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Jennifer Landels heads up Academie Duello's Cavaliere Program. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions.

Single-handed Skill

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Riding Level 4: Single-handed Reining For Level 3 you were asked to demonstrate single-handed reining at a walk, trot, and canter.  For Level 4 we also want to see: 8. Single hand reining. Control & confidence at all paces.  Turns, halts. This Level 3 blog post covers the mechanics of single-handed reining.  For Level 4 we are simply looking for more…

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Forward and Free: work on the loose rein

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Riding Level 4: Forward Movement pt II Last week, we looked at forward movement.  This week we'll look at the remainder of checkbox #7 in your Level 4 riding assessment: the free walk and work on a loose rein. The Free Walk A free walk on a loose rein is a common element of dressage tests at all levels.  It…

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Forward and Free: towards impulsion

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Riding Level 4: Forward Movement As we go up in levels, the checkbox summaries on the assessment sheets begin to sound a bit like code. 7.  Ability in forward movement.  Free walk.  Walk, trot on loose rein. In this section, we are looking at your ability to ride the horse with impulsion and some degree of self-carriage.  However, bear in…

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March Madness Playday

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Yes!  We may have been snowed out for our regularly scheduled Playday on February 5th, so we've thumbed our noses at the weather and the schedule alike, and will hold it on March 5th instead. No need to register in advance: just show up.  Mounted games and mounted sparring right after Mounted Combat Class.  Bring your bow if you want…

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Lateral Thinking: the Leg Yield

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Riding Level 4: the Leg Yield Item 6 of the Level 4 checklist seems quite full: 6.  Turns, circles.  Trot, canter.  Knowledge of canter leads.  Leg yield at trot. However, you already know your turns, circles and canter leads, which you can review in previous posts.  At this level, we will be looking for accurate geometry, balance, and control.  We…

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Our Furry Valentines

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Happy Valentine's Day, from some of our favourite kissable faces.  Photos taken at Red Colt Co-op  by Double Exposure Photography (aka Is & El). A reminder that there is no swordplay at the barn this weekend due to VISS. However, Riding & Horsemanship classes are on!   Upcoming Classes NEW! Ongoing Mounted Combat Skills Beginning in February, weekly Mounted Combat…

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Forward to Halt: Effective Use of the Aids

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Riding Level 4: Transitions Before you read this post, review the Level 3 post on the Half Halt.  You will want all this information to be second nature by now, as we look at the next Level 4 checklist item: 5.  Effectiveness and use of Aids.  Transitions.  Halt. Salute At this level, we will not only be looking to see…

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A State of Independence

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Riding Level 4: Rhythm and Independent Work Cast your mind back to many years ago on this blog when I first discussed the training pyramid and its base layer, rhythm.  In your Level 4 exam we are looking for 4. All paces, feel of rhythm.  Independent work. In Level 3 we wanted you to demonstrate rhythm and forward movement in…

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Riding Position: a fine balance

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Riding Level 4: Position & Balance At Riding Level 1 we are only looking for basic control of the horse and don't mark you on your position.  At Level 2 we want to see an adequate basic seat position at walk and trot, but don't mark  your canter position, and at Level 3 we are judging your effectiveness but not…

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Mounted Combat Fundamentals

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To acquire the Green Spur, the first rank of the Mounted Combat program, in addition to Horsemanship and Riding Level 1, you will need to be assessed on the Green Spur Mounted Combat skills.  These include Swordplay from the Ground, Swordplay Knowledge, and Mounted Combat Knowledge.  The knowledge sections are covered in past sections of this blog, and can be…

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