I forgot I had taken this photo until I found it in my phone. Here is MLE's Nicki Carson and Delia after a lesson with Susan Graham White. "Lizzie" says that being so good is hard work!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For those of you that don't know, Lissell was a jumper before I got her. In other words, the horse came installed with a flying change button. Well, not really a button, because that would mean that Lissell would have to wait for me to press it. Basically, Lissell throws in a flying change wherever and whenever she deems it necessary. This means that the counter canter just doesn't exist for us. I've tried to breach the subject with her in the past, and she just says, "No, you're wrong." as she does a perfect change.
Which brings us to Saturday. Susan was having us do leg yield after leg yield at the trot and then wanted one at the canter. We were on the right lead, and I moved my leg too far back for the leg yield, so Princess Lissell threw in a change instead. But Susan then told me to keep the left lead. At this point, my brain was racing, and I was convinced that we were about to see fireworks. But instead, Lissell stayed with me for the whole exercise. Wooohooooooooooooo!
Here's the video as proof!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Here are a few quick videos from today's clinic with Stephen Bradley.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
It's a lot of fun taking our first home bred baby out and being successful!
Earlier in the week I had a lesson at the Susan Graham-White clinic at A Bit Better Farm. I was riding the other 4y/o homebred DeLiza "Lizzie", a GOV Oldenburg mare owned by Brett Schrack. She was a super star and Susan loved her! She was also very complimentary of my work with her so far. I picked up some new exercises and they definitely helped with some issues that have slowly been coming up. I am looking forward to the schooling show on the 23rd at Pleasant Ridge in Walkersville, Md. where Lizzie and I will be strutting our stuff. We will be doing Training 3 and First 1. It's exciting to be moving back up the levels :)
I will make sure to post some pics of the Wonder Pony soon!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Stephen Bradley will be riding his new horse, Leyland (owned by Elisabeth Nicholsan) in the CCI***. Courtney Cooper will be riding C Square Farm homebred Who's A Star (aka Tag) in the CCI**. Courtney also has two horses in the Young Event Horse Championships ... Nevaeh in the 5-year-old division and homebred R Star (aka Hope) in the 4-year-old division.
Go Team Go!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Dressage in the indoor. Check. Jane was nice enough to drive out to help me warm up and her advice was really invaluable. When Lissell started to get a little dramatic, off we went leg yielding to the right or left. I'm pretty sure I was the only rider in warm up doing leg yields across the arena, shoulder-ins down the long side, and lengthenings thrown in here and there. But hey, whatever is needed to keep things in a forward motion. Lissell's test was quite respectable for her. There were only brief moments of hollowness. And those were quickly corrected. But a tense horse is a tense horse, so we started the day off at the bottom of the pack. No biggie though. These days my main goal is to enjoy the day and my horse. Mission accomplished on both accounts.
Next up was stadium. All I can say is: Lissell.Is.So.Good. Seriously. We've really been working on getting her to go quietly to her fences. I generally don't have help when warming up at horse shows, so it was really nice to have Kelley there. Mission accomplished again. Now I just need to put my leg on. Details! Here's the video:
Then we went out to walk cross country. At this point it wasn't raining, and the ground was fine. There were one or two spots where Kelley told me to be aware and "take care of your horse." But no big worries. Kelley also helped me pick out "big girl studs" and off we went. Of course it starts to rain as we're walking down to cross country, and given where we were parked, I was soaked and shivering by the time we got there. I jumped 2 things, and went to wait my turn. There was only one point when I was cantering towards a fence with the cold rain hitting my face that I wondered, "Why the hell do we do this!?" But it was fine. Really. I told myself that if Lissell slipped once I would just pull up, but as I said before Lissell is really good at this jumping thing. Combined with our monster studs (at least they were monstrous to me, Kelley told me she would have put in studs twice that size for Bomber), all was well. Event complete. Horse happy. Rider happy. Life is good.
