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 […]

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. […]

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 II – More highs, more lows

This weekend, Monte and I set out to redeem ourselves while Alloy and I hoped to have a nice move up to Training from Novice.  And, well, it all worked out in the end. I finally started posting in my dressage tests with Monte along with going for a lower level frame, and it paid off […]

the right tack

It’s both frustrating and enlightening how big a difference a saddle can make in the way your horse goes.  The first dressage saddle I bought was a PA Spirig, and well, it served the purpose even if it did put me in a horrible chair seat.  One saddle-fitter said it fit Monte ok, the other […]

The Right Track

I live on a farm in central Florida, an hour to an hour-and-a-half from Ocala, which means I haul to a lesson or competition, then immediately come home. I don’t rub elbows with a lot of other trainers, and I consider myself a minnow when referring to small fish. I ride primarily alone, lesson infrequently […]