Riding Tips

2015 Platinum Performance/USDF Region 6 Jr/YR Clinic

featuring George Williams   George Williams is a prominent figure in international dressage competition whose career highlights with Chuck and Joann Smith’s grand prix mare, Rocher, include: three-time Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, 2005 United States Equestrian Federation/Collecting Gaits National Grand Prix Champion, team bronze at CHIO Aachen, 5th at the… Read more

Educational Grants now available from The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation has updated their list of educational grants.  The flyer that was recently released, and that summarizes the current grant opportunities, can be seen by clicking on the link that is given below: 2014 Educational Grants-TDF You can also learn more by visiting www.dressagefoundation.org or by calling (402) 434-8585.  Please consider applying for one of… Read more

Do you need money for your Dressage education?

CALLING ALL ADULT AMATEUR RIDERS!  by Carolyn Desnoyer, Gifted Fund Recipient  Carol Lavell and Carolyn Desnoyer/Photo by Jennifer Bryant of USDF Connection    My horse life has been pretty exciting lately. First came the news of winning one of the eleven Gifted Memorial Fund scholarships granted annually to Adult Amateurs in pursuit of dressage education. Then, quite… Read more

USDF offers new “HART” Online Training Tool

The USDF has developed a new Online Training Tool to help you track your progress with your horse(s).  The program, Horse And Rider Together (HART), is a tool that all USDF members can use for free to record and share their daily riding activities. The online training journal allows participants to track their rides over time, share how… Read more

Is your bridle too tight?

After CWDS’s saddle fitting clinic, I began wondering about BRIDLE fit? Was there was a good article in cyber space that might help educate members? I found this informative article on TACK n’ TALK- a site worth visiting. Written by Larissa Cox Horses are amazing creatures as they have adapted so well to our human creations.… Read more

Planning to use cavaletti?

    Found this at “Reflections on Riding” by Kate and thought it very informative in light of upcoming clinics….There is a best distance between cavaletti for every horse, at every gait. Those distances may get uniformly longer or shorter depending on the horse’s level of training, but this should be intentional, not random.  If you vary the… Read more

Equestrian pilates for dressage

I love my early morning coffee and my computer!  I set in the overstuffed chair and read favorite blogs and search for new ones that appeal to my horsey interests. Sometimes these searches are due to a “challenge” I may be experiencing, or a comment someone made as we discuss a lesson or technique.  Recently… Read more