Team Standardbred

It’s no secret I aim to create a positive community within the Standardbred world. I know how many ups and downs there are when we are on our journey re training our 4-legged best friends. Let alone re training a 5 gaited horse under saddle!

I wanted to share the Team Standardbred news that I’ve put together behind to scenes!

I’ve put together some attire to help spread the Team Standardbred love. These amazing Tees are available in 3 shirt colours and 6 different font colours for every single hard working Standardbred rider! You can check these Tees out here! Can’t wait for you to be apart of them team soon!! 🙂

Team Standardbred Tee

There are many groups out there on Facebook, but I thought I would create one for all likeminded people! Meaning, I created a supportive group, a safe place to share our training. All our ups and downs, achievements and frustrations! Not to mention help you stay accountable for your goals!

I always.. always preach you are never alone. We are all on this re training journey. Helping and supporting each other is right up the top of my list! Feel free to pop on by this Team Standardbred Group and be apart of the growing positive community today!

I’ve always got my ear to the ground, don’t hesitate to get in contact with any questions I am more than happy to help and point in the right direction.  🙂

Lesson Recap: The Diagonal Pair

It’s no secret I love getting lesson from Brett Parbery, I was fortunate to meet Brett when he hosted his first Intelligent Riding Retreat back in 2016. (umm, wow, where has the time gone!) Which has been one of the biggest game changes for my training to date.

I had my first actual lesson from Brett early in 2018 through Sydney Dressage Club, which I haven’t really looked back since! I always try to get a spot on these super popular clinics, if you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend. You won’t regret it 🙂

Lesson Diagonal Pair

I thought I would do a mini re cap on our lesson, as I hope it would also shed some light for other Standardbred riders out there whom are experiencing the same training bumps as myself.

If you are a dedicated reader and have viewed over some of my other posts, you will know my history with Standardbreds and how I am a firm believer that they are born to pace. Meaning they are a 5 gaited breed, not a 4 gaited breed like most other riding horses. If you haven’t checked out my mini-series on the Standardbred Myths, sit down with a coffee and have a read! Part 1 and Part 2.

Out of all the Standardbreds I could have chosen on the property; I chose Arnie to re-educate and ride. His always had a lovely temperament and loves going places and being centre of attention. However, he is probably the one horse on the property that literally paces the most! At the end of the day it is natural for them to do it! We as riders just have to show them when and where to do so.

I was super pumped for our lesson last weekend, because we didn’t have the most positive week prior. You see, I entered a protocol day the week before our dressage competition, which was a week before the clinic. I went to the protocol day with lots and lots to work on for our competition the weekend following.

As I was riding during that week, I couldn’t paste it all together properly and I felt like I wasn’t riding well at all. I didn’t want to drive all the way down to the competition after a bad week and knowing I wasn’t giving my horse the best possible chance of doing well.  I decided to scratch and then re-focus on the lesson the following weekend.

There were two areas of our lesson that we focused on, the first one, which was the main point from my struggles the week prior. Nailing the canter transition in the 2B, coming from the free walk, quickly gathering him trot then canter. I find him a bit difficult to gather! We worked on leg yields and cutting the corner slightly and leg yielding him over and then canter transition. Which really helped! Can’t wait to ride the test next!

The second area, which I really want to share with you is the transitions. You see, because Arnie likes to pace, he doesn’t pick up the diagonal pair quickly he puts in this little thing then goes into the diagonal pair. It worked hand in hand with the previous exercises. We focused on gathering him in the halt, by this we just let him soften and yield with the rein contact. Not to be pulling forward and against the rein aid. The aim was to see the upper part of his neck to relax. It’s a simple exercise to do whilst warming up or even during your training to help re gather and to start listening and waiting  a little more, especially if they get a little longer and become a little sticky/against the rein in the contact.

While working on these little improvements, we decided to try and get his stride in between the walk and trot happening a little quicker.

Here is a clip of this part of our lesson, there is some background noise but you can hear some of Brett’s commentary. I think his training system, horsemanship and philosophy is amazing, it is well worth a watch and listen to if you can hear!

