Upcoming Clinics

Upcoming scheduled clinic dates:
May 22 Peppertree Farms, Poway
June 10-12 Albany /Madison, Wisconsin
June 25-26 Twin Falls, Idaho
Contact me if you are interested in riding. Spread the word to others in your area!

I am available to travel to different destinations. Please let me know if you are interested in setting up a clinic!!

Whats up!

Well it seems like I spend too much time with the horses and not updating my web site and the Artisan Dressage FB page! It has a busy month including a long journey to Wisconsin to pick up Kilowatt and teach for 3 coooooold days!!! The travel went well with no breakdowns (one minor blip) and Kilowatt “Kitt” traveled like a pro! He spent 3 days in his rolling box stall, unloaded like a champ and has been soaking up San Diego sunshine! He and his turnout buddy Rosie, Ellie’s 3 yr old Sir Gregory filly, are fast friends. It may be time to have a baby shower for all to meet him!!

New Wisconsin Clinic

“I’m sure she knows, but Elizabeth Johnson is the best. After working our butts off two weeks ago, we are starting to get to a rideability level that would have taken me several months to get to by myself. Now I even have a rhythmical hunter pony over fences that happily accepts half halts. Thank you!!!”

Recently I have started going to Wisconsin to teach!! The group of riders and horses are such a pleasure to work with. Tonight on Face book one of the rider’s posted this post and I am beyond flattered! I just have to share!


World Cup week!!!

Many of us are fortunate enough be able to go to the World Cup in Las Vegas!!! So excited to see these top horses compete and cheer on our own riders! These are a couple of interesting articles about how the horses from Europe are getting here!



Show Results / Congratulations!!!!

I am so proud of everyone who competed this weekend!!
At Copper Meadows:
Erna and Rip  came in 7th over all and had a great dressage test. (the important part..lol)
Jessin Had a super dressage test but unfortunately had some trouble on the cross country.
I did not connect with Fran but it looks like things went well.
PVRA riders stole the show in their classes!!
Carol got a high 69 on her first outing with her young horse winning her class!!
Laura got a high 66% and a  69% first level winning both of her classes!!
GREAT JOB ladies! Proud of all of you.  Hopefully pictures soon!

Dressage Affaire Results!!

On the first day, Jackie, her first time doing 3rd 3, got a 67%. and Cherylin on her new mare went in 1st level getting 65 and 66 % winning 2 firsts and a 2nd! And on the second day, Cherylin and Jackie for raked in all high 68%s and BOTH won highpoint in their divisions!!!! Also, congratulations to Christi for her 2 nd level score of 62.9 (approx). 3rd in a big class!

Unfortunately Nicole had to scratch as her mare was sore 🙁

Jackie Golden and Cherylin Thallmayer

Jackie Golden and Cherylin Thallmayer

Happy Ponies, Riders and Trainer!!!

Happy Ponies, Riders and Trainer!!!

Leo has decided travel means lots of love!

Leo has decided travel means lots of love!

Dressage Affaire Ride Times!!

Here are the times for our riders going to Dressage Affaire! We will be in barn M stalls 20-25.

9:45 ring 1 Cherylin
9:52 ring 1 Nicole
11:37 ring2 Jackie
1:24 ring2 Cherylin
1:38 ring2 Nicole
8:00 ring 2 Cherylin
8:42 ring 1 Cherylin
1:00 ring 2 Jackie
4:03 ring 1 Christi
4:08 ring2 Nicole

Finally new updates on web site!!!!

It has been way too long since I have really given my web site attention!! I hope to keep it up to date with the latest info and what is coming up!

Artisan dressage highlights of late include;

I gave a very successful test riding clinic where 16 riders came to Peppertree Farms in Poway to ride their 2015 test of choice and work to perfect it! It was great fun and some have requested we do another!I attended both of the new test clinics put on by SD-CDS and CDS, continuing to focus on my continuing education and how I can better prepare my students.

I continue my teaching tours of San Diego County and  have enjoyed having Peppertree Farms as my home away from home as it is a lovely facility and such great people!

This coming week some students are attending Dressage Affaire! I am excited as this is the kick off of the show season for many. My young horse Leo will be attending as the camp mascot.



Benefit Clinic for Cheryl Erpelding!!!

Clinic given by Elizabeth Johnson, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, to help Cheryl Erpelding (of California Riding Magazine ) pay medical costs for her Lymphedema surgery.  Auditors welcome!

