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Comment by Deborah Dobson on April 16, 2010 at 7:01pm
SUNDAY APRIL 25TH, 2010 FROM 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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10:00 - 12:00 - Training Level to Prix St. George Demonstrations

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3:00 - 4:00 pm - Driving (Single horse or pony) Demonstration

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Comment by Tamara Williamson on March 30, 2010 at 10:56am
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

RCRA Dressage Club is pleased to present an evening clinic with
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
Comment by Ferrous on November 9, 2009 at 3:20pm
I agree with Queenrider... it is a load of hooey. Correct dressage training results in an athletic, balanced horse that willingly accepts the bit... qualities that are as desirable in a driving horse as they are in a saddle horse. The dressage component of combined driving is similar to a ridden dressage test.

Teaching your horse to drive is useful when training a horse for dressage under saddle. Teaching a horse in hand can be a good way to work with a youngster, to introduce new movements, or to give your horse a bit of variety in its workout without always carrying a rider. A horse that is trained to drive already understands the mechanics required for long-lining (or ground-driving). My Canadian Horse is only two and so I am currently working with him from the ground using lines. Teaching him to drive will allow me to start his education well before he is ever under saddle.

Additionally, driving horses must cross their legs in order to turn while between rigid shafts... this ability often translates to a horse nicely crossing its legs when doing lateral work under saddle. I love doing lateral movements on my friend's horse who is well trained as a driving horse, because he does step under himself well and he crosses his legs beautifully. :)

Canadian Horses get bored easily and they really enjoy new and interesting tasks, so if your horse has the relaxed temperament to be a driving horse, and if you are interested in driving, then go for it! Their versatility is one of the really fun things about owning a Canadian Horse. :)
Comment by Queenrider on November 9, 2009 at 11:03am
It is a load of hooey. Horses can do dressage under saddle or driving if you don't mind the extra cost of the harness and cart. Correctly done dressage strenghtens the horses core and improves flexibility, balance and coordination.
I have a 3 year old Canadian gelding that I have broken to saddle. He spent his two year old year pulling a small cart.
Comment by Laurie Haughton on September 19, 2009 at 5:00pm
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Comment by Roxy on July 17, 2008 at 9:10pm
HI everyone,
I have a Canadian mare that I would like to do dressage with, but I would also like to drive her. I had been told in the past that you should not drive a dressage horse because it makes them build up the wrong muscles. But it seems to me that a carriage horse meeds to work on the hind quarter just as much as a saddle horse does, so what's the diff? Has anyone else heard this or is it a load of hooey?

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