Author Archives: Laura

About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.

What I Learned from Judging a Dressage Show

When you look up commitment in the dictionary there is no picture of a person hauling off to a horse show, but rather a whole host of synonyms such as promise, pledge, responsibility. Have you committed to your horse? Continue reading

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Top 3 Equitation Tips – From a Senior Judge

As a Senior Judge I watch a lot of equitation rounds. You will find these top 3 equitation tips will get you noticed in the Equitation class.   Summary is this: Keep your leg locked on with the heel pressed … Continue reading

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Making a Bond With Your Horse

“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”– Bill Shoemaker What does this quote mean to you? Does it mean: When you are riding, whether it is in the competition arena or training at home, you … Continue reading

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Horse Training – Have a STAR plan for your horse training

If you are a rider then you you have dealt with having to train a horse. It may be something simple such as walking correctly while being lead or it may be upper level dressage. Either way horse training comes into the picture. You should consider the STAR approach. Continue reading

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