My favorite phone call all year

Every year at this time, I get to make one of my favorite phone calls of the year.

I always get to notify and congratulate the current year’s recipient of the Zane Schulte Award. This is an award in honor of our son. It’s given to a professional trainer in the National Cutting Horse Association. It awards character, respect by peers, contribution to the industry, and excellence in the arena.

This year the award will be given to Scott Amos. Scott, on behalf of the Award committee, “Congratulations! You’re such a worthy recipient. You inspire us all!”

I want to share what I thought as I reflected on Scott and the meaning of the award this week. That’s the subject of today’s video.

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The most important person
to believe in you

I’ve had the great honor to travel around and meet and coach all kinds of riders.

These awesome experiences for me reminded me of a message that we all need to hear, including myself. Enjoy!

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Podcast with Sandy Collier

Last week I share Part-1 of a 2-part short podcast series with Sandy Collier about some of her favorite high performance strategies.

This is Part 2 and the topic is about what to do right before you go into the ring to show.

Enjoy! It’s great info and even has a tip from the judge’s point of view, too.

This has been a busy travel time for me… and it’s been so wonderful to be out seeing you all in beautiful places with gorgeous weather.

PS: You can download this podcast episode if you like by clicking on the three dots on the right side of the audio player.

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Podcast with Sandy Collier

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Who you are becoming

I want to share a research-based truth with you that is one of my favorites… and one that I was reminded of this week.

It’s one of those ideas we all know, but it’s always great to be reminded.

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Do you have these skills for connection?

In this week’s video, I want to share a little bit more about a free Workshop that’s going on right now.

It’s called, Well Connected and it’s all about how you can cultivate more feel and connection with your horse.

There’s a lot of excitement about the results riders are having with their horses by utilizing the skills, behaviors and routines in the Workshop.

I thought you might want to know a little more about it so you don’t miss it.

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Are ‘feel’ and ‘connection’ teachable?

In the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to you about the pieces and the parts of riding.

We talked about sequences a little bit. We talked about developing feel.

It all got me thinking about the definition of ‘feel’ and ‘connection’, what that means, and how you can develop them.

That’s what this video is all about.

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When you feel anxious…

One thing we all experience from time-to-time is fear, or anxiety, or just a feeling of being over-excited.

When that happens when we ride, because of the connection of the mind, body, and emotion, that feeling on the inside causes a reaction in our body.

What to do when that happens is what this video is all about.

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Develop feel by focusing here

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about the pieces of riding. It’s been a lot of fun. I had a lot of comments about last week’s video when I worked Nic on the flag to demonstrate a point that applies to all riders.

One of our members sent in a question about flag work. I’m going to respond to the specific question about flag work, but my response also applies to all disciplines. The concept I explain is an important one for developing ‘feel’.

That’s what this video is all about.

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Flag Work Pieces

Last week we talked about how challenging it is to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together when you’re learning to ride. There are so many of them.

Every time you find one it’s like a little treasure. It makes it so much easier for you if you view learning to ride as hunting for these puzzle pieces… and being delighted to find them.

In this video, I take you through getting ready to work the flag from the saddling area to completion of the practice. I’ll go through a number of the ‘pieces’ and share with you how I see those different segments.

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treasures of puzzle pieces

We did some fun things this week in our Core Confidence class.

The topic came up about how challenging it is to learn to do whatever it is that you want to do with your horse… either on the ground… in the saddle… maybe showing in a performance sport.

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