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Start time 8 am
At Peppertree Farms LLC
15015 Lucidi Farms Way, Poway, California 92064

Riders of all levels welcome! Sign up ASAP!$75 per lesson approx 45–60 min *No trailer in fee, Auditors welcome – donations encouraged (bring our own chair!)

Other Exciting donations include a SILENT AUCTION for Breedings from Stallions from Brass Ring Equine & Animal Communication session from Brigitte Noel, and more!!!

If you want to help Cheryl but cannot come go
to http://www.gofundme.com/8ewey0

—– UPDATE —–

Elizabeth Johnson donated entire clinic day money to help me pay for my upcoming surgery for lymphedema. — with Elizabeth Johnson and Molly Kaster.

Elizabeth Johnson donated entire clinic day money to help me pay for my upcoming surgery for lymphedema. — with Elizabeth Johnson and Molly Kaster.

Stephanie Bauer riding Teri Walsh’s mare Tango in the Benefit Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth Johnson

Del Mar National Dressage Week is here!

We are excited to be heading to Del Mar for this show. Ellie, Joleen and I will be showing. Below are our ride times. I hope some of you can come join us! Be sure to send me a text and let me know you are coming or there!
10:04 Ellie 3rd level test 1 Duarte Arena

11:27 Elizabeth Prix St Georges San Diego Arena
4:10 Ellie 3rd 3 Duarte Arena

8:45 Elizabeth PSG San Diego Arena
4:16 Joleen PSG San Diego Arena
4:24 Ellie 3rd-3 Duarte Arena

3:20 Joleen Freestyle Del Mar Arena

Championship report.

Artisan 4th Level Championships

Well Championships were not exactly as planned for me and Artisan….. Upon arrival he was quiet and we had a nice ride around the show ground. Unfortunately the next day proved that he was very body sore and could barely 1/2 pass one way. I attributed this to the fact that on the way up I was nearly run off the road and changed lanes on by a huge semi truck causing me to swerve, hit the brakes then swerve back. My poor boy in the tail end of the rig got the brunt of the whip action. In all the years of hauling this was the closest call. So after massaging and therapy we did show with less than stellar results but by the last ride I pretty much had my horse, albeit a very tired one. We came home with our chins up, checkbook empty and smiles on our faces. He is schooling so well and we are looking forward to our lesson with Shannon next week! Joleen and Montego did a stellar job on the first day of her freestyle Ch class getting 6th place USDF! He was a tired but honest boy for the CDS ride. Pam and Bana had a good show, coming in 10th USDF and 11th CDS. I was proud both of them!


A big week as Pam, Joleen and I prepare to go to the LA Equestrian Center for the CDS state and USDF western regional championships. I am proud of both of them and their achievement in qualifying, Pam at 2nd level and Joleen at 4th level freestyle. And I am especially proud of my ‘little man’, Artisan with his qualification 4th level. He had a very rough start this year and really rallied to to make it to this show.

I will try to keep updated here!

RAAC This coming weekend!

This coming weekend (Sept 1-2) is RAAC (Regional Adult Amateur Championship) being held in Temecula at Galway Downs. Come support and cheer on our riders. Warm up classes are on Saturday and championship classes are on Sunday.

Our riders are:

Joleen Schultz / Solitaire Diamond

Lena Volland /UR Best Move

Karen Harper / Revance

Pam Tarrel / Urbana

The schedule is:

Saturday 11:49 & 12:36  Joleen,   3:05 Lena,   5:43 Pam

Sunday: 10:40 Joleen,   11:36 Karen,   12:16 Pam,   2:54 Lena


Great News!!!

On the first day of competition at NAJYRC in Kentucky, Katie’s Colorado region won the GOLD Medal for the team competition! Our home region 7 won the SILVER for Young Riders and Junior Young riders! Tomorrow is the individual competition day and we have high hopes for Victoria Fernalld riding Amazing from Katie’s barn in Co. Go Katie and Victoria! (And did I mention how proud I am of the second generation young rider coach?)

On the home front, I am excited to have closed up my show year until Championships qualifying Artisan for 4th level CDS and USDF. He has been the little engine that could going up a level in training while reshaping and rehabing his muscles and showing while doing it! Gotta love a horse with heart.

RAAC is coming up soon and it looks like we will have a good showing with Pam on Urbana, Lena on Harry, Joleen on Solitaire and Karen on Revance! Proud of all of you!



Show info!!!

