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Interesting piece about our beloved OTTBs!
12/30/2020
Retraining the OTTB Hunter with Caitlin Maloney - The Plaid Horse Magazine

Interesting piece about our beloved OTTBs!

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Thoroughbreds are talented, budget friendly, smart and extremely willing horses… so why don’t we see more of them in the hunter ring? After all, Thoroughbreds were the original hunters far before the warmbloods that dominate the ring today were commonplace. The answer to the la...

Flying Changes Magazine would like to thank Trafalgar SquareBooks at www.horseandriderbooks.com for an excellent partner...
12/21/2020

Flying Changes Magazine would like to thank Trafalgar Square
Books at www.horseandriderbooks.com for an excellent partnership this year. Horse and Rider Books has provided Flying Changes subscribers with incredible content each month related
to training, horsemanship, and riding, all in the pursuit of making
us better. We are so grateful for the high-quality excerpts they
have provided us, allowing our publication to access and share content that is diverse and extremely supportive to our equine-related goals.

Thank you, Trafalgar Square Books for your support and your words of wisdom! Readers: check out some of the titles and excerpts that have taken place over the 2020 year. It's the perfect gift! Books can be found at: www.horseandriderbooks.com

Love this! Thank you Sunset Hills Dressage for the shout out.
12/21/2020

Love this! Thank you Sunset Hills Dressage for the shout out.

#motivationmonday with Darby Bonomi PhD, Sport and Performance Psychologist! “Mental and psychological preparation isn’t a game. It’s a daily practice.” 💯 I highly recommend you take a minute for yourself and read her latest article in Flying Changes Magazine for some helpful tips on how to frame your show year and how to start 2021 feeling strong and confident. Thank you Darby for your words of wisdom! Here’s the link 👇🏼

https://www.flyingchanges.com/end-the-year-with-a-championship-mindset/?fbclid=IwAR1e0-zdKY5tzWbHCGxDWg-QkwsR0qW_iJTE6hk9lyE5i_uJ2Gd3gRUM5oM

#thejourneyisthedestination #sportspsychology #dailypractice

Thank you Elena Dotoli - Photography & Film for the beautiful 📸!
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#sunsethillsdressage #dressage #westcoastdressage #highperformance #highperformancedressage #equestriansofinstagram #teamathletux

This incredible duo is our December MYHORSE! Meet Patty Glick and her wonderful, Picturesque Rainberry, a talented Welsh...
12/18/2020

This incredible duo is our December MYHORSE! Meet Patty Glick and her wonderful, Picturesque Rainberry, a talented Welsh pony Patty is bringing up. She writes: "I came home with a just-started, lovely young mare with great breeding and a knees-to-the-chin jump. From the start, this smart pony has always been willing and eager to learn… Now, with our own year-end championships and even a little medal win, I think she is just about ready for the kiddos. Problem is, she is just such a joy to ride, I’m not quite ready to let them have her.” Read more about Patty and her wonderful pony at the link in our bio or pick up a December issue today! (To nominate your own horse or a special horse and rider duo, email [email protected]) https://www.flyingchanges.com/myhorse-patty-and-rainberry/

We are still trying to raise awareness of this awesome cause between the Equestrian Club at UW and Serenity Equine Rescu...
12/16/2020
Equestrians at UW Support Serenity Equine Rescue, organized by UW IHSA

We are still trying to raise awareness of this awesome cause between the Equestrian Club at UW and Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. Consider the gift of a donation to this worthy effort: their deadline is Dec 31! https://www.gofundme.com/f/equestrians-at-uw-support-serenity-rescue-horses?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

Perks for donating include: $20: Sticker (scroll to end of story to see desig… UW IHSA needs your support for Equestrians at UW Support Serenity Equine Rescue

Mental and psychological fitness is a year round, daily pursuit, just like physical fitness. As you end the year, cultiv...
12/10/2020

Mental and psychological fitness is a year round, daily pursuit, just like physical fitness. As you end the year, cultivate a championship mindset for next show season. In this month's Sport Psychology article, Darby Bonomi PhD talks about how to make championship decisions and prepare yourself for success even when you aren't showing. The full article is in our December Issue, or click the link here: https://www.flyingchanges.com/end-the-year-with-a-championship-mindset/

Our Holiday Issue is here! Inside, some extra special offerings like our tack store gift guide, a sports psychology arti...
12/07/2020

Our Holiday Issue is here! Inside, some extra special offerings like our tack store gift guide, a sports psychology article from Darby Bonomi PhD about thinking like a champion all year, and an incredible training excerpt from Jane Savoie and Horse and Rider Books. We also take a look at a local Century Ride and a charitable cause that could use our help this holiday season. Thank you, everyone, for an incredible year! We hope you enjoy Flying Changes December.

