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 would be happier in their jobs.  Watching harmony between a horse and it’s rider is a beautiful picture, no matter what the discipline.

Christmas Lead Ropes

I recently received a phone call placing an order for three lead ropes. A group of students decided they would like to put their funds together and get their instructor lead ropes for her personal horses this Christmas. They chose special colors to go with each horse. How thoughtful! I think this instructor is very well liked and admired by her students!

Dressage in the State of Jefferson Show

The fall weather was great for a horse show in Southern Oregon. However, as one can expect with horses, not everything goes as planned. Tinkerbell was entered into three classes on Saturday, October 11th and two classes on Sunday, October 12th.  Her owner, Catherine Ulrey, came from out-of-town to help, watch and enjoy her mare.

We hauled to the show grounds on Friday, set up and schooled.  Tinkerbell became quite relaxed as she acquainted herself with her new surroundings.  We settled her in for the night and left to feed and settle ourselves.   We arrived early Saturday and took Tinkerbell for a walk before braiding.  We still had some time to kill before tacking and warming up for our first ride.  We left the mare to happily munch on some more breakfast.

When we returned to her about 25 minutes later, it was apparent that something was a miss.  She had bonked her head and cut it open.  Not a big cut, but bleeding.  The USEF rules don’t allow a horse to be shown if there is any blood present.  I appreciate this rule, as it protects the animals.  Tinkerbell certainly had hit her head hard enough, as well, that she was uncomfortable, probably touting a headache.  Needless to say, we scratched out of all our classes on Saturday.

Sunday being the new day that it was, started fresh.  I had missed the Dressage Rider Test for First Level on Saturday.  I really wanted to make it up, so we scratched from our First Level Test 1 class and did the Rider Test. It went pretty well for my first attempt at it.  We scored a 65.6%.  Next we competed at First Level Test 2.  Tinkerbell came in second, with a score of 63.6%, missing first by one point.

We were able to pick up one more ride later in the day.  It was First Level Test 3.  I had never practiced the test on Tinkerbell, nor had I schooled her at counter-canter.  I also hadn’t ridden the test in a year.  It’s a good idea to bring along a test book to a show.  You just never know what you may need to review.  I practiced the counter-canter during my warm-up.  She was great!  In we went to the competition ring.  Of course, it was the best test of the day and we didn’t get it on film!  She scored a 67.5%.  Again coming in second, one point behind the leader.

Catherine and I are very proud of Terrific Tinkerbell.  For no more schooling than she has had and to arrive at her first Rated show, we think she did really great.

Here is the video of First Level Test 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODS Fall Symposium

WOW! What an honor! Tinkerbell and I have been selected to be a demo rider at the Fall Symposium for the Oregon Dressage Society.  We were selected for the category of:  “Picking and Developing Dressage Prospects”.

I applied a month or so ago to be a demo rider at the symposium. There was a large application to complete and video submitted.  Tinkerbell and I were first selected as 1st Alternate.  I received a call this weekend and someone had to drop out, which allows me to ride!  Catherine Ulrey, the breeder and owner of Tinkerbell is very proud of her young mare.  We are very excited and honored to be riding with Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy.

You can check out the details for the Fall Festival at the link below:

http://www.oregondressage.com/2014-FF.html

Horse Camping

I really missed my annual horse camping trip this year. I guess the season isn’t over yet, but the group of wonderful ladies I usually go with aren’t available for such fun this summer.

Trail riding with In Motion Sport Horses

A bit of a damp last day at Gates Horse Camp, 2009

In spite of the work the trip entails; packing and loading camping equipment for both horses and humans, I REALLY like going! Perhaps I’m just so accustom to working so many hours a day, I don’t see it as extra work!

Trail rides with In Motion Sport Horses

Resting and eating between rides.

I generally use the trip to introduce young horses to the experience.  Trail riding is so very good for all horses, but especially those who are at the beginning stages of their training or busy training and competing.

Horse Camping and trail riding with Carrie Allen

A youngster learning to open a gate.

