Don’t Ride the Past- Dressage Wisdom

I covered a dressage clinic at Gaea’s Farm given by JJ Tate, of Team Tate, a Wisconsinite who’s making it pretty big at some of the most well respected dressage shows in the country. I’ve been covering her clinics for a few years now through my freelancing and I’ve always learned something…

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I’ve Become a Space Cadet- Show Nerves

I have developed a new and exciting technique for dealing with my show nerves, or any nerves.  What is this fantastic new talent? I forget everything. My mind goes, “Duho…” and Bubba says, “Here we go again.” I can be in the middle of a test I have done hundreds…

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Dressage Is a Mental Minefield

Dressage, or any other equestrian sport, has the potential to become a mental minefield that can completely cripple you both in and out of the arena. Last year it got the better of me.  I admit it.  I’m not ashamed of it.  I over thought everything and my performance suffered.…

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Deemer’s Birthday

Today is the middle child’s ninth birthday! Even though I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got a clue that today is any different than yesterday I still gave him extra oats last night and tried to go easy on him so he could enjoy a little extra time off today. I…

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