June 10, 2013
USA was amazing! Had such fun at The Kentucky Horse Park, met incredible people. The Park has a strange way of creeping deep into your heart, I don’t know if it is the beautiful big paddocks with white fences, the big barns, the green grass, the big trees, the horses wherever you look, the fantastic people. It's magical…
I was very privileged to give some lessons to some of the mounted police unit riders. I was so fortunate to have been able to ride two of the unit's fabulous horses. Captain Rakes is a phenomenal rider, along with all the other riders at the unit. They keep the Park a safe place. I was so impressed with the professional and still incredibly warm and welcoming atmosphere around the Police Barn. With beautiful horses receiving all the love and care they desire, coupled with incredible training, what more is there to say than just how absolutely fantastic it was to walk in that barn every morning.
The Breed Barn was also very exciting, they have about 60 different breeds under one roof! They have two performances every day displaying only a handful of the horses, it’s just amazing to see how many different disciplines there are and how the horses are suited to them in different ways. Mindy and Tommy are incredible at what they do. It’s not easy to ride so many different types of riding all in one day! I take my hat off to you guys, you and your team of riders are incredible.
Thank You to Colleen for everything! The International Society Of Rider Biomechanics is a fantastic way to get Coaches qualified, knowing that they will teach safely and correctly. The Symposium was a huge success and I am sure next year will be even bigger. Colleen and her husband Nick where amazing hosts and spoilt me rotten. I was so lucky to ride Colleen’s horse Saint, a Friesian cross Morgan gelding every day I was there. What a great horse and I am sure we will one day see him in very high places. Thank you Colleen for showing me a fantastic world!
I also got the chance to see more of the Parelli world, accompanied by Photonic Health (red light therapy) and PFM Technique (I can only describe this as a healing touch, it was magical!). I was so lucky to be able to ride Saint in a Parelli Saddle everyday and on top of that Dr Karen Young did treat him as well (PFM Technique) and giving him the right amount of correct training everyday he blossomed into an even bigger superstar! It is amazing to actually see and feel the difference in the horse and in myself when you have all the pieces of the puzzle together and it forms a beautiful picture.
I’m very pleased to announce that I have been awarded the International Society Of Rider Biomechanics Rider Of The Year 2013, Thank you to all of you, without you I would not be where I am today, it is such a privilege to be involved with your horses and to have you as my clients and riders. There are so many new opportunities on the horizon and I think we as riders and our beloved horses will just reap the benefits of this amazing sport of Equestrian.
Kind Regards,A.R.South Africa,Gauteng, Pretoria