The online equestrian journaling site, Barnby Notes, announces the sponsorship of dressage trainer, Hilary Moore. Hilary will regularly contribute to the online community of goal-setting equestrians who have chosen this web-based journaling to achieve success.
Additionally, Hilary's students will be invited to journal on Barnby Notes and take advantage of the diverse resources this state-of-the-art program has to offer.
Allison Brunelli, Founder & Owner, Barnby Notes:
"Just a few weeks ago, I spotted a blog post on Dressage Today titled, Perfect Enough. I laughed when I read Hilary’s take on how perfect we dressage riders oftentimes try to be. At least for me, she nailed it. She described how I want to be most of the time and she reminded me of how important it is to focus on finishing my rides feeling content that my horse and I don’t need to be perfect every day, but we can be “perfect enough”. A simple, but very important reminder, and I can’t thank her enough.
Hilary’s blog was compelling enough that I felt a connection and that prompted me to contact her. I wanted more. And I wanted her to write for the Web site I founded called Barnby Notes. Barnby Notes is a site that offers a new and exciting online training notebooks designed exclusively for equestrians. We encourage equestrians to write down their goals and what they have learned while in the saddle because if they do, they can significantly improve their memory retention and make the connections they are striving for in their riding. Hilary loved the idea of writing for Barnby Notes because she is a big advocate of goal setting. All in all, as I get to know Hilary, I’m finding that she really cares. And her caring approach really matters. The simple act of caring, especially that of keeping a notebook, improves the quality of each and every student’s life and that of their horses!
I am now sponsoring Hilary and her students with our new online notebook. And, I still read Hilary’s blogs on Dressage Today. They make me laugh while learning something new. Hilary seems like the kind of person and trainer that can offer a lot to others. I wish her and her students the best and am happy to support her and her students with the tools to focus on greater goal setting strategies.
As for me, this year I have a new goal while I somehow try to piece together Fourth Level. I will say to myself before each ride “Today is the perfect day to ride perfect enough.”"
Check out the February 2010 issue of Stable Management magazine for an interview with Hilary on building a successful relationship with your barn owner(s) to grow your training business.
I just received the draft of my article for the April issue of Dressage Today on Test Prep. Just in time for show season (fingers crossed that the snow clears by then), it will give you tips and tricks from a very different perspective ;) Stay tuned.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Blog Explores USDF “L” Program for Dressage Judge Training
GAITHERSBURG, MD – November 2, 2009 – Dressage Today magazine and its sister Web site, EquiSearch.com, both produced by Source Interlink Media’s Equine Network, welcome their newest blogger, Hilary Moore. Moore is a Maryland-based trainer and FEI competitor, currently participating in the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) “L” Program for judge training. Her blog will feature personal experiences, photos and inside tips from the entire “L” Program—including the closed sessions at the end.
“As an avid reader of Dressage Today, I am very excited to be working with them on this blog,” said Moore. “They already have a reputation for bringing practical, valuable material to dressage enthusiasts. Bringing the education I receive at the USDF ‘L’ Program to the Dressage Today readership seemed only natural, when you consider their commitment to educating the dressage community.”
To read Moore’s blog, visit http://special.equisearch.com/blog/hilarymoore or DressageToday.com and click on her link in the “Dressage Blogs” section.
Moore is a not only an FEI competitor, but also a USDF Associate Instructor. She is a USDF/U.S. Equestrian Federation Advanced Young Rider Graduate and holds the distinction of being one of the few former Young Riders to have simultaneously competed in FEI dressage and Young Rider/Preliminary Level eventing. Moore is also a professional journalist and used her combined skills to act as Marketing Chair of the 2009 PVDA Ride for Life and Dancing Horse Challenge, to benefit the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. For more information about Moore, visit www.mooredressage.com.
Dressage Today brings dressage experts to the reader. The magazine’s mission is to educate readers about the training of their horses for sport and art. Articles encourage the pursuit of a harmonious partnership between horse and rider, both in and out of the saddle. They include the physical, mental and emotional aspects of competitive and non-competitive riding. The magazine also strives to capture the excitement of the sport’s top stars and international competitors.
Moore’s blog joins a variety of other EquiSearch.com blogs, available at www.equisearch.com/resources/blogs.
About Source Interlink Media’s Equine Network
The Equine Network, a publishing group of Source Interlink Media, LLC, publishes Horse & Rider, EQUUS, Practical Horseman, Dressage Today, Arabian Horse World, EquiShopper and Discover Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park magazines and produces the Web sites EquiSearch.com, Equine.com and EquiShopper.com. Source Interlink Media, LLC, is a subsidiary of Source Interlink Companies, Inc., a media and marketing services company. Source Interlink is one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences and a leading distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, music CDs, magazines, games, books and related items. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.sourceinterlink.com.
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Dressage Today has picked up my blog! Please visit my blog's new home at: http://special.equisearch.com/blog/hilarymoore/
or on the Dressage Today homepage, under bloggers!
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I am waiting to go to dinner with everyone from the "L" Program and trying to process the day. I think I am still processing and might not actually be able to post too much information for a few days... When they tell you that a judge needs stamina and focus, they certainly were not joking.
Picture this: Sandy Howard lecturing from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch and 2 brief breaks. With nothing more than our "L" binders, a powerpoint and a couple dozen video clips (about 5 seconds each) to show examples.
She managed to keep everyone's attention, answer every question happily and maintain her energy for the ENTIRE time. I used to think a 3 hour, University lecture was impressive... this takes it to a whole new level.
Granted, we got a little punchy when she climbed on the table to show us what happens when a horse's weight is moved back, more onto his hind end. But, everyone managed to maintain their focus for the marathon lecture.
In my book, at least, Sandy Howard has proven she has the stamina and focus required of a successful judge! I hope that getting through hours of judging material today also starts to prove that we (the participants) are starting to build those qualities too.
I arrived in Park City around 8 p.m. tonight, ready to start my A session of the "L" Program (in case you haven't heard me talking about it the last 30 times). Wouldn't you know that I ran into one of the greatest horsemen in the world already. Not at the USDF Program, but... at the sushi bar next to my hotel.
His name is Suki and he is the sushi chef at a little place called The Last Samurai. Suki is Mongolian and when I told him I trained horses, mentioned that he used to ride horses. After spending 5 minutes trying to convince me that I must be a superior rider, because I jump things, I found out that Suki competed in his first horse race at the age of 6. I put two and two together and realized that Suki is one of those famous boy jockeys that you hear about on NPR, National Geographic and pretty much anything else talking about Mongolia.
So tomorrow, when I recover from eating way too much sushi and sit down for my first day of the "L" Program I will remember two things:
1. I can only work hard and hope to be half the horseman that Suki and his fellow riders are in Mongolia.
2. Even though I think it is one of the best sports in the world, it is still just a sport. Just when you think you are Ms. Serious Horsewoman, you will run into a Mongolian horse racer in a sushi bar in Utah. Not only will he be able to ride circles around you, but he will also be able to make better sushi than you.
I managed to find just enough clothing in my closet to put together to appropriate outfits for the "L" program. It made me realize that it has been a really long time since I wore trousers (think: Capitol Hill when Obama was in his first months as Senator!).
Everything is packed, the travel plans are set and I am ready to learn a LOT this weekend... and take some great photos. Stay tuned for my blog posts and photos throughout the weekend. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything in particular you would like to see.
ALSO: Stay tuned next Tuesday for some VERY exciting news about the blog.
Utah here I come!
Here is the first photo that has come in from Susan Stickle's shots from the BLMs this month! Love her and love them!