Top Tips to help keep my head in the game

Top Tips

At times we can really feel like we are on a motivation streak, that time period where you are focused, feeling refreshed and ready to take on a challenge head on. Which is probably one of the best feelings, especially being an equestrian!

But, as they say, ‘what goes up, comes down’. I’m not talking about the measurement of success by winning a dressage test at every competition for months on end then hitting a rough patch being knocked off your winning place.

I’m talking about behind the scenes, your usual day to day the stuff that keeps you motivated to jump out of bed every morning.

Now by all means, I am not a State or National champion rider. But I am amateur rider and I know how challenging it can be at times! Here are a few of my top tips that help me keep my head in the game and focus on my training and competition goals.

Sleep

Sounds simple. But it is one of the more difficult things to master and get into a routine! One wise person (my Mum!) told me once, it’s the hours before midnight that count. It is so, so true. Heading to bed at an early yet reasonable hour, even though you might not fall asleep instantly (unlike me, who falls asleep within minutes of my head from hitting the pillow!!), it’s great practise to hit the sack early. Getting into that routine early to bed early to rise. Even if you are giving your horse the day off or are planning to ride after work, it’s a great feeling getting up early and seizing the day – so to speak!

Nutrition

Now I call it nutrition, but I don’t want to call it diet. As diet to me implies just that, dieting, limiting or restricting the food intake. To be completely honest with you all, I’m not too sure what to call this part!

This has always been a yoyo with me. I eat great then not so great, then great again. I am no way qualified in this area, but when I start to get into the routine with my sleep, getting up early to kick arse in the day. I tend to eat ‘well’, by this I mean a decent amount of fruit/veg during the week. Less chocolate and less snacks during the day. Because let’s face it, we never feel like riding horses after we’ve had a Big Mac meal from McDonalds!!

Training Plan

I really enjoy scheduling out my week with the horses. From Monday – Sunday. I like to kick my week off on a Monday, I know some who enjoy Sunday being the start of the week…. (who are these people?!)

I map out on a white board in columns and rows with the horses I have in work with the week. I have letters symbolising lunging, riding, hacking and days off.  I know at the moment being winter, I’m not going to have much luck during the week after work. So, I usually plan my weekends both as riding days. At the moment (weather permitting) I usually plan around 3-4 days riding, with 1-2 lunge days and the rest days off. Riding during the week I usually keep them short and sweet and have longer rides on weekends when I can focus on a few areas.

I find by mapping it out and planning it really takes some stress off my mind, especially if I start panicking that I missed a day. I can just work around it.

Rest Days 

One of the most important things! Resting. Know when to rest, know when to take a day off, take a break. If you’re feeling stressed or burnt out, chances are so is your horse! If you really don’t want to take a day off, then go do something different. Trail ride or a nice hack out!

Of course, all these things work great when you get into a routine. Getting into a routine and making it a habit.

What are your tips for helping you stay motivated? Would love to hear them!

Team Standardbred

What it means to be an Amateur Dressage Rider

In this day in age in our wonderful world of our beloved sport of dressage, we are fortunate enough to see the beginnings of the recognition of an Amateur Owner Rider division. The beginning of a new competitive edge with our fellow ambitious equestrians who look up to our fellow professional riders within the game.

But firstly, what really is an amateur?

Well, when we type it into our search engine the first hit we discover the meaning defined as a person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid rather than a professional basis’ my second hit reads ‘a person who is incompetent or inept at a particular activity.’

Personally, I feel as though both definitions sell us short. Because we don’t train and ride full time doesn’t mean we are not passionate about our sport. It doesn’t mean we treat this sport as a hobby that we can just pick up and leave at any time. It is full time around the clock, looking after our beautiful animals that we always put first.

I like to call it a lifestyle choice instead of a hobby for this very reason.

