Peace of Mind Dressage — Guiding dressage journeys

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Mar 02, 2015

It was a very busy work weekend with PVDA’s Tea is for Training Saturday and our own On The Levels Seminar on Sunday.  I am excited for show season and to host our very own schooling show in September (maybe more).  You all have been an inspiration, bringing 100% to your lessons, absorbing new information, and seeking out new experiences.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your journeys. 

Local News
-Micah will be going to sleep with the challenging U25 test sheet underneath her pillow.  I will be there every step of the way.  Go Micah and DiVinci!
-We have a full show season ahead to plan for.  Please send me your availability for a Show Calendar Meeting during the first week of April.
-If you haven’t already registered with PVDA for Janet Foy’s New Test Clinic, please do!  POMer Mimi Mack was asked to demo for this event and I look forward to watching her and Summer show off.
-Huge thank you to each member of our staff who have worked without complaint in very difficult weather recently.  Our customers and horses are comfortable and healthy because of you: Jamie, Micah, Laura, Katie, Lindsey, Erin, and Amber.
-This week we sadly said goodbye to Kiernan and Ugo.  We will miss working with them.  Kieran was grateful to our staff for their care of Ugo during this stay.  Kieran- please keep in touch.
-Thank you Mimi for hosting our Second Level, On the Levels Seminar.  It was great preparation for this, all important, step in our dressage journeys.
-Through our partners, the POM community has the opportunity to get on the inside track with top quality grain, breeches, logo-products, and show attire.  Please ask about the following companies and what they have to offer:
http://www.equissentials.net
http://www.stanceequine.com
http://www.ridetimesllc.com
https://saucypiaffe.com

EVENTS
March 28th Ride-A-Test at Woodvale Farms
Boarders and trailer-ins are welcome to ride their test of choice in our indoor arena at our first event of the season.  Has the winter given you a delayed opening for show season?  Well, this event is geared to help.  All riders will receive judge feedback, a scored test sheet, and helpful tips and comments to make their first real show a success.  Lunch time bonus lectures will focus on goal setting a successful competition mindset.  Come practice with us.  Day stalls available on a first come first serve basis.  Stay tuned for more.

May 9th-10th Nicholas Fyffe Clinic at Woodvale Farms
We are proud to welcome International Competitor, Nicholas Fyffe, for another year of educational and inspiring clinics.  As an instructor, Nicholas is known for his incredible attention to detail, clear communication, and effective style.  Nicholas has develop several horses to Grand Prix and consistently is rewarded in the 70’s for his harmonious and accurate test presentation.  We would love for you to experience his system in person.  Rider and auditor reservations are currently open.

POM Hosts PVDA Schooling Show at Woodvale
Confirmed date: 9/27

Winter Weather
We are very lucky that our facility has made possible safe training and turnout for most of the winter season.  Despite the cold, the horses have been happy and healthy.  Our barns stay 10+ degrees warmer than outdoors.  Though we are almost finished with winter, the temps this week may effect our scheduling.  If the barn temp measures below 20 degrees we feel it is too cold to ride.  On days with borderline temps I would like to abbreviate lessons to 30 minutes.  Please call or text before heading out to the barn for an update.  Send me your availability for next week and stay warm!

General Scheduling
We are doing our best to cater to everyone’s busy schedules.  I love hearing from you each Sunday.  If you have new and changing scheduling requests, please send them my way via email or text each week.

Weekly Schedule

Mon Feb 23, 2015

Four inspiring days in FL will do us all good.  My last travel date was October 2013 and this weekend was a great reminder that, that was too far away.  At Jupiter Island beach, I let the waves crash on my feet and on Monday I slept in until 9:00AM and went running at 11:00AM.  As far as education: I watched about 40 riders complete the Grand Prix Special, spent 6 hours ring side while Nicholas Fyffe rode and coached, and visited 6 different dressage barns.  I learned the definition of Fashion Cuisine and confirmed it’s goodness.  Good times were spent with Mimi, Melissa, Nicholas, Ali Brock, Lauren Sprieser, and Ilse Shwarz solving all of the problems of the world and talking about horses until we could talk no more. 