The show season is underway! After a slow start things are rolling. In San Diego congratulations are due to Joleen for great scores in the high 60’s to 70’s and a high point in Temecula in training level on Solitaire!!! Artisan and I had our first outing in  a year going 4th level for the first time getting 2 67%s !!!! His back is healing and happy in his new Trilogy saddle and getting stronger each day!

Last weekend Katie took Caroline (from Colorado) and her Morgan pony mare to the Festival of Champions at Gladstone NJ!! They achieved 3 place… In the nation!!!!

That  same weekend I spent 4 days with 3 other girls from Katie’s Colorado barn and took them and 4 horses to a show in Greeley. They did super getting scores from 60% to 68%! They are vying for positions on the region 5 NAJYRC Championships.

This coming weekend 6 (16 &17) is the San Diego Chapter show at Rancho Riding Club. Here are the times if anyone is interested in coming! All info on the show are on the San Diego Chapter web site.

Saturday: 12:00 Elizabeth & Artisan 4th test 3 ring 1;    1:10 Joleen on Montego, freestyle, ring1;   2:26 Pam on Urbana 2nd test1 ring 2;  3:06 Pam on Urbana 2nd test 3, ring 2

Sunday: 1:25 Joleen on Montego freestyle, ring 1;   2:36 Elizabeth on Artisan 4th test2, ring 2

Of course these time may change and my Saturday time may not show up on the preliminary time sheet as we changed it!!!

Finally Updates…and there are quite a few!

It has been busy seeming like the Holidays just plowed right into spring! (almost). We have had relocations, additions and a little reconstruction of business.

KATIE HAS RELOCATED TO COLORADO! She has expanded Artisan Dressage to Greenwood Village just outside of Denver. She moved in early Feb. Her job is at a private barn and she is having the opportunity  to share her young rider knowledge with 5 young aspiring riders!!!! I am excited to go there and visit!

NEW BABY!!! On March 6th Ellie’s mare Cappy gave birth to an adorable filly, Feline, by Freestyle. After 2 weeks of sleeping in the barn with a VERY fussy mare she had a quiet birth we were able to witness.

CLINICS: I have taken over Katie’s clinics in Los Angeles area (Palos Verdes Penn and Long Beach). Next one April 1st What a nice group of people and horses. I also continue to go to Ramona as well, next one is April 21st. Please contact me if you are interested in riding.


Mar 24, 4 riders from the LA area are competing in Somis and I will accompany them, as coach only. GOOD LUCK Pam, Lena, Karen and Lisa. 🙂

In San Diego we are hoping to participate in the Creek Hollow CDS show on April 7th, Temecula April 14 & 15  and Del Mar National April 26.



USDF SYMPOSIUM! Dec 3-4, 2011

This year the USDF Convention and symposium are being held in San Diego! The symposium looks to be very educational. Katie and I will be going. Come join us. Check out the link for more information. http://www.usdf.org/Convention/symposium.asp

2011 RAAC and SD Chapter Show results

 Samantha and Lucjan (Way Too Flashy)1st level 66% & 63% 1st and 2nd. Pam Schachter on Millenium (Milo) 65% PSG 3rd RAAC. Karen Harper and Revance 69% 1st level RAAC 4th place. Pam Tarrel and Urbana 1st level 59% and should have been higher on a very nice test. Joleen Schultz 59% 4th level RAAC 2nd place. Katie and I had a blast helping all of them!!!! We DO have the nicest group. 🙂

Show info!!

I am back from a fun relaxing trip to Canada on the lake! I realize that I forgot to post the results from the last show in Temecula last month!! Congratualtions to Samantha and Lucjan with a 65% in their 1st level test! And to Joleen and Montego with a 60 and 61% at 4th level!! Good Job ladies.

This weekend, Aug 12 & 13 we are in Del Mar for the Chapter show and RAAC. Here is the rider information for ride times. As they seem to be changing often I will give you the link to them. Here is a list of names of those showing so you can look up the rider you want to see and cheer on!! Hope to see you there.

Samantha Hoffman on Lucjan
Nicole Marshall on Carmoque
Pam Tarrel on Urbana
Joleen Schultz on Montego
Karen Harper on Revance
Pam Schachter on Millenium


Latest Show Info

It has been a crazy year for shows with all the rain and then the virus. CDS announced that they have changed the qualifications for CDS Junior Championships, RAAC and the Open Championships. You can look on the CDS web site if you are interested in the changes. Artisan and I have decided to take the remainder of the show year to school at home as he is on the edge of some training breakthroughs I want to work on without the complications of showing. Katie has been going to the Los Angeles area teaching quite often and has some students qualified for RAAC. It should prove to be a fun busy show for our barn.

