Classical Series Symposium…our 9th! Full report:

We had the pleasure to host our 9th Symposium over the weekend of October 10-12. We had a  lovely turnout with lots of new auditors and a few new horse and rider combinations. We were pleased to welcome a group of our regulars as well and most pleased to note their progress!

Topics for the lectures included working with the sensitive horse, refining lateral movement, channeling energy into rhythm, and from Dominique’s Alchemy, greater discovery of Be, not do. We had great participation and insightful questions from auditors…and this is always the best part! Well, perhaps after the champagne reception and dinner it is the best part. We had great French Orgue d’Barbary music and some Gypsy guitars and singers to entertain us!

For our next symposium, our 10th!, we’re inviting registered participants to email their questions and we’ll devote an entire lecture period to exploring their topics and answering the questions.

Enjoy the gallery below and make plans to be part of our next event. We’ve secured great rates at the Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg. But the rooms won’t last long. The winter symposium is always heavily attended! The dates: February 20-22, 2015. See you soon! Click on the tab above to sign up.

Symposium begins tomorrow!

We are excited to be gearing up for the Symposium that begins tomorrow. People have gathered from all over….some brought their horses for lessons, others brought enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn. It’s going to be great! Stay tuned next week for a wrap-up with pictures and more news.

Until then, have a look at the video that was created a few years ago. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Then mark your calendars to join us next February for our TENTH CLASSICAL SERIES SYMPOSIUM!!!  February 20 ~ 22.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNlLG3JFFUo

Amities,

Dominique and Debra

Brasil, then Golegã!

Be sure to click the links above for each of our trips this Fall! It’s going to be a busy time for us….first the Symposium, the 9th in our Classical Series, then our annual trip to Brasil, then to Golegã! We hope to see you for some of these exciting events.

Symposium Recap!

We’ve just finished the best-ever Classical Series Symposium. Thank you to all our participants and guests, and of course our marvelous team! We hosted guests from as far away as New Zealand and China…and many folks from Canada and the midwest looking to escape the cold for a bit. Well, it wasn’t frigid, but it sure was rainy. No matter, we all had a great time learning, dining, visiting with old friends and making new ones! Here’s a gallery of images from the weekend. Soon we’ll post a bit of video as well. We’ll be announcing the date for the next Symposium within the week.

AND….just to make you really excited, we are going to have a trip to Golegã (the amazing centuries-old festival of the Lusitano in Portugal) this year! Tentative dates are November 1 through 14…..mark your calendar. Details and sign-up page coming within the week.

Portugal AND Brasil

OOPS! Thought this was posted from Brasil!!! Well, better late than never. Time travel with me back to late September and then October….

As I am a little late in getting another blog post up about the trip in Portugal, I will combine some news from Portugal and the Lusitano Expo in Sao Paulo, Brasil. First, Portugal:

I had an excellent day visiting with Senhors Carlos and Rodrigo Torres at Coudelaria Torres Vaz Freire in the Alentejo, near Alter de Chao. I went especially to see the mares as I had been told that it was a marvelous group of females, and that there were many Larapio grandbabies and great-grandbabies.  Raja, their Larapio son (MAC), has created a herd of tremendous quality in a very short time. It was super to see such strength, functionality and refinement all through the group of 15 or so babies. Congratulations to Senhor Torres!

And now we are in Brasil. We spent last weekend at the International Lusitano Expo in Sao Paulo at the Clube Hipica Santa Amaro. Seeing all the horses was great, but seeing all our friends was even better. The camaraderie amongst the breeders and their families is very special. It was exciting to see all the young riders performing so well (The Almeida family, the Oliva family, Gabrielle Fisher, and the Avila sons). These kids are all under 22 and riding PSG through Grand Prix at a CDI*** event. Congratulations!!!

And….check out our new t-shirts and Iphone covers from our dear friend Beatrice Bulteau. It’s always wonderful to catch up with Beatrice and see the beautiful things she is working on. This year was even more fun because these things can arrive for the Holidays!!! Click on the “new products” tab at the top of the page. They won’t last long…there are limited quantities.