This past Saturday I took temporary leave of my senses and rode Charm in the first of Karin Bielefeld’s two annual spring dressage clinics at Willow Tree. These events are valuable because they give you practice riding with an audience (something you need in order to be successful at a show), they illustrate how difficult it is to transfer what you do easily any time it doesn’t count to the situation where it does count, and it gives your horse an opportunity to go ppppfftttt in your face (to repay you for all the hard work you’ve made her do).
Here, then, are 45 minutes condensed into about 1 minute 14 seconds. I have included music and subtitles to keep you entertained while you try to figure out exactly what it is we’re trying to accomplish. Don’t worry if you feel left behind, just look at my mare’s luxurious mane and tail and covet all that gorgeous red hair for yourself. She certainly has enough to share, although I doubt she will give any of it up easily.