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Getting Your Feet Wet

On Tuesday November 8th I’ll be giving a talk at the Royal City Literary Arts Society entitled ‘Getting Your Feet Wet‘.  It’s about submitting to literary journals and magazines as stepping stone in your writing career, but really, what does … Continue reading

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Death Throes of Dinosaurs

What we are witnessing in America, and around the world really, is the noisy death throes of sexist, racist, and homophobic culture.   The world as a whole is not as bad as it was 100, 50, or even 20 … Continue reading

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‘The Wolf’ due out soon!

Whew, it’s been a while since I updated this blog!  However that’s nothing compared to the time span between the days when I used to cartoon on a daily basis and sitting down to draw and ink an eight page … Continue reading

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The Mounted Combat Curriculum – Green Spur

Like the Mastery program, we have five ranks within the Cavaliere program, denoted by Spurs: Green, Blue, Red, Silver and Gold.  To acquire each rank you need to be a triple threat, demonstrating your skill in Horsemanship, Riding and Mounted … Continue reading

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Ride with Authority

The final item on the Riding Level 1 scoresheet is: 15. Demonstrate overall authority, safety & confidence This is similar and related to the last point on the Horsemanship Level1 sheet: 11. Demonstrate safety and common sense when working around … Continue reading

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Safety in numbers

Or rather, safety with numbers, is this week’s topic.  In other words, how do you 14.  Identify and maintain safe distance in group while riding and halted It’s not enough to simply maintain the pace and direction of your own … Continue reading

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Time to Stirrup Things!

Sorry, it’s a dreadful pun, but I couldn’t resist. The stirrup is arguably one of the most important inventions in the history of mounted warfare, and of riding in general.  The advent of the stirrup allowed a rider to mount … Continue reading

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Using the sword hand

Last week I talked about freeing the sword hand by using the reins in one hand.  This week we’ll deal with what to do with that free hand as we  12. Safely carry and move a long object (dressage or … Continue reading

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Freeing the sword hand

Up till now all discussing of the Riding 1 curriculum has implied the use of two hands on the reins.  This is because we ride with English tack in the Cavaliere program and teach English style riding (for the reasons … Continue reading

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Stick ’em up … or down

I had to be careful with the title of this week’s post.  Didn’t want it turning up in the wrong sort of searches,* as the next item on the Riding 1 checklist is: 9. Show correct way to hold a … Continue reading

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