"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." ~Robert Frost

"When you discard arogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret... Life is fun." ~The Tao of Pooh
The Art...
A quest for lightness and beauty inspired by the historical Baroque techniques of Europe.
Instead of riding for ego or prizes, an equestrian artist strives for a higher level of enlightenment within the "Zen garden" of the dressage arena. Working from the ground and saddle, the artist  learns the theory behind the maneuvers and then applies them uniquely to each horse.
"Catch -- the vigorous horse
           of your mind."   
                            ~Zen saying
"The morning glory, which blooms for an hour, differs not at heart from the giant pine, which lives for a thousand years." ~Zen poem  (In memory of Saqqara 1999-2010)
The Passion...
Your riding journey should lead to a wonderful relationship with your horse.
Whether you choose to ride for pleasure, competition, or the excitement of exhibition,
make sure to keep it enjoyable for both you and your equine partner.
The Adventure...
Dressage is more than riding endless circles in an arena. Take your riding to a new level by exploring the trail, working with cattle, picking up a garrocha or practicing an obstacle course. Dressage is not limited to a certain breed of horse or special kind of saddle.  Every rider can develop a more balanced seat and learn to give clear aids.  Every horse can improve through through collection and lightness.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."  ~Plutarch
Crista Vesel
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