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The nervous system game: from the ground up

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© Trudi Howley. Society is now fueled by immediate gratification and quick fixes. Riders are not immune to this phenomenon and they typically do not generally fit well with the long path of dressage training. Many a trainer has attempted to focus and relax the student to facilitate the development of feel and connection with [more]

May 2021 USDF Region 5 Update

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Competitions are finally back in full swing for Region 5 and educational programs are a go!  Life is starting to become a bit more normal.  Auditors are still limited, as are spectators at competitions, but we moving forward. Our USDF Executive Board Spring meetings are coming up next week as I write this.  We are [more]

Know Thy Test

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By Sally O’Dwyer When I enter the show ring, I fear I will be possessed by a horrific amnesia attack and forget where/what I am supposed to be doing.  I know that I am not alone in this fear. So, what to do? Go all in and think as if you are going to get a [more]

Rein-Back: 50 Years of RMDS. Features from the Archives

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Understanding “Throughness” An Elusive ‘Balance’ of the Aides by Janet “Dolly” Hannon  While traveling to different parts of the country to clinic, the most common misunderstanding that I encounter is the participants not understanding “throughness” and the effect correct bending has on this progression. “Throughness” is a popular dressage buzzword. The German word for “throughness [more]

How to Buy an Amateur Horse:

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A High Plains Dressage Presentation by Jessica Greenstein and Joseph Newcomb. By Sally O’Dwyer “Our sport can be frustrating due to the expense. Remember that as out of reach it may feel at times, the essence of dressage is about training–which can be performed on any horse of varying quality. Is it wonderful to ride [more]

RMDS AA Clinic

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USDF RMDS Adult Amateur Clinic with Bill McMullin April 17-18, 2021 Sponsored in part by United States Dressage Federation and Rocky Mountain Dressage Society, we are proud to offer a 2-day clinic with Bill McMullin for Adult Amateurs at Faith Farms in Castle Rock, Colorado. Bill is a USDF Bronze, Silver & Gold Medalist from [more]

RMDS Technical Delegate Training

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March 20, 20211:00 pm – 4:30 pm Technical Delegate Training with Heather Petersen via a Zoom session. Excellent opportunity to learn current and new requirements for 2021! You don’t need to be a technical delegate to participate, there are so many things to learn for all interested in competing. For More Information, click here.

RMDS Website Membership Information

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By now everyone has likely seen and or used the new Rocky Mountain Dressage Society (RMDS) website.  Here are a few tips to ensure that your membership is accurate, that you are accumulating the scores that you need to compete for championships and year-end awards, and that you are connected to your desired local chapter.. [more]

Five Ways to Win in Dressage Competition

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By Sally O’Dwyer, Dressage Amateur  “Winning and losing isn’t everything; sometimes, the journey is just as important as the outcome.” – Alex Morgan Winning means success, offering fulfillment and validation of our riding. Winning motivates us to improve and helps us to move beyond ourselves, which is thrilling. Competition is a great way to measure [more]