Optimum Eventing

Optimum Eventing Optimum Eventing strives to provide a flourishing team attitude while supplying desirable conditions Optimum Eventing was founded by Lee Ann Gilson, an A graduate from the United States Pony Club, who is the owner, manager, and trainer at In Unison Farm LLC.

She has competed Crack the Code at Novice and Second Level dressage. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world. She is a certified instructor with USEA for Level I - Training. She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. S

She has competed Crack the Code at Novice and Second Level dressage. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world. She is a certified instructor with USEA for Level I - Training. She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. S

Operating as usual

11/21/2021

Proud is an understatement, Griffin and Olaina accompanied me to the Poplar Place Farm schooling show this weekend and once again she took care of her horse all by herself, got herself to each ride time on time, and performed well. Remember I work the shows so no help from her trainer in warmup although I was able to video the second half of each test and her stadium round. She and Olaina (pronounced Launa) scored a 67.361% on their First Level Test 3 (placing third) and a 29.0% on her Tadpole CT just adding one steering issue refusal to her score to finish in second on a 33.0%.
Now to convince Olaina that she doesn’t always know where they are going on course and to listen to her rider 😂

11/09/2021

One final schooling show to work at Poplar Place Farm. This one Griffin and Olaina will attend and play at Tadpole CT and practice her First Level test for the SESSC in December.

10/10/2021

Griffin & Phantom of the Opera did well today at Chatt Hills. They competed in Beginner Novice 3 phase and scored a 33.6% in dressage earning second place, went double clear in stadium, and jumped clean on xc but had a little too much fun and acquired a speeding ticket adding 7.6 time penalties to finish on 41.2% and bring home fourth. Proud of them!

09/11/2021

Proud of Crack the Code for his debut at Third Level. I know he is not strong enough and has much improvement needed to achieve the scores needed for bronze but he isn’t far off. We rode Third Level Test 2 twice with two different judges and scored a 53.553% and a 55.789%. This is with only being back in work for around two months because his allergies/heaves flared up at the end of May.

08/29/2021

Thank you DressagePro International for sharing this:

Loose reins never accomplish a good connection!

We all know we shouldn’t block our horse at the front and we shouldn’t force our horse in a certain head-neck frame. Your horse needs to go forward, from back to front, towards the hand.

But did you know that loose and long reins will never allow you to establish a good connection either?

If you want to ride in a friendly way and don't want to work backwards with your hands, be careful that you don't give away too much rein.

Because a soft contact is not the same as a loose rein.

And with a loose connection like that, the horse can never get the right connection towards the hand, on the bit.

Rien van der Schaft always compares it with a water hose...

Imagine you have a tap with a water hose and a bucket. The goal is to receive the water in the bucket. If you place the bucket too far away (compare it with giving too much rein), then you can spray very far (raising activity), but the water will never reach the bucket.

A contact rein is accomplished by feeling the impulsion in your rein.

Of course, by giving too much rein and you let the horse fall apart, you’re friendlier than someone pulling his horse’s mouth.

But you’re not giving your horse the right support. Your horse is left alone to figure it out by himself.

08/07/2021

Went to Chatt Hills today for Griffin’s first official three phase, she took Cisco (Phantom of the Opera) Tadpole and did awesome! Scored a 32.3% from Ann Genovese and went double clear in stadium. I am happy to report (yes I know normally accruing a speeding ticket is not good but for this kid it is great) she gathered some time penalties for going to fast to finish on a 37.9% and in fifth place.

You could see her confidence growing throughout the course which is why she was able to push him on after trotting and walk him through the water. So proud of her! This video is going into the water and after it.

