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Lemony's Nicket

While I was in Verden, Germany for the World Champion Young Horse competition, I saw the Hanoverian year old stallions compete as well.  The classes were run like the US Materiale with three horses going at once.  My very favorite…
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10 reasons I like the drought

1.  No mosquitoes (or at least very few)
2.  Haven't cleaned my horse's feet in three months.
3.  No mowing.
4.  Clean horses.
5.  No muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor.
6.  Fire ants are suffering
7.  I now…
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travels abroad

This august I traveled to the Netherlands, Germany and Finland for the most wonderful "horsey" vacation .  Well, actually I was teaching in Finland but got in lots of sightseeing as well.
The first event was the world championship of…
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cool breeze

When it's 100 degrees outside, a cool breeze would be a nice thing, right?
Here's an idea:  When you ride, lift your chin high.  Open your throatlatch, just like we want our horses to do when they stretch.  If you…
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quadrille lessons

You can see the finished product on the website:  http://solstice-farms.com/
It really looks great but it has been a journey!
The quadrille lessons were different for everyone but we all ended up with better horses and better riding skills.  Loverboy…
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Mother's Day Out a great success!

Whew!  The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. 
Following the HDS spring classic and CDI, we hosted our annual charity event, "Solstice Farms Mother's Day Out Dressage" show.
The show was great fun with a huge silent auction, an…
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Happy Easter and great expectations!

Happy Easter!
There's so much to look forward to this spring and so many changes.
We are attending and sponsoring the HDS Spring show and CDI* next weekend.  Watch the CDI* and have a complementary glass of Solstice Farms CDI…
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Save the date!

Our next HDS schooling show will be the annual charity event on Mothers Day, May 8.
Solstice Farms "Mothers Day Out" will benefit "Familytime Crisis and Counseling Center", a shelter for women and children who are victims of abuse.  What…
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The comfort zone

I don't know about you but there is a little voice inside of me that says, "Nothing good comes without suffering".  Hard work and toil are a badge of courage and a reason for disdain toward others who we label…
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set backs and starting over

As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."
No one knows this better than dressage riders!  Many things conspire to get in the way of our goals…
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The long winter's nap

The winter solstice has passed and the days are beginning to get longer.  Although our coldest and grayest weather may be ahead, it is time to mimic nature and slowly begin the big yawn as we come out of hibernation…
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New Year - New ideas

I am very excited about the upcoming year at Solstice Farms!
We have some major renovations planned, starting with additions to the landscape along the east and south sides of the property.  This week, 15 pine trees are going in…