Tag Archives: dressage

Chardon Valley results, and then some

  I can thank Charm for all of the above. We won in the musical freestyle quadrille class and Training Level test 3, then flamed out fifth out of five in the First Level test 2. Interesting side note–our losing … Continue reading

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Slowly but surely

Charm and I are the tortoise, not the hare–but we are getting there all the same. Here we are at this past weekend’s annual 2-day dressage show at Willow Tree. And here’s our collection of weekend swag. We did quadrille … Continue reading

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Reins of Life rolls around again, and so does rain

It dawned gray and wet on a Midwest Saturday. I think this was my fourth? appearance at Reins of Life in South Bend, Indiana. I’ve lost track. But they all have one thing in common: it would not be a … Continue reading

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Last watercolor detour for a while

  Sometime last summer I looked out the back door and saw an ephemeral layer of fog floating over the Mill Pond. I grabbed my camera and raced the hundred feet down to the dock to get as many photos … Continue reading

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A whole bunch of photos of Charm

Last Saturday I once again traded my vendor’s hat for a rider’s helmet. This time at the fall Reins of Life benefit dressage show in Michigan City, Indiana. Charm and I did just fine, even though I had a little … Continue reading

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A special thank-you portrait

Yesterday was the third and final performance of the Rockin’ Riders dressage quadrille (see previous post for info on the quadrille) and the other three of us had decided that our quadrille leader, Kim, deserved some really cool recognition for … Continue reading

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  Back in early spring four of us formed a dressage quadrille team. We had never done this before, and it was “fraught”! I had just acquired my new mare, Charm, and she was not fond of drill team-style riding. … Continue reading

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Charles deKunffy clinic

I  had the good fortune today to be able to attend one day of a three-day clinic and symposium with another of dressage’s endangered species–a true old style European master who has the grace and humor to convey his wisdom … Continue reading

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