This kid right here, cannot say enough good things.  Griffin came with me to the show, got in her needed volunteer hours...
07/18/2021

This kid right here, cannot say enough good things. Griffin came with me to the show, got in her needed volunteer hours, got herself ready for each class she did, was on time, worked out her own schedule (and then cleared it with me), took care of her horse, helped me with both dogs, stayed with me in the trailer because her mom (Kari Baker Deyo was taking care of my farm), was a delight to be around and very helpful. She also managed to score a 63% on First Level Test 2 and a 62% on First Level Test 3 with no help in warmup because I work the Poplar Place schooling shows. Plus she had successful jumper rounds with the Sunset Jumpers and today. So proud of her!

07/11/2021

Light showers/sprinkles didn’t stop two good lessons and a good ride on Cody today. We all got sprinkled on but we all had smiles at the end of the rides.

07/09/2021

Olaina must have known it was Griffin’s birthday because she behaved during the lesson and Griffin had a good ride. Also managed to get a ride in on Cody before the rain came in.

07/03/2021

To most this looks like a girl riding in a field, to Lindsay and myself it is a great and wonderful thing. For three months Huey has been sidelined. First with a case of laminitis (founder) and then a giant abscess directly after the founder settled down. So happy to see her back on him.

06/27/2021

The team of Griffin and Olaina are really starting to click. So proud of them scoring a 63.571% on First Level Test 2 and a 62.36% on First Level Test 3 at the Foxberry Farm Show today and bringing home two blues!

Cody may be graying a bit on his forehead now that he is 16 years old but he was blessed with a forelock that can cover ...
06/24/2021

Cody may be graying a bit on his forehead now that he is 16 years old but he was blessed with a forelock that can cover it up.

06/23/2021

Doggie play time at In Unison Farm

06/23/2021

Doggie play time at In Unison Farm

06/18/2021

A little slow in posting but proud of these team members and their accomplishments.
At the Foxberry show June 5th
Griffin & Olaina - First Level Test 1 - 57.931% - 2nd
Griffin & Olaina - First Level Test 2 - 61.90% - 1st
Michaela & Charlie Brown - Novice 3 phase - 29.29% - 1st

At the Chatt Hills show June 12th
Griffin & Olaina - First Level Test 2 - 65.714% - 1st
Griffin & Olaina - First Level Test 3 - 62.361% - 3rd
Michaela & Charlie Brown - Novice 3 phase - 37.6% - 3rd

Way to go girls!

05/23/2021

What happens when one student is at the beach, one student is on her honeymoon, and another student had to take her cat to the emergency because he tried to remove one of his pads (it is stitched back on and he is doing great)... you get to ride your beasts! Thanks Tara Suswal for riding Cisco. Mark and Cody were good boys for me. And the only student I had today rocked her xc lesson!

05/18/2021

You know you’re an eventer and have been flagging a lot of xc courses when you see a log/stump on the side of the road and say that would be a perfect log to use for a flag at a water jump. And actually contemplate turning around to get it.

Must be a horse show prep day
05/01/2021

Must be a horse show prep day

Must be a horse show prep day

Crack the Code brought it today scoring a 66.585% on his Second Level Test 2 and bringing home the blue.
04/17/2021

Crack the Code brought it today scoring a 66.585% on his Second Level Test 2 and bringing home the blue.

Crack the Code brought it today scoring a 66.585% on his Second Level Test 2 and bringing home the blue.

04/12/2021

So proud of Michaela and Charlie Brown (Eros) for finishing on their dressage score of 32.6% to bring home a third place in a very competitive Open division of Novice at Chatt Hills.

Even more proud because this time I received no texts or calls to discuss things over the weekend. Michaela chooses to go to these competitions without my coaching but she knows I am a phone call away if needed. Apparently I am enough in her head that she didn’t need to call or text this time. Makes my heart full! 

Forward and fast are two different things.  If you are fast you cannot have forward.
04/07/2021

Forward and fast are two different things. If you are fast you cannot have forward.

Forward and fast are two different things. If you are fast you cannot have forward.