Absolute Horse
11/20/2020
Absolute Horse

Absolute Horse

Central Oregon is very lucky to have wild horses. The Ochoco herd was in the news today.
#wildhorses #wildhorseincentraloregon #Ochocoherd

Our November cover story is about Sonnenberg Farm's mare, Everdance, bred in the US, and winner of the 2020 Festival of ...
11/19/2020

Our November cover story is about Sonnenberg Farm's mare, Everdance, bred in the US, and winner of the 2020 Festival of Champions. This Oregon farm knew they had a special mare from the beginning, "Everdance always showed unbelievable mechanics in her movement—even as a young foal. Everdance had tons of suppleness and joint articulation. She would show us huge trot and canter passes in the field. When you combine her natural huge movement with her boldness and confidence, from a very young age, we could see her potential. She never showed us anything less.” Read more about this incredible mare and her journey to international competition in our latest issue. Link to the article, here: https://www.flyingchanges.com/sonnenberg-farms-us-bred-everdance-wins-at-the-2020-festival-of-champions/

Did you know? "Combined Driving is a versatile discipline, having evolved from its original design fifty years ago when ...
11/17/2020

Did you know? "Combined Driving is a versatile discipline, having evolved from its original design fifty years ago when it had a five-section Marathon and was restricted to four-in-hand horses only. Driving now embraces horses of all sizes from minis to drafts and turnouts of singles, pairs, unicorns, and fours, and offers several course formats. As the world changes, competition configurations evolve apace." The Equestrian's Institute is one of our clubs with news and updates included in the magazine each month. Merridy Hance, from the Driving Division sent in this bit about this awesome and ever-evolving discipline. Thank you EI. Learn more about this incredible club in our Club News section.

We are so proud to share this article from our November Issue, provided by the incredible @horseandriderbooks and Janet ...
11/10/2020

We are so proud to share this article from our November Issue, provided by the incredible @horseandriderbooks and Janet L. Jones PhD. From an excerpt from HORSE BRAIN, HUMAN BRAIN Janet Jones discusses how understanding the equine brain improves our connection, our training, and our ability to solve problems in a kind way. She also discusses cross-species communication and how special that is between horses and rider. She writes: "Asked which species of animal is best at mutual communication with humans, most people would guess dogs. After all, dogs are the most common pet and have evolved an innate alertness to human signals. But I believe the potential for cross-species communication is much greater between horses and riders." HOW COOL IS THAT? Read the article in our November issue or click the link here: https://www.flyingchanges.com/how-brain-science-can-revolutionize-horsemanship/ and check out the full book from our partners at Horse and Rider Books.

Charity of the Month! The University of Washington Equestrian Team, and Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation are th...
11/09/2020

Charity of the Month! The University of Washington Equestrian Team, and Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation are thrilled to announce they are partnering to raise funds and continue their good work in the community.
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The UW Equestrian Team welcomes riders of all disciplines, regardless of their experience, race, gender or financial status. The team is self-sustaining, and this year, lost the stipend the UW had traditionally offered, due to the pandemic. This downturn inspired them to reach out and collaborate with and support another vital equine community member, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation.
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Serenity has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming horses and ponies for over a decade, as well as providing welfare checks and community support to families that have fallen on difficult times. Serenity also keeps special needs and elderly horses in sanctuary. The rescue is staffed by volunteers and is financed entirely by donation.
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The fundraiser will be up on GoFundMe. Proceeds will be split 40% UW Equestrian Team, 60% Serenity Equine.
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DONATION DEADLINE: Dec 31.
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Go here to learn more and donate to this wonderful cause: https://www.flyingchanges.com/charity-of-the-month-uw-and-serenity-equine-rescue/

Phrases like, "I can’t do this course; I can’t ride this test; I’m going to fall” are like old clothes we hang onto beca...
11/05/2020

