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June is here! We are beyond proud to introduce @pdxbravo, our cover story, about Jessica Crannell and her World Champion...
06/04/2020

June is here! We are beyond proud to introduce @pdxbravo, our cover story, about Jessica Crannell and her World Champion Clydesdales. Jessica is on a mission to improve the quality of sporthorses and shift the bias against draft breeds. Her Clydesdales are proof positive, that these big beauties can be winners in the dressage ring. Read about her (and more!) in our beautiful June Issue.

The cuteness! We love our Club News section for the updates from the clubs we represent, but we'd be lying if we said we...
05/27/2020

The cuteness! We love our Club News section for the updates from the clubs we represent, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't just LOVE the pictures. Thanks @wshja_horseshows and @wshja for these great pics in our last issue. See anyone you recognize?

Our May Issue takes a close look at the Oregon High Desert Classics, which began as a fundraiser for The High Desert Mus...
05/26/2020

Our May Issue takes a close look at the Oregon High Desert Classics, which began as a fundraiser for The High Desert Museum in the 80s, and now has a longstanding partnership with J Bar J Youth Services. The show’s history and its place in contemporary showing make it a beloved event for the equestrian community. Check out our inside look, with photography from its early days, a new show manager in 2020, and how it acts as an emblem for troubled youth through the J Bar J Ranch.
1. Claire Archer on Clockwise 2019 Grand Prix
2. Jennifer Steeds on Huck Finn 1983
3. Lindsay Garner on Capilano in 2019 Grand Prix
4. Carol Shulund on Silver Twist

In the pursuit of mastery. We are so grateful to @horseandriderbooks for producing such awesome educational books for ri...
05/18/2020

In the pursuit of mastery. We are so grateful to @horseandriderbooks for producing such awesome educational books for riders and supplying us with gorgeous excerpts for the magazine. Be sure to cruise by and pick up a book or two. Education leads to mastery! Never stop learning ✨

Here's an awesome opportunity. Today, Friday May 15th at 12 PST, pop on over to Instagram for a live interview with spor...
05/15/2020

Here's an awesome opportunity. Today, Friday May 15th at 12 PST, pop on over to Instagram for a live interview with sport and performance psychology Darby Bonomi and Olympic Eventer Lauren Billys about staying motivated and the psychology of motivation for equestrians. The mental game is huge and we're big fans of Dr. Bonomi's work. Enjoy!

And plastic bags! What has your horse taught you?
05/13/2020

And plastic bags! What has your horse taught you?

05/12/2020

How do you improve? We all want to get better and improve in the sport. Advanced Eventer, Andrea Waldo says in her book “Brain Training For Riders,” the best way to do so is by embracing your failure. Every time you make a mistake and correct it, nueropathways develop and get stronger. According to science, this can’t happen if you don’t first make a mistake and improve on it. In fact, practicing to perfection won’t generate new skills, it will only improve old ones. Perfect for preparing for a show, but not if you want to learn something new. In the excerpt in our May Issue Andrea discusses how to fail better in order to achieve mastery. To learn more, check out our May Issue and read more about the science of success Horse and Rider Books

A closer look at some of the contributions we received for our May Issue. Thank you to everyone who participated and fil...
05/11/2020

A closer look at some of the contributions we received for our May Issue. Thank you to everyone who participated and filled our pages with hope, optimism, stories, and inspiration!

A little peek at what's inside our May Issue -- out now! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We are so grateful for y...
05/07/2020

A little peek at what's inside our May Issue -- out now! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We are so grateful for your support.

The May Issue is HERE. Such a special edition. We asked for your words, stories, struggles, and thoughts on the pandemic...
05/04/2020

The May Issue is HERE. Such a special edition. We asked for your words, stories, struggles, and thoughts on the pandemic and we put it all here. Trainers, veterinarians, barn owners, and equine professionals sent in some lovely contributions. In addition: we talk about the importance of making BIG mistakes and we profiled the long and storied history of The Oregon High Desert Classics. It's all here for you to enjoy! Thank you everyone who contributed to this issue. We couldn't do it without you!

I absolutely cannot resist a hunt photo. Here is current @woodbrookhuntclub President Kate Gormally out for a casual hun...
04/29/2020

I absolutely cannot resist a hunt photo. Here is current @woodbrookhuntclub President Kate Gormally out for a casual hunt on a sunny day. Excited for all your club photos featured in the May Issue -- out soon!

