Col, Jenny & Jayden at the Werribee Mansion Page 19 The official magazine of Dressage Queensland Salute Vol. 4 No. 2 Equitana 2010 – The Steffen Peters Experience Continued… The lessons with Steffen end up just being an assessment held in the only warm up arena.
So we share the arena with other “shortlisted” dressage riders, as well as campdrafters, horse drawn carriages, campdrafters, polocrosse riders, hackies and vaulters! Flavio, Freddie and Ivana all coped amazingly and we were able to show their training and ability and thankfully, we all got through to the masterclass.
Lets face it – it was a bloody long way to go to get rejected – so we were over the moon! This is what we came for – the opportunity to work with Steffen in the days leading up to the Masterclass.
Day 6 and 7 – Alas, it was not to be…
We hear the news that there was Finding a quiet place to work to be no work with Steffen before the Masterclass and we are the horses was a challenge! disappointed.
Making the best of the experience was the new aim, and we helped each other over the next few days, enjoying the Trade Sites and the experience of being amongst people who love horses.
There are no words to convey how proud of the horses we were.
Not only did they cope with the stabling conditions, but with sharing the work arena with jousters, reiners, campdrafters, cart horses, mini horses, polocrosse players, and even carriage driven horses! Not to mention the bobcats, trucks and general madness of background Equitana! The horses were legends! Day 8 – D Day marks the Masterclass and the day of our departure.
As per custom, our early morning walk is essential for the horses ongoing sanity.
From here to the preparation – plaiting, bandaging, cleaning and polishing.
Below are a few Steffen tips I came away with from the small amount of time I observed and was afforded: . • • • • • • • • • • • Keep the work creative Suppleness is the key Light contact paramount Let the horse do it on their own Don’t just get their attention; tell them what you want Use the spur only for emergency If they are behind the leg in the passage, they WILL be behind the leg in piaffe Don’t support the horse, It’s never ok for them to lean Practise perfect transitions only Don’t prevent a mistake, let them make it, then correct them If you prepare for the canter pirouette and they get behind the leg, go out, refresh the canter and try again.
Don’t make the pirouette happen from a lazy canter Making the most of our time in the Masterclass with Steffen Jenny Gehrke & Gitane working with Steffen Packing up for the 3pm “roll out” and our big journey home was the next step.
From Melbourne, back to Albury on Saturday night.
From Albury, through Gunning, Horsely Park and an overnight stop at Taree; and from Taree through Coffs Harbour to home on the Monday.
All in all, we have been away 10 days and 6 of them were travelling! All in all, it was an amazing and eye popping experience! Jen, Jayden and I would like to thank Linda and Beau for the loan of their truck.
It made the daunting task of being away from home that much more pleasant.
No doubt, we’ll attempt the trek again! – Nicole Tough Page 20 The official magazine of Dressage Queensland Salute Vol. 4 No. 2 .
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