Amateur Dressage rider

What does it really mean to be an amateur owner rider?
  • 5am starts to feed your horse/s, if you’re lucky to not hit snooze on your alarm 5 times and head out to the stables on time to actually have a ride before you have your first coffee and your real work day begins.
  • If by some off chance (or maybe 3 during the week) to hit that snooze button to only have time to go out and feed your horse before going to work. It really sets you in a crappy mood for the work day! Look out co-workers…. Keep the coffee coming.
  • To arrive at work looking like you have been partying all night to have bits of feed in your hair, to mix it up from that helmet hair you rocked the day before.
  • To arrive at work after having a horrible ride to be grouchy at everyone for the rest of the day.
  • Pretending to be busy at work while scrolling through your daily search on Nominate for the upcoming competitions.
  • Talking to your non-equestrian co-workers smiling and agreeing with their boring conversations to only be thinking about your ride that morning, what sale is on at the moment for the latest gear or if the weather is changing and if you put the right rugs on when you left them this morning.
  • Prioritising your wages for lessons and competitions. If you’re lucky perhaps After Pay that new bridle you have been eyeing off.  Then to pay the bills.
  • Getting home late after tucking your horses into bed with multiple carrots after telling them how perfect they are.
  • Arriving home after spending time at the horses just in time to miss out on cooking dinner. (or is that just me!? Conveniently have to have a shower when it’s washing up time too?!?)
  • Spending quality time with your partner watching TV after a day at work to only be focused on visualising  your dressage tests for that weekend or to mentally plan out our competition schedule for the month.
    • Take my advice, only pick your phone up twice during the TV show, otherwise they will eventually realise your mind is elsewhere! Cover blown.
  • Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep you visualise riding down that centreline and tracking left perfectly like in the 2A.

I think it is fantastic that the dressage organisers are rewarding us fellow amateur riders with our own division. Us, what some would call crazy– people who live and breathe the sport who go to this ‘other place’ for the majority of the day to pay for our passion. We live and breathe the sport much like our fellow professional riders. Who we are incredibly fortunate to be inspired day in and day out by their work ethic.

But let’s face it, this is our lifestyle. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

2019 Goals Worksheet

2019 Goals Worksheet

Yet another year is upon us, meaning another year to set our goals and strive for our best. I never used to be much of a ‘goal setter’ but when I found my love of dressage, I felt I was lacking direction. Not only with my training but in general.

When I attended Brett Parbery’s intelligent riding retreat in 2016, everything started to settle into place. Physically writing down my 12-month end goal gave my mind a clear path and direction to work towards, step by step, month by month to achieve these goals.

It is so important to have goals. But, just remember a goal is just a wish without a plan.

a goal is just a wish without a plan

For all the dressage dreamers out there I decided to put together a revamped version of the previous goals worksheet.

2019 worksheet is 4 pages to print, one page for each of your 3, 6 and 12 month goal. Breaking it down to help you think about each goal and how to achieve it.

Just a reminder this is totally FREE and the link to download is emailed to you after the ‘check out’.

Click here to visit the FREE resources on the shop.

Happy goal setting!

My Top 5 Stable Products

Top 5 stable products

I’m going to be completely honest, I may possibly be described as an impulsive buyer. I mean in this day in age it can be so easy to have multiples of certain types of product. Especially when you’re shopping online, and your eyes light up when you see that After Pay icon!

When your other half asks how much the new rug costs you can easily assure them it was only $50. With that voice inside your head whispering $50 fortnightly repayments.. Or you can just get everything shipped to your work address and they wouldn’t know any better!

But that’s not what this post is all about!

Firstly, I would like to be crystal clear.

The below products I’m discussing I am no way shape or form affiliated with them. I’m recommending them because I honestly love using each and every one of them. I use these products on a daily basis, they are part of my stable and work routine. Sharing is caring, and I have this fascination about what other products people use in their daily stable routine.

 

Therapy Rugs

I’ll gladly admit my rug wardrobe isn’t extensive. It is limited to the basics. A while ago I was doing some research on different therapy rugs. Not that Arnie has any obvious issues, I’ve always wanted to ensure I do the best by him and do everything I can physically do to help him.

I purchased the Rambo Ionic Stable Sheet and honestly haven’t looked back. He wears it at night while stabled and occasionally out in the paddock during the day (when his friends play nice and don’t want to destroy it!!). It’s also the first thing I put on him once I finish working him. Since I purchased the Ionic rug earlier in the year, his work has improved. He is really starting to work beautifully over his back and carrying more weight behind.

Plus, I find it a great rug to put on before warming up at a competition and also in-between tests.

