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Mississippi View Farm (MVF) is a full service equestrian center that provides dressage training and horse boarding on the Mississippi River in Benton County, Minnesota. Owned and operated by Kate Phillips, MVF has 36 stalls, a large heated indoor arena, a standard-size outdoor dressage arena, and 20 acres of private wooded trails.
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Spring is finally here...
Video of Canada and Scarlet.
One of the special things about the National Dressage Pony Cup & Small Horse Championships is that we have more than 30 breeds represented. A huge THANK YOU to all of our breed award sponsors!
This is such a great perspective, filled with lots of truth. Breakthroughs may happen for riders, but in all honesty, horses learn a little bit every day, and no amount of drilling will change it.
If I had to pick one simple bit of advice about training horses, it might well be this basic concept---
We are not going to get very much accomplished on any given day, in any given training session, so don't get so darn frantic about it.
Meaning that if any of us went to the gym, and had a session with a personal trainer, would we expect to finish the session as an accomplished weight lifter, or an accomplished any type of athlete?
No way. We know that it is a long, gradual process, a tiny bit of improvement, day by day, week by week, month by month.
And yet, even knowing that, it is nonetheless easy to get "grindy" when trying to make progress with some poor horse.
Over and over, the same requests, do it again, because you didn't do it "right." Now again. Now again.
The horse gets tired and scared, the rider gets more demanding, and, as Yeats says in "The Second Coming," "Things fall apart; The centre cannot hold;"
If we don't want things to fall apart, we need to ask (demand?) less on any given day, because even though we can not make much progress FORWARD in any given session, we can make big steps backwards, by creating fear and resistance.
And this is the thing to realize. Forward progress is slower than backwards deterioration. It takes a heck of a lot less time to wreck a horse than to make a horse. And far less skill. Heck, anybody can wreck a horse.
If there is ONE SINGLE THING that I wish my little pea brain had grasped sooner about horse training, it would be that simple truth.
An insightful and well-presented article by a young professional originally from Minnesota,, Brianna Zwilling. So wonderful to see good trainers stepping forward in their careers.
How can professional riders and trainers set themselves apart from the herd in a competitive industry? Professional dressage trainer Brianna Zwilling expla...
Good to know from USDF Convention
Should the U.S. Dressage Finals take place on the West Coast? That was one hotly debated topic.
Very interesting article. Horse breeding is an inexact science, and when we create horses that are losing the purity of the gaits, the below average (that is, the "other 50%" of ALL FOALS BORN) can lack the balance needed to fulfill their needed role as easy amateur horses.
Using examples from the 2015 stallion licensing in Verden Germany it is shown how the wrong selection in Warmblood horses for thrust and mobility affects not...
Great article by Dolly Hannon, that gives a clear explanation of this difficult concept. "Handshakes"
A horse who is on the bit trusts the rider’s aids and accepts the contact with the bit.
Described as 'a kind and sympathetic bridle for horses that are sensitive in the mouth', Lottie Butler finds out how the Micklem bridle works
This is so helpful!
An excerpt from On The Levels. Additional videos are available only by subscription to www.onthelevels.com This video covers movements that are and are not a...
Nancy Watkins, you make our farm so beautiful!
One of my all-time favorites
Dressage Olympian Kyra Kyrklund demonstrates a simple solution to common balance problems with horses at any level.
Very interesting. The perspective of where you are seated as a judge has a lot to do with this, not just "opinion".
Day 7 Dressage Facts. Yesterday I showed which figures have the most variation between riders, and hence have the most effect on the rider ranking. Today I show the same Prix St Georges movements but this time each slice of the pie is proportional to the variation between the judges - the standard deviation of judge differences. The main features of the two charts are the same. Now this does take into account repetitions and coefficients, so it is going to highlight the figures that are shown twice and have double coefficients, so this may be an important contributor to both the rider variation and the judge variation.
Nevertheless, the figures that most separate the riders are also the ones that the judges have the most difficulty to agree on.
This is probably closely related to the observation on Day 2 that when movement scores move away from the 6-7 range then judges have more difficulty to agree, the fact that these figures have a wider score range will inevitably also mean that they will populate the left and right hand tails of the Day2 plot. So the Day 2 message is perhaps still the key to success: a more clearly defined and or a more finely executed award of penalties and reward for scores outside the 6-7 comfort zone? As always your comments and different perspectives are very welcome
Good news from Lexington!
