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For all of us who are amateur dressage riders. This is our place to share tips, experiences and just to hang out.

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Comment by Carol Bradley on September 27, 2011 at 4:05pm

Hi all

Has anyone got a recipe for home made horse shampoo that they like - we are off to Spain and found when I lived there before with horses it was difficult to find a shampoo that helped protect from flies.

All help much appreciated.

Best Wishes

Carol

Comment by Colette Sossaman on October 11, 2010 at 9:33am
Comment by Tamara Williamson on August 3, 2010 at 9:08pm
I hope some of you can make it out tomorrow to the kur demo!
I have asked a VERY high profile Canadian dressage rider to pop in and chat a little about riding kurs.
It should be a great informative fun evening.
Even better than watching Bay Watch!



Hi Friends
RCRA as you know has a dressage evening once a month, we have had some great schooling shows with Julie Watchorn, Leah Wilson, Andrea Wetzel judging. It's been great fun!
(next one is Wed Aug 25th)
because RCRA is had a Bronze show last weekend we have decided to do a
kur demo/workshop.
It will start at 6pm at RCRA Wed Aug 4th
$15 to come watch.
Wine will be served! YAY!

I will be hosting the event, my name is Tamara Williamson, My company is called Kurboom,
I have made kurs for many of Canada's top dressage riders including

Belinda Trussell, Jacqueline Brooks, Lee Cross (USA), Tom Dvorak, Naomi Gagnon, Kristy Evans, Daphne Haagmans, Tina Irwin, Neil Ishoy, Sandy Mitchell, Meredith Risk, Andrea Wetzel and Leah Wilson to name a few.

I have also been responsible for the last three years making kur's for the Royal Winter Fair including the Quadrille under lights and last years reining/dressage exhibition.

Please tell your friends, barnmates and students... To come learn how to make a kur.
RCRA dressage club ROCKs
Please email Amanda amanda@rcra.ca to reserve a spot.

Cheers
Tamara
Comment by Laura Coffey on August 2, 2010 at 11:34am
Hi Folks, for those of you who are in trailering, or driving distance of Accord NY(approx. 100 mi. NW of Manhattan), we are sponsoring author and dressage trainer Mike Schaffer for a clinic on Sept. 4-5. Mike is known for his ability to break difficult (dressage) concepts down into understandable steps for both horse and rider. The result is a happier, less frustrated, more relaxed pair. Check out his web site and you are guaranteed to fall in love with his methods www.mikeschaffer.com. Contact me at Barnmice about the clinic. Hope to meet you there!
Comment by vickie lawson on August 1, 2010 at 4:51am
gosh i just love my little mare!! went out to a show, with only 4 days riding in the past 2 weeks cuz the weather was so wet, windy and yuck, and she tried her heart out. no spooks-even though it was windy. just kept on working-even thought the grounds were puddles everywhere!! shes a neat little horse!!
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Comment by Tamara Williamson on March 30, 2010 at 10:55am
Hi Folks,
We have started a little dressage club over at RCRA. We hope to hold lot's of evening fun events/lectures...We are having our first show next Wed 31st at 5pm. It will be a very informal chance for riders to go through their tests in the Main Arena. We are going to have FEI rider Andrea Wetzel judge and hopefully chat with each rider after their test if we have time. It's $20 a test... and $20 for a stall for the evening if you are shipping in.
If you want to come please email Amanda and sign up
info@rcra.ca

RCRA Dressage Club is pleased to present an evening clinic with
WITH TINA BUSSE-IRWIN
April 15 2010 2pm into the evening RCRA
We have seven spots available $95 for RCRA boarders $110 for Ship In's

Tina Busse-Irwin has trained in Germany with Klaus Martin Rath and Holger Muenstermann, as well as Canadian Olympian Evi Strasser.
She has also ridden with Heike Kemmer and most recently with 6 time Olympian Robert Dover.
Tina and her long time mount, Amicelli have a long list of accomplishments at the Grand Prix level. They have been Short listed for the Canadian Team for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The pair won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at Blainville CDI in 2008, as well as competing at the World Masters Dressage competition in Wellington Fl in 2009.
If you want to come please email Amanda and sign up
info@rcra.ca
Comment by Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez on March 2, 2010 at 7:15am
I just completed my 2nd lesson. I finally got over my fear of dismounting a 16.1 H warmblood, I am used to getting off paso finos, LOL. I am so excited to learn more Dressage! (rocking hot colors, going through my 2nd childhood)
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Comment by Brenda Gordon on December 12, 2009 at 12:13pm
Hi again, I really liked your comment Laura, you mentioned the whole horse is part of the exercise and the most important part of your comment, at this stage of training. I learned more from my past two years in training with Ellin than any previous teacher. She keeps of keenly aware of the level of ability of our athlete, we are in training and eventually our muscles and those of our horse partner will develop so they can maintain the collection we want.
I watched a clinician - it was upsetting- she had the rider pull the horses head down(the worst) and told her to kick the horse to get it moving forward. This was a young TB recently off the track with no other experience but running. Too much, all wrong, poor horse.
Comment by Laura Coffey on December 5, 2009 at 1:56pm
I noticed the groups comments about getting horses "on-the-bit" and just wanted to share my experience with my young horse.
First I'd like to recommend the video, "On the Bit" by Sylvia Loch, for clarification of exactly what the term means. Actually I think the term "through" is a better description of what we are trying to achieve. In reality what happens with the head and neck of the horse plays a minor part in the phenomena of being on the bit.
When I began training my horse he was extremely resistant; head tossing, locking his jaw, and lots of other unpleasant behaviors. I found that his saddle was a poor fit, so I replaced it with a George Gullickson custom saddle. I also notices that he was stiff laterally so began including a lot of stretching exercises in the warm up. This made a huge difference, (remember your horse has to be bent (laterally)to be on-the-bit) if they are stiff and having trouble bending you're just going to get resistance. There are some great books out there on horse stretches. I'm not going to say my youngster is truely "on-the-bit" but he is certainly working long and low, and has moments of self-carriage, which is right where he should be for this stage of his training.
 
 
 
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