It may not entirely be the rug, but it has contributed towards our improvements! Plus, doesn’t he just look gorgeous in it!?!

Top5 stable products

Magn8 Therapy Boots

Now these boots are an oldie in my stable but a goodie. I use them all the time. Race horses and riding horses. I absolutely love them, literally my rock when it comes to anything. Any slight sign of an issue and I put them straight on.

The magnetic boots are also perfect when stabling during those horrible winter rainy days. It keeps the circulation going to reduce any sort of stiffness or puffiness.  Even travelling to competitions or clinics I put them on.

Couldn’t tell you when I purchased these boots! It was many, many years ago. But, the Magn8 boots are the best. I purchased them from Stable8, who also make amazing show rugs.

Precision Equine- Muscle Bars

At times I can be sceptical about different feeds, often hearing conflicting reports. To find out you wasted your money.  But after reading all the reviews, I thought to go all in when I was looking at the Precision Equine site. I purchased the Intense Show Prep Pack. Which consisted of 6 Muscle bars and a packet of Intense Tissue Repair.

Top 5 Stable Products

Haven’t looked back.

Super stoked on how Arnie went on the Intense Show Prep Pack, I’m not the best before and after photographer but I can see a massive difference.

Top 5 Stable Products

I still feed Arnie the Muscle Max Bars, I don’t think I would get out of the stables in one piece if I didn’t! I adjust the amount of the bar to what work he gets. I even purchased my second Intense Show Prep Pack for my young horse, half way into the pack and I can see a big change in her body. Its amazing.

Precision Equine has definitely been one of the main changers in my stables this year.

MP Gloss Products

I’m a bit precious when it comes to shampoos, I do enjoy trying new things and I am heavy handed! Note to self, don’t ever try and dye a horse again 😉 I always try and get something that not only smells great but also gives a super shine.  Oh and of course a good clean!

Before any competition and everything in between, I always use the MP Diamond Gloss Body Wash. It smells amazing, trust me! Not just smells amazing while your are washing, but still smells amazing the next day!

For the rare occasions I step out in the show ring I also use the MP make up range. I wish I had back in my showing days. Super easy to use and don’t need much at all, so it lasts literally (well for me) a good amount of shows!

Top 5 stable products

Work Boots

Some girls have an obsessive shopping disorder when it comes to fashion and shoes. Some equestrians will admit they have a rug obsession or perhaps a bridle/browband obsession. Mine is boots.

More sparkles the better. They have to be white, blue or green. Maybe not all on the one boot 😉

But, they must do the job. I have many boots, draws in fact. I use a few different types of boots pending on what I’m doing and where I’m working the horses.

I purchased my HKM work boots many moons ago, they are still going strong this day. Super easy to tack up, un tack and clean.

I have several tendon boots, each are all different. I love my Maxwell Equestrian work boots. I’m trying to save these pretty white ones for clinics, warm up at competitions. They are super strong and won’t be breaking anytime soon.

Top 5 stable products

Bell boots are probably my weakness! I tend to use ones with the sheepskin, I feel like they are more comfortable for the horse. I love my Woof Wear bell boots the best. Strong, nice and soft around the top for the horses comfort. I’ve been using mine for a fair while now without any damages.

Top 5 stable products

What products do you use part of your daily training routine? Would love to hear them!

Happy Riding 😊

The Training Plan

The Training Plan

I’ll be the first to admit I used to have a horrible plan when it came to organising my weekly sessions. Even more so when they were leading up to a competition. I used to drill, drill and drill until I stressed myself out, made the horse tense and then felt like throwing in the towel for that weekends competition.

Perhaps have a little sob on the inside… and outside.

It can be so easy to spiral down into a rut when you feel under pressure. I haven’t been into the competition arena for over 7 months, while this might not seem like a long time for some it was an extremely long time for me! I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a perfectly planned week leading into it. But it worked out pretty well on the day.

Why?

Because I didn’t stress out. I stuck to my usual weekly plan.

I had a paddock ride on the previous Sunday, Monday was a day off, Tuesday was a lunging session, Wednesday I had a super ride in the arena, Thursday was day off, Friday was a lunging day as was Saturday.

