What's Happening at Team Symphony
The newest Yoga Ball Dressage video is now available! I made the Rider's Training Pyramid my own by switching steps three and four. Why work on muscular stamina (Step 3) if you are not in the correct position and balanced (Step 4)? So, I switched them.
Let me know if you are using any of these exercises with your horse. And as always, please feel free to ask questions.
I would like to introduce my newest Yoga Ball series in which I will be demonstrating the Training Pyramid for Riders. We're going to be posting weekly videos, starting with Step 1 - Flexibility and Step 2 - Core Engagement.
If you have any questions about what you've seen in this video or if you particularly liked something, please let me know in the comments.
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to both Gilroy and Bakersfield over the same weekend for riding and yoga ball clinics. All I can say is What a weekend, and thank goodness for Starbucks!
On Friday evening, my daughter Morgan and I drove 300 miles from Moorpark to Gilroy, California. I spent Saturday with some lovely ladies, first working on the yoga ball, and then moving on to under saddle work.
The ladies in Gilroy were attentive and enthusiastic. I always enjoy working with different breeds, and Donna's OTTB and Stacy's saddlebred didn't disappoint.
Many thanks to Lehanne and Donna for arranging the Gilroy clinic, and additional thanks to the rest of the riders and yoga ball participants. I would be delighted to come back for more yoga ball and clinic fun!
After finishing up on Saturday afternoon, Morgan and I made a quick detour to the Ariat store at the Gilroy Premium Outlets. From there, we headed the 225 miles back down the valley, arriving in Bakersfield at nearly 10:00 p.m.
Lessons in Bakersfield were to begin at 7:00 a.m. Even after stopping at Starbucks and dropping Morgan off to check on her pony, Louie, I still made it right on time for Sunday's marathon of a day!
The Bakersfield clinic was actually a series of lessons that took place at four different barns! Throughout the day, I worked with 10 riders and their 13 horses.
It was so wonderful to see dressage thriving in the mid-state! To my Bakersfield ladies, thank you so much for having me; I look forward to future clinics.
If you or your CDS Chapter are interested in a yoga ball or riding clinic, including western dressage, please contact me here. I'd love to meet you and your horse!
Team Symphony continues to shine, this time at the Dressage Association of Southern California's Championship Show in Santa Barbara, California.
Jersey Beach and Sophia won again! That team has been so successful all year. They just walked away with yet another First Place Championship win. Sophia and Jersey Beach earned DASC Junior/Young Rider Champion at First Level with another 68% and Training Level Freestyle Champion with 70%!
On Sunday, Dazzle and I scored a 68% in her first Intermediare 1! Then, Jackie Duncan killed it with Habanera in their First Level debut with a 71% and a 74%!
To finish the day, Sarah Bishop and Enzo brought home Reserve Champion at Training Level!
As always, I am so proud of both my juniors and adult amateurs. Way to go, Team Symphony!
What a winning weekend! As a coach, you hope that...
#1. Your advice is sound.
#2. Your students hear it.
#3. They remember what you said when they go into the show ring!
Here's to five ladies and girls who got it!!!
At the CDS Junior Championships in Del Mar, Sophia and Jersey Beach won First Place at First Level, and Cate and Griffin won Junior Reserve Champion at Training Level.
Meanwhile, at the CDS Central RAAC in Paso Robles, Cecile won First Place at Second Level on Glee and was also Reserve Champion in the First Level Novice Division.
Karen and Speedy took home Reserve Champion in the First Level Elite Division.
Sarah and Enzo brought home a 7th place ribbon in the Training Level Novice Division. Enzo ran his last race just under a year ago. This was his first big show. Wow!
I am so, so proud of Team Symphony! What a great season we're having, but it's not over yet. Come check out what we're doing at DASC!
I really needed a good day, and I got two this weekend! Team Symphony brought out their best for El Sueno's Mid-Summer Dressage show (July 29 - 30). While Dazzle had a few mistakes in the Prix St. George's, we still came away with a 67%!
Team Symphony's juniors continue to amaze. All summer long we've had juniors with high point and qualifying scores. Sophia and Jersey really stepped it up by earning their final qualifying score for CDS Junior Championships at First Level with a resounding 67% and 71%!
Not to be outdone by the juniors, Team Symphony's adult amateurs are also putting in some excellent rides. Cecile Audinet posted RAAC and Championship qualifying scores at First AND Second Level. She had a 70% First Level score and a solid 63% at Second Level. We'll see Cecile, Sarah Bishop, and Karen Sweaney all competing at this year's Central RAAC in Paso Robles.
