IN GREAT COMPANY behind door 3 in LONGINES Advent Calendar!
Photo from a beautiful event with Longines and their Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker.
WHOPPA! ANOTHER beautiful day competing! Today we went to Belmoredean with Caroline Crowther’s superstar Glasker Sweetclover, aka ‘Shane’. Shane is a 9yo eventer that I’m schooling a few times a week, and even if he wasn’t born to perform the pure dancing I LOVE his enthusiasm! I usually ride to music and every time I push the play button you can feel him starting to bubble and say let’s gooo. Ah, you know I’m such a fan for their enthusiasm <3. Anyway, Shane tried his genuine heart out today as well. In the first test he didn’t put a foot wrong and ended just under 70% with a win! In the second test we were lacking a bit of energy but that eventer’s will power sailed us through to a great end there as well!
As always both horse and myself competes dressed in Equestrian Stockholm & jacket from Horse Pilot.
AUTUMN IS ALL about organising life after the drifty summer, preparing for the winter to become as easy as possible (as you may know the senetive me is not a fan of the chilly weather), and I always tend to organise my barn in the autumn by giving every single piece in it it’s own space. I get new hooks, hanger, baskets and bowls to make sure we don’t have to go look for something missing. I go vintage stores and markets for the baskets and containers. I rather go vintage then glossy style for my barn. It’s our home and it should feel like it! Hooks and hangers, for bridles, salt licks, cross ties and rugs, you’ll find at Harry Hall.
It’s like we all, both humans and horses, find more peace when the barn is all clean and organised (plus I always have music on and like to do things in a flow:) so it helps if things are in place or it will kill my momentum!)
Hugely grateful to call this my barn, my home and my work space <3
Post in collaboration with Harry Hall.
AS YOU KNOW, I’m a energetically very sensitive little being. I’m incredibly strong in most ways. But if my own mind, body, soul is not i great balance I loose that strength. I might be more sensitive to unbalance then what’s common, but it is as it is. I need to hold great energy every day to both perform with the horses but also have energy to take care of my clients and business. For me it’s therefore really important I plan time to take care of myself. I go on a regular basis to yoga (Yard Yoga in Forest Row is the place to be. Better yoga then I ever found my years in both New York and London!). I go for my sports massage, acupuncture, chiropractor, reiki healing and life & career guidence. & what all those super people that helps me says in common, is that it’s incredibly important WHAT food I eat. Not only that I eat a lot of fuel to keep riding well into the late afternoon, but also that the fuel I eat is as potent as possible. More potent then what’s common. So, I don’t eat gluten or dairy (except for raw milk <3) & I buy my food at the local farm shop, all organic. Most people think it gets more expensive to eat all organic, but you know what:) organic food has so much more fibres and nutrients that you don’t have to eat as much! & that’s true. I eat most veggies, organic meat a few times a week, oat bars on the go, I always have lemon water with me, and I start every morning with this super boosting smoothie bowl:
If I’m feeling luxury I top it up with some cashew nut butter, berries, coconut or sunflower seeds, and whoppaa I’m good to ride 5 horses until next meal!
AUTUMN HAS arrived in UK, & with that it’s time for the cozy rug season. Here are some autumn prep reminders to make sure the cold wind doesn’t take energy away from you!
Thank you so much to Harry Hall for prepping my boys for the autumn so we’re ready to rock n’ roll even in the wind!
Photo of Bailey ready for our training with Rafael Soto.
YESTERDAY I had the huge privilege to ride at the Spanish Olympic legend Rafael Soto‘s clinic here in England. This year I brought our new baby Bailey, owned by the Bloque Family, 5 years old and by Bretton Woods.
Simplicity is one of the hardest things to create, but ahh Rafael is a master on the topic! Bailey turns 6 next year which means I now need to prep him for more collected work and changes. We used the lateral work, and maaany translations between the shoulder ins, traver and half passes, to engage his hind legs and prepare for the more collected job. Bailey just took it all in a stride and danced his super dancer bum off! Such a pleasure to ride. Much proud of his first outing.
