I had the pleasure to be teaching a wonderful group of up and coming young riders as well as some adults in Minneapolis this past weekend at the beautiful farm owned by the Schmidt Family. Here is Bianca Schmidt on her lovely horse Cenna.
Wonderful pictures from a rainy LAEC with the best fanclub ever!
The young guys were out for the first time in a long time. Great practice, great results - even though a bit wet..
As always I'm so thankful for my sponsors; Riding in a Custom saddle, bridle, boots and saddlepad by PS of Sweden, beautiful show jacket and breaches from Mastermind and show shirt from Goode Rider, gloves by Heritage, stirrups by MDC Stirrups. I washed my horses with K9 shampoo and added on the final touches with their amazing products like hoof balm and show shine. I feed my boys Triple Crown Complete and for supplements I can always count on Platinum Performance for the best results! Thank you each and one of you for all your support and fantastic products!
I think this is fun!!
A week ago I was the clinician at the big Expo; EquiFest in Topeka, Kansas.
It was a great weekend, with the best crowd and fun students to work with!
I taught two dressage lessons a day and had one lecture each day.
It’s an amazing event with top trainers from many different fields of the equestrian world; working, telling there point, of what they are good at!
So it is really everything from cowboy hats to helmets, coming together for a couple of days!
Mette is in Topeka, Kansas this weekend as a presenter of classic dressage, at the Equifest of Kansas. Topics include: "Improve your lower level tests", "Thinking outside the Dressage box", "Importance of basic work", "Getting your horse thinking forward", "Looking closer at lateral work" and "What is cross-training?" She will also take a closer look at " Musical Freestyle".
It will sure be a very interesting, exiting and educational weekend for everyone attending! Hope to see you there!
There is so much great to say about the last, of the four, Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival, held in Del Mar the week of February 14-17th!
The shows has been incredibly well organized, totally top of the line, and a staff that made the show so much fun to attend!
This time it was Anna Blomdahl on her home breed horse Lourdes, in the small tour, and me on Marron in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.
Anna had two good rides, but the one in Int1 was very special! She rode so good and just danced the test away! Ended up 5th in a huge class with many good horses and riders, with two judges having her in first. Scores close close close! Super fun and exiting!!!
Marron did great in the Grand Prix and ended up 4th, very close to third, in a huge class of 15 great horses and riders. The second day we placed as well, this time in the GPS. He got very spooked by the “fiddle music” that blasted down in the center of the ring just around X. The Del Mar arena is definitely not his favorit arena to show in, and the music at X didn’t make it better! but..It is what it is, and what to do!?? Just bad luck! He had some really great moments though; so on to the next one!
So to Scott Hayes and his Team! Thank you!!! We are all looking forward to next year! Please keep this going! And for you that could not come this year, make sure you plan on coming 2019!
I will now take my young horses to LAEC; for the Mid Winter national show the first weekend of March. I’m so looking forward to bringing them out!
Before that show I will Fly to Kansas and Topeka to be the presenter at the big Horse Expo!
Different and fun! I will keep you posted!
This year the United States Dressage Federation, hosted its USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference in Del Mar, California, on February 6-7th. The presenter of the conference was the well known and worldwide recognized trainer and coach, Johann Hinnemann.
Both Anna and I took part in the conference during the two full days as we soaked up inspiration by watching Mr. Hinnemann teach some of the top riders from California.
2018 started off in an exciting, fun and inspiring way!
The first CDI for the year here in California took place at Galway Downs, with Scott Hayes and his super team, putting tons of work and effort into it to make it a great show! It was a winner, and both Anna and I did great! We competed both in the CDI, and in the National classes with our young horses! Great footing, a super helpful Team working the show from all angels! It was a success!!!
It's a lot going on; Show season has started, much to choose from!
I have started clinics locally, and the first one out of state will be in Utah. Then the big Expo in Topeka, Kansas where I will be one of the presenters
There will aslo be a FEI Trainers clinic down in Del Mar between all my clinics! I'm looking forward to the Trainers symposium; so much to learn, nice to spend time with all the other trainers, and Joe Hinneman as a clinician has so much to give! So much fun!! All this in February…Even more in March!
Anna and I are looking and hoping to find a good barn to start the business again. Keep us in mind if you know of anything!!
Until the next time... Ride well, enjoy!!!
