Our recent Pilates for Riders class gave all CWDS members an opportunity to enjoy an evening of Pilates with Pam Brooks. Ms. Brooks is a certified Pilates instructor and an avid rider. We spent our session concentrating on Pilates basics that would particularly be valuable for Dressage riders. Among other techniques, we learned the value of concentrating on the core muscles of our pelvic floor and abdominal wall. One such exercise is the chest lift with rotation. This exercise utilizes the oblique muscles of the abdomen and builds flexibility through rotational activities that are common during riding. In addition to the excellent instruction we enjoyed good fellowship and good food!