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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.

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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Mounted Combat Courses – Start Delayed

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Due to the un-Vancouverish weather we've been having lately, we have decided to delay the start of the next cycle of courses in the Mounted Combat Program.  The riding arena is currently in a semi-frozen state that makes it slippery on top and rock-hard underneath, leaving it unsafe for both horses and riders.  This change affects all classes in the…

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Resolve to Ride in 2017

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I hate New Year's resolutions.  They don't stick, and they end up making you feel guilty before you even flip the calendar to February.  But I do like goals.  Especially goals that are useful and achievable all year round.  And whether you like New Year's resolutions or not, January is a great time to peer into the calendar ahead and…

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Horsing throughout the holidays

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The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn't stop hardy Canadian mares (and girls)! If you have a Mounted Combat Membership and a few days off this week don't let the weather stop you -- come on down and get cuddly with one of our furry beasts.  They'll be happy to see you, especially if you bring carrots!  And while…

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The Next Best Thing to a Pony Under the Tree

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Who doesn’t want a pony for Christmas?  Give the next best thing with a six-week course of Riding & Horsemanship at Red Colt Farm, where students learn to care for and ride Academie Duello’s gentle school horses.  If the thought of knighthood lights up your loved-one’s eyes, include the Mounted Combat Fundamentals course for only $99 when you buy both…

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