Phrases like, "I can’t do this course; I can’t ride this test; I’m going to fall” are like old clothes we hang onto because we are used to them, but they no longer fit. In this month's Sport and Performance Psychology piece, Darby Bonomi PhD talks about the power of negative thinking and how to say no to junk thoughts.
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She writes for our November Issue: "I don’t allow my riders to criticize themselves in a global way that is meaningless, and has no specificity. No ride is completely bad; no rider is completely bad. Allow yourself to say something like, 'I was on the pace and kept my track to the first four fences, but around the turn I lost momentum, took back and then got underneath fence 5.' This type of self-evaluation acknowledges what you did correctly and provides specific feedback for areas of improvement. In addition, this feedback gives you a ready plan to rectify problems.
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We absolutely love this ongoing contribution from Darby, and this month's article is so powerful, with tons of helpful ways to frame your thinking in a more positive way. Thank you, @darbybonomi for this fantastic piece! Read the full article in our November Issue or click the link: https://www.flyingchanges.com/junk-thoughts-just-say-no/

We are so honored to sponsor the Young Black Equestrians podcast this week. Their latest episode is with Michael Lynch, ...
11/03/2020

We are so honored to sponsor the Young Black Equestrians podcast this week. Their latest episode is with Michael Lynch, who talks about his commitment to horses as a gaited horse show judge. In this episode Michael discusses how his show experience has affected his judging morals, and what he sees for the future of equestrian sports. Learn more about his journey as a horse-lover in the rural south in this week's episode! https://www.youngblackequestrians.com/

November is HERE. So much great stuff to share in this issue. First, our cover story features Oregon's Sonnenberg Farm a...
11/02/2020

November is HERE. So much great stuff to share in this issue. First, our cover story features Oregon's Sonnenberg Farm and the beautiful Everdance, who won the Festival of Champions this year ridden by Endel Ots. This special mare was turning heads, even as a baby. Also inside, how to mentally prepare for the show ring by saying "no" to junk thoughts and a special essay from Chris Cervantes on cultural diversity in our sport. And lastly, what brain science is revealing to us about how we communicate with our equine partners. It's all here in the November Issue of Flying Changes Magazine. Enjoy!

What a pair! At Central Oregon Chapter's Fall Fling Show, Mary Cuevas and Lauren Baker did a Pas de Deux with fjords Han...
10/27/2020

What a pair! At Central Oregon Chapter's Fall Fling Show, Mary Cuevas and Lauren Baker did a Pas de Deux with fjords Hannah (owned by Mary) and Sven (owned by Maggie Mclaughlin). They did a First Level routine choreographed by Mary Cuevas and earned the Overall High Point with a score of 72.750%. Best of all, it was a total blast! Congratulations Mary and Lauren on a great ride.

Did you know we feature tack and sale items on our Marketplace page? Check out a few of these sale items and email accou...
10/26/2020

Did you know we feature tack and sale items on our Marketplace page? Check out a few of these sale items and email [email protected] if you're interested in an item. (To feature a product, email us for details) 1.) Ariat Field Heritage Boots, size 6.5, size short, slim. New in the box $195 2.) 2015 Schleese Obrigado 17.5 saddle, like new condition $4000 3.) 2018 Fairfax Garth Monoflap Dressage Saddle 17.5 $3500

We LOVE our social pages and sharing images from our equestrian community. Here are a few favorites that appeared in our...
10/24/2020

We LOVE our social pages and sharing images from our equestrian community. Here are a few favorites that appeared in our October Issue. Tag us and join us in the next Flying Changes! Featured here: @kyaphotography_equestrian, @great_american_horse_drive, @impulsionimages, Bend Polo Club See more in our lovely October pages xo

Improved focus, better response time, increased range of motion, more strength, and a better connection to your own body...
10/23/2020

Improved focus, better response time, increased range of motion, more strength, and a better connection to your own body. In our October Issue we focus on the quality of our bodies and what that brings to the ride. In this article from the fantastic Cathy Woods, and Horse and Rider Books, we look at the benefits of yoga with a practice that specifically benefits equestrians. You will love this flow! Check out our super special October yoga article.