Upcoming show dates are:

Aug 6, Creek Hollow Schooling show

Aug 13/14 San Diego Chapter / RAAC

Sept 16 -18 Del Mar International / CDS Junior Championships

Congratulations Veronica!



Veronica on Ramlin Man aka Rambo scored a 66.4% and 64%  at the June Chapter Show Training level!!

We look forward to seeing them at the Junior Championships in cool Del Mar!

Revised show times!!

There are revised times for the show Chapter Show at the Del Mar horse park this weekend.
Sorry they are so different for those that have planned to come up.
All of the times below are for Saturday.Elizabeth  third 1  4:27 in ring 1
third 3  5:17 in ring 3

Veronica  Tr 2  8:15  ring 2
Tr 3  9:45 ring 2

Joleen 4th – 3  3:51  ring 1 (Joleen rides Sunday as well.)

also for a full schedule check on the chapter page: http://www.sandiegodressage.com/PDFs/2011%20Show%20Season/JuneShow/Dressage_DelMar_Sat.pdf

Next show local is Creek Hollow July 16 – 17  – entries close July 2nd.

Summer Updates

We have all been busy with work, riding and school!! Katie finished her deluge of college work and for the summer and is getting busy teaching a lot in Palos Verdes and Long Beach. We also welcome San Diego Sport Horses to our group as Katie is trainig for Linda Hackney. She has some lovely young horses!
Thank goodness the virus scare seems to be dwindling. Between rain and that this show season has been sketchy.
Shows are going on and I will be attending the upcoming SD chapter show on the 18th and 19th of June. Veronica and Joleen will be as well! I will post times when we get them. We will be showing Saturday.
After reviewing the upcoming shows I think we will be attending the local circuit. This includes:
Creek Hollow July 13 &14
Creek Hollow *schooling* July 30
SD Chapter / RAAC Aug 13 / 14
Del Mar International Sept 16 – 18
Remember the RAAC qualifier is now 1 score above 60%. The July Creek Hollow Show is the last one to qualify locally. Be sure to read the rules.
Happy trails!  Elizabeth

News as of March 17th.

The Creek Hollow Schooling show went great! It was Shane’s and Eleonor’s first show.  Shane rode Sly in the new USDF  test C which includes just 1/2 – 3/4 of a circle of canter. What a great test. He rode it twice improving his score wonderfully on the 2nd ride getting a 57% and a 62.5! Eleonor rode Burrito “Treasure”  training level 1 & 2 getting a 65 and 67%!!! Not bad for an  (almost) newly converted western rider! Heather rode Vinny in training level 2 & 3 doing a super job and getting a 63 and 65%! He thought maybe there was another agenda at first but decided it really was a dressage show and looked amazing! And I have to say what a pleasure it was to team up with Katie and have her help giving pointers and read all the riders tests! Great to have my partner back!

Last weekend I helped out a PARA rider who, against all odds, competed in The PARA  Olympic qualifier at Dressage Affaire. It was a stessful weekend for her as she was on a loaned horse since she could not get hers here due to a tornado and truck trouble causing them to miss their flight. I went and helped her warm up as well as braiding etc. BUT she did get her qualifying score to go to the next qualifier!!

Faith, our new friend, who has been here for a month or so is heading back  to Germany. She expects to be back here soon. Burrito will miss her.

Veronica and Rambo have officially rounded out our barn and have decided to stay here!!

Burrito has a couple openings for lessons now so if you want to work on your seat or have a lesson on a schooled lower level horse, let me know. He really enjoyed his show a couple weeks ago.

I will be in Ramona for a clinic this weekend, the 19th,  so if  you know anyone interested, spread the word. Pat Murphy’s place is so nice.

Upcoming shows:

*San Juan Capistrano: Nicole, Samantha, Cathy and I will be going to this 1 day show on the 26th. Entries have closed.

Creek Hollow Schooling
Mission Pacific in Somis: April 9-10  This is a fun show with good stabling and cheap hotel! Entries close the 25th but for stabling we should enter early. Right now its Me and Samantha. We may be picking up a horse on the way but if you think you may want to go, Let me know!!! Best to go with a full trailer.

