCS) 

Vickie

780.352.0007

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Set back for William

Wednesday started out very normal, horses fed, turned out, stable cleaned.  I headed home to work from my desk for a few hours and lessons started at noon.  William came in from his paddock for lunch in his stall.  Everything going as planned till about 2pm when Lindsey and Katie noticed William acting weird in his stall, rubbing his shoulder and tummy on the stall wall.  Took him out and walked him…he’s colicy.  Called the local vet and had Katie hitch my truck and trailer.  Lindsey called Westwind Vet Hospital and let them know we may be headed their way very soon.

The local vet injected Banamine and he was a little more comfortable.  We loaded him up and let Westwind know we were on our way. 

An hour later we arrived and he was in the stocks for further examination.  Tubed him, rectal exam, GasX.  We all were convinced a simple gas colic.  I had plans for picking him up on Thursday.  Change of plans, colic surgery 10pm Wednesday.  Entrapment and a twist.  He was up and walked back to his stall by midnight.

Yesterday he was bright and alert and hand grazing was on the schedule for the afternoon.

Waiting for the vet to call this morning for today’s update.  Lindsey is going to head over and hand graze him later today.

A small blip in his career.  He’s a very fit stallion.  We’ll put him on the same hand walk program Lance worked with after his surgery and he should be back on track very quickly.  He’s a tough guy and proved himself this year.  Time for a little break and some TLC and then back at it in the fall.

Vickie

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Almost home…

I think today is the first day I’m up and energetic ready for the whole day!  William, Fred and Lance are home and grazing in their paddocks, sleeping in the sun.  It has been a very full 7 weeks this spring; three horses, 4 big shows 3,000 kms from home and a wonderful new grandson!  We had a wonderful time and hit all the markers we set out for ourselves before leaving…it’s been very satisfying!

Things I’ve learned…

  • I love this Air Card!!!  We should have had it from the start and Lindsey could have been more consistently linked to her work her in Alberta from Toronto.  It made this blogging business feasible from just about anywhere.   (we’re on hwy 2, somewhere around Red Deer right now!)  It also made it possible to stay in touch with everyone at home while so far away.   Skype and grandbabies work very well!
  • Canada is a very large country distance wise but a “small town” when is come right down to it.  Good horses and good riding are uniting factors.  Everyone was so helpful and welcoming…we made new friends and reacquainted many old friends in the dressage world.
  • We put together a big project with this trip…coach, trailer, horses and the business at home…we are very thankful for all the support. 
  • I am looking forward to the next phase of this journey…gonna be very exciting!!!

Wednesday I’ll be back at my desk planning the summer months for Flying Colours.  Dressage camp, schooling shows, more clinics.  We need to decide on our show schedule here in Alberta…what horses, what classes, what shows.  And then plans for the winter…

Almost home, time to clean the coach and get it ready for a tune up.  It’s had a long round trip from here…Wetaskiwin, Phoenix, Toronto, Montreal and now back to Wetaskiwin.  Got to get it ready for a fly fishing summer!

Vickie

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On the beach in Thunder Bay.

Lindsey and Peter have things soooo under control in Toronto….Ivars and I are enjoying ourselves with family in Thunder Bay. 

Ivars hit the road at 6am with my brothers and other male relatives and they are spending the day in boats fishing, fishing, fishing.  I’m at the family cottage on Lake Superior.  The lake is lovely and calm and the day promises no rain and not too cold.  Fireworks tonight up and down the beach.  I hear someone down the beach has a band lined up for the evening.  We’ll also be able to view all the fireworks from the city from the cottage deck.  Mom and Dad have a big bbq planned and everyone should be here later this afternoon.  Fun.

My new camera will be in action today and I’ll post them later…

Photos will have to wait till we get a better connection!

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The day of very tired boys and Freddie finds her flying change groove.

Lance was the first to go yesterday, PSG.  A hot muggy morning but no rain.  His warmup was very good for a tired big boy.  He was a little pingy off the leg as a result of being tired but was working well and ready to do his job.

