Thanks for your comment. Well I work for a large traning organization as one of the assistant trainers. I ride all kinds of horses at different levels from braking 3 yr olds to ones that do GP. This year I am showing one at 3/4 level and 3 at T/1st.
Working with Jan was very interesting. Was feeling so lucky to see him riding everyday and to be corrected in my riding. The stable and the place are just unbelievable, he is a very funny and friendly person with a lot of patience and he likes to transmit. He never put me down even when I was riding really bad. He is really good at giving expression to the horses. I was one of the lucky ones to ride one of his other Grand Prix horse everytime is was away and he gave me a lot of Grand Prix horses for sale to ride so it was fantastic because usually when you work in this kind of stable you just ride the young horses.
There are so many things to say! Kyra Kyrklund was coming there every month to give training sessions, all the stallion part was great to learn how he takes care of their "image" and career, so I learnt a lot about management too and how to deal with the "public relation" part...
It is amazing how he is popular in Sweden, he is treated like a popstar.
He was sharing a lot of his experience with me and gave quite a lot of advices for my career so the experience was really great. Actually, the more difficult was to be the only guy working with 6 girls, it was sometimes a little bit "electric" between them...
Hope I responded to your question, feel free to ask more. You look great and very professionnal on your horses, good luck for the GP, the videos of Stacy Westfall are just superb.
What a nice surprise to hear from you! My advise for your first Grand Prix is don't rush your test. Take your time with the transitions, the preparations on the short sides, and very importantly, strive to make everything BEAUTIFUL. Dressage is art after all.
I'm trying not to make it too "doom and gloom" but SO much bad stuff has happened this year, and I think that people who aren't a part of the equestrian community need to know about it as well... .So that's why I put it up there. I have lots of friends at school who have no idea about the horse thing at all, but they read my blog and are now getting interested in helping promote change.
We matched near Detroit, Michigan, which is great news! We will definetely be visiting Oakcrest more regularly, its only about a 3 hour drive. HighLight is camping at Oakcrest for month starting the middle of May while Andy and I celebrate graduating from medical school in Europe. Its amazing how much he has developed since he spent time with John last fall, I can't wait to see how he progresses next month!
What are your plans for the summer? Do you get some time off from school to concentrate on riding?
See you soon!
Hi Andrea! Thanks for asking about the concert. We had an absolute blast! The place was sold out!! The one-hour set without a PA or lights presented its challenges, but musicians and audience got into the spirit of the evening and it went very well. We did a second set with a sound system and the lights back on and I must say it was a bit of a relief. The poor ol' vocal chords might have given out on me otherwise. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening, and very thoughtful of you to ask. I hope you'll be able to come and hear us some time. Cheerz! Dorothy :-)
well i have loved horses ever since i was 5 (my first sighting of "The Saddle Club") i rode, not even once every year up untill i got my first horse, Sky (in the picture), when i was 12 and just got another horse (ex pacer 20yo), Onyx. at the moment i am training my horses to be fit enough for trail riding. None of my family is horsey, but my dad is getting there... he still prefers motobikes though (grrrr)