Local News
-Congratulations to Nicholas Fyffe and Fiero on winning their first I-1 with a 71%.
-POM has identified a new goal:  Win a Best of Frederick Award. We might need to create a category but I think what we have going on is way to good to go unnoticed. 
-Thanks to Micah, Laura, Erin, Amber, and Lindsey for keeping everyone happy and healthy while I was away.
-Huge thanks to Mike and Joe for tackling some challenges mother nature created this winter.
-Safe travels to Luke who is in Indonesia for a few weeks.
-Micah has generously offered to take responsibility as Show Secretary for our September schooling show.  Thanks!
-Cindy Anderson at Blue Bridle Insurance has been serving POM since 2007.  Cindy is always happy to answer questions, send reminders, and double check that we are seeing our benefits.  Like the rest of us, Cindy balances a human family, a horse, family, and a career.  Yet, somehow she always has time for her customers. Thank you Cindy for 8 years of friendly service!

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Feb 02, 2015

Huge hugs and thanks for making my birthday weekend so special.  I am lucky to share this life and journey with you all.  In fact, this weekend inspired many memories which answer the question, “why did I pursue training full time?”.  At dinner, I shared a few stories about growing up on Long Island working with rescued race horses and stubborn ponies.  Here is an update on a two important forces in my life:

To date over 200 horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies have been saved by a rescue which was started in 1989, the same year that I started riding, by Christine Barrett.  Christine taught me everything I knew for the first 4 years of my riding career.  I gave all of my extra time and energy to Christine and her horses.  It wasn’t until 2005 that Christine was able to officially call all of her charity work a 501c3 which is amazing because that means for 15 years, she personally supported dozens of horses.  Christine’s Amaryllis Farm Sanctuary is bigger than ever and still located on Long Island’s east end.  Learn more:
http://www.amaryllisfarm.com

An update on POM’s war horse Figaro challenges the reality of age and failing health for most horses over 25 years old.  At 27 years old Figaro is still active in clinics and proudly ridden by the owner of Autumn Charm Sport Horses in Pennsylvania.  We will continue to work hard to ensure that all of our horses can age like Fig has.  I doubt that many horses will have the opportunity to impart such phenomenal generosity and learning as Fig did.  Check him out:
http://www.autumncharmsh.com

EVENTS
On The Levels Seminars:
1) Feb 8th 1st Level at Jackie’s House
2) Feb 15th Training Level at Jackie’s House
3) March 1st Second Level at Mimi’s House
Sign up via Eventbrite or by check to POM.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pom-training-level-1-3-on-the-levels-seminar-tickets-15533376748
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pom-first-level-test-1-3-on-the-levels-seminar-tickets-15533310550

PVDA’s Annual Tea is For Training
I have been helping to organize this event since Feb 2010.  Great food, socializing, and learning.  All volunteers should attend.  Mandatory for Show Managers and Show Secretaries.
http://www.pvda.org/news/save-the-date-for-tea-is-for-training/

POM Hosts PVDA Schooling Show at Woodvale
Confirmed date: 9/27

POM Winter Awards because it’s about more than just surviving winter:
1. Best Canter Transition: Elissa Dallimore
2. Best Color (purple) coordination in lessons: Kiernan Penna
3. Best Save: Linda Glowienka, Runner Up: Liz VanDerMark
4. Silliest Snow Dance: Ines Sicoli Schoepp
5. Best New Hair Style: Angel Baldwin
6. Most Snuggly: Shayonara MacDonald
7. Best Kept Secret: Micah Deligdish
8. Most Reluctant Do Gooder: Mike Clabaugh
9. Sneakiest Boot Elf: Lucy Rees
10. Most Zen: Laura Lukas
11. Most Testosterone: DiVinci Deligdish
12. Best Red Head: Yana Babii, Runner Up: Lindsey Gilson
13. Furthest Commute: Katie Geddes
14. Best Driving: Erin and Amber Snyder
15. Best Sitting Trot: Jane Dallimore
16. Princess and the Pea: Mimi Mack and Summer Sinclair
17. Most Neurotic: Chelsea Clabaugh (cat)
18. Fastidious Night Checker: Amy Brockey
19. Best story teller: Dr Jim Yanchunis
20. Best Trained Halt by exhale: Kristin Zelman
21. Best lunch Sandwich: Jamie Rees
22. Oldest Dressage Monk: Duncan Deligdish
23. Greatest Music: Dean Geis
24. Most Dedicated Dressage Husband: Richard Penna
25. Best Natural Rhythm:  Christa Spears
26. Most paranoid traveler: Nicholas Fyffe
27. Fluffiest stall: Ugo Ramona Penna
28. Best Bareback riding: Kara Schoepp
29. Best Trim: Sara Snyder (on Felix)
30. Most Deserving yet Least fed: Spirit
31. Best bed head: Herculeo Schoepp, Runner Up: Ines Sicoli/Schoepp
32. Favorite Review of POM: Renee Valerino
33. Most Nosey: Hooker Clabaugh Baldwin
34. Most Improved: Mandy Smith
35. Most likely to have super powers: Dr Cooper Williams

