A lesson with Svetlana Gorski
Emma and Brumby practicing their test for their Florida competition debut.
Flexibility and Yoga Balls
Something important that Svetlana noticed about my position was my inability to move my hips. I’m not as flexible as I could be, so she gave me a big yoga ball to take back to our barn and practice stretching on. You’re supposed to mimic the horse’s gaits on the yoga ball, and then ask for movements as if you were on the horse. It is hard because you have to recreate the horses gait and then move your hips and legs like you’re asking for a specific movement. I used the ball before I rode, so my hips were stretched out once I got on. I must have some degree of hip flexion for the things I’m asking Brumby to do. You can’t do shoulder in, haunches in, or flying changes with straight hips. When I return home, I’ll add the ball to my exercise program, because flexible hips are vital to my riding performance.
Friday Night Stars
On Friday night, we went to another Friday Night Stars competition at the Global Dressage Festival. There were a lot more entries in the musical freestyle competition this time than the last one we went to. We saw Jan Ebeling, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry Glass, Dawn White-O’Conner, and many more of the big names. Every single time I go I can never get over how amazing it is to watch these people warm their horses up. They are riding at the highest level of competition and still they are warming their horses up with the same movements I use, stretching, lateral work, slowing and lengthening gaits, and bending. Then it gets a bit more complicated as they get into the Grand Prix work. My trainer, Meghan has been talking to Kasey Perry Glass for a while now, and we planned to meet up after her ride. Kasey is part of the Olympic Dressage Team and they brought home the bronze in the Olympic Games last year. She and Dublet had a phenomenal ride. She earned second place that night with Laura getting first and Steffen in third. Kasey has agreed to come and give Meghan and me lessons next week, which I was overjoyed to hear about. The thought of having a lesson with such an amazing rider is an honor and I can hardly wait for Tuesday!
Emma got to meet Kasty Perry Glass, one of her dressage role models, at Friday night Stars!