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Qualia Dressage LLC

Qualia Dressage LLC USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, offering dressage training and instruction with aim of bringing out the best in every horse and rider.

Dressage training and instruction with aim of bringing out the best in every horse and rider.

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A good reminder at the end of what was a tough week for me personally. Horses can really break your heart sometimes. 💔
02/19/2022

A good reminder at the end of what was a tough week for me personally. Horses can really break your heart sometimes. 💔

Mikalea Shiffrin with a powerful message after a disappointing Olympics ❤️

(via Mikaela Shiffrin/IG)

Today, my sweet Ghosty would have turned 27. Hard to believe he has been gone for almost 7 years now. These photos by Bo...
02/14/2022

Today, my sweet Ghosty would have turned 27. Hard to believe he has been gone for almost 7 years now. These photos by Bob Langrish do such a good job of capturing his soulful eyes. 🤍
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#prehorse #purarazaespanola #dressage #dressagehorse #equestrian

02/09/2022

Super clinic with Jeremy Steinberg last weekend. Hans felt amazing! We’ll probably stay at the small tour level this year to continue gaining confidence and rideability in the ring, but Grand Prix is getting closer. 🖤
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#handsomehansi #dressagehorsesofinstagram #dressagehorse #kwpnhorse #horsesofinstagram #roadtograndprix #piaffe #equestrian

Proud and honored to be a part of this special team’s story. ❤️
01/31/2022

Proud and honored to be a part of this special team’s story. ❤️

Congratulations to our 2021 CDCTA Award Winners!

Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus
Champion – Musical Freestyle
Reserve Champion – Intermediare I
Reserve Champion – Intermediare II

"Gratitude. In 2021, I was grateful that Vodie and I were both sound and healthy all year. Vodie, at 19-years-old just keeps getting better and makes every ride a joy."

Pics of You photo.

Fun memories of showing my wonderful Waki in the Grand Prix at Tryon a few years ago for #throwbackthursday. Love this s...
01/14/2022

Fun memories of showing my wonderful Waki in the Grand Prix at Tryon a few years ago for #throwbackthursday. Love this special boy so much. 🖤
. 📸: @richard.malmgren
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#tbt #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagehorsesofinstagram #dressagetraining #fei #grandprix #hanoveriansofinstagram #equestrian #squawkiwaki

I donated a lesson to PVDA’s silent auction. If you’ve considered trying a lesson with me, here’s your chance to do that...
01/12/2022
Lesson with Siobhan Byrne

I donated a lesson to PVDA’s silent auction. If you’ve considered trying a lesson with me, here’s your chance to do that, and support PVDA at the same time.

Auction item 'Lesson with Siobhan Byrne' hosted online at 32auctions.

So proud of Jessie Ginsburg for receiving this grant! I can’t think of a more deserving person. Jessie gives so much to ...
01/12/2022

So proud of Jessie Ginsburg for receiving this grant! I can’t think of a more deserving person. Jessie gives so much to our local dressage community, in addition to being an all-around great person. ❤️

Region 1: Jessie Ginsburg (VA): "I am so grateful to The Dressage Foundation for awarding me a Gifted Memorial Fund grant, which is particularly special to me as I remember watching Carol Lavell and Gifted’s rides at Grand Prix and was so inspired by them. As an amateur with a challenging day job, I greatly appreciate the Gifted Fund’s support that will allow me to get some concentrated training and focus exclusively on my riding and my wonderful horse, Vodie, as I prepare to head down centerline for my Grand Prix debut."
Photo provided by Pics of You

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nig...
01/11/2022

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale
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#dressage #dressagetraining #dressagehorse #kwpnhorse #equestrian #handsomehansi #mondaymotivation

We had a fantastic competition year, with several horses and riders from our program ranking in the top 20 in the countr...
12/31/2021

We had a fantastic competition year, with several horses and riders from our program ranking in the top 20 in the country with USDF and/or All-Breed Awards. Congratulations to:

Lucy Tidd and Ellert HB:
1st place, KWPN-NA Adult Amateur Grand Prix
8th place, HOY Adult Amateur Grand Prix

Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus:
11th place, HOY Adult Amateur Intermediate 2

Carol Thomas and Gentle:
2nd place, KWPN-NA Adult Amateur Second Level Freestyle
5th place, KWPN-NA Adult Amateur Third Level Freestyle
6th place, KWPN-NA Adult Amateur Third Level

Siobhan Byrne and Hans:
4th place, Fourth Level Musical Freestyle Challenge
11th place, HOY Open Fourth Level
18th place, HOY Open Fourth Level Freestyle

We also had several riders earn USDF Medals and Freestyle Bars:

Lucy Tidd - Gold Freestyle Bar
Siobhan Byrne - Silver Freestyle Bar
Carol Thomas - Bronze Freestyle Bar
Kathy Curtis - Bronze Medal

Timeline photos
12/28/2021

Timeline photos

// Training Tip Tuesday - Higher Movements //

The four basic responses of go, stop, turn and yield underpin all we do with horses, even to the highest level. They become refined and sometimes described in more technical terms, but they still break down to these four fundamental responses.