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CALENDAR
Feb 8 On the Levels
Feb 15 On the Levels
Feb 20-23 Jackie in Wellington
Feb 28 PVDA Tea is for Training
March 1 On the Levels
Mar 21-22 Janet Foy New Test Clinic
Mar TBD Nicholas Fyffe at Woodvale
April 18 Judging at Morgan Run
Aug 24-30 IAHLA Show
Sept 27 Peace Of Mind Dressage PVDA Schooling Show

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Jan 26, 2015

Winter is flying by.  Our campus amenities and service have allowed the transition to go smoothly, maintaining a productive training program week after week.  Your comfort and your horse’s health and happiness are a priority.  When each horse and rider enter the arena on a daily basis the facets of our program guarantee they are ready to work.  This sport is demanding.  Dressage requires the highest degree of soundness, symmetry, and harmony of any equestrian sport.  Our team is fastidious about our horse’s care and our riding environments.  Here are a few examples of the details we manage every day:

-Our indoor watering system has kept the arena dust free. 
-The horses are thankful to undress under the wash stall heat lamp. 
-Our tack room is a great place to clean tack and get warm. 
-The barns smell fresh and look clean. 
-Our staff has done an excellent job of monitoring blankets and turn-out to ensure each horse stays safe and still enjoys daily paddock time. 
-The horses gobble up every piece of hay, it’s such good quality. 
-Back On Track products are employed to increase circulation and supple muscles. 
-Dr Jim, Dr Cooper, Dean Geis, and Sara Snyder apply skills earned through degrees and craftsmanship to the horse’s bodies and hooves.
-We provide top quality nutritional products and administer your supplements.
-The barns are safe and quiet.
-All staff members bring years of education and personal passion to their job.

We are committed to delivering this level of consistent care going forward.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your horses.

EVENTS
We are gathering interest and dates.  POM On the Levels Seminars are unmounted video sessions.  You will receive judge commentary, full length test sheets to doodle on, and snacks/meals with your registration.  We will tackle one level per session and leave time for questions/answers.  You will learn the figures and movements in the new 2015 USEF Tests as well as the directives for the level and judging methodology for scoring gaits, riders, and individual movements.  These sessions will prepare you to go home and practice with your horse well before show season.  The seminars will be held indoors with access to large screen TVs and internet.  Email me to sign up.

PVDA’s Annual Tea is For Training event comes on Feb 28th this year.  There’s lots to learn at this event, don’t miss it.  Click here for more info:
http://www.pvda.org/news/save-the-date-for-tea-is-for-training/

POM Hosts PVDA Schooling Show at Woodvale
Confirmed date: 9/27

LOCAL NEWS
-Welcome Laura to our team!  Laura started Thursday and is working in both the lower and upper barns throughout the week.  A short commute from the farm house allows us to depend on Laura during difficult weather conditions as well.  Laura has years of experience caring for her own and her family’s horses and is eager to learn all about dressage and our system.
-Thanks to Erin, Amber, and Katie, we had extra help to make the barn sparkle on Sunday.
-A POMer was elected to ride in PVDA’s New Test Clinic with Janet Foy.  Congrats to Mimi and Summer, you deserve the spotlight!
http://www.pvda.org/news/2015-new-test-clinic-with-janet-foy/
-Since September 1st POM has welcomed two new sponsors:  Equissentials and Stance Equine.  We are proud to represent their products and develop supportive relationships going forward.  Follow the links below to learn more.  Thanks Micah for your efforts to build connections to other businesses we can believe in.
http://www.equissentials.net
http://www.stanceequine.com

POM is Competing at the 2015 IAHLA National Competition
August 24th - 30th at Lexington, VA
Please follow the link below for more information.  Let’s make sure we qualify, register, and check out the options for non-IAHLA horses in the open show.
http://www.ialha.org/2015-national-championship-show-update/

POM Trip to Wellington
Warm winters may not be sooo far away for some POMers.  Mimi and I are taking an exploratory trip there on Feb 20th-23rd.  Training rides will be scheduled around the trip or with Micah while I am away.

