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Carousel Update

Well 2 months have come and gone since our return from sunny Jupiter FL.  We were fortunate this year that we did not run into any spring storms like last year thank goodness.  Horses all travelled great and arrived home safe and sound.  I gave them 5 days off to recover then started them back to work.  I only got about a weeks rides on them and then it was off to Las Vegas for the World Cup Dressage finals.  There was a lot of us from here at Carousel that made the trip.  It was fabulous! Always way better to watch these top horses and riders live rather than on a video.

Once again in Florida!

Well once again it’s hard to believe the first month in FL has been and gone! It is so true what my dad use to say “the older you get the faster the world turns!” It has been a really great month though on several fronts, the weather has been amazing, my french roommates fantastic (Mathilde and Jean Guy from Montreal) as well as my wonderful niece Sandra, horses have been behaving and the shows top notch.

New horses!


Carousel's Spring Fun Mock Show

Judge: Janet Adams -NCCP Level 2 English Coach
April 27th, 2014
Starting at 1:00 pm – 3:00pm (approx)
Everyone should participate!
This will run like a real show!
Tests offered: Walk/Trot, Training-GP, Western Dressage Tests

Florida 2014

Well hello everyone! 

Courtney King Dye buys Bimini

Congratulations to Courtney King Dye on the purchase of Bimini, a 2003 gelding by Bordeux that was trained by Crystal and Sandra, and competed 3rd/4th/ PSG with Sandra.  Courtney is committed to being a great coach, with the hopes to bring her working student to the top level of dressage and Bimini is the first step.  Follow Courtney's blog and follow his adventure.


Well have been home from FL now for 2 months - and it is 2 months to soon - it is COLD here, have had to wear my downfill every day !!!  Lymrix has had a bit of down time with just easy rides and some much deserved time off. I have him up and going again . He feels great and I think he is glad to be back in work . He is enjoying his big grass paddock everyday as well. We are training for the Grand Prix and looking forward to when he is ready to compete
Just had Albrecht Heidemann here for three days and had an amazing clinic - Thanks Albrecht, great lessons as usual. 

Another Florida Season is Over.

Hello all!
Well another successful Florida season has come to a end!  Levi had his last ride Tues Mar 27th, and it couldn't of been better.  He has ended at such a good spot.  His strength has improved, and the Grand Prix work has become solid.  In March we had a lesson with Marcus Gribbe and 3 sessions with Juan Matute.  I have even learned from Juan how to work the piaffe/passage in hand!