Take 'higher movements' in dressage as an example. Each higher movement consists of two or more of the four basic responses in a specific sequence.

For example, the components of a Pirouette are:
1. The steps are shortened and collected (stop response)
2. The horse flexes and bends in direction of travel
3. The forelegs turn in the direction of the pirouette (turn response)
4. The hindlegs yield (to a smaller extent) in the direction of the pirouette (yield response).

Therefore, once the basic responses are properly trained, the horse is generally able to perform at least a single step of a movement.

Following this, the movements themselves require gradual shaping so they progress from a step to a stride and so forth.

It follows that when movements fail, trainers should go back to repair faults that will be evident in the basic responses.

12/21/2021

Super clinic with @jeremy_steinberg this past weekend! I made up for missing the last one (I was competing at Devon) by getting to ride three horses with him both days this time. Here’s @tiddlucy ‘s Kayla (Ferdeaux x Metall), the fanciest little pocket rocket around! Love this mare. 🚀💕 #dressage #dressagetraining #younghorse #kwpnhorse #dressagehorsesofinstagram #equestrian #dressurpferd

12/08/2021

THE RIDERS ARMS

A common issue we see is too straight an arm, this tends to set or lock out the arm so it becomes rigid and lacks the elasticity from the elbow.
The wrists, hands, and fingers have to be completely relaxed. If the wrists are stiff, they block the energy flow in both directions, and the horse will brace with his jaw and poll.

The info below is courtesy from @Ritter Riding

Original post
https://www.facebook.com/RitterDressage/photos/a.626824274029086/4827621343949337/

In this photo from the Cadre Noir the hand looks very soft and relaxed, without any tension. You can also see the pelbow connection. Without a good Pelvis-Elbow connection (a.k.a. “Pelbow”), the wrists and fingers tend to be stiff.

"This mobility of the wrist enables the fist to feel gently, which contributes so much to the pleasantness as well as the skill of riding, whereas a stiff joint cannot help but be hard, transmitting all rein aids in a rude manner, without any sensitivity or delicacy."
(Christian Ehrenfried Seifert von Tennecker, 1805)

Thank you to Susan J Stickle for these beautiful photos of Hans at USDF Finals. 🖤. 📸: @susanjstickle ...#dressage #dress...
12/01/2021

Thank you to Susan J Stickle for these beautiful photos of Hans at USDF Finals. 🖤
. 📸: @susanjstickle
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#dressage #dressagetraining #usdf #usdffinals #kwpnhorse #dressagehorsesofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #equestrian #handsomehansi

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. “ - Walter Elliot 📸: @bethanypphotography ...
11/30/2021

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. “
- Walter Elliot
📸: @bethanypphotography
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#mondaymotivation #dressage #dressagetraining #dressurpferde #horsesofinstagram #dressagehorsesofinstagram #equestrian #kwpnhorse #handsomehansi

I’m extremely proud of my student Abby Rowe, who was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Cynthia Aspden Grant. She’ll be...
11/22/2021

I’m extremely proud of my student Abby Rowe, who was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Cynthia Aspden Grant. She’ll be using this grant to help her attend the D4K WIT program in Florida this winter.

My assistant trainer, Charlotte, observing my remote lesson with Jan and Grayson. 🤍 Jan moved to Colorado in August, but...
11/20/2021

My assistant trainer, Charlotte, observing my remote lesson with Jan and Grayson. 🤍 Jan moved to Colorado in August, but thanks to the wonders of technology, I am still able to teach her and Grayson via the Pixem system! And teaching by the fire in windy, 40 degree weather ain’t bad. 😜
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#dressage #dressagetrainer #dressagetraining #equestrian #catsofinstagram #technologyisawesome

Hansi says thanks Auntie Melissa for the delicious cookies! #handsomehansi #dressage #dressagehorse #kwpnhorse #lifeisbe...
11/17/2021

Hansi says thanks Auntie Melissa for the delicious cookies! #handsomehansi #dressage #dressagehorse #kwpnhorse #lifeisbetterwithcookies