LA Chapter Show (CDS only) is April 22-23 (fri/sat) It is super economical!!!

In May starts some of the closer shows. I’ll keep you posted.

Happy riding!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

What’s coming up!

School Horse Lessons Available:   Burrito will have some openings for lessons coming up in mid March as Faith returns to Germany (to spread the word great school horses we have here!) and gives up her lesson spots. Let me know if you are interested. His show name of “Treasure” given by Jessica when she got him is so insightful. He is just that. His Birthday is April Fools day and he will be 27 young!!! Eleonor is showing him at the Mar 5th schooling show!

March 5th is a schooling show at Creek Hollow! We should have a good showing (pun intended) there with 4-6 riders!! If anyone wants to join us we will have Katie reading tests and Elizabeth warming up the riders. It is a great way to go down the centerline, cast off those jitters and learn to really ride in the show ring with out the cost!!!! If you need information let me know!

March 6th Katie will be holding a clinic in the Palos Verdes and Long Beach area. Contact Katie or Elizabeth for more info through the web site.

March 11-14 is Dressage Affaire! Artisan and I will be debuting 3rd level on Friday and Saturday. We are the only ones going from the home barn but Lena Volland and her friend Karen, from Katie’s clinic up north, will join me as Katie coaches them for their rides! We have a new friend as who will be there, Laurietta Oakleaf, coming from Ohio to ride in the 2012 Paralympic qualifier on her 2 stallions! Check out her inspiring web site:  www.loakleaf.org    She is looking for any help/sponsorship  (host family, extra car for transportation while she is here, etc) in her quest to qualify and participate in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. http://usparalympics.org/sports/summer-paralympic-sports/equestrian

March 19 I will be doing a clinic in Ramona at Murphy Sporthorses. It is a lovely private barn with a full sized dressage arena. I always look forward to my day up there! Contact me through the web site if  you are interested in riding in it. If you know any inspired juniors / pony clubbers I really enjoy taking them through to the CDS Junior Championships in September (which have been moved to Del Mar Horse Park this year!!!).

March 26 is a CDS show in San Juan Capistrano. It is a great opportunity to compete in a smaller setting and for less $ as it is CDS only. The points still apply for RAAC, Junior Championships and CDS Championships. Just not USDF Ch. The entries close March 12 and can be found at:  http://www.sjc-cds.org/Forms/march2011premium.pdf  It looks like we will be going with a group!

Whats up!

Lots of tidbits of news!!  We just went to the San Diego Chapter Awards banquet and enjoyed dancing and great food! Samantha and Lucjan were Training level Jr. Reserve Champions and Nicole and Carmaque were 3rd in the same division!!! You go girls! Artisan and I were 3rd place in 2nd level Open. 

Barn news…… We have 2 new boarders  for this month. We welcome Cathy and Ed in for training to help Cathy jump start her plunge into the dressage world! Veronica and Rambo  moved in as well so Rambo can go to school while Veronica is off travelling!! Our school master Burrito (Treasure) has a full schedule this month and has officially offered his golden teaching  internationally! He has a student visiting from Germany and is helping her learn her skills and confidence!! Welcome Faith from Europe! My clinics in Ramona are up and running again after the summer of travel and the holidays. Anyone interested please let me know! They are held at a Pat Murphy’s very nice private barn. The show season starts officially this month for us as we go to Somis to a quiet show. Tayo will experience his first real away experience and Artisan will do his first 3rd level. Samantha is on to 1st level! The next competition is Dressage Affaire in Mid March. Katie has settled in and started school again at Grossmont. She has been sharing her great eyes on the ground with me and her clinics in Palos Verdes and Long Beach are stating back up!  She is available for lessons or training in San Diego County as well.

Happy riding.  Elizabeth

Katie is home!

Wow, way too long since the last update. The day before Thanksgiving, Katie returned from Germany!!! She surprised us by coming home a few weeks early!! She is home to stay (at this point) and is focusing on her college education. She is going to try to find a competition mount to lease or train and is going to be building up her teaching as well. When our young horse ‘Tayo’ is ready she will probably compete him this year.

Between the rain and the holidays not too much horsie has happened. We are enjoying the sunshine and looking at the new tests!!

News tid bits are:

Artisan will debut at third level in February.

Clinics in Ramona have started up again with a fun group, let me know if you are interested! Thanks to Pat Murphy for hosting them.  

Currently I have one opening at my barn for a horse in training or a students horse.

