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2014 ODS Fall Symposium

Tinkerbell and I were among several pairs selected to be Demo riders for the fall symposium. What a privilege to ride with Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald! It was a wonderful learning opportunity. In addition to that, it was great to listen to their opinions on what a lovely dressage prospect Tinkerbell is. Enjoy the […]

My Latest Dressage Role Model

I’ve desired to ride like Stephen Peters or Edward Gal, but now my goal is ride and look like Charlotte Dujardin. What incredible harmony between she and her horse! Charlotte hosted her first symposium in the US in March 2014. I didn’t get to attend, but the following bullet points were taken down by someone […]

Quote from Robert Dover

I recently read an article in which the author interviewed Robert Dover. Dover is a 1996 Bronze medal winner in Dressage. This statement stuck out to me: “art (of dressage) ends where violence begins”. Horses are such incredible athletes and do amazing things for humans. If each discipline would embrace this statement, so many horses […]

Advice From A Horse

Take life’s hurdles in stride. Loosen the reins. Spur yourself on to greatness. Be free spirited. Keep the burrs from under your saddle. Carry your friends when they need it. Keep stable. Gallop to greatness.

Jumping Clinic and Competition

It is already July and that means it is time for the annual Jumping Clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in Baker City OR.  The clinic is on Friday and Saturday, July 18th &19th.  The focus will be on dressage, hence flat work, and over fences.  It is designed to challenge each rider, but to meet […]

Muti-Purpose Mares

Who says that dressage horses should just know dressage? Here at In Motion Sport Horses, I think horses should have opportunities to learn and experience different things. In this group of pictures, Tinkerbell is learning to be a pony horse, while Esmerelda learns to be ponied. The two mares, both of which compete at dressage, […]

Trailer TLC

What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to completely clean, from top to bottom, the horse trailer!  I admit, it was long overdue!  It took me several afternoons, but the inside is pressure washed and sparkling.  The outside is hand washed, including the roof!  Even a few light bulbs were replaced.  There  is a sense of […]

The View From My Saddle

I must be one of the most privileged trainers on the planet!  Just look at the view from my saddle today!   I think keeping horses happy in their work is really important.  One of my approaches to accomplishing this is by cross training.  No matter what discipline a horses training is focus upon, trail rides […]

Important Training Principals

I recently read an article by Ingrid Klimke, Germany’s Olympic eventing gold medalist. She is the daughter of the late Dr. Reiner Klimke, who himself is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time bronze medalist.  The article served as a good reminder to all of us equestrians, no matter what discipline we are riding or training, […]

Barn Projects

It’s always so nice to get a project accomplished that has been on the “to do list” for months!  I added a shelf in the feed room to get more organized, improve visibility and get stuff off of the floor.  Here it is above the feed barrels. It holds supplements, as well as this and that! […]