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March 4th Clinic Openings, & Workshop Info

**** 2 openings have become available for the clinic on Mar 4!! If you would like to ride please PM or email me and let me know!

**** Auditors at Peppertree are welcome, encouraged and free!!!

**** I have decided to postpone the workshop until I can use Artisan. He is needing some time off and I hope to have him back in work soon. I will post as soon as I know.

**** Anyone who was wanting to come to the workshop is welcome to come and meet at the barn anytime so we can get to know each other. PM or email me to make a time!!

This week’s adventures!!!

This week I am going to go to the USDF Trainer’s Conference in Del Mar to add to continuing education! Should be an interesting couple days.

And then off to the SD Chapter show this coming weekend Feb 10-11. Karen and Shane will be riding!!!

Ride Times
Karen’s times are:
2/10/2018 Saturday 2:14 PM 229 Q First – 4th Musical Freestyle Test of Ch
2/11/2018 Sunday 3:34 PM 329 Q First – 4th Musical Freestyle Test of Ch

Shane’s times are:
2/10/2018 Saturday 1:05 PM 205 First 2
2/10/2018 Saturday 1:43 PM 206 First 3
2/11/2018 Sunday 10:47 AM 305 First 2
2/11/2018 Sunday 11:25 AM 306 First 3

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
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

—– 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!!!