18th Mar 2015
“How do I get a more elastic trot?” (Dressage Today, April 2015)

“How do I get a more elastic trot?” (Dressage Today, April 2015)

Reader Question: Could you give me some exercises that make my horse’s trot strides slower and more elastic, with more depth to the gait? I do get slowness, but feel...

02nd Feb 2014
“Ask the Experts:  Memorizing a Dressage Test” (Dressage Today, February 2014)

“Ask the Experts: Memorizing a Dressage Test” (Dressage Today, February 2014)

Several weeks before the show, Read through your test until you can recite it in your head, say it out loud, or write it down, with no mistakes.  You may...

10th Oct 2013
Brief History and Career Highlights (so far!)

Brief History and Career Highlights (so far!)

  This condensed article is for those who have asked for more information about my background and how I got started in dressage. It has been and continues to be...

14th Jul 2013
Improving Half Pass

Improving Half Pass

I recently taught a group of talented and enthusiastic riders in the Seattle area, and remember one rider performing lovely half passes to the left, but having trouble achieving enough...

01st Jul 2013
Muddy the Quarter Horse

Muddy the Quarter Horse

I gave a clinic in Kalispell, Montana last weekend. I’ve been going there for years, and it’s always nice to see everyone again. One highlight this time was a quarter...

23rd May 2013
Debbie McDonald Clinic

Debbie McDonald Clinic

This past Monday, Debbie McDonald visited Somerset Farms in Longmont, Colorado, to give a one-day clinic. It was a great follow-up to lessons I had with her in Florida this...

21st May 2013
Improving trot-canter transitions

Improving trot-canter transitions

Last Saturday I judged and taught a Ride-A-Test clinic at Autumn Hill Equestrian Center in Longmont, Colorado. Attendance was good, with 20 riders entered. Each first rode a test of...

08th May 2013
Judging:  Same comment but different score – why?

Judging: Same comment but different score – why?

While judging some smaller shows these past two weekends, I was quizzing my scribes and “sit-in” judges about movements which show similar problems but receive different scores. For example, two...

23rd Apr 2013
Ft. Collins Clinic

Ft. Collins Clinic

A big thanks goes out to Mimi White at Stonegate Farm in Ft. Collins, Colorado, for hosting my one-day clinic on Sunday, April 21st. The clinic was filled with wonderful,...

23rd Nov 2012
“Ask the Experts: Uberstreichen” (Dressage Today, November 2012)

“Ask the Experts: Uberstreichen” (Dressage Today, November 2012)

Literally translated from the German, “uber” means “over”, and “streichen” means “to stroke or pet”.  Put simply, uberstreichen is a slacking of the reins by moving both hands forward along...

23rd Nov 2011
“Ask the Experts: Showing After a 15 Year Hiatus” (Dressage Today, November 2011)

“Ask the Experts: Showing After a 15 Year Hiatus” (Dressage Today, November 2011)

Congratulations on your decision to start showing again after 15 years! You will be happy to know that our sport has grown tremendously since you last came down the centerline....

26th Mar 2009
“The release: letting the aids breathe” (Dressage Today, March 2009)

“The release: letting the aids breathe” (Dressage Today, March 2009)

One of the most significant things I have learned over the years is the importance of the release. Not a big fan of the “hold and drive until your arms...

23rd Sep 2008
“Developing Feel” (Topline Ink Equestrian Journal, Sep/Oct 2008)

“Developing Feel” (Topline Ink Equestrian Journal, Sep/Oct 2008)

Have you noticed that some riders seem to ride effortlessly, while others appear to be working harder, even struggling, to accomplish even the simplest requests from their horses?  Have you...

02nd Mar 2005
“What Judges Would Change…” (Hunter and Sport Horse, March/April 2005)

“What Judges Would Change…” (Hunter and Sport Horse, March/April 2005)

In the article entitled, “What Judges Would Change”.  Hunter and Sport Horse Magazine, April 2005:   “I would like to see a greater number of riders who are performing tests...