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2 weeks ago

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The equine challenge is on! As we celebrate the pinnacle of equine accomplishment at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, we, at Avery Ranch, experienced a slightly different challenge this past weekend as we ventured to the Boulder County Fairgrounds here in Colorado. The joint was HUMMING! ... Amid battling robots, barrel races, puppy sales and a goat show, the Avery Ranch team prevailed with Dressage tests that attempted to present the calm, regal image of Dressage. Magic was stellar with a First and a Second, Bravo was awesome with two Seconds (one was only 0.8 off first place) & Peek-a-Boo two Thirds! Though our haven of a trailer was “miles” from the competition arena, awesome Avery Ranch helpers were there to save the day. We raise a toast to Equine Competitors everywhere and wish them joy, thrills and success! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Walk, Trot and Canter like a horse? Why? 'Cause I'm happy! At the end of July, Pony Pals Camp with six eager equestriannes came to Avery Ranch for 4 days to learn to handle, groom, tack, feed and ride their own horses. They “spoke horse words” and learned a dance routine with their horse. As they rode to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, they displayed that mood everyday. Their synchronized circles and dance moves were accompanied with giggles and grins. Artistic talent flowed as the girls decorated their own personal T-shirts, grooming tools and groom buckets. As a special “thank you” to their horses, they fed them “lunch” everyday and had a picnic themselves in the hay shed. With smiles of confidence and heads full of respect and love, the girls shared the magical world of horses and left us all at Avery Ranch with our own special smile. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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What do Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Abba and Pat Benatar have in common? Mama Mia! Dancing horses, of course! In 5 fun filled days, 5 dancing horses and their riders laughed, created and rode individual musical freestyles to awesome music! An early Beatle performed “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” to demonstrate the elusive “contact” between horse and rider with style and class. The next rider and horse were also “hands on” with Michael Jackson's “Hold My Hand”. Their circles and transitions created a routine that was a “thriller”! A vision in white brought a beautiful picture of togetherness to Pat Benatar's “We Belong”. Then, the “Dancing Queens” performed “Mama Mia” and “Take a Chance on Me” individually and as a Grand Finale they did an impromptu routine to “Dancing Queen”. What a treat! We can't wait to see what they create in September at Dancing Horses II! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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A toast to success! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Summer showing is in full swing! Dressage at the Fairgrounds was filled with smiles and great success. Bravo (placing 1st &4th), Peek-a-Boo (4th) and Shadow (2nd & 3rd) found life in the show ring exciting and fun! With class and presence, Bravo and his rider entered the show as first time rookies, but were totally awesome! As they accomplished their rides, the audience appreciated their graceful “dance” moves. The awesome group of Avery Ranch supporters served up a “Back Van Deli” that was filled with delicious delicacies and comfortable camaraderie! All the fun was truly expressed in Colorado style as a flash rain storm chased the revelers back home. With pride and a pleasant afterglow, we THANK all the participants for a phenomenal day of forever memories! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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Tiptoe through the “Tulips” or should it be Cavelletti?

Spring has sprung and Summer is here! For two delightful weekends, horses and their riders danced their way through patterns of poles that challenged all the brains involved. Each horse and their rider found the poles set at creative locations to challenge them to pick up their feet and the riders to let them. The participants worked through grids that encouraged natural rhythm, balance and self carriage.

Congratulations to all who found their feet and developed their “Eye/Hoof” Coordination.
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5 months ago

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April 28th – ANATOMY OF THE DRESSAGE TEST CLINIC

With the sun shining and spirits high, three riders and their willing mounts explored the “anatomy” of four Dressage tests. First, we set the stage with the “skeleton” of the Dressage test: the geometry. Next, we looked at the “muscles”: the movements and how they fit together to form power and grace. School figures suddenly came to life and formed the flow of the “dance”. Each rider rode their chosen tests and learned how to “read” for another rider. Preparation and thought patterns became clear, as creative variations on the descriptive words of the tests brought smiles and laughter. A day of fun, exploration and confidence was had by all!
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