How is it possible that 2017 is coming to an end?! Is it only me that feels that way?
It was a very interesting, exciting, and different year for me! So much happened and everything went so fast!
In the beginning of the year I thought that I wasn't going to show that much on the GP level with Marron! Sure…in May I was on my way to the National Finals in Gladstone, NJ.
Marron and I ended up 5th overall, and that gave me a ticket to represent The United States in The Nations Cup in Denmark!
So instead of flying back home to LA I flew to Europe! Then I was selected a second time to be on the Nations Cup team, this time in Falsterbo, Sweden. Both shows were a great experience! I had great American team mates and it was fun to represent the US. It was also very inspiring to ride and train with so many super good riders!
That whole journey took me to Montreal, Canada, where I stayed for 3 months! The plan was to continue to Wellington, FL, for the winter season but plans were changed and I took my dogs and horses and went back home to California.
Life is good! I'm riding in the first CDI of the year, the first week of January in Temecula at Galway Downs. Marron is doing the CDI-W/3* Grand Prix, and the GPS. Ram is doing 4th level and Fuego is going out for the first time showing in First level!
It's exciting to show again. Except for the show in December with Marron, a couple of weeks ago, I have not been in the show ring since June.
I'm back to teaching and are doing clinics, so eventually I will start up my training business again!
This will be an exciting 2018 with so much going on! I will try to keep you posted!
I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy 2018! All the best of luck in whatever you are showing or doing! Don't forget to be nice to people on your way up - because you will meet them on your way down! Humble and kind!!
Happy New Year!
Sometimes it must be hard to know where I am and what I'm doing, but one thing is for sure - I'm here and I'm so Happy!
After my time in Montreal, Canada, it was time to leave for Wellington Nov 1st! I was at the fork in the road - Wellington, FL or Los Angeles, CA - due to a few things that didn't work out and I'm sure I took the right turn!
Some people are not who you think they are, but coming home to friends and colleagues and knowing my surroundings makes me feel I'm home for sure!!!
There are so many great people, riders, equestrians of all kinds, like my blacksmith Robbie Cozart, who took care of problems I got during my travels right away!
I learned a lot about life and people and there is nothing any longer that will make me not know what to do!
Life is a journey and an adventure and I always wanted it to be that way! There is still wind under my wings so I will continue to fly!
I will get back to work, and if you would like some help and/ or have a clinic, just let me know!
Email: email@example.com or (310) 629-2279.
I'm also looking for a personal groom to my 3 own horses!
All the best to All of you! Thank's for your support and friendship!
Not sure where I left off, but here I am.
It's already October, fall is here and the stable outside Montreal is beautiful!
It's about 50 degrees in the am. (+11 C), blue sky, crisp air, and the sun are rising between trees in all imaginable colors. I always loved the seasons and fall is my favorite when it is like this!!!
I have been here since the beginning of August, working as a private trainer for a nice lady, with great horses and a beautiful facility. I have my own three horses here as well and of course my two little dogs; Pebbles and Squiggles.
The dogs cannot believe that they are loose all day long. Very busy hunting, searching and discovering what's in the bushes or behind the barn! They are finally dogs, the way I want a dog to live! They are two really happy and lucky dogs!!!
It has been a huge change to come here and to leave my friends, clients and daily life behind! It all went so fast, that It's hard to grasp what I did during 2017 and how I ended up in Canada!!
It's hard when you don't know anyone, don't find your way and are used to a life in LA with daily routines. Maybe it's easier when you are younger..but!
I have not been to any shows since I came here but I'm happy that Marron is sound and working again. I hope he will be coming out in GP again next year. Unfortunately, he is getting older and like it is for all of us, sometimes your body doesn't “bounce” as much as it did when you were younger!? Ramour aka Ram will hopefully start out in PSG in the beginning of the season and if all goes well Int. I at the end. He is doing great and is very fun to work with. Fuego is working just a level below, hoping that he will be ready when it's time!
I'm honored to be the presenter/clinician at the Mane Event Expo in BC at the end of October. It's a big event and I'm looking forward to being there and to be talking about dressage.
As of now, I'm not sure if I will go to Florida or go back to Los Angeles. There are many reasons for both decisions and I will make that in a couple of days.
Anna and I will try to do better and keep you all more updated…It's hard when the "snow ball" is rolling to fast!
All the best to all of you! Stay safe, ride well!