Rise Above Equestrian

Rise Above Equestrian Elena Flaharty is a USDF Gold, Silver, & Bronze medalist offering training and instruction in classical dressage, biomechanics, and horse management.

Elena has over 27 years of experience that include dressage, eventing, hunter/jumpers and Pony Club. She has shown through Preliminary eventing, trained a horse through Prix St George and graduated from Pony Club as an HA. Elena's focus is the relationship between horse and rider, as well as the understanding of what it really means to ride a horse! Elena's positive teaching style reaches all levels and ages of riders.

Operating as usual

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06/13/2021

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To help maintain a low hand and closed elbow …

Imagine you are taking your toddler on her first ride, and she is sitting on your lap in the saddle. Through all of your movements and transitions, those low-together hands and tucked-in elbows act like a seat belt for your little one to enjoy her first ride safely. — Bonnie Walker

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

Anyone else #obsessed with their Dressage Sport Boot?! The navy is drool-worthy!
06/09/2021

Anyone else #obsessed with their Dressage Sport Boot?! The navy is drool-worthy!

Couldn’t be prouder. 🌟 Thank you to my sponsors for the incredible support:uvex equestrian USARomfh Equestrian Apparel M...
06/08/2021

Couldn’t be prouder. 🌟

Thank you to my sponsors for the incredible support:
uvex equestrian USA
Romfh Equestrian Apparel
MDC Stirrups
Dara James
LMF Feeds
Posture Prepping
Equinety
Benefab
Bluegrass Animal Products
Horse Logic Professional
Spot On Braiding Wax
Healthy Horse Massage and Grooming
Perfect Products
Purina Horse Feed

06/02/2021

@one.stride.at.a.time_ and Lola (Boo Boo) playing with ba****ck changes today 💜

Charly’s second downward facing dog of the morning - post curry from Posture Prepping!
06/02/2021

Charly’s second downward facing dog of the morning - post curry from Posture Prepping!

Charly’s second downward facing dog of the morning - post curry from Posture Prepping!

05/27/2021

Thank you to @tinastewarddvm for the awesome lesson today! I so appreciate you and thank you for believing in Beebs!

Shoutout to @starwoodequine for doing amazing chiropractic work on the ponies! They always feel FABULOUS afterward!

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05/25/2021

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To get the feel of the horse reaching for the bit correctly…

Think of the base of the horse’s neck as one of those crinkly straws you sip a drink through. When properly reaching for the bit, it will reach up and out just like the last of the crinkles open on the straw. The horse is both stronger and more flexible when he is reaching and lifting at the base of his neck in this way. So think about that part of the neck instead of the horse’s mouth. —Eliza Sydnor Romm

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

I get asked a lot about the supplements I use at shows to help keep my horses’ bellies feeling healthy. This is my #1 go...
05/25/2021

I get asked a lot about the supplements I use at shows to help keep my horses’ bellies feeling healthy. This is my #1 go-to: #EquiOtic by @bluegrass_animal_products! The ponies get daily packets, and 10-20cc daily when traveling and/or showing. Interested in how it works? Message me!

I get asked a lot about the supplements I use at shows to help keep my horses’ bellies feeling healthy. This is my #1 go-to: #EquiOtic by @bluegrass_animal_products! The ponies get daily packets, and 10-20cc daily when traveling and/or showing. Interested in how it works? Message me!

These are gorgeous! Having a boot fitting for Kingsley USA on May 30th from 11-2! Please message me if you’re interested...
05/24/2021

These are gorgeous! Having a boot fitting for Kingsley USA on May 30th from 11-2! Please message me if you’re interested in joining!

Elegance and personalization. #myboots #kingsleyfootwear

05/24/2021

Let's not forget that our rides are limited and our horses are not forever ☀️

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05/24/2021

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AMEN
05/23/2021

AMEN

05/22/2021

Kyra Kyrklund is not only very wise, she is very funny: "In front of the leg is a bit hard to explain. It’s a bit like God – everyone has heard of him, but no one has seen him. It is hard to explain the feeling of ‘in front of the leg’ but when it happens, it’s like magic. It is a bit like explaining how strawberry jam tastes – it is easier if you have eaten it before or even tasted a strawberry. It is the same with the good feelings you get when you are riding: think about that feeling, give it a name, then it will be easier to get it back..." enjoy the entire article https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2020/12/kyra-kyrklund-the-young-horse-the-first-step/

Great day with @jo_hinnemann_official today! Here’s a great pic of my dad grooming Charly afterward. #bestdadever
05/21/2021

Great day with @jo_hinnemann_official today! Here’s a great pic of my dad grooming Charly afterward. #bestdadever

Great day with @jo_hinnemann_official today! Here’s a great pic of my dad grooming Charly afterward. #bestdadever

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05/18/2021

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To learn to move with the horse …

Imagine you and your horse are ballroom dancing partners. Exactly as in dancing, you (the leader) inconspicuously influence the direction, tempo and balance of both partner’s motion. (Think of sitting “inside the motion.”) —Charles de Kunffy

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

#charlesdekunffy #dressage #dressagetraining

Love this visual!
05/15/2021

Love this visual!