On The Levels Seminars

Sat Jan 10, 2015

Thank you for your interest the in Peace Of Mind Dressage’s On the Levels Seminars.  These seminars are unmounted video sessions.  You will receive judge commentary, full length test sheets to doodle on, and snacks/meals with your registration.  We will tackle one level per session and leave time for questions/answers.  You will learn the figures and movements in the new 2015 USEF Tests as well as the directives for the level and judging methodology for scoring gaits, riders, and individual movements.  These sessions will prepare you to go home and practice with your horse well before show season.  The seminars will be held indoors with access to large screen TVs and internet.

We would like to schedule the 4 Seminars prior to mid-March.  Please respond with your availability and interest so that we can include you in our updates going forward.  Look for an EVENTBRITE link in your email box soon.

COST: $30 per person per session
LOCATION: TBD Near Frederick, MD

Possible DATES/TIMES:

Training Level:
Friday Jan 23rd at 7:00PM
Saturday Jan 24th at 2:00PM
Sunday Jan 25th at 2:00PM

Freestyle:
Friday Jan 30th at 7:00PM
Saturday Jan 31st at 2:00PM

First Level:
Friday Feb 6th at 7:00PM
Sunday Feb 8th at 2:00PM
Sunday Feb 15th at 2:00PM

Second Level:
Sunday March 1st at 2:00PM

SESSIONS:
1) Training Level
2) First Level
3) Second Level
4) Freestyle
*sessions are open to amateurs, professionals, judges, and riders at all levels.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Show Dates for 2015

Sat Jan 10, 2015

March 28-29
March Magic
Williamston, NC
www.sportingservices.net

April 4-5
VADA/NOVA Spring
Leesburg, VA
www.vadanova.org

April 18-19
Williamston Spring
Williamston, NC
www.rosinburg-events.com

April 25-26
Primetime Dressage
Raeford, NC
www.SportingServices.net

April 29
Dressage at Dunmovin
West Chester, PA
www.Dunmovin.net

May 2-3
Dressage at the Meadow
Dowell, VA
Carmen M Giedt
711 Rockford Road
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
(804) 749-3179

May 8-10
Dressage in the Sandhills
Pinehurst, NC
www.carolinadressage.com

May 13
Dressage at Blue Goose
Cochranville, PA
www.bluegoosestable.com

May 16-17
Lexington Spring Dressage
Lexington, VA
www.rosingburg-events.com

May 16-17
PVDA Spring
Leesburg, VA
www.pvda.org

May 23-24
ESDCTA Memorial Weekend (Two Dates two shows)
Allentown, NJ
www.esdcta.org

June 5
VADA/NOVA Breeder Classic
Leesburg, VA
www.vadanova.org

June 6-7
VADA/NOVA Summer
Leesburg, VA
www.vadanova.org

June 6
WPDA Summer Classic
Quentin, PA
www.wpdadressage.org

June 7
WPDA Dressage and Grand Haven
Quentin, PA
www.wpdadressage.org

June 13-14
Virginia Summer
Culpeper, VA
www.rosinburg-events.com

June 17
Dressage At Dunmovin
West Chester PA
www.dunmovin.net

June 20-21
PVDA Ride For Life
Upper Marlboro, MA
www.pvda.org

July 10-12
Dressage at Lexington
Lexington, VA
www.dressageatlexington.com

July 29-30
Summer Days (two dates two shows)
Gladstone, NJ
www.esdcta.org

Aug 1
Dressage at By Chance
Union Bridge, MD
www.bychancefarm.com

Aug 8-9
VADA Summer Fun
Culpeper, VA
www.vadach.org

Aug 15-16
CDCTA Glenwood
Middleburg, VA
www.cdcta.com

Sept 9
Dressage at Dunmovin
West Chester, PA
www.dunmovin.net

Sept 12-13
VADA/NOVA Autumn
Leesburg, VA
www.vadanova.org

Sept 12-13 (two dates two shows)
VADAF Rosemount
Spotsylvania, VA
www.vadaf.org

Sept 29-Oct 4
Dressage At Devon
Devon, PA
www.dressageatdevon.org

Oct 9-11
BLM Championships
Allentown, NJ
*Qualifying season ends Sept 13th
*One Qualifying score
www.esdcta.org