Lance and Linds warming up for the PSG

Lance and Linds warming up for the PSG

Once again, because of the luck of the draw they were first to head down centreline for the large PSG class.  What would be the odds we would be first again!!!  Should have bought a lottery ticket yesterday!!  We all were ready at the bell so in we went.
Lance and Linds entering at A for the PSG

Lance and Linds entering at A for the PSG

Okay, sitting at 7, 7, 6s and then comes the 2 lines of changes…Lance made the executive decision to change the test from 3 tempis and 4 tempis, to 2 tempis and ones!!!  Ugh…good test on a young PSG horse, sometimes errors happen and it’s just not your day.  After the tack check, at the end of the test, we returned to the warm-up ring and asked him for both lines again and they were spot on, 3s when asked, 4s were 100%.  Off to the showers and a good lunch for Lance!  61%, 13 place.
Lance doing Ones in his PSG test, clever boy!

Lance doing Ones in his PSG test, clever boy!

Next test was Baby William and the 5 yr old Prelim.  This was another very tired boy.  I think more than tired, he is really missing his turnout time.  He loves to go for a big buck around his paddock and then settle down to an hour or so of grazing.  William is grumpy (as grumpy as William can get!!).  He warmed up like a tired, hot horse and really was not as concentrated as he normally is in his work.  His test was good but had lost the sparkle from last week, for sure. 72%, 6th place.
William, trucking about the ring, FEI 5 yr old Prelim

William, trucking about the ring, FEI 5 yr old Prelim

Fred’s test was in the heat of the day and she really decided she understands the work.  What a good girl.  The left to right change really has bamboozled her for the last 1/2 year and today she figured it out.  She could move her body confidently into, through and out of that change in the warmup ring and in the test.  The work at home is going to be very exciting this summer!!!
Fred warming up for her Fourth Level test.

Fred warming up for her Fourth Level test.

Today is another hot day, Lance in the am, William in the afternoon, Fred has a day off.
Vickie

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Smoking Hot In Quebec

Hot weather and hot horses today.  I arrived yesterday and was here today to watch Freddie and Lindsey get first place in 4the level.   They received a big red ribbon and lovely pearl necklace for a prize.

Fred, Linds and Vickie, warmup #2, ready for the test!

Fred, Linds and Vickie, warmup #2, ready for the test!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freddie, finished a great Fourth Level test.

Freddie, finished a great Fourth Level test.

Today we learned or are relearing a few a few lessons about showing.  Prior to Freddie’s test things were going smoothly.  Freddie was warming up very well…then we discovered there had been a change in the day schedule!  We were ready and warmed up about one hour early for their ride time….oops. So back to the barn for a break and then gear up again for the test.  Freddie coped very well with the two warm ups and one test. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey and Vickie braiding and getin' ready for the jog.

Lindsey and Vickie braiding and getin' ready for the jog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance and Linds schooling in the heat of the afternoon.

Lance and Linds schooling in the heat of the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby William, ready for tomorrow's test.

Baby William, ready for tomorrow's test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William and Barb having a chat about the upcoming jog.

William and Barb having a chat about the upcoming jog.

We then waited anxiously for the late afternoon jog for Lance and Willie.  So in the heat of the day ….Willie and Lance were schooled in the ring at about 30 plus degrees.  I was commissioned to take photos….hope you enjoy the creative ones.  I tried to learn to keep the horse in the frame and shoot from the side.   All the horses are looking great and have progressed even to my amateur eye. 

 

 

 

Vickie and William, waiting, waiting, waiting for our turn for the jog,

Vickie and William, waiting, waiting, waiting for our turn for the jog,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freddie is still very annoying in the stall and has learned to rattle her medal gate with her medal shoes when she thinks it is time for food or attention.  Willie the talk of the ground as he is such a little star and so well behaved. Lance is looking impressive and lovable as usual.   The coach and rider are doing well and even eating regularly.  We are hold up in the motorhome with the airconditioning on high and surrounded by an excellent supply of wine and chocolate…what else would anyone want? 

And we passed the jog for the second CDI!

And we passed the jog for the second CDI!

 

These guys have taken the bull by the horn and achieved their goals.  I am grateful to be here to watch their dream unfold!  We are here in Blainville, Quebec celebrating Quebec’s birthday but also celebrating the hard work of the Flying Colours Team.  My only complaint is the bed is so high  I have to take a running leap to get in….not a pretty picture.

From Barb (Mom and photographer!)

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