 

I love listening to the horses as they chew their hay and move around. I really enjoy the camp fire, smoke and all! The rides through my beautiful state are a bonus.  Did I mention the incredible food? This is one camper that does not bring hot dogs and pork and beans!  Gourmet only!  We generally bar-b-q, have incredible salads, veggies and tons of amazing deserts! The comradory among good friends is priceless.  This is the reason I especially miss going horse camping this year!

horse camping with Carrie Allen

No horse camping trip is complete without a game of “Whoa Trivia”!

Donna Longacres Youth Dressage Clinic

This weekend there is a local youth dressage clinic. I encouraged each one of my youth students to sign up and ride! Two of them got in! I am excited for them to attend and ride in a dressage clinic, a first for each of them.

Horse Riding Lessons with In Motion Sport Horses

Anna DiMateo and her OTTB Flyer

Frog in a Blog

I got the biggest surprise when I put my gloves on today. There was something squishy inside of one of them. I quickly drew back my fingers and glanced inside. There, staying cool I presume, was a tiny frog! Smiling, I released him to go catch bugs. The gloves then slipped right onto my hands and off I went to continue my work day.

In Motion Sport Horses

You never know what you will find inside a glove!

Frog at In Motion Sport Horses

Frog in a Blog!

 

 

Josephine County Fair 4-H

I just have to say how very proud I am of three particular horse 4-Hers:  Jasmine, Kaelyn and Celena.  You girls and your mounts did TERRIFIC  at jumping and dressage this year.

In Motion Sport HOrses student at fair

Jasmine earned a Second Place award in Hunter Hack

Carrie Allen student in Hunter Hack

Kaelyn earned a Second Place award in Hunter Hack, her first ever jumping competition!

Carrie Allen student jumping

Selena won her Jumping Class!

Each one of you have learned and progressed at jumping and your flat work.  It really showed during your classes this week.  I’ve enjoyed teaching you and your horses.  I look forward to helping each of you learn more and more!

 

 

 

 

Eastern Slope Ranch Jumping Clinic, 2014

In usual style, the Jumping Clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in Baker City, OR is always a blast.  The students, some new and some repeats, were attentive and inquisitive.

Carrie Allen, jumping clinitian

Saturday morning session of flat work. One must have effective flat work to jump well!

Percy and Leslie Dickerson always do a nice job hosting the clinic.  This year with the help of Kevin Rasmussen and others, they added a cross-country course to the ranch.  They did quit a nice job of building fences and will continue to add to the course for seasons to come.

Jumping Derby with Carrie Allen and Eastern Slope Ranch

A zig-zag complex for three different levels, with Lydia Anderson on course.

This fence was built all in fun specifically for long time student, Annika Anderson and her mount this season, Halo.  They didn’t jump this obstacle, nor were they suppose to!  🙂

In Motion Sport Horses instuctor Carrie Allen at jumping Derby

Annika Anderson aboard Halo contemplating tactics to the other side of this giant hay bale.

Saturday afternoon we schooled over a grid of gymnastics on the grass and then headed to the cross country course to school.  Each horse and rider combination had an opportunity to practice jumping all the fences of the course, preparing for the following days competition.

Carrie Allen Teaching jumping to horses and humans

Leah Vengley on Chewey, a very green, but willing horse, building confidence going through the grid.

In Motion Sport Horses instructor, Carrie Allen

Erin Swanson aboard Red. Red earned the “Most Improved Horse Award” at the clinic.

Sunday morning found me sitting at the judges table, with scribe, Drea Rasmussen for the competitors Dressage Tests.  It was the first time for me to see each of these riders actually in a competition.  I am very proud of each one!

Carrie Allen judging Dressage at Eastern Slope Ranch

Marilyn Williams and Blue

To wrap up the days Derby Competition, Leslie presented the awards.  She went all out for the winners of each division.  Awards for the clinic were also given to Marilyn Williams for The Most Improved Rider and Erin Swanson’s horse “Red” for The Most Improved Horse.

Awards for the Jumping Derby at Eastern Slope Ranch

The Award Ceremony

All in all, it was a terrific weekend.  I look forward to heading back across the state for another clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in 2015!

 

 

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.

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