USEF Developing Rider Training Session, #2

Wow! Just got off of Poof after an amazing dressage lesson with David O’Connor!

David was happy with the overall quality of our work, but naturally wanted to put that next level of polish on everything. We worked on forward-back transitions to warm up, pushing for more collection with each transition. From there we worked on some elements of the Advanced test, focusing on “ringmanship” to get the best score possible. One area of focus was riding the corners accurately, which carried over to everything else we worked on, including changes, half pass, and walk pirouettes. Poof was excellent and a total gentleman today. I think DOC is pleased!

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My mom and Poof’s owner, Teresa Groesbeck, will be happy to know that David thinks Poof should he a 28-31 horse in dressage 🙂

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USEF Training Session, Eventing 25: Day 1

Hello from Flying Tail Farms. Wow! What a great start to the training session with drill riding in the dressage court. I rode this morning with Mark Grandia and Zach Brandt and we were asked to change bend, length of stride, and gait all on drill formation, without passing or getting left behind. There was heavy emphasis on perfecting the basics and improving position for greater effectiveness in our seat. Wort was a champ, I am so lucky to have such a great horse and so lucky to be here riding with Coach David O’Connor and watching some great riders take instruction. Flying Tail Farms is beautiful and we are all very grateful to Shannon and Dayna for opening it up for us this week.