Special thanks to Scott and Holly for being chief cheerleaders for the day. And still smiling at the end of the day!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
But the first animal I saw the morning we woke up in Nairobi, having flown in late the night before, was a horse – a flashy chestnut Thoroughbred type hacking with his rider along Nairobi’s crumbling roads.
Horses in Kenya? It hadn’t even crossed my mind.
I had never gone on safari before, but one of the unexpected things I discovered about it is that you spend most of the time bumping along in an ancient Land Rover. The wild animals completely ignore the cars, and you can pull up within feet of zebra, giraffes, hyenas, pretty much anything except Cape buffalo, mean and distressingly large animals that are known to charge.
If you want to hike, you either need a guide in a car within running distance, or to walk with an armed guard (remember you are walking among lions, cheetahs and leopards!). We did both, and it was a refreshing change from the car’s confines and exhaust. But with us on foot, the animals were wary; we couldn’t get within 100 yards of the antelope and gazelles that were within touching distance from the car.
I quickly realized that the best way to see the wildlife without having to sit in a car was from horseback.
So one day I set off for a nearby barn. It was primarily a polo boarding facility, with a small dusty yard ringed by shedrow stalls. I was introduced to my mount, a bay Thoroughbred named Robot. (Not his actual name. I asked the guys to repeat it twice and always heard “Robot” although it was clearly a Maasai word, not, you know, Robot.)
Robot was about 16 hands, in good weight, with only some minor skin fungus. He was decked out in English tack with a snaffle bridle – Kenya is a former British colony.
Along with my guide, a young guy named David, we headed out from the yard and out into the bush, which is what Kenyans call the wild spaces in the country. I peppered David with questions.
Turnout? The horses are turned out loose in the bush with a guard to keep them safe from predators.
There’s no ring. Where do you ride? Just along the paths trod by the horses. The polo ponies are trailered out to another facility to train. The Kenyan bush footing is really bad because aardvarks dig holes overnight to look for ants, and you never know where the next aardvark hole is going to be.
How long have you been riding? David had been riding for 10 years but never had a lesson.
We hacked among the scrubby brush. We were in northern Kenya, which actually reminds me of the southwestern U.S.; it’s quite arid and dominated by bushy acacia trees, some of them covered in three-inch thorns. You would say the grazing is not good. But there were lots of grazers, and before we knew it, we were riding just feet from a young giraffe nibbling on acacia.
David knew the routine. He urged me to take Robot up alongside the giraffe, who was giving us a little side-eye. As for Robot, he was less than pleased to leave his happy place with his nose up David’s horse’s butt. But I gave him some pony club kicks and soon we were within a few yards of the giraffe.
Turns out it is kind of hard to pose with a wild giraffe. They’re not the most cooperative, and Robot wasn’t really enthused either. The best picture got both of us mostly in the frame, and then we went on our way.
We ended up doing an hour loop through the brush, pausing to watch a family of baboons playing in a grove and to pass through a herd of gazelles. David was happy to have a rider with experience, so we trotted and cantered down the trail where it was broad and flat. I was surprised by Robot’s balance and movement. Even as a rent-a-horse, his Thoroughbred athleticism couldn’t be denied. He was a nice animal.
As we hit a narrow dirt road, Robot perked up, and I knew we were almost home. Once back in the yard, I hopped off at the hitching post and the guys took off Robot’s tack, and he immediately trotted back to his stall without a goodbye.
Well, it was nice meeting you, Robot. Thanks for taking me to see the giraffes.
Suzannah Evans is a writer/editor for Mythic Landing Events.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Jotunheimens Staller has most recently joined the MLE team. Jotunheimens Staller is the home of FEI dressage competitor Maat van Uitert. Team JS can be seen at National and International shows competing from Prix St. George through Grand Prix.
Jotunheimens Staller offers multiple top-notch services ranging from customized training programs to quality field care programs. The team currently focuses very closely on their two FEI horses, Sublime (I-1), and Nikita (Grand Prix). In addition, to the team’s current competition focus is the team’s concentration on breeding top-class dressage prospects.