03/27/2021

While Griffin and I schooled Ashland today with Cisco and Cody, Michaela and Charlie were smokin at Chatt Hills finishing on their dressage score of 34.8% and brought home the blue in their Novice 3 phase. So proud of those two and all the hard work they have put in together.

I was on time today too (a first, I know) and if it hadn’t been for one too many slow downs on the way home I would have made it to Lindsey’s wedding. I wasn’t about to pull in after the ceremony started though in a diesel engine (it was an outdoor wedding).

So many people I see try to move up before they’re ready because they just do not understand how much more the horse nee...
03/24/2021

So many people I see try to move up before they’re ready because they just do not understand how much more the horse needs to know and the rider to compete at that next level. 

Timeline Photos
03/09/2021

Timeline Photos

To keep from slumping or slouching while riding...

Imagine that you have an open parachute strapped to your back. The pull of the air in the parachute keeps your shoulder blades together and tall. This imagery will help you maintain your upper-body position as your horse moves underneath you.

—Janie Rentz

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

03/05/2021
03/04/2021

Anyone else have feral horses today (on the ground)? I think springtime stupidness is taking over. At least the lessons and my ride on Cody were good.

02/24/2021
02/07/2021

So proud of Griffin and Phantom of the Opera, after a 10 day unplanned hiatus (where I rode Cisco a few times to keep him fit), Griffin competed BN CT at Chatt Hills today and finished on her dressage score of 36.9% bringing home 6th place. She then did a jumper round at 2’7” and brought home first place, shaving 11 seconds off her CT round time.

Michaela and Charlie Brown competed Novice three phase and scored a 33.9% in dressage and jumped double clear in stadium, one bobble on xc from riding cautiously in the rain/sleet mix dropped her from 3rd to 7th but she is happy with Charlie and I am proud of her.

Also I didn’t freeze today, so a win all around!

01/31/2021

1.59” of rain last night here and looks like (from the radar) that Foxberry got heavier rain than I. Probably won’t be teaching there today 😔

01/18/2021

Good lessons today, good ride on my Cody, and now rewarded with one of my favorite movies... Gone in Sixty Seconds.

01/01/2021

Happy New Year 🎉

12/31/2020
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas🎄🎅🏼

12/24/2020

Good day schooling xc at Ashland Farm

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Optimum Eventing was founded by Lee Ann Gilson, an A graduate from the United States Pony Club, who is the owner, manager, and trainer at In Unison Farm LLC. She is currently competing Crack the Code at Novice. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world. She is a certified instructor with USEA - Level I - Training. She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. She offers instruction to riders who are equine owners and desire to develop a deep connection with their mount. A connection that enables them to capture the best possible performance from their equine partner while sensing that they are a part of that body in motion, moving in unison. She provides a customized quiet approach for her students that allows her to promote the most out of the rider. She has high expectations from her riders, yet, the expectations are within reach for each rider. Some of Lee Ann's and her mounts accomplishments are: 2006 - Phantom of the Opera finished 4th out of 40 in Beginner Novice at the USEA Area III Championships 2010 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Open Training Level (Dressage) 2011 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Open High Point Champion at the Poplar Place Farm June USEF/USDF Dressage show 2012 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Foxberry Farm Champion for Beginner Novice 2013 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Novice (schooling shows) 2014 - Crack the Code finished 6th in Beginner Novice with USEA, 2nd in Beginner Novice with USEA Area III, and GDCTA Champion in Beginner Novice at recognized events, Crack the Code earned his Bronze and Silver USEA medals at Beginner Novice

2015 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Gold medal at Beginner Novice

2016 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Bronze and Silver medals at Novice, Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion at Novice, Newsworthy was GDCTA Reserve Champions at Training Level Dressage

2017 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Gold medal at Novice, Crack the Code competed at AEC’s in Novice Horse, Newsworthy was GDCTA Champion at Beginner Novice (schooling shows), Star Shrek was GDCTA Champion at Novice (schooling shows)

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