The summer show season isn't over yet, so keep your eye out for Team Symphony. We look forward to seeing you!
While I took some of our juniors to the USDF Youth Sport Horse Breeding Seminar at DG Bar Ranch, other Team Symphony members were busy showing. Riding Elvis, Corbin Hurtado scored a solid 63% on both rides in his Western Dressage classes at White Birch Farm.
A friend sent me a message in the evening telling me that Chris and Corbin were quite the professionals without me, and that Corbin is an up and coming Western Dressage star! Best thing to hear while I was trying to extract info from two men.
I am proud of all the girls' high point wins so far this season, but I'm especially proud of Cate and Griffin. They had a particularly tough start together. So many trainers told her that it would be better to sell Griffin and get something more suitable. Not that that's bad advice, but she believed in her horse and persevered. So while Griffin is 8 going on 3, under Cate's guidance, they scored a 73% at their 4th show this season. Not only was the score outstanding, but they walked away with the Jr./YR High Point score!
Team Symphony has certainly been busy this summer. Come and join us!
My first show this season was interesting ... I had a little bit of a wardrobe malfunction, haha! My show boots were held together with my spur strap and the snap at the top!
Zipper issue aside, the show went quite well. The horses were wonderful, if a little excited going down centerline. To be honest, Dazzle, Rocky, and I were all chomping at the bit to go down centerline again. Dazzle had some truly awesome moments, but there were some blips in her first Prix St Georges. Rocky was just through the roof excited to show his first Fourth Level test. I'm sure that the next show will find them both much more relaxed. Many thanks to Ardean Bennett and Jan Handlers for letting me train and show these wonderful horses that we bred and have trained together!
One of my juniors, Cate, helped immeasurably by babysitting Rocky. He struggles with separation anxiety when the other horses or I leave him in the stall. He had to be monitored constantly during his first few months of foal hood; I'm sure that is why he gets so frantic. So while we've been working on this in small doses at home, there's still more to do. I'll be writing about his history soon.
The rest of Team Symphony was awesome as well! Jackie Duncan, my assistant trainer, and her baby, Dempsey, showed us how Training Level is done. They scored a 69% and 71%!
Morgan Hurtado and Maizie finished earning their Third Level qualifying scores for CDS Junior Championship. Now, she has to work hard to improve the quality of the movements. Morgan has only been riding Maizie for 3 months, so moving up to Third Level while learning a new horse is a steep step up. She's very excited to be learning from Maizie.
Sarah Bishop and her OTTB Enzo were working on getting their game faces on for CDS's Regional Adult Amateur Competition. Sarah is already qualified for RAAC, so this show was just another opportunity to polish up their Training Level Tests in preparation for August's show at the Fall Fling Dressage Show in Paso Robles.
As always, Team Symphony continues to be busy showing and enjoying our horses. The next time you see us at a show, please stop by and introduce yourself. We'd love to meet you!
Team Symphony's juniors attended the 2017 Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Seminar which featured Melissa Creswick, Willy Arts, and Kevin Reinig. We had a really interesting two days at DG Bar!
DG Bar has soooo many gorgeous horses! We also enjoyed a dairy tour and discussing breeding with the best in the biz. Many thanks to DG Bar Ranch, Kevin Reinig, and Melissa Cresswick for beings our hosts for this great event. What an amazing opportunity for our juniors and young riders!
Wow! I am so excited to show you the newly renovated website for Symphony Dressage Stables. We've been hard at work to bring you new content, better photos, and an easier way to stay connected with Team Symphony.
Besides working on the website, we've also been busy showing our horses! Our junior riders and adult amateurs have both been placing very well during this summer show season. Take a look!
I was also invited back to the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento as the dressage clinician. I took some of Team Symphony with me as demo riders, and of course I couldn't have done it without my family. Chris, Morgan, and Corbin were indispensable when it came to watching over the booth and keeping the riders on time and organized.
We have so much going on here at Symphony Dressage Stables besides showing. I've got some great Yoga Ball tips I want to share, our young horses are moving up the levels, and our juniors are making waves. I hope you'll join us in the fun.
15608 Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021
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Chemaine Hurtado, owner of Symphony Dressage Stables located in Moorpark, California, professionally trains horses and riders of all levels. Chemaine holds her Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals with the United States Dressage Federation. In addition, she has also earned her USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Freestyle Bars, a feat accomplished by very few riders. Team Symphony, her group of junior and amateur riders, has also enjoyed many years of success in both English and western dressage.