Ride the Horse Straight. How Hard Can it Be?

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Ride the horse straight. Going down the long side with a wall on one side it can’t be that difficult. Right? Well, I find it is not so easy. I can stay on a straight line. That part is ok. But the tricky part is that the body of the horse must be straight. No hindquarters coming in off the track, no shoulders and neck coming in either. Straight!

For me the problem is Biasini likes to travel with his hindquarters in a bit. Just a little bit but if you train with a coach like Belinda Trussell then even a little bit is toooooo much! There are mirrors at the end of the arena and Belinda encourages me to look and see that Biasini is not straight. In a lesson last week I finally got him straight when Belinda told me to “think” the hindquarters out to the wall. …

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From Growth to Gold Medal!

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In the spring of 2012 Charlotte Dujardin, and her horse Valegro, came to Florida to compete in the Dressage Masters at the Jim Brandon Center.  Some of us had heard of her but she was not well  known outside of her native England. From what we saw  we were impressed and we knew she would be a contender. But we did not know how exponential that  growth would be.

Charlotte and Valegro warm up for the GP

London Olympics, August,  2012. I was lucky enough to be there with 22,000 other people to see this.

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were on the Gold Medal team for Great Britain. And…..they also won the individual gold medal. Here they are before the world’s press, in the center , the Gold Medal  winners.

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To see the other responses to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge “growth” click here:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/growth-2/

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The Best Seat You Will Ever Have.

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When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. Sir Winston Churchill

This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word “Atop”.  Perfect. I have just received, from professional photographer Susan J. Stickle ,four photos of me atop my horse Biasini at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival last weekend. Here they are. All these photos were taken while I was riding the Prix St.George test.

THE EXTENDED TROT

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THE SHOULDER-IN TO 8 METRE VOLTE

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THE PIROUETTE

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THE CANTER

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Winston Churchill was correct.When you are atop a great horse ,it is the best seat you will ever have

To learn more about Susan J. Stickle, photographer, read my interview with her here.

https://horseaddict.net/2016/03/30/horses-through-the-lens/.

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