Our school horse Burrito aka Treasure is hard at work teaching many lessons. If you are interested let me know. He is a true treasure!

Whats up…

It has been a busy few weeks for me. Artisan and participated in the San Diego Chapter Axel Steiner ‘New Test’ Clinic riding 2nd level test 2. It was intimidating at first but proved to be a fun finish to our 2nd level year with Artisan showing me his confidence in our schooling! I have once again started lessons with Shannon Peters and am really looking forward to a couple solid months of schooling.  Artisan’s little brother, Santayo (Tayo), is growing up (coming 4) and showing great potential and is a kick to ride.  We are all looking forward to Katie coming back soon!!!

USDF & CDS Championship Results!!!

We all survived the championships!! After a VERY muddy start with minimal footing and warmup and then HOT weather, we did it! Artisan got his insecurities challenged with terrible warm up footing (even soap bubbles on the ground are a challenge) and horribly crowded schooling arenas (he seriously values his personal space). We ended up in 5th USDF and 5th CDS horse of the year. All in all he was a good boy and is very tired! Ellie and Garret did well with Garret thinking he should possibly run the show! They finished in 6th USDF horse of the year! Samantha and Lucjan ended their season with reserve champion USDF!!!! I am very proud of our East County group. Thanks everyone for your support! Next year, here we come.

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship needs your help!

This awesome organization is having their annual show and fund raiser on October 16th in Lakeside and I am honored to be their judge! Please if you can donate anything for their silent auction or want to make a donation directly go to their facebook!! Come to the show, these kids are amazing and inspirational. Click on the picture of to the left to see their video clip!

Ride Times for CDS & USDF Championships!

Thursday Oct 7 (warm up rides)

8:07 Samantha   Tr 4  (small oval)

8:43 Elizabeth  2nd 3   (small oval)

1:20  Ellie  Tr 4  (ring 5 Allen)

Friday Oct 8

8:48  Elizabeth  2nd 3 CDS HOY (small oval)

11:59  Ellie  Training Level USDF HOY (ring 5 Allen)

3:40  Elizabeth  2nd 4 USDF HOY  (small oval)

Saturday Oct 9

11:20  Samantha  Training Leval USDF HOY (ring 4 Allen)

1:54  Elizabeth 2nd 4 CDS HOY  (ring 5 Allen)

My Germany Trip!

Finally a report on my Germany Trip!! Would have done more from over there but Katie’s computer decided to sleep in and not wake up!! I haven’t had a chance to do pictures yet either!

I had a great 2 weeks with Katie in the small town close to Oldenburg at the farm, Gestut Nymphenburg. The farm is very old with the customary all brick buildings. The indoor riding hall is very big with lovely footing. Outdoors the green is almost blinding when the sun it out, which is certainly not as often or as bright in San Diego!! In the area and surrounding the farm there are fields and fields of corn, used for cows and biofuel, and trees of all shapes and sizes. And when I say shapes, I am not kidding. They keep then trimmed and pruned perfectly so they can be sold for landscaping! Trail riding through them was beautiful. I got to ride some wonderful horses and hang out in the barn daily. It was so nice to put faces (Equine and People) with names. They were so welcoming.

We also went to Warendorf to watch the Bundeschampionate (National German Young Horse Championships). There were some amazing young horses but I was particularly struck by the quality of the ponies!! I shared Katie’s 22nd birthday with her as well when I was there. It was a weekend full of very incredible food and fun with Herr von Fircks, Johanna and her sister Cosima. And as well we had quiet mom and daughter time.

All in all a great time. Now I am home to focus on the USDF regional finals for Samantha, Ellie and Me and CDS finals for me. It will be held Oct 7 – 10 in LA. When we get our times I will post the info.

Once again I reflect on how lucky I am to have those in my life to make all the travel I have done a possibility. Thanks guys.

Junior Championships & Cool Aug Nights

You bet I am proud!!

Nicole on Carmargue, Elizabeth & Samantha on Lucjan

Great Junior Championship weekend!!!! Nicole and Carmargue are the Champions of their Training Level division and Samantha and Lucjan (Way Too Flashy) are Champions of their Training level division!!!! And Artisan finally decided he had a lot to be proud of and got a 71.9 and 66.2 at Cool Aug. Nights!!! Great show guys!! Go Artisan Dressage!

Show news!!

