Friday, August 30, 2013
Phone Boyd 610 806 2381 for an appointment to see and ride this wonderful prospect. Billie is still young and green, which means she is priced to sell. This is a super opportunity for someone who wants a scopey, good-moving, talented young horse to bring up the levels. We think she would be great in dressage or eventing - or both!
NAME: Billie Jean Halliday
HEIGHT: 16.1 hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 2006
COUNTY OF BIRTH: America
SIRE: Noteworthy (Thoroughbred)
DAM: Jasmina (Holsteiner- Landgraf line)
BREEDER: Bonnie Stedt
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York
Thanks again to Scout for the awesome updates from the show!
|Benny with Larry and Melinda|
|Debbie McDonald and Scout|
|Rosa Cha W|
|Silva and Scout with Rosa Cha W|
|Rosa Awards Ceremony|
|The Dream Team|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|Morris greets auditors while schooling Gloria Callen's Welcome Shadow|
|Boyd on Welcome Shadow|
|George Morris on Callisto|
|Morris adjusting Dom Schramm's stirrup length and leg position|
|Boyd practicing a Figure 8 turning exercise|
|Sharon White, praised for her consistent position, and Wundermaske|
|Boyd looks on as Caitlin rides HH Lancaster|
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
|Amy Dragoo photographing George Morris in action. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger|
Each group started out with George reviewing the basics of stirrup length and basic position before moving onto a solid period of time doing flat work while George imparted his words of wisdom. Here is a video snippet of his flat work with group 2.
Group 2 Flat Work
Switching back to the first group, here are several videos on their work over fences. Emphasis was on using turns and the ring to get the young horses to become more subtle. Here's a video of Boyd on a nice young horse in group 1.
First Jumping Exercise - Group 1
Here is Dom Schramm on a lovely young horse that he has on the market. George liked Tex enough to jump in the tack for his own round over this schooling exercise, a practice that he did quite often throughout the clinic.
Dom Schramm on Tex
George Morris on Tex
I took copious notes of the snippets of information he was communicating to the first two groups. The following is a sampling of his words of wisdom:
1. It's very important that you take from a clinic what you like. I'm not your trainer, so don't take everything back to your trainer, just the exercises you like!
2. You ride off of 3 points: seat bones, calves and hands. Always keep your hands up and support in the transition. If you elevate your hands you take 20% of the horse's weight off his front end.
3. I'm not into fashion, I'm into classical riding. Some dressage riders today are far too behind the motion and have too long of stirrup. That will change and it always goes back to classical riding.
4. All the time we're combating resistance with the horse. Understand the different level of resistances with your horse.
5. Contact with your horse's mouth is elusive. Horses hate to have you touch the bar of their mouth. The horse accepts contact through the corners of his mouth. Never drop your hands. The horse has to accept your hand. It's a straight line from elbow to mouth. You squeeze lemons, you don't saw your hands back & forth. Close your fingers with firm contact, be definite yet subtle.
6. Choose and appropriate bit for jumping. Rarely is a plain snaffle enough bit for schooling over fences. A soft twist is a bitter choice.
I wanted to also award Kevin Keane the good sportsmanship award for riding a horse in training with Phillip that was a bit wild! I think that was a set up. Great riding Kevin!
Check out a few photos from yesterday's action as well. Facebook Photo Album
Keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for more updates from today's action being covered by Amber Heintzberger.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Driving back from Chicago now. 654 miles to go..we'll be there in a jiff. Silva and Rosa killed it today, pirouetting their way into the top three in the entire nation! The Cha decided to go out with a bang, opening up a can of whoop-ass on the competition, and getting the seal of approval from some of the legends in the industry... Including the dream team of Deb McD and myself. Thank you to all the owners and supporters of The Rosa Cha, and congratulations on your fine taste in horses. Big shout out to all of the sponsors who made this all possible for Silva, and who kept the horses and Silva looking top notch: Purina, Smartpak, Ariat, Stuebben, Middy & me.
Only 648 miles to go...