Maribeth Dunlap
 
SkyPark Farm Dressage

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Dressagecoddiwomple

Dressage (n.) The art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance. A way of thinking. A way of living. A journey.

Coddiwomple (v.) To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

Welcome to my blog - my dressage coddiwomple - a meandering life journey which has and continues to take me down interesting roads where I have discovered extraordinary trouvailles and whimsical crooked paths.

Although I do not consider myself a writer of any grand quality, I am a bit of a spontaneous gallivanter who enjoys sharing and writing about my experiences and observations.

As a student of the horse, aviation, and life, I also view writing as another way to learn and cement the ideas further into my understanding. Writing allows me to dig deeper into the subject material and gives me more reason to research and explore. I love learning new things and I enjoy sharing what I learn with others.

If you continue to explore my dressage coddiwomple, I hope you will find my writings interesting and of some value. Most importantly, I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places and perhaps embark on your own journey - your very own extraordinary coddiwomple.

Feel free to contact me to leave a comment!  I'd love to hear from you.

~Maribeth

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August 18th Educational Expo

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Skin Conditions & Home Made Anti-Itch/Fungus Cream

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Skin Conditions & Home Made Anti-Itch/Fungus Cream

January 17, 2018

By Maribeth Dunlap


I have lived and kept my horses on my farm in Pennsyvania for most of my life.  We had to endure a mud season in spring where "scratches" were common around the pasterns and fetlocks of our horses. The opportunity to train in Florida during the winter gave me a another experience in fungus prevention. Fungus prevention in Flor...

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2018 Competition Calendar

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:20 AM

2018 Competition Calendar


3/24/2018-3/25/2018

March Magic Dressage

USDF# 316032

Levels: Intro - Grand Prix

www.sportingservices.net

Williamston, NC


4/14/2018-4/15/2018

Williamston Spring Dressage

USDF# 328429

Levels: Intro - Grand Prix

www.rosinburg-events.com

Williamston, NC


4/28/2018-4/29/...

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Home Made Fly Sprays

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:10 AM

Home Made Fly Sprays


Avon Skin So Soft Fly Spray

4 oz Avon Skin So Soft

1 oz Citronella Oil (essential oil)

12 oz White Vinegar

12 oz Water

Mix together in a spray bottle.  Shake well before each use.


Baby & Essential Oils Fly Spray

2 cups White Vinegar

4 capfulls of Baby Oil

10 drops each of essential oils:  L...

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The FEI Rule

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FEI Rule

Chapter I Dressage

Article 401 OBJECT AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF DRESSAGE


1. The object of Dressage is the development of the Horse into a happy Athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the Horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the Athlete.


These qualities are demonstrated by:

• The freed...

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A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:20 AM

A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children

~ Author Unknown


My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most

people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I

took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the

choices she would face in the future.


As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she

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Riding Lesson

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Poem: "Riding Lesson"

by Henry Taylor

From An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (University of Utah Press)


Riding Lesson


I learned two things

from an early riding teacher.

He held a nervous filly

in one hand and gestured

with the other, saying "Listen.

Keep one leg on one side,

the other leg on the other side,

and your mind in the middle."


He turned and mounted...

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The Dressage Lesson

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The Dressage Lesson - A Poem

by Stephen Forbes

July 03, 2017


Contact, oh contact, what does it mean?

Trying to figure this out makes me want to scream

Too light, too soft, too hard, too strong

My instructor yells that it's always wrong

They say it means whats going on in the back

This Dressage thing I can't seem to get the knack

"The hindelgs the hindlegs they are too out behind!"

Trying to get this...

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Components of a Good Position

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Components of a Good Position

By Maribeth Dunlap

May 2006 (Revised April 2017)


The position of the rider is perhaps the most important thing when studying dressage. It is from a correct position that allows us to positively influence and affect our horse. It also allows us to be in balance within our own bodies so that the horse can move in better balance. When we’re in good balance then we can better stay out of our horse’s ...

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Longeing Tips

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Longeing Tips

By Maribeth Dunlap

May 2007 (Revised April 2017)


There are many benefits and reasons for longeing. Longeing is an art itself and it takes many years of good practice to become effective. Longeing is meant to prepare a horse mentally and physically for under-saddle work. With the use of proper and correctly adjusted equipment, longeing can strengthen and help condition muscle, it can teach the horse the commands, and...

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