So our last show was quite a success!!!!!! Ellie and Garret won the Southern Cal. Adult Amateur Championship in training level!!!!!   Samantha came back with 3 blue ribbons. Raquel and Treasure (Burrito) won a class as well, as did Artisan and I!! All in all a GREAT show.

Some have asked for times for his weekend’s S. Cal. Junior Championships. Samantha (Training level 18-21) and Nicole (Training level 14 and under) will be competing this coming weekend (Aug 27-29)  at the LA Equestrian Center. I will also be there competing Artisan in ‘Cool August Nights’.

Juniors times can be found at http://californiadressage.org/PDF_files/SJRRideTimes10.pdf

My times can be found at   http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/


Preliminary show times. The are subject to change to recheck at the show or on the SD-CDS web site.   http://www.sandiegodressage.com/Aug2010ShowNews.html


Samantha   1:17 & 2:02  both in ring 5

Ellie    8:35 ring 5 & 9:17 ring 1

Raquel    8:07 ring 1

Elizabeth   9:04 ring 4


Samantha   9:45 ring5

Ellie   3:24  ring 1 (RAAC CHAMPIONSHIP RIDE!!)

Raquel    2:13   ring5

Elizabeth  10:33  ring 4

We will be stabled in barn E stalls 21 through 25!! Hope to see  you there.

The Latest News

We spent a couple weeks on a wonderful family vacation in Canada and missed having Katie there with us. The barn is back in full swing a week after returning and in full show prep mode. On a sad note, while I was away, our retired barn mascot Meeko was lost to colic. He was a character and we all miss him. I am still processing in my heart the hole he has left in the barn.

Katie has been very busy as well going to shows in Germany almost every weekend. She missed a very good chance for going to the national young horse championships on the young stallion due to a poor elimintion call made by a judge. Very frustrating. Many ask when she is coming home….we will keep you posted. It seems they like our California girl over there! I have my tickets to go see her and ride for the beginning of September!!

Next weekend 4 of us are showing at the SD chapter show in Del Mar. I will post times as soon as I get them. Ellie will be in the RAAC championships at this show!!!

The last wknd of Aug is the S. Cal Junior Championships in LA and Samantha and Nicole have qualified!

Big news in progress!! Nicole (14) is at the Pony Club National Championships and has swept everything so far with scores ranging from 72% to 78%!!!!

Epilogue..SD-CDS show!

We all survived the weekend! Nicole kept her consistencey with a 65 & 66! Both 2nds! Ellie won her class with a 66! Raquel had an awesome test and got royally ripped off because she wasnt riding talent! Grrrr, such shortsightedness!! And Artisan redeemed himself with a 66. All in all a great wknd!!

Show update!

I am so proud of everyone!! Ellie and Garret got a 68%!!!!. Raquel and Burrito got a 62.4% on Raquel’s first ever dressage class!!! And Nicole and Carmoque (can’t spell his name!) got a 66%!!! And Artisan…didn’t like the indoor arena and was naughty which led to a schooling session for the 2nd class. We got a 63% and a …well we won’t go there…but we had submission in the 2nd test. Tomorrow, 7 classes between us!

San Diego Chapter Show!!

Latest news! Raquel on our great vintage schoolmaster Treasure aka Burrito,  Ellie on Graphic Image aka Garret, junior rider Nicole on Carmoque and me on Artisan will be showing. Ride times can be found at: http//www.sandiegodressage.com

I have been having lessons with Shannon Peters and loving having the eyes on the ground. She is a great instructor. I am looking forward to visiting Katie in the fall and bringing my riding clothes!!!!! She is doing great!! Inher latest show she won her class on the young stallion she rides, Don Bosse!!! Very exciting. Hopefully a video soon!

Del Mar National

I am sorry to say that I will not be riding at the Del Mar National on Urbana. We had planned on it but she has a bruise in a hoof that has caused us to pull her from the competition. I know I had steered many of you to check the site for times. Pam, her owner, is very sad but we will have her in the show ring soon!

Upcoming shows!

This coming weekend Ellie, Samantha and I will be going to Moorpark to compete this weekend. It is Ellie’s first show on her new horse!! It is a quiet beautiful venue. This is sure to be a fun girl’s weekend! After that is Del Mar National in a couple weeks where I will be showing Urbana 2nd level!

Katie is heading into a very fun and busy show schedule as well over there which includes some travelling around the country! 

I will update on all of this as it comes in!

Katie has visited!

