It’s time to mark your calendars for the New England Dressage Association’s (NEDA) Spring Dressage Show at Marshfield Fairgrounds, May 12th and 13th. Always a highlight of the year, and a great way to kick off the season, the NEDA Spring Show offers classes from Training Level to Grand Prix, qualifying classes, great footing, permanent stalls and a fantastic venue.
“The NEDA Spring Show is one of the first shows of the year in New England and a great time to bring your horse… Continue
Added by New England Dressage Association on May 3, 2012 at 4:00pm —
Quick tips and facts about the new Freestyle requirements!
1. There is a maximum time limit but NO minimum time. Maximum time limit for all USDF freestyles is 5 minutes. Your time begins when your horse moves off after the entry salute and ends at the final salute. …
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on June 27, 2011 at 12:31pm —
One question I get asked quite often is, "Where should we go for our portraits?" To help with planning your outdoor portraits or family photo… Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on February 2, 2011 at 9:11am —
Equine photography is one of the lesser known, though nonetheless still popular forms of photography. For those of you who do not know what it is, Equestrian Photography is the Photography of Horses, both in their natural surroundings and in competitive situations.
Equestrian Photography can be divided into… Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on January 16, 2011 at 9:30pm —
Over the past week, Canadian Olympian Evi Strasser has earned two WEG-qualifying scores with her Oldenburg gelding Quantum Tyme.
Strasser and Quantum Tyme placed fifth in the Grand Prix at CDI3* Hartpury, held July 14-18, 2010 in the United Kingdom, earning 67.404% from the panel of five FEI judges. The combination also scored 72.000% in the Grand Prix Freestyle, earning them fourth place.
Strasser has been competing in Europe all season, with both Quantum Tyme and Action… Continue
Added by Dressage Canada on July 23, 2010 at 3:21pm —
Over the past 8 weeks, I have been working on the music and choreography for
the International Team to help raise money for COTA (Challenge of the Americas) with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.…
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on March 22, 2010 at 8:30am —
Music has well established psychological effects on moods and emotions.
Think about that.
We already know this if even subconsciously. If music did not have a physiological effect on our body and mind, marches would be played at bedtime and not at the half-time of football games. Lullabies would be heard at parades and Gregorian chant would bombard our ears at the grocery store.
Want to know more? Here is the scientific answer to how music affects our physiology and… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on December 21, 2009 at 5:08pm —
Here is a question I get all the time about the riding your freestyle at home vs. riding your freestyle at a show. I thought you might all enjoy it! Ruth
I have ridden my freestyle a number of times in competition. I have ridden it time and time again perfectly at home and know my music very well.
This is my question. I ride my test perfectly at home but when I get to a venue... I am ALWAYS ahead of the music!!! It's not a big problem because I know… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on December 9, 2009 at 6:47pm —
Hi everyone... a lot of you have been asking me about how i begin to diagram a pattern or how i start to memorize a test.
I start with these blank arena diagrams... I find them useful for a number of things.
1. Memorizing regulation tests.
2. Learning the exact geometry of the arena.
3. Learning my exact tangent points for movements such as circles and serpentines.
4. Drawing my tests from beginning to end.
5. Drawing each movement according to where the… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on November 13, 2009 at 8:00am —
When the judges are listening to your music, what are they listening for?
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do the judges evaluate my music?”
I’m going to go over the guidelines that are given to the judges so you can be on the same page as they are. In last month’s newsletter, I did an audio clip on what the judges are looking for. But so many of you have asked me to put it in print so here it is.
There are four categories that the… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on October 30, 2009 at 10:30am —
I have been getting so may questions about picking out great riding music, i though i would give you a few more pointers!! For more information, sign up for my free newsletter! Its easy, FREE and private!
1. Choose music that has dynamic changes. Dynamic changes are audible changes within the music (either volume or intensity) where you can make transitions. (for example, the music should FEEL or SOUND like there is a transition to an… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 24, 2009 at 7:07am —
Ride your HORSE to MUSIC and solve training issues! Whether you are riding a dressage musical freestyle, or just riding your horse to music, there are TIPS you should know before you start. Over the years, you have told me that the most important thing to you is that you want the RIGHT MUSIC for your HORSE and you WANT TO HAVE FUN!!
You've also told me that:
You want help recognizing the rhythm of your horse's gaits.
You can't maintain a rhythm.
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 17, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Before you can pick the perfect music for your horse, you need to understand the difference between rhythm and tempo.
Many people use the words rhythm and tempo interchangeable, but they do not mean the same thing. I will talk about the meaning of each, both in musical terminology and in riding reference.
Rhythm - When riding, regularity of the rhythm refers to the even spacing between each step in a stride of walk, trot or canter. In music, rhythm is made up of sounds and… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 13, 2009 at 9:12pm —
I am amazed at how perfect music can improve and enhance a horse's movement and the rider's rhythm! When music fits the horse and rider, both the quality of the gaits and movements improve. The music enhances both the artistic aspect and the technical side of the ride. Because rhythm is maintained!
After years of studying the effects of music I learned a few things.
Studies show that music affects our physiology. Slow music slows the heartbeat and the breathing rate as… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on August 9, 2009 at 9:44pm —
6 tips for picking out great music for your horse
1. Know your horses ideal BPM (beats per minute)
2. The average horse has BPM as follows.
Walk 90-106 BPM
Trot 138-160 BPM
Canter 96-108 BPM
3. Pick music that matches your horses BPM within 4-6 BPM range.
(For example if your horse has a canter of 104 BPM, choose music that is between 100 BPM and 108 BPM)
4. Choose music that has a very clear down beat. (The down beat is the beat that you… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on July 21, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Been busy this week preparing for the Dressage
Waikato "American Idol" show, this weekend. I'm doing a Pas De Deux with another local rider, Debbie, whose horse is like Mr B's white twin. They are really cute together, I'm just hoping they don't mind performing in a crowded indoor.
It's nice to have a fun project like this to work on during the winter,… Continue
Added by Ottilie on July 14, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Goals: When you begin to start thinking about making a musical freestyle or Kur for you and your horse, you should have some clear goals in mind before you get started. You must be able to answer some questions.
1.What will this musical freestyle be used for?
2. What level will you be competing with this music?
3.What type of competition will you be competing in? ( Local or USDF or FEI or National or International?)
4. Have you ever competed with a… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on December 30, 2008 at 6:21am —