Things come up during the week and the days get shifted around or I simply run out of hours in the day.

The day of the competition I made sure I got on and had a good strong walk around the indoor to warm up, followed by a forward trot and canter. Then I ran through our transitions within the trot and canter. Made sure he felt positive, forward and was listening to my aids.

The training plan

My goal on the day was to score over 60% and I achieved this goal. I felt focused, I felt like I rode positively towards that goal. Of course, there is always something to work on and to strive for better marks, a few miscommunications and not well-prepared transitions during the test. But that is what this sport is all about, setting a plan to achieve your goals to progress through the levels.

Ideally my weeks would be to ride 3-4 times a week, lunge at least 2-3 times a week with 1-2 days off. Of course, being an amateur owner/rider, the days can change with work and weather etc. The days I ride I mix it up between the arena and the big paddock. I don’t like to do the ‘same thing’ two days in a row. Mixing it up is beneficial to the horses’ mind and body.

The training plan

 

It is all part of our training system that we are forever evolving and shaping into something better. Every rider is different, every rider runs their stable differently and every rider trains differently. But we are all in this sport together, wanting to achieve our goals and become better riders to advance up the levels and get the best out of our horses. While keeping them fit, healthy, happy and enjoying the work.

the training plan

 

I honestly enjoy reading about other riders training systems. How many days a week they work the horses, what kind of work, what body work the horses have, what training gear they use, how they recover the horses after the work and what they focus on with their horse within their weekly routine. I find it so fascinating finding out even the smallest detail of the way they run their own stable.

When you really think about it, it is everything and everyone involved who contribute towards your training system, your weekly plan and your success to achieving your goals.

For me most importantly besides the training aspect, I ensure our horses body work is once a month. Which, since setting their body work on a regular basis. I can see a huge difference not only in their performance but also in their posture and their work ethic. I also have set homework of stretches for the horses to help improve between their sessions. But I have to admit, I do try and be an A+ student! ? it truly is satisfaction seeing the horses improve between visits knowing how well you have been doing your homework!

So.

How does your training plan look? Do you have a plan, do you wing it, do you feel stressed out week after week or simply play it by ear?

I’m one of ‘those’ people who enjoy reading a book that as paper pages, I enjoy printing things to highlight important details. That why I have a small basic planner to help you think about your weekly aims and goals. I find it beneficial to sit down and put pen to paper and write out things.

The basic weekly planner can be downloaded from here, completely free! It is emailed directly to you after check out! (it’s my way to keep tabs on how many are downloaded ?, any problems let me know and I can send it to you directly!)Basic weekly training planner

 

The not so perfectly planned year

When I was writing down my goals for this year I was super excited to picture my goal kicking year ahead. I was focused on three areas of my life; training and competition, personal development and professional development.

Recently rereading my post “goals for the coming year” my heart sank a little, because I feel I haven’t achieved not one small part of my goals that I had set out to do. Unfortunately, its life, things come up. I broke my collarbone in May and was out of the saddle for a while, which led me to have a knock-on effect to be a little unmotivated with my personal and professional development goals. Once you feel down and out it takes a while to gain that momentum for the uphill climb.

Once you feel down and out it takes a while to gain that momentum for the uphill climb.

But you know what, after enjoying a glass of wine (or two, or three. But, hey who’s counting ?) I had a thought to myself. The year is not over, I still have time to tick a few of my goals off my list and start to shape my 2019 from here.

The not so perfectly planned year

Coming back into the competition arena after 7 months. Better yet, 209 days ago or 60% of my 2018. (wow sounds a little depressing!) makes me feel a little nervous on the inside. Especially since we have only been back training since July, 66 days or 18.08% of my 2018!

The not so perfectly planned year

I have re adjusted my goals that I enthusiastically wrote down at the start of the year.  Still focusing on my three areas of my life. I might not be writing these down as enthusiastically as I once did at the start of the year, but I know I am not the only one out there who has fallen off the wagon. I can only start to shape my amazing 2019 from here.

Training and Competition
  • Pluck away at our counter canter and canter loops (in the novice 2.3)
  • Play around and get confident with some lateral movements
  • Sharpen our simple changes
  • Attend 3 competitions before the end of 2018. With good confident prelim and novice scores.

