Monday, November 14, 2011
Dale and I - Myler Clinic in Quebec
My journey started Friday in Stratford where I meet Jeff and 2 managers from Cavalier. We were to be travelling companions. The rain never let up as we drove many hours to Mirabel. Upon arriving after a long day eager to rest, we had pleasantly found out that Dale and Richard from Cavalier had just finished for the day and were just sitting down to supper. The restaurant was famous for being the location of the last legal hanging in Quebec – a witch apparently.
Everyone in the arena would see the transformation. Time and time again, horse after horse would exhibit a more relax, calm way of going. Some horses you saw some measure of change, while others were dramatic – it changed and amazed everyone in the room. Dale was used to it.
Saturday night's supper was lively and again full of interesting stories from all over the world. It was easy to tell that Dale was at ease here among the french speaking people as he must be anywhere. He had recently returned from Brazil prior to this trip.
Sunday found our team at a facility where Linda Robert, long listed in 2009 for the Canadian Dressage Team, was training and riding. The process would repeat itself as in the previous day. Dale would customized the presentation for each group, this day focusing more on FEI and bitting rules – a subject Dale is quite passionate about. I was more comfortable this day since I had known the process but I had not evaluated such high end dressage, hunter and jumpers before. (photo of Josee riding a jumper for the first time with the new bit)
Jeff had asked me which day was more challenging, the first day with reiners (an event I'm most familiar with though my first day evaluating in front of Dale) or Sunday, a day with dressage and hunter, jumpers and being my second day evaluating. I felt that both presented their challenges but I found both days equally intriguing. I loved both days.
Dale said that every once in a while, there is a horse and rider that is adverse to the Myler Bitting System philosophy. It happens. Some people are very traditional and don't like change. It was into the early evening when this happened, after a long day, but we stayed and spoke with this rider at length. Dale even offered to have the lady resaddle her horse and work for as long as she needed.
Upward and onward,