Oct 15-18
GAIC Region 1 Championships
Lexington, VA
*two Qual scores, two different judges, two different competitions
*End of Qual Season Sept 21
http://www.usdf.org/competitions/competitions-championships/regionals/competitors.asp

Nov 5-8
US Dressage Finals
Kentucky Horse Park
http://www.usdf.org/competitions/competitions-championships/regionals/competitors.asp

Weekly Newsletter

Sun Jan 04, 2015

Happy New Year!  POM at Woodvale has made it 4 months.  I am enthusiastically anticipating our future plans, show season, and feel very fortunate to have such great people and horses in my life.  Despite having a slight head cold, we have a super productive week and weekend.  We trained a bunch, clipped a bunch, and welcomed a new boarder.  Ready for a new week.

EVENTS
Peace Of Mind Dressage will offer three On The Levels Seminars between now and March 1st.  We will watch the new 2015 On The Levels videos while sharing conversation and snacks.  As with previous educational seminar on the new tests, I will provide a judge’s insight to enhance your understanding of scoring methodology.  Our Seminars will also provide full length test sheet booklets.  As a few of you have expressed interest in Musical Freestyles, we will also schedule one on this topic.  Location TBD near Frederick, MD.  Contact me with your interest and what level seminars you would like to participate in.  On The Levels Seminar #1 Training and First Level.  On The Levels Seminar #2 Second Level.  On The Levels Seminar #3 Third and Fourth Levels.  Seminar #4 Musical Freestyles.  If you are interested and have the technology to host please let me know and your attendance will be free with POM paying all expenses.  Here is how I will access the videos:
https://www.onthelevels.com

POM Plans to host 1-2 schooling shows at Woodvale.  Check here for the 2015 Region 1 Recognized Show Calendar and help me plan some dates.

Clipping and Grooming and Tacking Madness
Jamie Rees is available to bath and clip your horses prior to his return to school on January 20th.  This year our horses have grown back their winter coats at troubling rates.  Luckily Jamie, our local grooming artist, is at your service.
POM staff is also available to take apart and super clean your saddle, boots, and bridles to keep the winter mud at bay.  We use the best products and will get into all of the hard to reach places.
Mid-Season blanket cleaning- we are watching the weather and contacting service providers for a large order of blankets.  We recommend that you take advantage of our pick up and drop off dates for your muddy blankets.  It’s hard to keep the horses and tack clean then their blankets are caked in mud and manure.

LOCAL NEWS
-Dr Jim is coming on January 14th for Della, Herculeo, Ugo, and Fabby.  Please let me know if you would like your horse added to the list.
-Thank you Amy for trusting Panda in our care.
-Huge thanks to Erin and Amber for super cleaning our tack on Sunday.
-Thank you Jamie for flawlessly clipping Fabby, Summer, and DiVinci on Sunday.
-Belated hello to Matt from Australia!

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Dec 29, 2014

In the past three months seven new owners have chosen us to care for their horses.  Five horses and riders have joined out team seeking training.  Over eight riders have come to POM for lessons, lunge-line lessons, and schoolmaster lessons.  More than five brand new faces have joined us for Dressage Camps and other learning events.  Over twenty dedicated riders have visited us to train in our Nicholas Fyffe Clinics.  These numbers are just amazing and I am so thankful!

Our long term vision to provide phenomenal care, comprehensive educational opportunities, and training programs which produce ride-able and successful competition horses is in the making.  Each quarter I will continue to implement new ideas and offer services I believe in.  Our training and boarding programs may serve a wide range of equine enthusiasts but share two common traits: Quality and Passion.

Building a campus and community has allowed us more efficient scheduling, meticulous management of horse health, and strengthened our focus on education.  You and your horses have benefitted in many ways which are evident in your improved riding abilities, understanding of your horse’s health, and daily enjoyment of your hobby. 

We would like to see continued growth in a few areas as we expand at the Woodvale campus.  Currently we have one opening for training board in the upper barn and two openings in the lower barn.  I am thankful for our steady growth over the past three months and would like to see us at 100% boarding capacity with a waiting list by June of 2015.  Being full will allow additions to our staff and facility.  Our upcoming events should also see a 50% increase in attendance which will offset production costs and enhance planning.  We would like to offer 3-4 top quality horses for sale each year.  Finally, I am seeking my next competition partner who will fill Shay’s shoes.  Successful competition, especially at the upper levels, is a major goal for the next few years.  With more volume in these areas I can begin to put into place some bigger dreams and take our entire team to the next level.

