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Show season has started…we leave for California in 10 days…

The packing has started.  Started but no one is panicking yet….

Lindsey and I have been so busy making sure everything is done around here.  The last Pilates/Dressage Workshop (Core Mechanics for Riders) is now completed till we get back, our students all have a long list of homework to work on till we return (both Lindsey and I will fly home several times between shows this spring) and my staff is polished and pumped for taking over the reins while we’re gone (they are going to really enjoy the “not crazy” days ahead!!).

So export papers have been done, coggins tests done and they are all freshly clipped (a big thanks to Laura Harder, Red Ribbon Clipping!!)

This week we will be upping the work on all three; polishing test moves, working on consistency and fine tuning understanding.  As we get closer to putting them in the trailer we’ll back off a bit on the work.  A balancing of fit but not too fit to stay happy for three days in the trailer.

Off to start my next very crazy, busy, happy day…

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We are doing it again this weekend!!

Core Mechanics for Riders!!!  Pilates/Dressage Workshop again this weekend!!

This is not sit trot…

Sit trot not

 

 

Once again this weekend we will be exploring and learning the mechanics of the core on the mat and how to apply it in the saddle; at walk, at trot and at canter!

We are very busy this week…it’s workshop weekend ahead, it’s finalize travel plans week (today is export papers and Coggins test day with Dr. Herbers), and today is Grand Prix test day for Lance!!

We have 2 weeks left at home before we are all on the road to California and a month before our first show in Del Mar.

Lotsa work to get done…off to make footprints in the snow, headed to the stable!!!

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Pilates/Dressage Workshop at -30C???…Well Yeaaaah!!!

An amazing weekend with amazing riders and truly amazing work!  Minus 30 won’t stop us…we’re Canadian!

Winter Road

 

The weather outside was classed as “extreme cold” but we were toasty and warm in the barn and arena.  Take that winter!!!  We started with a group mat class on Saturday morning and then applied the mat work with private “in saddle” sessions that afternoon.  Sunday’s schedule started with semi private mat sessions and more one on one saddle work in the afternoon.

The horses were tired, the riders were happy tired and Lindsey and I were awesomely, amazingly tired and grateful for such a wonderful weekend!!

And we get to do it again with another group of riders this weekend!!!

Now off to start my Monday and another -30C day…off to ride and teach…Wednesday is test day!!!  Get at ‘er…we’re Canadian!!!

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2015…Learning, Exploring and Application

Plank

 

Pilates/Dressage Workshop this weekend and another one next weekend.  Both workshops have a wait list but openings do happen so if you are interested, contact me for more details.

What is and how does a neutral pelvis affect my seat…we’re going to explore the details!

Why is learning how to hinge up into “bridge” important to my seat…we’re going to explore that as well!

Why the heck is plank important to an effective seat…we’ve got that covered!

2015…learning, exploring and application!

V

 

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Life in the fast lane.

Live up to the spirit

 

This has been a particularly challenging fall.  And we’re now on the upside and looking forward to an amazing winter and spring!

Our countdown to California has started…42 (plus or minus 1 or 2) days to departure.

Arroyo Del Mar

Arroyo Del Mar

Our Pilates/Dressage Workshop is full January 3/4 and we are setting another date in January for the next workshop.  Probably January 17/18 weekend.  Let me know if you’d like a spot!

Horse Pilates 1

The daily work here at home has been wonderful and the horses are all going great…I mean Tony the Tiger grrrrrrreat!!  We are ready for competition and are going to take it on!!!  We are ready to add Shannon’s expertise to the work and it’s going to shine!!  And the horses that will be staying home…they have a great base of work and are ready for the spring.

I will be home this spring for longer periods…two weeks in Feb/March and two weeks in April.  Lindsey will be home frequently for weekends.  And we both are tossing around the idea coming home together for Pilates/Dressage Workshop weekends.

So our plans for California are put together, our homework has been diligently attended to and we are daily happily ticking along…so much to be thankful for, so much gratitude.

Off to another jam packed amazing day!!

V

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Ahhhh….the mountains…

We’re off to Jasper for the weekend to belatedly celebrate our 32nd  anniversary.  Yes, yes we are!!!

Continually Swimming

 

Ahhh…the mountains…

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Another Workshop weekend put to bed…

Another Pilates/Dressage Workshop weekend finished and we had a blast!

bareback fun

 

Next dates are Nov 29/30.

Once again, a weekend filled with exploring new concepts, learning new skills and having fun!

V

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