Big News around the Barn!!!

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Congratulations are in order to Flirtini: she is the proud new owner of Sue Church (or maybe it’s the other way around, but Flirtini doesn’t think so!). I am so excited for this duo, and I am really pleased to see them together. I wish them many wonderful years of success and joy!

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I am also really excited to announce that Dr. Colleen Wilson of Adeptus Nutrition will be speaking at KingsWay Farm on Friday May 31 from 3-6pm. She will be available to answer all of your nutrition questions and recommend some great products for yourself, your horse, or your pets. Stop in for a cold beverage and learn how to boost your horse’s health to the next level!

In other news, I CAN’T WAIT for Justin to get here next week with his Revere Saddles! Poof and Wort will both be fitted for snazzy new jump saddles. I cannot thank them enough for sponsoring not only me but the entire CCI2** division at Twin Rivers, which I was fortunate enough to win. More saddles for Katy! 😉

Speaking of Twin Rivers, make sure to check out the latest videos from Ride On Video under the “Media“. Hang on the edge of your seat as you re-live the epic final seconds of Poof’s DOUBLE CLEAR SHOW JUMPING to move into the lead.

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!

Click Here to watch videos of the session

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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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Poof’s First Passage!

Poof has been a horse that historically I have struggled to communicate effectively with, as a rider. He is very sensitive to the aids but can also get strong through his shoulders and, when tense, looses activity behind and looses “thoroughness.”

Since I have been here at KingsWay working under HBE, and also thanks to the the help of NW Dressage before that, I have been working on becoming more loose in my own body and encouraging Poof’s elasticity and rhythm with softness in my seat and hands.

Gradually, Poof has become more active behind in our collected work and is learning not to loose impulsion as he transitions between “forward and back.” Having been inspired by the recent training sessions with DOC and our auspicious beginning of the show season with nice marks in dressage, today I decided to push the envelope.

To start today, I began working in working trot, then asking for collected steps, then medium steps, then back. Each time I made a transition, I asked for more of a difference between the different trot steps. Eventually, with DOC’s voice in my head telling me to “go there,” Poof lifted into several steps of passage!

I would say that today is a major milestone for us and is a real benchmark of our progress as a team.

Go eventing! Go Poof!