Going forward, I hope you can help me build the campus and community of our dreams.  Imagine where your equestrian journey would be without Peace Of Mind Dressage and help others with similar goals and dreams find us.  Specifically, I am asking you to update your POM Community profile, include a recommendation on our website or social media, forward our news and events to your friends, and tell others who we are and what we do.

EVENTS
Peace Of Mind Dressage will offer three On The Levels Seminars between now and March 1st.  We will watch the new 2015 On The Levels videos while sharing conversation and snacks.  As with previous educational seminar on the new tests, I will provide a judge’s insight to enhance your understanding of scoring methodology.  Our Seminars will also provide full length test sheet booklets.  As a few of you have expressed interest in Musical Freestyles, we will also schedule one on this topic.  Location TBD near Frederick, MD.  Contact me with your interest and what level seminars you would like to participate in.  On The Levels Seminar #1 Training and First Level.  On The Levels Seminar #2 Second Level.  On The Levels Seminar #3 Third and Fourth Levels.  Seminar #4 Musical Freestyles.

Clipping and Grooming and Tacking Madness
Jamie Rees is available to bath and clip your horses prior to his return to school on January 20th.  This year our horses have grown back their winter coats at troubling rates.  Luckily Jamie, our local grooming artist, is at your service.
POM staff is also available to take apart and super clean your saddle, boots, and bridles to keep the winter mud at bay.  We use the best products and will get into all of the hard to reach places.
Mid-Season blanket cleaning- we are watching the weather and contacting service providers for a large order of blankets.  We recommend that you take advantage of our pick up and drop off dates for your muddy blankets.  It’s hard to keep the horses and tack clean then their blankets are caked in mud and manure.
Fee Schedule:  All services receive a 10% cash discount!
-Blanket Clip   $100
-Trace Clip     $80
-Full Clip       $150
-Boots, Bridle, Saddle $25
-Blankets Washed, Dropped off, Picked Up TBD

LOCAL NEWS
-Congratulations to Elissa Dallimore for winning the Pony Short Story award in the Pony Annual magazine.  Elissa’s writing in the story, “A Timeless Bond” is captivating and will hit close to home for any horse lover.  Wow Elissa!
-This Sunday we welcome Amy and Panda for boarding in the lower barn.
-Thank you Courtney Mack for inviting Luke and I to your holiday party, we had the greatest time.
-Huge thanks to Micah, Jamie, and Lindsey for keeping watch over our herd for the Christmas holiday.  Everyone appreciates your time and efforts.
-Thinking of April and her gelding.  Hope he makes a speedy recovery from his recent diagnosis.

New Years Eve Entertainment- find yourself in need of some fun to ring in the new year?  Join us at 910 N Market for an adult costume party.

A great source for local weather predicts this week will be colder and we can expect some snow Tuesday:
http://www.justinweather.com

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Nov 10, 2014

Just a reminder that I will be at the Young Dressage Horse Trainer’s Symposium this week from Thursday - Sunday.  This invitation only event is a learning opportunity for the country’s best young horse trainers and the curriculum spans from 3 - 8 years old, from starting under saddle to the Developing Horse Program.  I promise to bring back tons of exercises and ideas for our program.  Since this is the 10th Anniversary of this event, there are a number of special activities and people involved.  I am really looking forward to it! 

This weekend we concluded the last clinic with Nicholas Fyffe until March 2015.  Which means two things: 1) I am now planning a weekend trip to visit Nicholas and David in FL 2) I am determined to find more educational and fun activities to last us through the winter.  During this weekend’s clinic and previous clinics there are several very important themes which tied together each training session.  These basic ideas were the focus of every ride from Training Level to Grand Prix.  That doesn’t mean that the ideas are simple to apply or adhere to but it does mean that if you understand them, you can train your horse every day.  Clinics give me the opportunity to watch someone else teach the same fundamentals to many different horses and riders.  By watching your lessons and taking on my own homework, I may find different ways of communicating, but the ideas are all exactly the same.  Nicholas and I also share a philosophy which advocates for the horses, it is important that our training supports their correct learning and development.  As riders of your own horses, you also should take home these basic ideas to ensure your horse is going right.  Over the next few months we are going review the concepts of “basic” dressage to make sure we all get it right.  Inspiring!