 

Personal Development

I’ve commenced the EA NCAS Coaching Course so long ago and have only completed the theory side of the first set of modules! I feel like I have a massive anchor holding me down, a weight on my mind that makes me feel as if I cannot progress. I need to shake this feeling, especially if I want to do what I love! In saying that I am aiming to complete one more section of my course before the end of the year. In hope one tick off the box on the course will lead onto another.

As for the exercise goals I had written down. Well, I haven’t progressed all that far with that! I might leave that as ‘ongoing’. Says the person who puts strawberries in her dessert to justify it to be ‘healthy’ ?

Professional Development

I honestly feel this is the side of my life I am starting to have under control. I absolutely love Dressage Dreamers. It’s hard to believe how an idea sitting down on my laptop watching tv has led me to how it is today. It’s my project, it will change and shape into something different over the coming years.

The Standardbred Showcase has been working super, I absolutely love reading everyone’s stories and sharing them! You can check out the stories here.

I’m sure I am not the only one who has had an unplanned year, would love to hear how you are going towards your goals ? comment or drop me a line!

The not so perfectly planned year

Standardbred Showcase: Just Anna and Jessamyn Maumill

Standardbred Showcase

I’m proud to showcase Just Anna & Jassamyn Maumill for our third instalment of Standardbred Showcase #transformationtuesday, a new segment through Dressage Dreamers.

Just Anna & Jessamyn Maumill

Jessamyn from the Blue Mountains New South Wales found Just Anna back in 2016, Anna, at the time, an un raced three year old, going through countless sales throughout New South Wales. Who also spent time as an embryo mare in the Central West area. However, after she failed as a surrogate she was soon put up for re-homing. While Jess finding Anna’s Facebook ad during her HSC, they haven’t looked back since.

After a long 6-hour trip to go and see Anna, Jess fell in love. It wasn’t long until transport was organised, Anna arrived skinny and scared. Soon in Jess’ care Anna started to put the weight back on and feel safe in her new home.

Standardbred Showcase

Jess admits they have had an eventful road together, with Anna being broken into saddle at the end of 2016 with plenty of spells when needed to allow her to mature and be a horse.  It was almost a year into her new career when Jess started free jumping Anna. Who, after clearing a 1 meter fence! Quickly found out this is where her true talent lies, the pair haven’t looked back since.  But still train in hacking and dressage.

Standardbred Showcase

Anna and Jess have achieved so much together she finds it hard to put it all down!

Proudly together their achievements are:
  • Anna putting her trust in Jess, which was lead to her being started under saddle.
  • Anna learning to accept the bridle (as this was something that she found very hard to accept).
  • Becoming at ease in new situations, including being shod and being clipped for the first time.
  • Removing any trace of pacing for the most beautiful canter.
  • Establishing being ‘in frame’ and ‘on the bit’ regularly.
  • Their first jumps.
  • Continuing jumping new things and raising the heights.

 

Their major competition achievements are:
  • Competing at their first show in Oberon and completing in their first showjumping competition at various heights including 45 cm, 60 cm and 75 cm. Proudly shocked everyone by placing first in the 60 cm round!
  • Rylestone Show, having their first try at hacking, coming home with seconds and thirds, and also continuing in the showjumping arena competing in the 60 cm and 80 cm rounds, coming home with multiple seconds and thirds.
  • Sofala Show, continuing in their hacking experience and coming home with firsts, seconds and thirds from all of the classes. Not to mention Champion Led Standardbred and the opportunity to compete for Supreme Led Mare!

Standardbred Showcase

With these achievements under their belt, Jess has great aspirations with Anna for the future. In the next 12 months her aims are:
  • Jumping and competing at a higher level, Jump C grade in Pony Club (75cm-90cm). Always with the potential to go higher!
  • Competing in dressage and eventing. – Would love to participate in a One Day Event!
  • Compete at a few major shows, such as, Bathurst Royal.

