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Etienne Leroy

Etienne Leroy (a classical trainer from France) just finished three days here working with horses and riders. His last clinic was in June and he announced, “I’m very happy. The horses in Quebec and here are improving. They are engaging t

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Pony Club

Last Sunday Pony Clubbers interested in Le Trek came to Winsong Farm for a half day outing. Four activities filled the schedule: learning how to orienteer, safety features of four horse trailers, roping a “cow” and a demonstration by Zela

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The Gate

Werner Platz made the gate for Working Equitation. The gate is a work of art. I was astounded when he showed it to me at his workshop and stunned when I tried to lift it. Werner kindly offered to transport it to my arena. (There was no way I’d

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Chewing

I just had the most amazing ride on Zelador. Since I returned from Europe I’ve been thinking…when you touch the rein on a Grand Prix dressage horse what do you expect? You expect softness, chewing, no tension. So… that’s what

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Attention Span

“The horse pays exactly as much attention to you as you pay to the horse.” Daniel Nummer has this saying as one of his Principles of Horse Training. Zelador personifies this principle. Bill was leading him from the paddock to the barn yes

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Spanish Walk

Etienne Leroy introduced Zelador to the Spanish Walk and the piaffe this past winter. He returned to France April 29th and was back here in the middle of June for three days to work with Z and Z. During his first ride on Zelador he said, “Have

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They Love it When…

Incident number one: Today I was in the arena with Zeloso. He was moving about freely, snuffling bits of hay off the floor near the door and I was walking over to the corner to fetch my helmet. CLANG!! He had knocked the radio off the tall mounting b

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Zelador and the ball

Well, Bill had the garrocha pole and he was riding Zeloso. I was on Zelador and we moved over to the big ball. We pushed it around the arena, between the two pedestals and got it STUCK against the wall between bags of shavings and the tall mounting b

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Pylon Training

OK, just how smart are these horses! Today I brought Zeloso into the arena and the two of us set up four large pylons on the centre line, each about 7 metres apart. Under saddle we used them to create a slalom course, enjoyed pushing the ball between

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An Impromptu Performance

The greater Toronto area might have broken a fifty year record for heat yesterday. Certainly the young man who came to the arena to deliver hundreds of bags of shavings was struggling with the high humidity and temperature. When I heard the trunk com

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