EVENTS
December 6-7 Dressage Camp- let the fun begin again.

LOCAL NEWS
-Sara the farrier is coming Monday afternoon.
-Congrats to Jamie for riding well in his first clinic session with Nicholas.
-Fingers crossed for Ripley to find the perfect home- we just starting advertising him this week.
-Huge thanks to my helpers this weekend.  Our team is becoming a well oiled machine.  Sarah, Micah, Jamie, Jane, and John helped keep everything running smoothly.  Our guests enjoyed pancakes, cleaned boots, Hawaiian coffee, and a beautifully clean barn. 
-Horses wore mid-weight blankets for turn-out this weekend.  They all still seem very happy to go outside all night.  We will keep an eye on the temps and determine a date for turnout switch.  During any weather at all facilities where I have worked and cared for horses, they were kept out at different times of day/night.  The important thing- is that they can stay dry and avoid inclement weather and precipitation.  The grass is still good and they enjoy being able to rome around and eat all night long.

Weekly Newsletter

Mon Nov 03, 2014

Luke and I helped out in Buffalo and caught up on some extra sleep as well.  Our trip gave me a little time away to reflect on barn life and everything that we have accomplished over the last 2.5 months, which has been just incredible!  There are so many dimensions to our success- everything from having happy and healthy horses to hosting popular and well-run events.  I have everyone to thank for this.  After years of experience training, caring, and programming for horses, it is very rewarding to deliver the best quality in every category.  I am also committed to continuing to plan dressage camps, trail rides, quadrilles, and learning events.  So stay tuned for more this winter.

At our last competition of the season the weather wasn’t for the faint of heart.  Linda and Jamie packed the trailer and held pretty believable smiles for the drive over to Celebration Farm.  The wind had been gusting all morning and continued at over 60 mph to push the trailer, as if daring us to quit and go home.  But, both riders tacked their horses, rode down to the warm-up, schooled, and competed.  Lucy and Fabby tolerated the new environment and distracting “hurricane” extremely well.  Four good tests later we were all glad we did it.  Two tired horses made it back to the barn safe and sound, having learned they could trust their riders in any situation.

RESULTS
Jamie & Lucy
Training 1 4th
Training 2 4th

Linda & Fabby
First 1 1st
First 3 5th

EVENTS
Nicholas Fyffe Clinic Nov 8-9
This weekend we welcome Nicholas to Woodvale for 2 full days of learning before he heads down to FL.  We will have our mic system up, lunch, and are prepared to heat the viewing room if needed.  Auditors are welcome for $25, which includes lunch.  All riders are welcome to invite one “groom” auditor for the day.  All other guests will be charged $25.  Click here for a video of Nicholas training in Canada: 
http://www.nicholasfyffedressage.com/news.htm

LOCAL NEWS
-Welcome to the stunning chestnut mare who joined us last week.  She will soon be started under saddle and offered for sale.
-Welcome to three new barn helpers- Erin, Amber, and John all received some training and met the horses this week in preparation for covering our regular staffers for holidays and days off.  This horse business requires a lot of extra hands.  I am proud to say that each one of our helpers brings passion and experience to this job- these are necessary components for working at POM.  Thanks Micah for providing some of the training and guidance.
-Welcome home Melissa this week from a short trip to FL.
-Jamie Rees is taking on the ambitious new task of starting a PVDA Frederick Chapter.  This new group will operate under PVDA and receive assistance for advertising and hosting events. Members will benefit from fund-raising to subsidize events, local/grass-roots organization of activities, and will have the opportunity to become an officer and planner.  Are there events you would like to see come to our area or farm?  Join the chapter to make it happen.
-Fecal Samples have been dropped off at the lab.  We will email results and recommend a de-worming program for each horse.  This is an alternative to a rotational worming program in which horses are treated for worms regardless of whether they are carriers and we feel it is the safest choice for the turn-out communities and individuals.  We require that all horses are maintained on a program of your choice.  Please let us know if you would like be continuously enrolled in our testing program
-Blanketing has become a part time job ; ) with the rapid changes of temp and conditions.  Please leave both a sheet and mid-weight blanket for your horse.  If you have temperature preferences please discuss them with me so that we can ensure your horse is properly attired in all weather.
-We have three stalls available for winter training or boarding.  Don’t assume that everyone knows about the good life with POM.  We appreciate your support and referrals to help grow our community at events or for lessons/training.
-Have fun this week in TN Linda!

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