BACH Ride-A-Test April 2nd, 2022

On-The-Bit Farms has a nice open feel to it that my horse loves.  How is it that horses can tell when they are at a place that is run by expert horsemen, where horses are the priority?  The property is tree-lined and peaceful.   There is a large open space for warming up and the full dressage arena that has the amazing Lightfoot footing.  

Five BACH members participated in a Ride-A-Test there with Donna Meyer on April 2, 2022. One thing that we did not have to worry about was the weather, which was perfect.  Each rider performed two tests with 30 minutes in-between rides for comments and help by Donna.

After each ride, Donna picked out the fundamentals of the tests that needed the most attention and spent the next 30 minutes with the horse and rider giving them the profit of her years of experience as a judge and a trainer and an instructor.  She gave them the perspective of the judge, helped them to understand the whys of the movements, got down to some of the underlying problems and also suggested exercises to help with each of these.  It was a very productive day.   Donna has so much experience riding and judging (she holds an “r” for dressage and an “R” for Western dressage).  She is always engaged and nothing escapes her eye.

Karin and Faith and Rita and Rory
  • Karin Loftin brought her leased mare, Faith, who was completely unfazed about hauling in to a new property to perform two Training Level tests.  
  • They were followed by Kelli Johnson and her very tall horse, Banker, who is breaking into First Level.
  • Then Rita Nedrow, an Aggie eventer who is going to Nationals this spring, brought her 5-year-old, self-started, TB mare, Rory.
  • And finally, Amy Raines rode her 20-year-old horse, Max. 

Jinny Johnson scribed in the morning and one of the Aggie Eventers, Katy Vasquez, scribed in the afternoon.  Katy will also be going to Nationals.  We wish Rita and Katy the best in their endeavors!

Trailering: how to teach it, to prevent aversion, or fix the problem loader


April 23, 2022 – Still Creek Ranch
Our new president Jennifer Skinner will be leading an informational clinic on trailer loading, safety, and problem solving. Useful for all disciplines, ages, and experience levels!

Topics:

  • Trailer afety
  • Teaching to Load
  • Preventing aversions to loading
  • Fix the problem loader
  • Trailer Maintenance

“In my decades in the horse world one of the most common and frustrating issues I’ve seen people face is horses with anxiety over trailer loading. I have studied the horse and how they communicate with each other and I’ve spent hours upon hours working with hall of fame horseman forming an ability to communicate trust and respect with our equine partners. This clear cut communication has enabled me to help train young horses to be confide loaders and help older horses overcome their trailer loading difficulties. Come join us to learn valuable tools to help you and your horse be able to confidently load in and out of any trailer.” -Jennifer

This event will be open to the community at no charge! We encourage everyone to attend to learn what BACH is all about and join a community of like-minded horse enthusiasts. We will have membership forms available at the clinic, or you can download one here to send in: Membership Form.

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Schleese: Saddle Fitting Lecture and Demo

Check out the recap of this fantastic event!


When: May 14, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Where: Topsider Farm, College Station, TX

Join us for a saddle fit lecture and demo held at Topsider Farm with Connie Frantzke and Chris Moloughney with Schleese. For more information, visit https://schleese.com/.

RSVP to Colleen by using the form below or contacting her directly at colleen@schleese.com or 1.800.225.2242 x 31.

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Equestrian Yoga with BACH!

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Genesis Yoga Bryan 111 E. 27th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803 (See map and location information below.)

Get your om on with BACH as we become more in tune with our bodies in our first Equestrian Yoga class!

We are pleased to offer an all-levels class for anyone interested in how yoga can benefit the rider. Our instructor, Colleen O’Reilly will help us find our breath and connect with our bodies through moving meditation with a distinct focus on the challenges and needs of the modern equestrian.

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

The class will cost $10 per person, and participants will need to provide their own mat or padding. A limited number of spare mats will be available. All participants must sign and submit a liability waiver before class begins.

Meet our instructor, Colleen:
Colleen O’Reilly is a horse lover, dressage rider and yoga enthusiast! During her youth she explored all disciplines of horseback riding (even jousting!) but has found a lifelong love for Dressage. As she got more serious in riding and training, she realized that Yoga was an excellent way to cross train for the physical and mental demands of horseback riding. After a few years of practicing she decided to get certified (200 hour CYT) and delve into sharing with others what she had learned. These “Equestrian Yoga” classes will focus on the components of body and mental wellness required of horseback riders including but not limited to core strength, balance, breath work and body awareness She has a Master’s in equine exercise physiology and is currently working on her PhD in muscle physiology. . She is passionate about anatomy, yoga and horseback riding and hopes that the awareness yoga can bring to our lives will transfer into the saddle. She is excited to be a part of this BACH yoga collaboration and encourages you to come with excitement and curiosity regardless of your previous yoga experience.

More about the studio.

Genesis Yoga Byan is located on the top floor of the old municipal building (old Children’s Museum) at the corner of E 27th Street and S Tabor Avenue in Downtown Bryan, across from Clara B. Mounce Public library.


Map to Genesis Yoga