Katie made the journey to visit for the holiday week. To say we were all happy is putting it mildly. She kept herself rediculously busy with visiting and riding. Yes…. she was on a horse before she was here for 24 hours! I really enjoyed the ‘in house’ eyes on the ground and a little new perspective she has brought home with her. For her, horsie highlights were driving up to LA to ride Milo and visit Pam and riding out young boy Santayo! She arrived back in Germany mid day today (our time).

Show Results & News!

Samantha and I had a blast at the Dressage Affaire! Our horses grew daily and were such good boys. This was a big event for both of them. Samantha and Lucjan (Way Too Flashy) rode in training level getting a 61,63 and 68! Artisan and I got a 61 and two 63’s. We are looking forward to the next excursion. I will get a couple videos of Dressage Affaire loaded asap.

Katie showed as well in Germany the same weekend! She was on Hot Chocolate “Choco” and had a conservative but honest test recieving a 63% at M level. This weekend she will be showing the young stallion she calls “Fishy”  in his first show.

It looks like our next outing will be a trip to Mission Pacific by Moorpark with Artisan, Lucjan and Garrett (Ellie’s horse) in April for a 2 day show. It should be a fun trip.

I brought our boy Santayo home from his month at school and hats off to my friend Reed Branson for doing a steller job giving out little man trust and respect! I reccomend him to anyone wanting to have their baby broke.

I am off to Ramona this weekend for a clinic! Yeah for the weather !!!

Dressage Affaire Ride Times

We are off the the Dressage Affaire Thursday!  Many have asked for our ride times, so here they are! The rain has made preparations a little questionable but both horses (and riders) will benefit from the experience! For full information about the show go to  http://www.dressageevents.com/  For up to date ride times please double check with their site.

Elizabeth & Artisan:  Saturday/ ring 4/ 12:46 /2nd level test 4 &  ring 3/ 4:49/ 2nd level test 3—- Sunday/ ring4/9:28/ 2nd test 4

Samantha & Lucjan (Way too Flashy): Saturday/ring 4/11:05/training 4 —  Sunday /ring 3/ 10:55 / training 4 / & ring 4 /2:28/ training 3

Good Bye Oreo

Oreo and KatieSad day here. We lost our beloved Oreo tonight. She has given so much. She taught Katie how to love a horse/pony; appreciate their sense of humor, ride determined, trust like a friend and play lots of fun games! The insurmountable time Katie and Jessica (on Melanie) spent on their ponies was so fun to watch. Katie got her when she was 4 which put Oreo at about 33 yrs old. We all will miss her.

New stuff

Wow its almost March already! With all the rain I think it will be a beautiful spring and all of us will welcome drier weather!

Our year is starting out with exciting stuff! Katie is settled in to a good routine in Germany. She is enjoying her regular horses and will be competing for her first time in a couple weeks!!! They have many shows lined up  including a two week show in Munich! She will be home for Easter which we are all excited about. I hope to go over there at the end of summer.

Back here in El Cajon I am enjoying concentrating on my riding!  Artisan turned a huge corner in training and we are having so much fun together. I went to Debbie’s for a lesson a couple weeks ago and came away very excited! Clips of the lesson were just added to the site. Hopefully I will be back up there very soon for another.

I will be taking Artisan to the Dressage Affaire, Mar. 12 – 14, second level. Samantha and Lucjan will be showing as well!! Doing this horse travel without Katie feels very strange!

Santayo, “Tayo” our almost 3yr old is off at school! I have been on him (in a western saddle, you should see me post in it, ha ha!) and he is due to come home mid March!

update 1-29-10

Its a new era for us. Katie is settled in in Germany, the barn at home is busy and we are looking forward to the upcoming season. We survived the tornado warnings (of all things) here in El Cajon. Only lost a tack shed but all of its contents were dry!!! I felt so sorry for the horses. The wind really scared them. The amount of rain was amazing but we are back at work which makes a lotof happy horses. The last 2 clinincs were cancelled due to weather and related damage. I hope we can get back to them next month. I am not sure how to handle the lack of travel after the hustle of the holidays and Katie being gone, but am enjoying the daily rhythem of the barn. I welcome a new working student, Raquel. She is replacing Jenna who needed to persue her education and work. Heather also joined us a couple months ago cleaning a couple days a week. Without the help of these two and Ellie I am not sure how I would do it all! I enjoyed sharing the training video of Pam’s mare Urbana who is learning her changes. Its so hard to coordinate the man power to get these videos done! We plan on showing her at the Dressage Affaire in March.