Ohhh the 20 meter circle! A training essential and an extremely repetitive tool. However, in our "Banish Boring Circles"...
04/17/2020

Ohhh the 20 meter circle! A training essential and an extremely repetitive tool. However, in our "Banish Boring Circles" article, trainer Julia Kohl offers up a creative take on circles that will keep both you and your horse interested. Here's How:
1 Begin on the right rein, riding a circle in walk slightly to the inside of the track.
2 Upon reaching the open side of the circle, prepare to leg-yield your horse’s haunches to the
outside of the circle. Use an opening inside rein to guide your horse’s forehand inward, as if you
want to ride toward the middle of the circle.
3 Once your horse is positioned inward, bring your right (inside) leg slightly back, weight your
inside seat bone, and drive the horse sideways to the left.
4 The outside rein helps guide the horse sideways to the left and ensures that he doesn’t overbend
to the right.
5 Your left (outside) “guarding” leg prevents the haunches from coming out too far, which
would cause the horse to move too much to the side and not enough forward.
6 The inside rein should “give” as frequently as possible to allow the horse’s inside hind leg to
cross over his outside hind leg.
7 Each rein must continuously work in conjunction with the other: The inside rein guides the
forehand inward to create sideways movement, and then lightens to allow the outside rein to
keep the horse on the (circular) path of travel. Then, before the inside flexion diminishes, the
inside rein comes into play again to maintain it.
8 After several steps of leg-yield, let your horse glide seamlessly back to tracking straight ahead
on the circle. Your inside leg returns to driving at the girth; your inside seat bone stops driving
sideways; your inside hip is positioned only slightly forward, and your outside aids prevent the
horse from drifting outward onto the track.
9 After a few steps straight, ask your horse to leg-yield again off your inside leg.
10 Ride this exercise for a few circles and then repeat in the other direction and at trot.

This and more, in our April Issue!

Our April Issue has some awesome pics from the desert, a great page of photos from our readers, and a fantastic recap of...
04/15/2020

Our April Issue has some awesome pics from the desert, a great page of photos from our readers, and a fantastic recap of the Jeff Cook Clinic. Here are some favorite images and pages from the issue. Thank you everyone who sent us photography! We love seeing your smiling faces 😀

"A good dressage rider should be somewhat athletic, balanced, but above all patient, and have a love for the horse and t...
04/13/2020

"A good dressage rider should be somewhat athletic, balanced, but above all patient, and have a love for the horse and the sport.” Brooke Voldbaek of the new Pirouette Dressage Center in Wilsonville, OR, was interviewed for our April Issue. This talented trainer and rider discusses the joys and challenges of being a trainer, her own unique path to Pirouette Dressage, and offers advice for up and coming riders. "Dressage can be a very humbling sport at times, so stay confident and remember your passion." Thank you, Brooke! Full article in our April Issue.

One of our April features is by Mary Cuevas, who earned a Silver Medal on her horse Dante. In the essay she reflects on ...
04/09/2020

One of our April features is by Mary Cuevas, who earned a Silver Medal on her horse Dante. In the essay she reflects on her dressage goals with Dante, which took 16 years of uphill battles to achieve. The article, however, is much more a reflection on the strength and beauty horses bring to our lives — that you get what you put in, and in a series of lessons learned Mary walks us through a unique success story, and also a heartbreak, when inevitably our equine friends must depart the world and leave us behind.

In pursuit of their Silver Medal, Mary and Dante earned scores of 58 and 59 one summer, just inches away from the 60% they needed. As trainer Natalie Perry puts it: “Mary should be the photo next to GRIT in the dictionary.” As Dante deals with years of benign melanomas, in the end they get the best of him. Yet, he and Mary earned their Silver Medal just before his health turned.

In a fantastic personal piece, Mary and Dante reflect on what we want and hope for out of our equine partnerships: love, determination, success, and ultimately, an entirely unique and lasting friendship. The kind you read about in books, but rarely find in your own life.

Thank you, Mary Cuevas and Lauren Baker for making this story possible. Readers can find it in our April pages.

For this month's Local Talent feature we highlighted the incredible Diana Axness from the Equestrians Institute. Her @ei...
04/08/2020

For this month's Local Talent feature we highlighted the incredible Diana Axness from the Equestrians Institute. Her @eidriving family writes: "Under your leadership, the Equestrians Institute driving division that started decades ago has bloomed from having one sociable little event a year to the regional dynamo that now hosts multiple diverse events from beginning driving clinics to national championships. The division hosts event entries that are among the largest in the nation."

