London Horse Sports @ The Royal Agricultural Fair


I’m so excited to be able to attend this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a media sponsor! 😀

I will be tweeting and posting live videos on Periscope so make sure you are subscribed to these links and you will be notified each time I post a pic or interviews with Olympic Equestrians! If you are also going to be at the Royal please add your links to your social media or blogs in the comments below so I can follow you too!

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November 6, 2015 |

Pan Am Equestrian Games 2015


I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend not just one but three events at the Pam Am Games this past summer. Having secured a number of tickets, we set off down the 401 for our events. The weather was ridiculously hot for all three events but that didn’t hamper our spirits. Each day we attended the games we were greeted by the most enthusiastic and helpful staff. From the parking attendants to the ticket gate people to the folks who guided us to our seats all staff was professional, polite and knowledgeable and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

The first event we saw was the dressage team competition. The caliber of horses competing were top notch, with Canada putting out some very respectable rides and scores. Alas, we were knocked off the top spot on the podium by the USA who also must be commended for great rides!

Aside from the actual competition, we did notice a few overlooked details with the exhibition grounds, perhaps you may have noticed this too. The food was such a long way from the main ring and when you did finally make it to the food area, the selection was dismal. We did manage to feed ourselves however the line ups were so incredibly long, we were late making our way back to the competition ring and missed several riders. We had also hoped that this would be a little shopping excursion and were disappointed to see only a handful of vendors at the event. I did manage to secure a couple of Pachi stuffed animals for my kids, as I was sent with strict instructions that I must return home with them.

The last two events we had tickets to see were the team show jumping and the individual show jumping. What can I say about the team competition but WOW!! What an exhilarating competition! Brazil and the United States were in top form and meant business, but it was Team Canada who came out on top clinching the gold medal! I had goose bumps listening to the Canadian anthem being played while our team members stood on the podium, medals and stuffed mascots in hand. The victory round was just as exhilarating as my heart burst with pride watching our team soaks up the glory.

All in all, the events were well run and organized. The Caledon Equestrian Park outdid themselves. The facility is world class, right down to the state of the art footing in the main ring and the massive indoor arena that was recently erected. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to attend such an event and it’s a memory that I will cherish for years to come.

What did you think of the games? I’d love to hear your feedback as well. What events did you see and what were your overall thoughts on the games?

November 3, 2015 |

Podcast Episode #9 – Michaela Pisters’ equestrian philosophy


Michaela Pisters is the owner and head trainer of Kilbyrne Farm.  A predominately dressage facility but no limited to any particular sport.  Michaela’s experience stretches from Jumpers to Eventers and even describes the details of her training philosophy as compared to the ‘Natural Horsemanship’ culture that has become popular in the last decade.  Please have a listen to our conversation and please leave a comment.

I am proud to also share that the London Horse Sports podcast is now listed on Stitcher which is available for iPhone and Adroide devices.  Please visit the link on stitcher too to leave a comment.  The more feedback you leave the more I can offer you local content. 🙂

[Download_Box]To download the podcast, right click on this link and save as: Michaela Pisters.mp3  [/Download_Box]


June 4, 2014 |

John MacPherson Clinics by Nadia Brown


Hello everyone, my name is Nadia, and I’m absolutely thrilled to write a bit about my recent experiences at the John MacPherson clinics at Sprucehaven Farm. I have ridden in two of his clinics this winter, and have had the good fortune of riding with John in two clinics last winter as well. There is a reason I come to his clinics as often as I can. I am one of those used-to-ride-as-a-kid-and-keep-waiting- for-that-‘natural’-feel-to-come-back-type riders. Well, although riding certainly does take a bit of belief in the impossible at times, I think I’ll be waiting a while. A long while. In the interim, there is no substitute for hard work, consistency, and great coaching. John fosters all of these. I’ve now ridden four different horses with him (I know. Consistency, right?), and with each horse, the specific exercises have been quite different, but the results have been the same: a horse that moves and feels incredibly better by the end of the lesson. And I mean, so much better that I don’t want to get off, so that it doesn’t end. With each horse, John zeroed in immediately on what the problems were that I hadn’t even been able to articulate to myself – let alone ask for help with – and quickly established ground rules for the partnership that never wavered, exercise after exercise.

In the most recent clinic, I rode a nine year-old Hanoverian gelding that I’ve been part-boarding. John immediately asked me to lengthen and shorten stride, turn on the haunches, do transition after transition both within and between gaits, recognizing the innate expertise of this lovable horse to conserve as much energy as possible within his hind end. The ground rules for me and this horse are now very clear – we start working as soon as we enter the arena, we focus on getting his hind end moving more with every step and build on this with clear and immediate transitions. John has a way of fostering a rapport between horse and rider that makes it seem that he has been working with you for years. He just knows what is needed. And there is no question about the purpose of the lesson – to work, to work, and then to work harder until the horse is more supple and active than ever before. With every horse I’ve ridden with John, the focus has always returned to the same principles: activity of the hind end, establishing clear communication, accuracy, and understanding the impact of my position and aids on the entire process (the good, the bad, and the ugly). One of the most beneficial parts of these clinics is that they have been held over two days, with the opportunity to ride both days. It is an very positive experience to build on the previous day, and to recognize the start of a greater understanding between you and your horse as you both ‘remember’ the lessons of the day before. John ‘layers’ the understanding and the focus in a way that makes the building process very clear for each individual horse. Who knew one could put ‘lengthen stride, shorten stride, shoulder-in, leg yield, halt, and ‘trot on’ into a single feel’. And actually have a glimpse of them all together, even just for a second. It’s something to keep striving for, along with shorter reins, quieter heels, and the insight to sometimes just laugh and shake my head at that ‘natural’ feel and flow that we all strive for. It’s layers of understanding, hours of work, and buckets of ‘natural’ sweat… but having a glimpse of the path through wonderful horses and – not only great, but wise – coaching, makes it instantly worthwhile. I have just purchased a new horse, and the experience of these clinics on all of these horses gives me a sense of direction as she and I get to know each other: activate the hind end, learn each other’s language, and be precise. Oh, and videotape, lots of it! But above all, John’s lessons have encouraged me to believe that my horse and I will be able to reach beyond what we think our capabilities are, and be better today than we were yesterday. That’s a powerful belief.


March 9, 2014 |

Canadian vs Dutch Dressage by Savannah Rijk


Hi , my name is Savannah Rijk and I am a dressage rider. This is the first blog post I have ever written I will tell you a little more about me, and my goals for this year (2014).

To start off, I was born in The Netherlands and I have been riding my whole life. I sat in front of my mom on her horse when I was a baby, I started walking around on a horse when I was 2 and had my first lesson at 3. At age 5 my parents got me my first pony named Bouchka. He was a Welsh section B 3 year old gelding, just castrated and green broke. We had many interesting rides both bareback and with tack on. I have landed in the water trough a couple of times, and seen the fence come at me. But you know what, he made me want to be a better rider and have lots of fun.

In 1999, my Mom got the first two Welsh B mares and started a breeding program. I got to start riding one of the mares just after she was backed and going walk, trot, and canter. When she was going good enough to go to a show, we took her everywhere. She was a very interesting mare who had trouble with brakes and taught me how to ride off my seat.

In 2003, (more…)

February 17, 2014 |
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