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Several successful students competing at various levels and achieving USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals, State and National awards and championships

 

Craig Stanley with Caliente DG showing Intermediare and scoring over 73% her first time out in 2016.

2013 USDF Third Level Horse of the Year, Caliente has also been very successful in the FEI Young Horse classes at 5 and 6 years of age including competing and placing in the championship finals in Chicago.

Habanero is a 4 year old gelding out of Caliente DG showing in the FEI Young Horse for 4 year olds with the fantastic score of 8.4.

Wiseton is a 4 year old gelding at his first show with Craig scoring 73% at First Level, 2014.

Habanero Wiseton

 

 

 

Trishi Sanchez and Atlantis Happy horse and students at a clinic.

 

Melissa and Graceful Times teaching Grand Prix movements to students.  Shown here working piaffe and passage.

CDS Adult Amateur Clinic, 2016, at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center.

From the summary letter from Lynn McEnespy to CDS:

A huge thank you to CDS, Melissa Creswick, Tracy Underwood who managed the program, and Michele Vaughn for the use of the fabulous Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center for the Northern Adult Amateur clinic. A terrific way to help and involve the AA's who make up the large majority of dressage riders today.  When I saw that my friend and colleague, Melissa Creswick, was the clinician this year, I REALLY wanted to ride.   

Melissa's logical approach to helping both horse and rider is so very refreshing.  First, negativity is not allowed.  Second, just like we humans horses are individuals too, and if things don't work as well as we want, have a plan and make it better tomorrow.  While not all of us can be gifted riders on gifted horses, we can still improve and have fun, even us "mature” riders with many years of riding experience.  Melissa has an excellent ability to identify the most important issue with either horse or rider, and then be able to correct it.  In observing most of the lessons, it was clear that improving riders seat and position issues resulted in their horses being happier and going better.

For me and also “senior” partner, my Hanoverian stallion Waterford, the huge "light bulb" moment was Melissa's use of the term "belly wall".  After hearing this in the early lessons, it piqued my interest as it is obviously not a standard dressage term.  However, using the "belly wall" for the half halts and to improve the sitting trot really made a significant difference and was immediately understood by participants.  In my sessions, she wanted to refine my aids to improve Waterford’s response and allow him to show more expression in the movements, and also keep me from pulling his neck to the left (an evil habit). Also, to keep the “discussion” going and not just let him decide what should be done.  Using the "belly wall" aid toward the rein he was heavy on (the right one) was almost magic!  He was strait with his weight even on all four  legs.  I was really gratified that we could do the more difficult work for piaffe, passage and pirouettes by using the belly wall aid.  Now I just need to keep it up and apply it to my other horses!

Melissa with Lynn McEnespy and her stallion Waterford working on the "fancy stuff", piaffe, passage and pirouettes. Fine tuning the "discussion" between horse and rider.