We absolutely love sharing stories from the riders, trainers, and club members you admire. Send us your nomination for next issue and thank you, Diana, for being such a stellar member of our community!

A reminder we are seeking content from our equine community about how the health crisis has affected them and how they a...
04/07/2020

A reminder we are seeking content from our equine community about how the health crisis has affected them and how they are dealing with it. From barn protocols and personal stories, to inspirational content or a lesson learned from all the changes we've made, we are focusing the May Issue on how our community is handling this strange and serious time. Send us anything at all! 1-2 page essays and photos can be sent to [email protected] by April 15 for inclusion.

Our April Issue is here! A fantastic essay from Mary Cuevas on her Journey to a silver medal on Dante, tricks and tips o...
04/06/2020

Our April Issue is here! A fantastic essay from Mary Cuevas on her Journey to a silver medal on Dante, tricks and tips on keeping circles interesting, local talent, and a look inside Pirouette Dressage Center. Not to mention: ADORABLE BABIES. It's foaling season. Here's what you need to know. We hope you love it!

During this strange and difficult time we are asking for personal essays from the equine community on how they are handl...
03/26/2020

During this strange and difficult time we are asking for personal essays from the equine community on how they are handling, affected by, and managing the health crisis as it pertains to the horse world. Send us your thoughts, feelings, and stories by April 10 for inclusion in the next issue. Submit to: [email protected] ❤️

smiles are contagious... pass one along xo
03/19/2020

smiles are contagious... pass one along xo

EVENTS. A few awesome events in the magazine you should know about, available online and in the mag! Check out www.flyin...
03/10/2020

EVENTS. A few awesome events in the magazine you should know about, available online and in the mag! Check out www.flyingchanges.com for more info and email us to include your event.

MARCH 15 - Open house at the NEW Pirouette Dressage Center with Brooke Voldbaek.
MARCH 20 - 22 - The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo. So much happening in Albany!
APRIL 1 -5 - The Spring National Inaugural at the Evergreen Equestrian Park www.wshja.org
APRIL 7 - 12 - Spring Inaugural Hunter (Derbys!) www.wshja.org
APRIL 25 - 26 - Susie Hutchinson Clinic ❤️ at Legacy Hunters & Jumpers

SALE: Rock Meadow is offering 10% anyone who books a summer camp spot before APRIL 1. Cuteness guaranteed -- see photo 😉

The NW Horse Fair and Expo is in a few weeks. A lot to enjoy and appreciate! Here are some dressage events, but please c...
03/09/2020

The NW Horse Fair and Expo is in a few weeks. A lot to enjoy and appreciate! Here are some dressage events, but please check out their site for more info.

The 2020 NW Horse Fair & Expo is fast approaching and we are excited to announce the Demo Riders for the Dressage Sessions with 'S' Judge Dolly Hannon!
The topics are great and useful for all levels of riding. The diversity Demo Horses is fabulous; truly demonstrating that Dressage is beneficial for every breed!
We hope that you will come down to the Linn County Farigrounds in Albany, OR March 20-22, support your fellow Dressage riders, watch other educational sessions and do some serious shopping!

M O N D A Y S 😝 photo: Nigel Gidney Photography
03/09/2020

M O N D A Y S 😝
photo: Nigel Gidney Photography

The Perfect Half-Halt: In our March Issue we are proud to share an article from riding-kinetics expert Eckart Meyners on...
03/09/2020

The Perfect Half-Halt: In our March Issue we are proud to share an article from riding-kinetics expert Eckart Meyners on what half-halts feel like, how to execute your half-halts more effectively, and with exercises to improve your coordination with independent aids. "During the moment of suspension in the horse’s trot or canter, the rider’s pelvis tilts slightly forward again, and as a result, her lower leg somewhat disconnects from the horse’s body and her hands move slightly and elastically forward. This is the moment when the rider “lets the horse’s forward impulsion out.” When the horse’s hooves make contact with the ground and the joints flex once more, the rider can utilize the next half-halt in the rhythm that is predetermined by the horse. This way, the rider can influence the horse with many consecutive half-halts that accompany the horse’s every movement—sometimes more, sometimes less pronounced. The functional principle is similar to a perpetual motion machine, since all the horse’s movements, whether at the walk, trot, or canter, give the rider the recurring opportunity to use the half-halt technique to influence the horse."