Kulpa and Laura were Adult Amateur National Level champion for the USLF at the USDF Dressage Finals! Kulpa approves :)
Starring MVF foals and our very own Kate Phillips!
Director's Corner with Jennifer Roth, Lipizzan foals hosted by Lynne Warfel, and USLF Award Programs.
Mississippi View Farm's cover photo
Excellent references images. I am putting them on my page so we can all find them later when we are talking to our vet and farrier
Very interesting...worth a try. Let me know if anyone has success with this.
Note: This content is educational in nature and designed for equine health professionals. If you are interested in in, please ask your vet to recommend an ac...
Wonderful article on the double bridle. Please read to the end, as it addresses the various ways to hold the curb and snaffle rein, a subject of much discussion here as of late.
Eurodressage F.O.C.U.S., We live in times in which the necessity of the double bridle in high performance and FEI level dressage classes is being questioned much more than it in the past. May it be in magazines or well-known internet forums, dressage enthusiast up to Olympic trainers discuss whether…
There are three secrets to a secure-seat. By following them, you will develop the perfect seat for sitting the trot, and cantering with ease and confidence.
This is the ride that earned you a wildcard qualification to Nationals.
Laura Myllykangas/Pal and Morgan Rehm/Foxy enjoying each other's company
Boarding barns make it possible for people to become horse owners. What do boarders really want? What does your horse cost the boarding barn?
Dog days of summer
Evening chores with the newest MVF Lipizzan.
Morgan and Mike took great pictures of Troja and her baby.
News from the Iron River show.
Excellent day to be a Lipizzan in Wisconsin. The three Lipizzans showed against each other in the Tr3, and ALL got 69%, Madie and I tied and Laura beat us by .2% . Neapolitano Gloria (Latte) was reserve Champion in the open division.
For all those escape artists out there.
Our lesson pony Chunk being extremely naughty!! Who told him the circus is in town?!
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When we can't find Chris Gullikson, I know where to look. Just find the biggest red area on the weather map.
The Tempest group was treated to a fantastic light show in the Nebraska Sandhills the evening of May17th 2013.
Time-lapse photography by Guide Chris Gullikson
Leveled ring with fresh footing thanks to Todd!
Neo, standing like a statue for his Coggins.
Thanks Victor Medina for the amazing pictures!
Congratulations Mississippi View Farm on your new arrival and first of the season. Good job Canada and Ghitta
Look what the Easter bunny left us! Or, I should say, Favory Canada and Rigitta!
MVF Lipizzans wishes you and your family a safe and blessed Easter Sunday!
Just in time, Favory Rigitta makes a wonderful Easter Basket addition~
They're famous. Katy and Canada are on the USDF website
Kathy Nardi is in the ribbons!
Kathy Nardi and Grecco scored 64.625% in their 4-3 ride today. This earned them 6th place in a field of 11 horses. (Winning score was 68.938%).
Two more important links for the USDF Dressage Finals:
Tentative schedule (dated 10/29): http://www.usdf.org/usdressagefinals/event/schedule.pdf
Live results! http://results.horseshowoffice.com/
Two MVF riders and horses are competing at the US Dressage Finals this weekend:
Katy Myllykangas and Favory Canada:
11/6 - 1st Level Freestyle @ 11:48 a.m.
11/7 - 1st Level Test 3 @ 10:17 a.m.
11/8 - 1st Level Championship sometime after 8 a.m. (they draw for ride times)
11/9 - 1st Level Freestyle Championship sometime after 1:20 p.m. (again, they draw for ride times)
Kathy Nardi and Grecco:
11/6 - 4th Level Test 3 @ 11:04 a.m.
11/7 - 4th Level Championship sometime after 1:00 p.m. (draw for ride times)
11/9 - Prix St. Georges Championship sometime after 8:00 am (ditto)
USEF Network will be broadcasting select Championship classes from Ring 1 Friday through Sunday. For more information about live streaming see http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014usdf
Way to go Katy and Kathy!
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