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Why organic?

Why organic for humans and equines?

This is from http://www.soilassociation.org…

Their thoughts on a new meta analysis from the British Journal of Nutrition…

Crops

The most up-to-date research shows that organic crops are of a much higher nutritional quality than their non-organic counterparts. The peer reviewed research, a ‘meta-analysis’ of 343 previous studies by Newcastle University, and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, has found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.

The research, presents strong evidence that switching to food produced using organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants, without increased calories, as well as a reduced intake of potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides. The message is clear: how we farm can affect the quality of the food we eat. Organic is different.

The key findings of the study were:

  • Production method affects quality: The analysis is the most extensive and reliable to date and clearly supports the view that the quality of food is influenced by the way it is produced.
  • More antioxidants: Organic crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) have significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants/(poly)phenolics compared with non-organic produced counterparts. This includes more phenolics (19% higher), flavanones (69% higher), stilbenes (28% higher), flavones (26% higher), and flavonols (50% higher). A switch to consuming organic crops would allow a 20-40% increase in antioxidant/(poly)phenolics consumption without an increase in calorie intake.
  • Fewer pesticides: The frequency of occurrence of detectable pesticide residues is four times higher in non-organic crops. Non-organic fruit had the highest pesticide frequency (75%), compared to non-organic vegetables (32%) and non-organic crop based processed foods (45%). By contrast pesticide residues were found in 10% of organic crop samples. The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all foods is to buy organic. Certified organic food including all fruits and vegetables will overall contain fewer pesticides. Many people don’t realise over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food.
  • Less cadmium: The analysis detected 48% lower concentrations of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in organic crops.
  • Less nitrogen: Nitrogen concentrations – linked in some studies to an increased risk of certain cancers such as stomach cancer – were found to be significantly lower in organic crops.

It is clear that organic farming delivers real differences in nutrients between organic and non-organic crops.

…for humans and for equines…

We stock Genesis Organic Horse Feed. Certified 100% Organic. We feed it, we sell it, we love it.

Genesis

If you are interested in Genesis for your horse..contact me for more details 780.361.7062 or flngclrs@incentre.net

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Update on our 2016 California plans…long overdue!!!

Firstly, I must apologize for being so tardy in keeping you all up to date on our plans…an extremely busy, family-filled fall was my excuse. 🙂 And now that all the babies have moved into their new home, I can catch up.

Yes, we are going to California this year and yes to Arroyo Del Mar to train with Shannon Peters!

Saddle and Shannon

We have re-thought the Flying Colours Dressage concept so we have set up some changes for 2016. We are taking 6 horses to Arroyo this year to train. So this season, I will be doing the “hold the fort” at home in Canada while Lindsey will be full time with our horses and clients  and clients horses in California.

We believe this will maintain our great home base while including the opportunity for California winter training for clients with Flying Colours.

We have 3 clients this year (you will see lots of Iris, Jayne and Merle in the upcoming photos!!) who will be training with Lindsey at Flying Colours (California) at Arroyo.

I will be in California for the week of each CDI to help out and catch up on the coaching details for our 3 horses from Shannon. Meanwhile for the rest of the month, I will be at here at Flying Colours (Alberta) keeping our home based riders busy and challenged.

We believe this is a solid, fun, organized way to take FCS riders to the next level and explore new horizons in their dressage dreams.

Now off to work on ticking more boxes on the travel plans to California list…

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Ugh…Mr Chubby Cheeks does it again… :(

He’s bit the inside of his cheeks. Two days before we leave for the CDI, Mr CC is showing us how chubby his cheeks really are, again.

When choosing an international level dressage prospect, I thought I had ticked off most of the boxes when I choose Lance…great temperament, 3 great gaits, good feet, and did I mention…amazing personality! I did not know I also needed to look for a prospect without chubby cheeks!!! Who knew????!!! Chubby Cheeks are not a good feature????!!!

This is good...

This is good…

and this is good...

and this is good…

and so is this...

and so is this…

and this is very good!

and this is very good…ahhh, Mr CC himself! Chubby Cheeks or not…I still would have choose him to come home with me!!!