Read more on our website this week, and always, an enormous thanks to Horse and Rider Books for this informative and helpful excerpt!

So much fantastic stuff to share. Our March issue is out and we’d like to open with our Local Talent feature with Kristi...
03/06/2020

So much fantastic stuff to share. Our March issue is out and we’d like to open with our Local Talent feature with Kristina Gratton from Fauntleroy Farm. Kristina joined Fauntleroy this past year and was nominated for her impressive equestrian accomplishments and a teaching style that has made her much-beloved to her clients as well as earning them successful placings at The Sonoma Horse Park, Thunderbird, Spring National, and the October Classic. She’s back in the Pacific Northwest and is ready for an awesome show season. Note: Fauntleroy in beautiful Snohomish, WA, is currently accepting a select number of horses and riders into its program.

Have a rider, trainer, or barn owner to nominate? Email us at: [email protected]

We love our local talent feature! Check out Kristina Gratton from Fauntleroy Farm and the awesome barn family that nomin...
03/06/2020

We love our local talent feature! Check out Kristina Gratton from Fauntleroy Farm and the awesome barn family that nominated her ❤️

Thanks to the @fauntleroyfarm team and @flyingchangesmag for such a thoughtful feature! We’re so grateful for our clients and team members and are looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings!! 🥰⭐️🦄

Just a month away!
03/03/2020

Just a month away!

Spring Outreach Show is almost here - April 4-5th! ✨With no memberships required and minimal fees, the April Outreach is a perfect starting horse show for horses and riders looking to get their horse-showing feet wet! Come for the fun classes, great prizes and stay to watch the big Hunter Derby! ✨
Prize List coming soon!
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📸 @hollycasner
#wshja #hunterjumper #showjumping #Outreachshow #Zone9 #PNW

Our cutest, most adorable customer doing quality control on the March Issue. Pop on over to The Absolute Horse in Bend, ...
03/02/2020

Our cutest, most adorable customer doing quality control on the March Issue. Pop on over to The Absolute Horse in Bend, OR to pick up your copy, shop some fantastic winter sale items, and meet Batman!

Congratulations to Lindsey Paton Garner and her horse Capilano for their win in the FEI $2,500 Sapphire Tour! Special no...
02/28/2020

Congratulations to Lindsey Paton Garner and her horse Capilano for their win in the FEI $2,500 Sapphire Tour! Special note: IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY. Happy bday, Lindsey, and congratulations to you and Cappy!

"Paton has been paired with the 2008 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding (Capone I x Colonel Rae XX) since he was four years old. 'I’ve had him off and on throughout his life and last year was our first year moving up into the FEI division,' Paton shared. 'He’s been great, he’s half Thoroughbred so he’s smart, he’s fast, he’s careful and I know him really well, so classes like this where it's a little fast and has some inside turns, I know can really trust him.' "

Sneak peak at our March cover, which contains all the hopefulness of a beautiful spring in the Pacific Northwest. Also, ...
02/27/2020

Sneak peak at our March cover, which contains all the hopefulness of a beautiful spring in the Pacific Northwest. Also, nail your half-halts 😉 Issue out next week!

Congratulations, Riders!
02/25/2020

Congratulations, Riders!

WSHJA Riders bringing home ribbons at @thedesertcircuit ✨✨
Congratulations @thumbsupfarm @alerontrainingstables @teamarchway
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#wshja #hunterjumper #showjumping #Zone9 #PNW

Open to Zone 9 riders!
02/24/2020

Open to Zone 9 riders!

Sharing information about a fun clinic in Montana open to Zone 9 riders! 🐴
#wshja #Zone9 #USHJA #hunterjumper #showjumping #BigSkyCountry

You guys know I can’t resist an adorable hunting photo. Happy Friday! May your weekend riding plans be this cute.📸:@hunt...
02/21/2020

You guys know I can’t resist an adorable hunting photo. Happy Friday! May your weekend riding plans be this cute.📸:@huntworthphotos

The American Rodeo just announced a record number of female entries will be competing in barrels and roping in the upcom...
02/21/2020

The American Rodeo just announced a record number of female entries will be competing in barrels and roping in the upcoming semi-finals. Prize money is 150k. Go get it, ladies! 📸: @haileyraestewart

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