MLE is currently assisting Team JS on their monthly newsletters in order to keep everyone in the know of their advancing endeavors.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I got to have a second ride with Heath the following Sunday after Whisper's lesson. It was on another 4 y/o FCF homebred, DeLiza owned by Brett Schrack of Baltimore, Md. We have high hopes for her future. Heath agreed that she certainly has the potential for the upper levels of dressage. Keep an eye out for us on the show circuit next spring! FEI 5 year olds/2nd Level? :)
Sunday, August 28, 2011
On Sunday and Monday Heath taught at Playland Farm in Union Bridge, Md. Located only minutes from FCF. I was lucky enough to snag one of the ever popular lessons with Heath on Sunday evening. I rode our 4 y/o sport pony Whisper to Heaven in a group jump lesson with 2 others. It turned out to be the most well matched group lesson of the day. The three of us kept Heath on his toes, going round after round through the grid with near perfection. I was on the smallest horse in the group at only 13.2 1/2HH. When he sent me around for my first go to the grid with all the rails up and at a canter he said “Now Nicki, you may have to have a little MORE canter than these other guys.” HA! Whisper the wonder pony strikes! I was met with a "WHOA! Not what I was expecting!" Whisper LOVES to jump and attacked the grid with maybe a little too much GO. "She would jump through the roof if we let her" Heath said. "It's great to have that talent but, now she needs to learn how to go quietly to her fences."
Which I spent the rest of the lesson trying to tell her was a better idea. Heath is always teaching the little technical details that matter the most. Always pushing you to be the best you can be that day with that horse. He always wants you to be accountable for whats happening during the exercises. So you are better prepared when he leaves and you try the exercises again. As usual after a lesson with Heath I felt inspired and confident about Whisper and her talents that I believed were there all along.
One of the advantages to Heath staying at our farm is the special one on one time we've had to pick his brain about breeding, training and competition. My dream has always been to become an upper level rider with the ultimate goal being the Olympics. I figured since I had an Olympian sitting across the table from me I better speak up with any questions I had. What steps I needed to take to even start seeing that dream become any sort of reality. Heath has always told me I am a talented rider and that still stands.YAY! He gave the advice that if I don't try at all to make my goals that I will undoubtedly regret it later on. He reassured me that you don't have to have the most money or the fanciest horse to make it. So, another of our 4 y/o homebreds owned by a dear friend of mine better be ready to work! Heath agreed that she is a great place to start. Next step is finding a regular trainer to work with that has
successfully competed at or is competing at Grand Prix. I have some guidelines to work on from there and I cant wait to get started.
WHY OH WHY must Heath be in Australia?! Until the next time, I will be working hard to show off my new accomplishments when he returns!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|Katie with Sir Donovan at The Fork CIC*** earlier this year.|
It's been a pleasure working with Katie to promote her various clinics, fundraisers, etc. And it's always nice when clients send over a great quote for the web site. :-)
"Margaret and Mythic Landing Events have been a godsend for my business. My favorite service is the "E-Blast" which I use frequently. They always look polished, professional, and reach a huge audience." ~Katie Ruppel of Yellow Rose Eventing, Advanced-level event rider
Thanks Katie for the kind words!
Monday, August 1, 2011
MLE is excited to add Waters Edge Farm to our team! Many of the Maryland locals know Waters Edge Farm quite well, but for the out of towners- Waters Edge is a top quality farm offering full care boarding, training, lessons, breeding, and sales. The facility is uniquely situated on 65 bucolic acres bordering Piney Run Reservoir in Sykesville, Maryland. Waters Edge Farm specializes in the training of horse and rider from the Beginner Novice to intermediate level. Additionally, the farm excels in the breaking and training of young horses and the re-training of horses off the track for other disciplines.
The main trainer on the premises, Liz Patrick currently is competing actively at recognized events at the Intermediate Level on her lifetime horse, Toast Of Manhattan. You will also find her at most of the local events competing her young horses, as well!
