Archive for April, 2010

April 20, 2010

My First Rolex Tips

April 16, 2010

Anticipation: Kentucky, Rolex

I hope I am not over doing it shouting it out loud 24/7 that I am going to Kentucky next week, but after four years of studying Equine Sciences in college, the thought of going to Kentucky makes me realize I will finally reach one of those lifetime dreams, I finally made it! Here is a video of the Rolex event . I would like to thank, SUCCEED®

for providing me with “the” access to KY for this event.


April 15, 2010

World’s Tallest & Smartest Horses

Hi Everyone, as I get ready for next week’s Rolex event to KY, I came across two interesting articles. The first, the world’s tallest horse is in our own nation, in the state of Wisconsin. They must be feeding them lots of cheese apparently, the 9 year old Belgian Horse “Big Jake” is considered the Tallest Living Horse (according to Guinness) at 20 Hands (about 6’11 for all you non horsie people).  See milk really does do a body good!  (*I know horses shouldn’t be feed dairy products)

Now for the unofficial Smartest Horse, “Lukas”, this special horse can count and discern different objects and shapes. This 17 year old TB from California can even spell his owners names! Here is a video of him!


April 13, 2010

Strap One On (Helmet)

A new Helmet Campaign t-shirt “Strap One On – Everyone’s Doing It” is now available in the Courtney King-Dye Medical Fund ebay store. Purchase one of these great t-shirts and show your support for the use of helmets when riding.


April 13, 2010

Cha cha in the Dressage Freestyle

I finally have the inspiration to make Dressage more “Valentina” like, I just received a great Latin CD to use for a Dressage Freestyle. As you have might have seen, I just completed a novice Dressage lesson with Ruth Hogan Poulsen in Wellington on the Equicizer (#1 Mechanical Horse) and she does a wonderful job of creating music for Dressage riders for Freestyle. She recently sent me a selection of her Salsa (or Latin) CD (from her RIDING WITH SOUL™ program)  and I can’t expressive how much fun I will have in the saddle shaking my hips to the beat of it. I would like to sincerely thank again Ruth for the wonderful lesson I received from her. To view her website, please visit: for more selection of music such as Classical, Jazz, and others. Here is a video of Ruth and Jane Savoie about RIDING WITH SOUL™.

April 13, 2010

Equicizer: #1 Mechanical Horse Dressage Lesson with Ruth Hogan Poulsen

April 13, 2010

Monty Roberts Interview

April 13, 2010

How Horses Change our Lives

Today marks a new day to me, I am completely focusing all of my energy to the Equine Industry, everyday I research more about the Science of the Horse by reading various publications and I came across two articles that explains why people (men and women) are captivated by them and how Horses can change kids lives for the better (if given the opportunity).

“His & Her Horses: Men and women have their differences especially in their relationships with horses” by Ange Dickson Finn for April’s issue of Horse Illustrated  magazine, explain’s that women prefer focusing on establishing a relationship with their horses  throughout their lessons, while men most likely enjoy the challenge and sport (i.e. such as enchancing their riding skills). Women are detailed oriented on specifics such as clothing and the horse’s turnout.  Men are about getting it done and quickly! They like to set goals with their horses. For more about the author, please visit her website

There was another article that captured my heart this week. Everyone knows horses can transform the lives of anyone, if given the chance. There is a horse  farm in the rural areas of South Central Los Angeles in the city called Compton which in the past has been considered one of the most dangerous towns in America. The kids at Compton Junior Posse obtain free riding lessons in exchange for good grades and staying out of the gangs. The program at the farm teaches the kids good values and horsemanship but they also receive etiquette, body mechanics, and balance. It is amazing, that most of the people that visit this farm have been impacted by violence including some of the former program participants have even been killed. The great thing about this program is the kids get to be involved with others, even Olympians such as Will Simpson at HITS and also Julie Goodnight filmed an episode of the Horse Master TV show with the kids. Finally Mandy Porter a Grand Prix rider coached the Posse at Thermal. For more details, please visit, the source of this article, Dappled Gray

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