But, what I love the most about Jess’ goals is wanting to bring awareness of Standardbred’s versatility and their heart. With Anna she has made all her achievements possible and has shaped her into a better rider she is today. Her biggest inspirations are all the influential people she follows on social media or out at competitions, who make the best out of what they have. The amount of amazing horse owners who achieve so much with so little but are always willing to help others are the kind of people who she aspires to.

StandardbredShowcase

If Jess could have a lesson with anyone, it would be Alycia Burton, she has the most amazing technique and her amazing story is one that she can honestly relate to in many ways. Alycia’s horsemanship is inspiring on so many levels, she too hopes one day to learn to destroy her fears like Alycia has.

No story is complete without special mentions from people who have inspired and helped us along our journey. Jess would love to thank her Grandmother and her Grandfather, Beryl and John Vickery and her Aunt Elizabeth. Because no matter what, even a State away, they have supported her through everything and have never let her give up. They have helped shape her into a better person and for that thank you will never be enough.

And of course, a special thanks to Anna! She was the first horse Jess has broken in herself and will always have her special place at home with her no matter what the future holds.

 

If you would like to have your standardbred featured #transformationtuesday please click here for the information and email info@dressagedreamers.com.au 

 

Standardbred Showcase

Introducing the New Addition

New Addition

Well, now don’t I feel a little rude. I’ve recently purchased a new addition to the stables and I haven’t even formally introduced her! By recently, I mean just over 8 weeks ago. In my eyes, time flies when you’re having fun!

Formally welcoming ‘Minnie’ to the family. She is a beautiful just turned 4 year old Arabian Warmblood mare by Negro. You might be thinking, she isn’t a Standardbred? No she certainly is not, sired by the wonderful stallion Negro, who is also the sire of Valegro (Olympic Gold medal winner London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016, record breaker and possibly one of the best international dressage horses of this time). Out of a beautiful Arabian mare.

New Addition

Minnie is a future prospect for myself to campaign in pony dressage and possibly the young pony classes, fingers crossed she stays under height for pony dressage. At the moment, she only stands at around 14.1 hh.

While I was casually looking for the next prospect for the last 12 months, I always found a reason to be too chicken to pursue. It was only after my experience while I was on holidays I realised, you only live once. I first saw Minnie’s for sale ad on one of the Warmblood Facebook groups a few days before I left on holidays. As soon as I saw it, I instantly saved it and hit that turn notifications button on. I showed my mum, who  just rolled her eyes thinking, not another chestnut mare!! Then I showed one of my friends who instantly replied, oh I saw that ad. How beautiful is she and by Negro!

New addition

While I was recovering from my injuries in Maun, having no WiFi for almost two weeks. There was lots of Facebook notifications to catch up on. One I wasn’t surprised about was all the notifications on Minnie’s post. As I scrolled through them expecting to read how she was sold to a wonderful home, I was most surprised to read she was still for sale. Instantly in my injury state, tell my mum she is still for sale! I must have been quiet convincing I was well enough over the following weeks, as it wasn’t long until I was on that flight up to Queensland.  I already fell in love with her, but when I saw her in the flesh I instantly knew she was the one. 4 days later Minnie arrived at the property.

new addition

Before Minnie and before Arnie came into the spot light, I had a beautiful chestnut Arabian Riding Pony Mare (another chestnut! No, I don’t think I’m crazy! ? ). Who I have retired from competition approx. 12 months ago due to an injury. I have my fingers and toes crossed to hopefully put her in foal this coming breeding season, I’m so indecisive, I have 3 stallions on my list and I honestly can’t choose which one to go to first. They are all equally as beautiful and what I feel will complement her well. Minnie will be ‘filling her spot’ so to speak.

New Addition
Miss Lily

No need to stress, I have NO intention to retire Arnie from riding. As long as he is, fit, happy, sound and enjoying my company day in and day out he will be with me as my number 1 on the team. I will always have a Standardbred on my team for a riding horse, I already have my eyes on Kiwi Jak when he finishes racing! He is only 5, I have plenty of time to convert him when he finishes racing! Arnie didn’t start his career until he was 12/13 years old.

Here is just a small selection of the many photos I have of Minnie. I’m so smitten with her, I’m looking forward to working with her down the track and watch her grow into a beautiful dressage horse.