MLE is assisting Liz in creating a brand new website and managing her ad campaigns! Be on the look out for her upcoming debut of the farm website and the phenomenal horses she is offering for sale.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Both clinics will be at A Bit Better Farm in Brookeville, Maryland.
Stephen Bradley on Wednesday, August 10th
Small group jump lessons (time varies depending on number of riders, but no more than 3 per group) - $110 per rider
A limited number of private lessons (dressage or jump) available for $125 per rider
Susan Graham White on Tuesday, August 16th
Private dressage lessons - $125 per rider
E-mail me at email@example.com to sign up!
Stephen S. Bradley Eventing
Susan Graham White Dressage
A Bit Better Farm
Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Monday, June 6, 2011
Susan is an FEI dressage rider and trainer based at Wolfhaven Farm in southern Maryland. She has been an active instructor, trainer, and competitor in dressage for 25 years, and have successfully trained and coached students through the Advanced 3-day level in eventing, and to FEI levels in dressage. She is also a licensed national USEA dressage and event judge, and an international FEI event judge. Susan travels extensively teaching and judging both internationally and throughout the United States.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Initial press release
Boyd Martin True Prospect Recovery Fund
My thoughts and prayers are with Boyd and his team. I can't even imagine the heart break they are going through now.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|Moosetracks attacking the ditch last summer.|
I brought him over to A Bit Better Farm today for a lesson with Kelley Williams. And I think we're back on track. It's like we've picked up right where we left off over the winter. Tomorrow will be the tell take sign as I'm going to flat him. I might start him off on the lunge in side reins, just to ensure a good ride. :-)
The entry for Seneca will be going in the mail shortly!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
UPDATE: Stephen is in 2nd place after dressage. Woohoo! Courtney rides tomorrow before the lunch break.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
If you, or someone you know, has been thinking about contacting MLE about working together, now is the time! Feel free to contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lindsay (email@example.com) to learn how to get started. No project is too small (or too big!).
Special thanks to Beth Sokohl for making the connection!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Lissell started a series of pentosan a few weeks ago, and it's been interested to see her change. She's officially 19 years old now, and I thought that some extra joint support would make a great birthday present. Since we started, Lissell's flatwork is just getting better and better. Yay Lissell!
So back to our lesson yesterday. I was riding with Mary Macklin on her lovely young horse California Comet (related to the great Courageous Comet). Both Lissell and Callie has been going Beginner Novice with an eye on Novice. Well after the lesson, we concluded that the two mares skipped Novice and went right to Training. It's been a while since I jumped a 3' square oxer, and I think my eyes got a little big looking at it. But Lissell is Lissell, and jumping is her thing, and she's just awesome at it. She may be older now, but she still loves the sport. It's SO incredibly amazing to ride a horse that you don't have to worry about, you can just concentrate on learning. Since our little tumble in the water, I've been struggling with a few positional issues, and it's so cool to be able to concentrate 110% on your own riding and position because you have 110% faith in your horse to get the job done.
Then it came time to work on Lissell. We were supposed to quietly canter into a simple 1-stride to 1-stride and Stephen wanted me to compress Lissell's stride. This caused a bit of a meltdown for Lissell, as she was pretty sure that I was completely out of line to ask this of her. After a few circles, we came to a compromise and she was good (not great). Stephen and I talk about it a little, and he stresses that at 19 we're not going to change Lissell, so we have to finesse her and meet her in the middle.
As Mary and I were cooling down our horses in the wash rack, she made a comment about how it's interesting to watch a horse like Lissell over a period of time, because some horses never change. It made me laugh, because she's right. Lissell is who she is. Is she dramatic? Yes. Is she difficult to ride? Yes. Does she take care of me? Yes. So while Lissell may never change, I definitely can. I can learn to ride her better, and soak up every lesson that she has to teach me.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
|Stephen Bradley and In The Fog at Moven Park Spring Horse Trials 2011|
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