Dressage Misconception #14...
This week's comic was inspired by a friend of mine who commented to our mutual coach (they had been working on the extended trot) that she finally could tell the difference and that until then she'd "always thought the extended trot was more of a desperate medium." I thought that that was actually a pretty legitimate description of some trots I'd seen (and done) over the years while attempting to figure out this whole dressage thing. Of course even if you can't always tell from watching, there really *should* be a difference....Uploaded by morgane at 00:48 on 22 March 2017
Mon 19 January 2015
...And I haven't updated this news feed since 2013. Oops. I suppose I'll give you all a brief run down on all the excitement that is my life (I know you are just GIDDY with anticipation). Louis and I are still in the great state of Nevada. Louis is doing well and I am still working on my MBA (very slowly to be sure) and figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. I occasionally worry about that whole growing up thing but figure I've got plenty of time for it to happen. I'm currently teaching and doing dressage training along with some more commercial and freelance graphic/art work. It's been a lot of fun and through this site I've been able to connect with some really great people so cheers to that!
Regarding my horses, The Beastlet (For Willie) turns 5 this summer and we may try for the 5 year-old tests this year. If he's ready then super and if not we will probably push on towards second level. The Paintlet (Major Storm) won the USDF (APHA) All Breed Grand Champion award at PSG last year. I am so proud of him and so grateful to his owner, Michele, for letting me work with him. He did one show at the end of last year at I1 and will continue that this year. If he seems comfortable with it we may push for I2. How far he goes will be entirely based on what he tells me he can handle. If this is his peak than that's fine with me; the little guy has already given me so much more than I could have ever anticipated. Woody, the star of my comics for all intents and purposes, is just as grumpy and food motivated as ever. The little man is still helping people learn the ropes of riding but he is slowing down a bit. As a result he's been enjoying more time in the sunshine and extra cookies.
In line with most New Year cliches I am hoping to make 2015 a banner year and I wish the same for all of you out there taking the time to read this update and my comics. Thank you for all your support and helping me share my work with equestrians near and far.