I think I found the one! – jump coach for Monte, that is

I know that I’ve schlepped my way through the lower levels on Monte, but since Prelim is on our horizon, I also know that I need to step up my technique and stop getting by on a wing, and an albeit well-balanced, prayer.  (I have concluded along with the help of a friend of mine […]

endless circles – figuring out the canter pirouette

My biggest struggle moving up to PSG has been the canter pirouette.  Monte prefers 2’s over 3’s & 4’s, he has pretty trot extensions, CAN do a nice walk pirouette and understands, at least, what I’m asking for when schooling piaffe/passage. The canter pirouettes though, we’ve both had a mental block with.  Maybe my mental […]

Poplar Place 5/2-3

I decided to take Monte to Poplar after we couldn’t get in to the last Ocala show.  I felt let down that once we had really started to have a handle on all three phases the season was over – and I had set a goal of 4 perfect training xc rounds for the season. […]

finding the right balance

I’ve gone through a slew of saddles in the past few years, and my amazement never ceases each time I have a breakthrough in my riding that has nothing to do with my riding or how much I practice, but with a simple change in equipment.  I’ve already written up about upgrade to a Hennig […]

RH Spring – Spoiler: two clean xc rounds!

Well… this time around showing both boys, I had over an hour between dressage rides, which was AWESOME! Forrest’s score went down about 5 points from last time to a 39.8.  He still “leapt” into the canter, which the judge knocked me for, but I’m glad she didn’t see how bad it used to be, […]

RH Winter III – I’m Not Even Going to Say it Anymore

Jesse wanted to see how Forrest fared at Training level before she entered him in the next competition, so due to closing date conflicts, it was just Monte at this one.  I felt better coming into this show – more prepared, like I’m finally getting the hang of things.  Dressage Friday afternoon, then SJ and […]