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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.

Shooting from the Saddle: Horseback Archery Returns May 7th

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We're delighted to welcome back Robert Borsos of Borsos Torsz Horse Archery for another day of workshops on Sunday May 7th!  The Beginner workshop is suitable for riders and archers of all levels from those who've never held a bow or sat upon a horse on up.  The Intermediate workshop is for those who have taken the Beginner course previously…

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Switching to Summer Hours at Red Colt

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It's that time of year again!  As the furry coats are shedding out, we shift our class times to take advantage of lingering daylight.  This means Riding & Horsemanship classes move to Saturdays from 4pm onward, starting this Saturday, April 22nd.  Mounted Combat mastery classes and Mounted Combat Fundamentals remain on Sundays starting at noon.  That means you get not…

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What is Mounted Combat Mastery?

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A new path to Mastery?  Well, and old one really, but one we've renamed it.  Weekly Mounted Combat classes are now known as Mounted Combat Mastery, and you can use the same tuition credits you use for Rapier and Longsword Mastery classes.  Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to get you up to speed. Q: Who…

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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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