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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Jumping Clinic and Competition

Schooling Fences with Carrie Allen

Schooling Fences a Few Years Back

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 them at the level they are currently.  It is open to riders of all experience and levels.

Schooling over fences on the grass with Carrie Allen

Marilyn and Blue

Sunday will follow the clinic with a Derby.   Each competitor will have an opportunity to ride a dressage test and to take a derby round of fences.  A derby is a combination of cross-country and stadium fences set on a cross-county course.

Jumping Clinic With Clinician Carrie Allen

Last Years Group on Sunday

Eastern Slope Ranch always does a wonderful job of hosting and everyone seems to have a wonderful time.  Details are available at www.easternsloperanch.com  Come join us!

Schooling with In Motion Sport Horses

Marta, an experienced rider with a very green horse, ended very successfully last year.

Hand Braided Lead Ropes

How exciting! A group of my hand braided lead ropes are on their way to the horse expo in Sacramento, CA. If you happen to be attending the expo, you can find the ropes in the LMF booth. Thank you Vern for taking them with you!

Lead Ropes Braided

Braided, Snap Attached and Ready to Lead Your Horse!

 

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.

Ponying at In Motion Sport Horses

Tinkerbell ponying Esmerelda ~ getting the task figured out

The two mares, both of which compete at dressage, took to this new task readily.  I told Tinkerbell if she needs a second job, she could get one at the track as a pony!  She certainly would be the prettiest one there.

Carrie Allen Ponying Dressage Horses

Yep, figured it out. Ready for trot.

Spring Fling Dressage League Show

Tinkerbell made her show debut on April 27, 2014. She showed at Training Test 2 and 3, placing 2nd in both classes with scores of 72.5% and 66.2%.  What a good girl!  Her owner Catherine Ulrey and I are very proud of her grown up behavior.

Tinkerbell

A Quick Glace

A Quick Glace

As Tinkerbell prepares for her show debut, she asks herself  “Are my ears really that long?  I hope the judge will like me anyway.”

Tinkerbell Under Saddle

Tinkerbell is a four-year old Oldenburg mare owned by Catherine Ulrey. I started her as a three-year old. She had a long hiatus in the pasture before returning to work this January. Below is a video of a recent training session.  She is headed for the dressage show ring this year!

 

Sincere Condolances

What a difficult thing it is to lose a horse, whether it be tragic, illness or age related. Horses are such an incredible animal that it is very easy for us to become very emotionally attached. Such is one of In Motion Sport Horses students, Shannon.

student of In Motion Sport Horses

Casino, Shannon and her ever supportive mom, Mary

Shannon has owned Casino, an OTTB gelding, turned hunter-jumper, school horse, for the last 12 years.  Casino has played an extremely important part of Shannon’s riding and walking, for that matter. You see, Shannon has cerebral palsy.  Doctor’s said she would never walk.  However her parents thought differently.   They had her riding horseback at a very young age.  Casino was a horse at the stable where she went to ride regularly in Hawaii.  The two made a fast bond with one another.  When Shannon’s family planned to move to the mainland, Casino’s owner gave him to her, knowing the two of them would not do well separated.  So Casino boarded a plane and moved to Oregon.

student of In Motion Sport Horses

Casino enjoying the summer sun

Now at 31 years old, his body is tired.  Casino’s vet monitored him very closely for the last five months of his life.  The vet and Shannon determined when it was time for him to be put down, humanly, as opposed to letting him suffer.  It was an extremely difficult decision to come to for Shannon, but one she knows was on Casino’s behalf.

In Motion Sport Horses

Shannon sharing a quiet moment with Casino

Casino is missed on a daily basis.  Thankfully, the tincture of time is very healing.  Shannon continues to ride her Icelandic gelding and owns a very lovely thoroughbred mare.