Thursday, October 12, 2017
Not sure where I left off, but here I am.
It's already October, fall is here and the stable outside Montreal is beautiful!
It's about 50 degrees in the am. (+11 C), blue sky, crisp air, and the sun are rising between trees in all imaginable colors. I always loved the seasons and fall is my favorite when it is like this!!!
I have been here since the beginning of August, working as a private trainer for a nice lady, with great horses and a beautiful facility. I have my own three horses here as well and of course my two little dogs; Pebbles and Squiggles.
The dogs cannot believe that they are loose all day long. Very busy hunting, searching and discovering what's in the bushes or behind the barn! They are finally dogs, the way I want a dog to live! They are two really happy and lucky dogs!!!
It has been a huge change to come here and to leave my friends, clients and daily life behind! It all went so fast, that It's hard to grasp what I did during 2017 and how I ended up in Canada!!
It's hard when you don't know anyone, don't find your way and are used to a life in LA with daily routines. Maybe it's easier when you are younger..but!
I have not been to any shows since I came here but I'm happy that Marron is sound and working again. I hope he will be coming out in GP again next year. Unfortunately, he is getting older and like it is for all of us, sometimes your body doesn't “bounce” as much as it did when you were younger!? Ramour aka Ram will hopefully start out in PSG in the beginning of the season and if all goes well Int. I at the end. He is doing great and is very fun to work with. Fuego is working just a level below, hoping that he will be ready when it's time!
I'm honored to be the presenter/clinician at the Mane Event Expo in BC at the end of October. It's a big event and I'm looking forward to being there and to be talking about dressage.
As of now, I'm not sure if I will go to Florida or go back to Los Angeles. There are many reasons for both decisions and I will make that in a couple of days.
Anna and I will try to do better and keep you all more updated…It's hard when the "snow ball" is rolling to fast!
All the best to all of you! Stay safe, ride well!
Posted by Anna at 10:56PM
Friday, September 29, 2017
The Mane Event, Chilliwac, BC., Canada
Soon it's time for me to be the presenter/clinician for the Dressage part at The Mane Event in Chilliwack BC., Canada. It's a huge and fun equine expo where I will teach two sessions a day between October 20th-22nd . For over 13 years The Mane Event has hosted some of the best and most knowledgeable horse trainers and educators from North America and beyond! I'm very excited to be part of this big event!
The weekend will offer a daily schedule with clinicians from all parts of the equestrian world, presenting their disciplines to the spectators. As part of the expo there will also be lectures, a huge trade fair and so much more. With the help of the trade show exhibitors and attendees this event has become Canada's largest horse expo. Check it out! It will be a great and exciting weekend! Hope to see you there!
Posted by Anna at 9:14PM
Thursday, September 21, 2017
California Dressage Society Championships 2017
Mette and Marron are qualified for the CDS Championships in the Grand Prix but will be cheering everyone on from Canada! Best of luck to all the competitors this weekend!! Go California!
Posted by Anna at 11:34PM
Monday, July 31, 2017
New chapter in my life
Not only was it fun to be going to the National Finals in Gladstone but from there also to ride in the Nations Cup in Denmark and then in Sweden under the American flag representing the United States. I have been waiting for this to happen for such a long time but not before you are good enough you get a ticket to go. I have worked very hard for so many years and had a desire to make this happen and finally I did it! At one of the shows I had some people approach me and gave me a job offer that I couldn't refuse but of course I had to think about it first. It was not an easy decision to make but I felt it was time for a change. As long as there is wind I have to fly.
So after working at the same place for 27 years I have closed my business as of August 1st of 2017. And it is with sorrow in my heart I will leave Mill Creek Equestrian Center but still looking forward to taking my horses and dogs to a beautiful facility outside Montreal. I will train the owner of the barn with her beautiful horses on a higher level as well as riding some of them. I also bring my own tree super horses Marron, Ramour and Fuego and I hope they will all be ready for the season at Wellington, Florida where will we spend the winter season.
This is not an easy decision, I'm a California girl at heart and soul, having so many clients and friends that I'm leaving behind for now but you never know what will happen in the future! Thank you for all support from all of you!! Team Mette will keep you posted!
Posted by Anna at 9:11PM
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
FEI Nation's Cup US Team
Once again Mette has been selected to represent the United States in the FEI Nation's Cup, this time in the CDIO5* Falsterbo, Sweden.
Posted by Anna at 9:37PM
Thursday, June 29, 2017
On the Road
It's a long way to Tipperary but I'm on the journey and I am really enjoying this long trip!
I didn't have a clue in the early spring that I would fly my horse Marron from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ to ride in the Grand Prix National Finals!
But my trip and travel didn't end there..I was selected to represent America and be on the team in The Nations Cup in Denmark, so off I went!
Without my dear teammate and great friend Katherine Bateson and her funny cool husband Carl I still would have been sitting in Gladstone!!
They had it all organized….so I just followed like a puppy, traveling on trucks, airplanes and trucks again. But following your horse 24/7, you realize what a huge undertaking the whole journey is, and how much the horses has to go through!!