Today we talk about a new addition to our tack trunk and what an essential bluerub has become for our rides. "With these...
10/19/2020

Today we talk about a new addition to our tack trunk and what an essential bluerub has become for our rides. "With these products in my tack trunk I can ride longer and avoid irritants, and help my body with aches, so that I can keep doing the very thing I love: riding. The same way a blister can ruin the perfect run, so too can an irritating boot rub or sore back take your focus away from the ride. Without a lot of fuss, and with a whole lot of care, bluerub offers clean and eco-friendly products at an accessible cost that solve a whole host of issues equestrian athletes face in their riding journeys." No joke. This stuff is the best: https://www.flyingchanges.com/tack-trunk-essentials-bluerub-the-answer-youve-been-looking-for/

We are so lucky to work with Dressage expert Trevor Ibborson-Woodward who sends us incredible training articles for the ...
10/16/2020

We are so lucky to work with Dressage expert Trevor Ibborson-Woodward who sends us incredible training articles for the magazine. This October, Trevor walks us through the history of, and the important basics, behind Shoulder-In and how this foundational piece of training is so beneficial to upper-level riding. His helpful tips include these steps: "Try and mentally divide the deployment of the shoulder-in into these four sections then the individual aids. It’s crucial that we first: a) Guide the horse’s head b) Then the shoulders c) And the midsection / rib cage and d) Only then, the hindquarters. e) Mentally separate each individual aid and their components." Thank you Trevor for this awesome training advice. Read it here or flip through our beautiful October Issue: https://www.flyingchanges.com/shoulder-in-the-beginning-of-your-dressage-journey/

What makes your horse special? Our October #MYHORSE is the wonderful Daisy (also known as Flower Girl) submitted by owne...
10/13/2020

What makes your horse special? Our October #MYHORSE is the wonderful Daisy (also known as Flower Girl) submitted by owner, Heather Sterling. We loved the journey this 14 year old OTTB has been on — that’s her on the track! — from racing to Equitation and joining Heather as she committed to being back in the saddle after a 20 year hiatus, Daisy has done Hunters, Equitation, and has taken Heather’s daughter to the Jumper ring. With year-end awards for both HDHJA and OHJA, Daisy now teaches young riders as a lesson horse. Heather writes: “Nothing makes me happier than walking into the barn and seeing a little girl grooming, petting, and hugging on Daisy. Her Jockey Club name is Daisy’s a Gem, and that couldn’t be more true.” Check out the full text in our October Issue or click the link: https://www.flyingchanges.com/myhorse-heather-sterling-and-daisy/

Nominate your own horse for a future issue by emailing [email protected] or send us a DM. Here’s what we want to know:⁠

Show Name:⁠
Age:⁠
Breed:⁠
Disciplines:⁠
USEF (optional)⁠
Favorite Accomplishment:⁠
Fun Fact:⁠
“My Horse is Special Because…”

Carolyn Osborne of Sacred Embers makes beautiful jewelry incorporating the ashes of our beloved pets. She also does  cus...
10/12/2020

Carolyn Osborne of Sacred Embers makes beautiful jewelry incorporating the ashes of our beloved pets. She also does custom glass pieces for all occasions. A wonderful gift idea for anyone who has lost a pet and would like them remembered in a special way. Go to Sacredembers.com for more info. Thank you for your beautiful work and for sharing this with us, Carolyn!

Did you know that each month we feature an organization or cause that could use support, applause, donations, or… all of...
10/12/2020

Did you know that each month we feature an organization or cause that could use support, applause, donations, or… all of the above? This month we featured SAFE: Save a Forgotten Equine, an organization that takes in horses facing abuse or neglect and rehabilitates them so they are ready for their forever homes. Located in Redmond, WA, SAFE’s mission is: to rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.
Read all about this awesome organization in our October Issue, or click the link, here: https://www.flyingchanges.com/charity-of-the-month-save.../

Congratulations to Newberg Oregon's Stephen Birchall, who was awarded a $10K grant from The Dressage Foundation's Debbie...
10/11/2020

Congratulations to Newberg Oregon's Stephen Birchall, who was awarded a $10K grant from The Dressage Foundation's Debbie McDonald Fund for Pacific Northwest FEI Riders last month. Stephen has owned and operated Birchall Equestrian and Co, for over 20 years. He is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist and has trained seven horses to the Grand Prix level. Additionally, Stephen has coached students to multiple NAYC and national titles. Stephen plans to use the $10,000 grant to travel to Wellington, FL, to compete in 2021. Read the full article in our October Issue or at the link below. Photo Credit: S. Hellner Photo https://www.flyingchanges.com/oregons-stephen-birchall-awarded-10000-grant-for-pacific-northwest-fei-riders/

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