Swedish Win In Florida

dressage without rollkur

A little patriotic pride this morning!

Good dressage is alive and well!  We know that from British world competitors Hester and Dujardin, who’ve shown there is a beautiful alternative to the Dutch and German highly criticized training methods…

Here’s another competitor who can be seen for lenghty periods in the warm up arena riding her horse sympathetically, soft, and wonderful.  Far from rollkur and harsh cringe worthy treatments.

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Paridon Magi.

Swedish long time competitor Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén had a wonderful start in hot competition this week!

The 2018 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) opened the winter season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, with Swedish competitor Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and the 15-year-old Paridon Magi posting a new personal best of 75.87% in the FEI Grand Prix CDIW, presented by Adequan®.

Then just last night, they did it again. Winning the Freestyle with a whopping 81%!!!

Get inspired!

Dressage On A Dime A Horse For Elinor

On The News Front – Staying

benefits of living in pasture

I will stay with Miss Gray Mare at this wonderful farm.

No question about it – she is very happy to be there.

horse sleeping in pasture

Early morning, sleeping rock formation.

The only problem – whenever you go someplace new, it always means leaving friends…

Still, how can I ever take her away from living like this?..

andalusian resting in pasture

Woke up Galana.  These horses have some serious sleeping-in schedules.

horse looking like dead whale when sleeping

Galana, her dead whale friend, and my feral looking thing in the top corner.

two resting horses in pasture

It’s going to be very interesting to see where I can take her in her training this year!

benefits of living in pasture

April, and we’re still here!

riding out in the grass

Rains continued in California in March – wonderful green areas everywhere for longer than usual!

I’m happy to be at higher grounds and able to train at this barn, so we’ll stick around for a while.

upscale barn

Continuing on with barefoot on all four – very careful with any “off-road” outings.  Just a bit here and there.  Very happy with the bare feet!  Getting there has been easy so far.  Twist my arm a bit and a write-up on the transition is all yours!

riding out in the grass

That ride in a borrowed bridle.

About the earlier shout-out on the Verbindend:  She’s had it for several weeks now, and yep, absolutely it’s on the list of approved bits to show dressage in!

So, finally, there’s enough tack!

Said no one ever.

dressage bridles on tack wall
These are not all mine. Promise.