To keep your shoulders level and your spine centered over your horse …

Think of expanding your collarbones sideways as if the top of your shoulders were pointing East and West on a compass. From this position, with your rib cage back, you can elongate your neck and spine even more into superior-torso alignment. This well-balanced, upper-body position allows you to carry yourself better so your horse can carry you.—Holly Mason

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

05/15/2021

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05/12/2021

Vanessa Way talks about working with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester:
“Charlotte used to correct me because she used to say if I didn’t move my fingers she would chop them off. The thing is with your hand, it’s the communication. The horse’s mouth is like your own. I believe if you have a numb hand you have a numb horse. You want a chewy, light feeling rather than taking a hold. We don’t ride with strength, we don’t ride with hardness. It’s like taking a two-year-old child for a walk. It’s a nice feeling.”
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2021/05/working-with-carl-hester-and-charlotte-dujardin/

Found in Suzy’s braiding pouch: @spot_on_braiding_wax! A staple for show prep and truly BEST wax you will find on the ma...
05/11/2021

Found in Suzy’s braiding pouch: @spot_on_braiding_wax! A staple for show prep and truly BEST wax you will find on the market today!

Found in Suzy’s braiding pouch: @spot_on_braiding_wax! A staple for show prep and truly BEST wax you will find on the market today!

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05/11/2021

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To maintain a correct upper body position in the corners…

Imagine you are balancing on an exercise ball. If you lean your torso into a turn, your seat bones will push the ball (horse) in the opposite direction. To help the horse balance, keep your spine straight and use your shoulders to turn. Your seat bones will follow. Try it on a ball, it works! —Jane Kelly

🎨 Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

Have a Solutions idea? Send it to us at [email protected]!

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05/10/2021

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To avoid using the indirect inside rein when you should be using your inside leg...

"Imagine your inside rein has paint on it and every time it touches your horse’s neck, you get paint on him. (And you have to get off to clean him up!)" —Lendon Gray

🎨 Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

05/10/2021

Look up!!! Try holding your cell phone UP when you look at it instead of looking down! Sometimes I wonder why my neck hurts so much at the end of the day... I'm pretty sure I know why!

Since it's rider position awareness month, I thought I would bring this up!
Don't forget to save your seat for our FREE Webinar on Dressage Rider Position next Sunday May 16th at 12 NOON PT. Here's the link:

https://www.ameliasdressageacademy.com/riderpositionwebinar/

05/06/2021
05/05/2021

Enter today!

So much fun on our afternoon trail with @morgeeeeeee!! 💜
05/05/2021

So much fun on our afternoon trail with @morgeeeeeee!! 💜

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05/04/2021

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To keep the horse’s outside shoulder from bulging out as you turn …

Imagine your horse is a car skidding on ice and you must turn in the direction of the skid to counteract it. So, if your horse’s shoulder bulges out during a turn, it may be helpful to counter-flex him slightly (steer into the skid) to rebalance and keep him following the curved line.—Jeremy Beale

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz.

05/03/2021

Hey RAE crew - just a reminder that Monday is my only day off. Please be aware that I will not be answering your texts (unless it’s an emergency) and please respect waiting to text me until I am back on Tuesday. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9am-7pm. Thank you 😊

Saying this again - louder.
05/03/2021

Saying this again - louder.

#sundaymotivation #truth #coach #trainer #push #drive #focus #bthequestrians

05/02/2021

Beyond proud of this pair for excelling in their very first outing together! They were lucky enough to ride with Christine Traurig, and both Cupcake and Lily were awesome!!!! So happy with this horse’s brain (North Forks Cardi x Idocus), and her fabulous movement. Thank you to Molly for her incredible help!

Charly looking fabulous in his Halter Ego Croc print bridle, which just so happens to be named after him! Visit their si...
04/23/2021

Charly looking fabulous in his Halter Ego Croc print bridle, which just so happens to be named after him! Visit their site for beautiful, crafted, quality products! Use ELENAF10 for a discount on your purchase!

Charly looking fabulous in his Halter Ego Croc print bridle, which just so happens to be named after him! Visit their site for beautiful, crafted, quality products! Use ELENAF10 for a discount on your purchase!

Photos from Riders Core Training's post
04/23/2021

Photos from Riders Core Training's post

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3133 Morgan Territory Rd
Clayton, CA
94517

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Monday 08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00
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Elena has over 30 years of experience that includes dressage, eventing, hunter/jumpers and Pony Club. Elena has trained and shown through Grand Prix dressage, shown through Preliminary eventing, and graduated from Pony Club as an HA. Elena's focus is on the relationship between horse and rider, as well as the understanding of what it really means to grow an equine partnership! Elena's positive teaching style reaches all levels and ages of riders.

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Happy New Year, RAE! We miss you all!
Hudson would like to wish the Team RAE family a very grumpy Christmas ❤️🎄🦖
Clinic and crafts day rocks!