11/14/2021

Third place in Fourth Level Open Freestyle at USDF Finals with a 71.289%. So proud of this amazing horse. 🖤 #usdffinals2021 #usdf #dressage #dressagehorse #kwpnhorse #roadtograndprix #equestrian #marylanddressage #handsomehansi

Very proud of Hans for finishing third in the Fourth Level Freestyle Open division at Finals today. We had a rough go in...
11/14/2021

Very proud of Hans for finishing third in the Fourth Level Freestyle Open division at Finals today. We had a rough go in the regular Fourth Level championship on Saturday—he warmed up super but got really overwhelmed in the Rolex arena. Due to the pouring rain the day we arrived, I was never able to ride in there—not a recipe for success with him at this point. The combination of very cold weather, wind, and lots of atmosphere is very challenging when you have a hot, sensitive horse.

I was honestly pretty bummed out, as I think he is so special and want to give him the ride he deserves always. I considered scratching, but decided we had to try again and give it our best shot. Well, he totally stepped up and we had a great go in the Alltech this morning, earning a 71.289% and finishing third. Because I am a crazy person, I redid my freestyle with new music and choreography two weeks before Finals, practiced it at home twice on Wednesday, and showed it for the first time today. 🤪

Huge thanks to:

JJ Tate for the support and warm up help today, as well Richard Malmgren who is also always so supportive of me and my horses.

My coaches Jeremy Steinberg and Ali Brock, for all of their continued help and advice.

Lucy Tidd for being the best friend and horse show road trip pal a girl could want. Each of us got in over 20k steps (over 8 miles) on Saturday walking each other around forever on our spicy young horses. 🌶🔥

Custom Saddlery for their sponsorship and Cate & Theresa - Maryland Certified Saddle Fittersfor always taking care of me and my clients.

Our fantastic farrier Kevin Oyarzo who squeezed Hans in for an earlier shoeing before we left so his toes would be in tip top shape.

Courtney Molino of Hands on Horses for making a special trip to give Hans, Ellert and Kayla some pre-show body work.

Our wonderful Locks Edge staff, who take such great care of the horses.

All of my friends and clients who blew my phone up with text messages! 🥰

And lastly, huge congratulations to my friend Ashley Perkins for winning this class! Way to go, lady. ❤️

Timeline photos
11/12/2021

Timeline photos

// Friday Fact - Genetic potential //

Every horse is different. All horses vary in their genetic potential. Some horses may 'trial' certain behaviours such as bucking, or they may be over-sensitive to pressures, or less sensitive and prone to what some might call 'laziness'. These are learned responses, not personality disorders. Whatever the genetic potential, training can confirm or deny these behaviours, and their potential to escalate. Early training is therefore critical in targeting the correct responses and resolving tension so that undesirable behaviour is not practised and never becomes a habit.

It is erroneously believed by some that because all horses are different, they require different techniques of training. The truth is, however, that all horses learn to respond to leg or rein pressures by the same processes, so training should tap into these learning processes. Differences among horses are accounted for by differences only in the amount of pressure required to produce responses as well as the number of repetitions. Some aspects of training require more emphasis than others. These differences are not related to the horses' intelligence, but to their inherited and learned sensitivity.

(Excerpt from the book 'Academic Horse Training', p. 14)

Timeline photos
11/09/2021

Timeline photos

The use of positive reinforcement is appropriate as soon as the horse responds to light lead-rein signals that arise from correct pressure/release training (negative reinforcement). Research shows that caressing the wither area is rewarding and so as a primary positive reinforcer it can conveniently replace food in most situations.

Secondary reinforcement means association the caressing with a marker such as the words 'good boy' or 'good girl'. To be at all effective, you must say the words at the precise moment of the correct behaviour and then follow soon after with the caress on the withers. It is also important not to devalue your secondary positive reinforcer by saying the words 'good boy' carelessly and without whiter caressing or you will decrease its reinforcing properties.

At basic attempt and obedience level, you should use secondary positive reinforcement for each correct response that arises from a light aid, and then gradually diminish the reinforcement to an occasional basis as you progress through the later criteria of each response.

(Excerpt of the book 'Academic Horse Training', p. 63)

Tuesdays, amirite? 🤪#horsetrainerlife #ifyouknowyouknow #equestrian #dressagetrainer #dressagetrainerlife #devilmouse
10/26/2021

Tuesdays, amirite? 🤪#horsetrainerlife #ifyouknowyouknow #equestrian #dressagetrainer #dressagetrainerlife #devilmouse

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe...📸: @bethanypphotography #dressage...
10/25/2021

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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#dressage #dressagetraining #roadtograndprix #kwpnhorse #dressagehorse #equestrian

Congratulations to everyone on their success at Regionals! We had a great time and got a few horses qualified for USDF F...
10/19/2021

Congratulations to everyone on their success at Regionals! We had a great time and got a few horses qualified for USDF Finals as well.

