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Great Dressage clinic with Jim Koford

So the great Jim K came to day to do a clinic for us.  April is away on vacation, so I got 3 lessons!  Phew, I don’t know how April does it, riding multiple times in a day with Jim.  I am still tired and I have even had a nap!

first lesson was Xavoy, he warmed up really well today, stretching long and low and really really round, it is getting so much easier to get him there and even to keep him there. Now we have to add power to that long and low so that his hind legs don’t drift out behind him. That’s harder, but I am beginning to get the feel of it.  It changes the way he moves entirely when he stretches over the back, and then bring his hind legs up and under. We are slowly getting used to that FEI frame we are now supposed to go in.  UP and round and forward, it is hard and takes a lot out of both of us. But boy does it make the canter work better he just floated around in the pirrouettes and the tempi changes were amazing, he only sent me out of the saddle a few times!  It is still hard to get him to stay round and up hill in the lengthenings, and we have had to go back a step and work on  those, doing more collected-medium-collected than extended.  I am still having trouble with the 4 te,pis. it is so hard to count to 4, while simultaneously keeping him up, round and forward!! Just sayin’.


Next lesson was Xafaire, and it is still a struggle to get him to really give over his back and release his neck. He’ll go round but he does not release. So forward and back, forward and back and all the time working to keep him round and trying to keep his hind legs coming up and under.  But he has made progress, it’s just that he is big and strong and a little indifferent, no worries about sensitivity here!   But as usual, Jim got us going and by the end he was softer and more through. His canter work was awesome, we did some good canter half passes and he did some really nice walk-canter;walk transitions.  Trot is always harder for him, he wants to drop his shoulders and brace against the hand, but lots  of leg yeild on a circle, plus the shorten lengthen and he finally lifted up his bak and came round. Boy does he have a nice trot when he does that.

My fional lesson was on Arwen, April being away I snuck in a lesson on her. She has so much power and lift, but she is sneaky, she can fell round and through but she isn’t really and it’s hard for me to fell it yet. but again Jim worked us until we got that forward roundness, and it d=felt so good at the end. But I was wiped out!


Hillery rode her yellow pony Ohle, Mikey had a good lesson on Levi, who still is not convinced that Mikey has any business asking him for stuff!   Sabine came and rode Midneight, and Kiki came and rode Bulgar. All in all a great clinic.


Posted: September 22, 2011
Filed under: Cedar Creek Stables News — By Melyni Worth

Had a great fun day with Shen-VADA

The local dressage club, Shen-VADA hld a fun at CCS. We opened up the dressage arena, the show jump ring, the cross-country course and the trails for them.  11people with came to play bring with them 8 horses.

Most of them wanted to jump the cross-country fences, which they all did. I led a few out on a trail ride around the farm.    We then went to the jump ring and they tried show jumping. Finally a few of them went to the dressage arena and did that. It did seem to me that the dressage was vastly improved for having gone cross-country and show jumped. This might be a thought for event organisers!

After riding horses were put away and we all repaired to the Ride with Pride class room for a picnic. Yes I know it should have been out doors, but rain had threatened all day, though it never actually rained. So we decided that dicrestion was the better part of valor and ate indoors.

People all brought a dish, and we had plenty to eat.

Ride with Pride was having an Exceptionally Cheap Tack Sale as well so people were able to pick out all kinds of bargains for themselves.

Thanks for coming guys.

We had a great fun time!




Filed under: Cedar Creek Stables News — By Melyni Worth

It’s been long time since I blogged sorry folks!

However I have some good news for you.

Firstly Shen VADA will be having a fun day at Cedar Creek on Sat 17th Sept.    Lots of fun for all.

Then Ride with Pride will be having a used tack sale on Sat 24th at CCS, it’s a great way to get some gently used stuff for your barn and help RWP.  They have winter blankets, saddles and all kinds of other equipment. Come on out and join in.


We had a GREAT clinic to day with Jim Koford. It was a short one, but all the horses went so well and the lessons were just fantastic.

Xavoy and I did all kinds of stuff but finished up working on passage and piaffe and X was such a good boy!  It never ceases to amaze me how much strength it takes for the horses to do this kind of work. and how by patient repetition you develop that strength. X has gotten so much stringer and better balanced than he was this Spring.

Xafaire has learned somewhere over the summer to half halt and stay round and he was a blast doing his lateral work and even some pretty decent half passes in trot and canter.  Halifax is back with a vengance,  he and April were looking great. Jim worked his usual magic on all of us, including Hillery and Sabine!


we plan to have Jim back next week. Let me know if you want to ride, we don’t know the day yet, but if you email me I can let you know as soon as I know.


The babies are looking great, weaning has begun so far it has been very peaceful. The grass is growing like crazy, it has been a very good summer so far.

Don’t forget out Horse trials and show in Nov. Hope to see you all some time.



Posted: September 14, 2011
Filed under: Cedar Creek Stables News — By Melyni Worth