From Denmark I ended up in Sweden where I rode in a big National show last weekend and now I have one more big show in the middle of July, a 5* in Falsterbo, also in Sweden. It's another Nations Cup and I will come, together with my team mates at this show.
Unfortunately we are not together right now and it's sometimes a little lonely without my American friends!!! It's me and my lovely horse.
I stay at a beautiful barn owned by Charlotte Haid Bondegaard and her husband Rasmus. They have been the most amazing people and welcomed me to their home, stable and everything I need with open arms! I can not Thank them enough ,but I have also learned how lost you are without help and support from people who are on their home turf! We all have to remember that!!
Without them I would have been sitting in Denmark still, wondering where to go and how to get there!! I owe you forever!!!!
Tomorrow my Dear friend, judge and trainer Birgitta Bergsten will fly in to help me ride better! Her eyes from the judges point of view is so important !! I treasure her time and input tremendously, I am so looking forward to have her here !!
Cicci Rätz has also been a super good friend and helped me a lot to find things, go places and she also took care of Marron when I had to fly back home to LA.
Without good friends we are all sunk…So to al of you who came to the shows, helped me on my journey here and home..Cory, Mallory, Anna, I can't thank you enough! A blue ribbon is great, but Good friends are Better!
My sponsors…always behind me here or there! A huge Thank You! Triple Crown; Platinum Performance; Custom Saddles; Mastermind ,PS of Sweden; Goode Rider. K9, MDC Stirrups, Heritage Gloves!! I promise you that almost everyday someone is asking a question..where I have to mention your name, brand and my thoughts! Love you all!
As long as there is wind I will always Fly!!
Posted by Mette at 10:05PM
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Collage from Uggerhalne, Denmark, CDIO4* Nations Cup
It was a long and exciting trip to go all the way from Gladstone, NY, to Uggerhalne in Denmark. I was with my horse 24/7 and now I know how much the horses has to go through to get from A to B when you travel overseas to the big shows. Luckily my horse Marron traveled really well and despite the long hours on the road he came out safe, sound and happy.
The showground in Uggerhalne was great! The people were fantastic, greeting us every morning at 7 am when we arrived. It was the first time they used this brand new facility for a big competition like this, they did an amazing job!
During the same week as Nations Cup in dressage, the Nations Cup in jumping was held. This brought lots of riders, horses and spectators which made the show even more fun! I meet so many good riders from the 12 different countries that were competing. At one point we were 18 (!) horses in the schooling arena at the same time.
To ride under the American flag with my teammates was both inspiring and fun. I was both happy and proud of my horse who behaved really well in this electric atmosphere. Everyone did well, the dressage team ended up 4th with only a few points to 2nd, it was very close..!
Now I'm looking forward to the next one - Onward and upward!
Once again a big thanks to my sponsors: Triple Crown, Platinum Performance, Custom Saddlery, Goode Rider, PS of Sweden, Mastermind, K9Horse, MCD Stirrups and Heritage gloves. At every show, every warm-up, every minute, every day, I'm using something that represents you and everyone is aware of it!
Until next time!
Posted by Anna at 1:13AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Festival of the Champions - Gladstone
What an amazing week it has been! Not only did we qualify to ride in the Final at Gladstone but we had one of our best shows together so far! I'm so pleased with my beautiful horse Marron and how well he progressed throughout the week.
I can't thank everyone enough for all the support they gave me, my super and hardworking team that came with me, my staff at home; Mallory Schneider and Cajsa who makes it possible for me to be away and to everyone else - friends, family, clients who were watching and cheering me on!
My sponsors Triple Crown, Platinum Performance, Custom Saddlery, Mastermind, PSofSweden, Goode Rider, K9Horse, Heritage Gloves and MDC Stirrups; I'm more than thankful for your long time support and for making sure I have the very best products that's out there for me and my horse.
We had such a fun group of riders and horses traveling from California! I will miss you all and I hope you have a safe trip back home.
Marron and I are now off to Europe and will be competing at the Uggerhalne CDIO4* next week in the Nations Cup. We have a long trip ahead of us but I'm so excited for this next adventure that's ahead of me!!
Posted by Anna at 3:29PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Festival of the Champions - Gladstone
Tomorrow is the final day at the US Dressage National Championships! Tune in on www.usefnetwork.com to watch the Freestyle. GP starts at 11.20am ET, Mette is second to last at 12.10pm. The I-1 freestyle starts at 8.00am.
Looking forward to a fun day!!
Posted by Anna at 3:33PM
Friday, May 19, 2017
Festival of the Champions - Gladstone
Today's GP Special was one of my best rides in a long time!
The two judges from Europe, one had me first and the other one second(!), I ended up 4th. This gives me a lot of confidence now when I'm on my way to Europe to ride in the Nations Cup.
The last leg for the National Final here in Gladstone will be the freestyle on Sunday. Not only has Marron stepped up to the plate but it's also been so fun to be with the rest of the California riders. What an incredible group of super fun girls!! Also a big thanks to Tom Meyers that has helped me a lot this season and to my Anna that brought little Oliver with her and came out to help and support me together with my long time friend Cory :) What a great team!!
Posted by Anna at 3:34PM