Abby Rowe and Freewill had an outstanding showing, winning both the Junior Team and Fourth Level Jr/YR championships on 68%+ scores with lovely, harmonious riding. So proud of this team.

Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus had some unfortunate tension problems in their I-2 championship, ending up in 5th. Still so proud of these two, who only moved up to I-2 in August. Anyone who has done that leap knows how hard it is, especially when you and your horse are both green to it.

Carol Thomas and Gentle were 8th in the Second Level MFS championship, and third in a huge Second Level AA championship with a solid 66%+. This team is all qualified for USDF Finals!

Lucy Tidd and Ellert HB had a fantastic go in the Grand Prix MFS championship, earning a 71%+ and placing 4th. In the Grand Prix AA championship they received a 64%+ for 3rd. Lucy and Kayla were Reserve Champion in the First Level AA championship with a 72%+. Both horses are qualified for USDF Finals as well.

Hans and I struggled with some tension at the beginning of this show, but he got better and better as the weekend went on. We were 7th in the Fourth Level MFS championship, with a huge unfortunate problem in one movement that put me way off my music and pattern. But on Sunday we had our best go of the weekend, earning 5th place and a wildcard score for Finals with a 68%+ in the Fourth Level Open division.

Very proud of everyone. It was a fun (albeit long and exhausting 🤪) weekend, but we had a lot of laughs and everyone was so supportive of one another. Looking forward to a break in showing, and getting to train without interruption for a while.

Photo of Hans in the ring by Kyle Peiffer.
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20500 Westerly Rd
Poolesville, MD
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Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8am - 7pm

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Dressage Clinic August 9th we are hosting Siobhan Byrne for a dressage clinic. Siobhan is a Grand Prix rider/trainer who is in the Team Tate System and besides studying with JJ Tate , also rides with Jeremy Steinberg. She has multiple students showing successfully in the upper levels. All levels of horses and riders are welcome. Siobhan has worked with many breeds as well. 45 min sessions. Check out her business page Qualia Dressage LLC Oh....and she is VERY NICE. Checks payable to Jenn Hoffman or Autumn Charm Sport Horses and due by August 3rd. Sessions are $135 boarders/ current students ( must take at least monthly lessons) and $145 for non clients. Mail to 2489 Craley rd wrightsville pa 17368 Come be inspired ! Auditors welcome . Please bring your own chair and lunch. Water will be available. $20 to audit. If you haven't been to ACSH, we are a no judgement, work together to be better riding community. No DQ's here !
Absolutely incredible weekend at Dressage at Lexington presented by the Virginia Dressage Association!!! First! Thank you to the Entire Virginia Dressage Association, Inc organization and ALL the volunteers for putting on a truly wonderful, and COVID safe show!! I have to shine the major spotlight on the AMAZING Kathie Zarish and her incredible horse Grandi!!! They WON 5/6 classes at 1st and 2nd Level! Got HIGH SCORE Saturday (72.778%) AND Sunday (69%) at First Level!! And in ONE show completed their Bronze Scores for First AND second Level! AND qualified for GAIGs!!! We are also waiting for confirmation but I believe they were AA High Score Champs!! It was an HONOR to train them over the last couple months and an absolute PLEASURE to coach them this weekend!! The future is BRIGHT for this pair!! Thank you SO much to @lexihorner8 (plus one) for tons of help and laughs!! I look forward to MANY more shows with this crew!!! My own goals were met and then exceeded by stepping up to the I1 this weekend! Quaterflash and I received 64.8% Saturday and 64.7% Sunday for two 2nd places in the Intermediate FEI TOC, completing our Gold Medal Scores at Intermediate AND qualifying for GAIGs! We also dusted off the cobwebs on Friday in the FEI PSG $500 Challange finishing in the Ribbons 63.2% Massive thanks to @siobhan Byrne for all her training and coaching this weekend! Many congrats to all her Qualia Dressage LLC clients at Locks Edge for their HUGE successes this weekend. It was so fun to be together again for the weekend! Thank you to my Lauren Kimmel for all her training and many phone calls throughout the show!! Thanks so much to my amazing 2020 sponsors Equinutrix Nutrition and Shady Grove Magna Wave for making Q feel and look his best!! Can’t wait to share the official photographs!!!