So here’s the plan…

  • We are going to ride for the next two days (before the show starts) in the snaffle bridle with a drop nose band (that’ll give the inside of his cheeks a chance to heal)
  • We’ve rigged up some special padding to go around the nose band on his double bridle.
  • and if all looks good on the inside of his mouth, we’ll put him in his double bridle on Friday for the Grand Prix.

Off to finish packing the trailer and drive north to San Juan Capistrano…sending healing thoughts for the next two days to my big bay horse!

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Cameramen and stablehands are wonderful, strong, fearless, amazing, handsome, awesome, lovely, totally the best guys in the whole wide world!!!!

And I wish we had them here everyday!!!

Thank you Peter!!

Thank you Peter!! 

Lance, getting tacked up.

Lance, getting tacked up.

Left bendy Lance!!

Left bendy Lance!!

Yup, I think he's getting it!!

Yup, I think he’s getting it!!

Yes sir...he can sit!!!

Yes sir…he can sit!!!

Great riding Lindsey!!!!! Thank you Shannon!!!

Great riding Lindsey!!!!! Thank you Shannon!!!

The end of another wonderful lesson with Shannon! Thank you Lance!!!

The end of another wonderful lesson with Shannon! Thank you Lance!!!

A great surprize!!! Lynn McKinney and Stephan Forbes, on a quick visit to Arroyo!

A great surprize!!! Lynn McKinney and Stephan Forbes, on a quick visit to Arroyo!

Alas (for us) the cameraman and the stablehand are headed out to ride this crazy, crazy ride to the top of a mountain for cookies. (It’s the Palomar Mountain ride if you are interested in checking out the grade…) They will be climbing for 3 hours straight. That’s right…climbing for 3 straight hours for cookies. They are crazy. And they have friends. Cycling friends have flown down from Edmonton to join them. They also are crazy.

We, on the other hand are driving to the stable to ride around in circles on horses and to watch other “experts” ride around in circles. Hmmm…we also are crazy…married to crazy people. ❤ ❤

Off to our crazy lives…

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A little newsy, catch up bit…

We’re all here in San Diego!!

It’s a bit like being at summer camp here…each camper has many activities and a chorus of good mornings starts each day and we end our days with cheerful good nights. 🙂

Peter and Ivars have put two very long days on their bikes..lotsa hills (they’re crazy.period.), lotsa miles. Barb and Curtis have checked out the amazing Home and Garden show at the Fairgrounds and Linds and I have had some (as usual) great learning time at the stable.

Linds and Lance walking to the Dressage Court at Arroyo for their first lesson of the day with Shannon.

Linds and Lance walking to the Dressage Court at Arroyo for their first lesson of the day with Shannon.

The weather here has been stellar and the weekend is forecasted to be record breaking highs. Great for the cyclists and golfers in the group, not so great for our favourite diesel burner…Lance! We’re hoping the hot weather will break before the CDI next week and the big boys, Lance and Shannon’s Magic, will be much more comfortable doing their jobs in the sun!

Today is rest day for the two wheel riders and they are going to accompany us to Arroyo! Yeah!! Camera men!!! (the wheels on the tack box will get pumped up, William’s skin condition will get looked at and all sorts of FCS catch up chores will be caught up!) Thank you Ivars and Peter!

The campers are all getting up…time for tea and toast!!!

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Love, love, love workshop weekends!!!

 

 

Pilates and dressage!!  Yeah!!!

 

 

We learn

 

Off to start the learning…

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Amazing rider, amazing horse…

I was going to compose this blog tomorrow morning but the video is up so I’ll try to put this in words…

I am so proud of Lindsey Stroh.  Her dedication, focus, and attention to detail has produced this wonderful, amazing Grand Prix horse Lancelot. Coaching a horse like Lance and most importantly, coaching a rider like Lindsey, makes my job so very satisfying and wonderful to do each and every day.

Thank you Lindsey.  Thank you Lance.

Lancelot

Lancelot

Here’s the link to the YouTube video of Thursday’s Grand Prix test.

 

 

So proud of them, so proud of them…

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