Video to come on instagram! @linneaaarflot
Huge thank you to Caroline Edgeley for this opportunity, to Samantha Bloquet for the trust with Bailey, & to Equestrian Stockholm for dressing us very smart!
GOOD MORNING! Ah, time is just running WAY too fast over here. Quick catch up from the past couple weeks: First of all, meet our new friend Bailey! I went to Germany and found this very special baby boss for my YR Morgann. Everyone please meet the sweetest 5yo Oldenburger (Bretton Woods) on the planet. Very excited to be teaching you english Bailey! & huge thanks to top agent Camilla at CK Dressage Germany for helping us find him.
& then we have been on road trips. Caruso has been out on his first Ele Gold! And I’m very proud of this clever boy coming home with a 2nd. Caruso has a huge body and is a Hanoverian (they usually take their time to mature, least to say), but he has really grown over the summer. Ah, and it’s good.
We’ve also taken out the young ones, Sarah’s Lucky and Tora’s Seren, to start their practice away from home. Loving to see how they all develop!
Also, meet my new friend Shane! I’ll get a beter photo but looking much forward to be taking this 9yo corniune owned by Caroline Crowther to the dance arena this season.
Today I’m starting my trainings with super Sune again (Sune Hansen, DK), after a summer break for the horses, and I can’t wait to kick of this autumn!
Sweden, I’ll be with you Oct 6-8th so please hit me up NOW if you want a spot at my clinic at AP Ridutveckling. Filling up fast!
Lots of love love love,
WHOPPA! & NOW I’M in Germany! Being a very lucky rider driving around Oldenburg this week with my horsey fam and looking for a new superstar. When trying many different horses here (honestly, LOVE my job!) made me think of something important when producing an athlete:
Different muscles serve different purposes in the horse’s body. First of all we have the top line and the under neck. The under neck is the horse’s life insurance, that they use when having to run fast from a lion to survive in the wild. But using the under neck leaves the horse with tensions, stress and makes them feel stiff. So that’s why we want to use the top line in dressage. The top line muscles goes all the way from the top of the neck over the back and all the way to the hind hocks. The top line engages its whole body and using those muscles makes the horse supple and happy as they release well being endorphins, which makes the horse feel great.
Then, within the top line we have two different muscles groups. We have the large locomotive muscles, the horse’s “gymnastic” muscles, or large, exterior muscles that are suited for locomotion and flashy movement. These muscles are responsible for making sure that the horse covers ground to move from one place to another, to go forward with enough impulsion, but they are not effective at communicating with the nervous system to establish new muscle patterns, or muscle memory.
So we also need to make sure to use the smaller muscles, the muscles that are close to the horse’s spine and core, as this is the muscles that support’s the locomotive muscles with oxygen and energy. Those muscles are targeted by riding at slower speeds, referencing the slow warm-up jog advocated by Alois Podhajsky of the Spanish Riding School (every rider should read his book) and doing lots of calm transitions. This “pony trot” allows the horse to move around easily, flexing his joints and swinging through his spine, before more impulsion is added.
So kind reminder to all; do not spend too much time trying to drill the big, flashy gaits as this repetition solely produces rigidity, and makes your horse dull. Bee sure to strengthen both the locomotive muscles and the smaller core muscles. That’s how you shape an enthusiastic athlete.
AAAAND THAT’S a wrap! From a 30+ hour film shoot and a weekend having the Punderson Gardens production company here at the farm filming – with all our horses! So much fun to see how the horses (especially Caruso) at first got a bit insecure on what the heck people and cameras were doing coming up to them, and then as the days went started to totally thrive on the attention – craving a massage after each take – from anyone!
Looking forward to show you the result of this.
ONCE AGAIN I’m in great company attending one of Longines equestrian elegance events. This time in London and with no less then Longines Ambassador of Elegance, the Australian actor Simon Baker (who is the mentalist for real btw).
Very grateful to be with a brand that support true talent and the equine sport to such high standards all over the world.