“Almost everyone had an early spring this year,” says Dressage Today editor Patricia Lasko.
“It’s interesting how those warm breezes and yellow daffodils make everyone’s step lighter. Everything seems new again.”
She sure sounds like she’s got the right attitude. Enjoy more great ideas from Patty, as she inspires you to make the most of the warm weather and work on your horse training:
I know my horses are happy when I see them attack each new sprig of grass with gusto. Dressage riders are a little like that, too, because they take the old knowledge and apply it in new ways. This spring you might be thinking of the new horse(s) you need to start or the new plan you must conceive that will take your older horse to the next level.
I want to say how happy I am to have dressage rider Heather Blitz take on “The Clinic” section in Dressage Today. Heather and her amazing horse, Paragon, are Pan American Games gold medalists and Olympic hopefuls. I know you will enjoy reading her critiques of dressage riders. They are full of information on biomechanics—a new way to look at rider position and how it interacts with the horse’s movement. Send in your photo!
Always looking for new ways to support and encourage young people is dressage great and Olympian Lendon Gray. Her new Emerging Dressage Athlete Program is hoping to find young riders at the grass-roots level who are diamonds in the rough. With training and opportunity, these youngsters (who we might never hear of otherwise ) have a chance to become the future top riders and trainers of our sport. You can join in the fun by going to Dressage4 Kids.com.
Are you wondering how to earn a 70-percent score on your next test? Top dressage rider Shawna Harding says that riders who break the 70-percent barrier are the ones who “Instead of pushing themselves and their horses beyond their abilities [at a show], they first confirm that they are able to ride each movement of their test in a basic gait in a correct way. That’s when you can start to increase the expression and the quality of the gait.”
Wow! Such a simple, wise concept! Your homework is to find the inspiration you need to keep your partnership with your horse new and blooming this spring.