Birthday Celebration

La Prima, Up Close & Personal

She is settling in really well in her new home.
She is settling in really well in her new home.

Celebrated my birthday today with my family. Much more low-key than last year, since we have just added a new expensive member to the family…

I clearly could use a haircut…

A most generous birthday gift to Hoshalls from my husband will help with that.
A most generous birthday gift to Hoshalls from my husband will help with that.

Most likely I will use my birthday gift for a spa day – sounds like a great idea now!

Last year for my birthday, I had the opportunity to take part in a wonderful dressage clinic. It is a treasured memory and I will share it with you here.

A whole weekend of dressage, a wonderful treat:

I rode Lancia DA the first day.

The clinic was held at beautiful Dorado Andaluz (more posts about them later)
The clinic was held at beautiful Dorado Andaluz (more posts about them later)

Leading up to the clinic, I had the wonderful experience of training at Dorado Andaluz as a working student with Alexis Martin-Vegue of MV Training.  While riding many of the horses there, Lancia was the main mare I had the opportunity to train with.

She is absolutely lovely! Here we are at the clinic.

Alexis is a talented rider and a wonderful instructor. And also a really fun and crazy girl!

I loved my time at Dorado Andaluz, and will post a couple of separate updates on both Alexis and the farm.
For now, you can find Alexis at http://www.mvtraining.net

Lancia and I on day one.
Lancia and I on day one.

The clinician was Barbi Breen-Gurely, an accomplished rider and sought after trainer.
She has been an active dressage trainer and instructor since 1970 after attaining her BHSAI from Moat House, England.

A winner of many local, state and national championships each year and listed on the USEF Long List and Developing Rider list several times on her different horses through the years.

She is a USDF Gold Medalist and has trained seven of her horses to the Grand Prix level.

In addition she is a Senior Dressage and Quadrille Judge. She now competes her three Dutch horses and is doing very well, while continuing to improve while riding for other highly successful trainers such as Robert Dover, Conrad Schumacher, Christine Traurig, Morten Thomsen, and Alfredo Hernandez.

Barbi Breen Gurley
Barbi Breen Gurley

It was an honor riding for Barbi and I hope to have the opportunity to do it again!

On the second day I rode Castiza DA, another beautiful grey mare of Dorado Andaluz.
Castiza

Castiza was pregnant here and I could feel it!

Gorgeous Castiza
Gorgeous Castiza

You can find Dorado Andaluz here:
http://www.doradoandaluz.com

All clinic pictures here come from Starlight Designs and Photography. Currently based out of the Santa Cruz area, Starlight can create beautiful and unique images and designs.

You can find Starlight here:

http://starlightdesignskr.wix.com/home

I hope to see Starlight out at my new farm some time soon!