Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC

Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC
Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC

Monday, April 30, 2018

Centered Riding Clinic Entry Forms

May 18-19, 2018
Open Centered Riding Clinic
This clinic is specific to Centered Riding techniques and Centered Riding Basics
 as applied to all disciplines of riding

Regina Liberatore, Level III Centered Riding Clinician 
An international clinician, Regina teaches all over the US as well as overseas in the United Kingdom and Japan.  Regina has worked with many disciplines of riders and levels of horses.  While successfully providing tools and insights into new ways of riding, she specializes in creating or increasing harmony and understanding in equine partnerships.  Regina is trained to watch how the rider’s body moves and she uses this to improve biomechanics for both the horse and rider. 
·  Centered Riding® Level III Clinician
·  USDF “L” Graduate
·  USDF Silver Medalist
·  USDF All Breed Horse of the Year: Appaloosa Open Prix St. George Champion
·  USDF Region 5 Open Second Level Champion, 2013
·  USDF All Breed Horse of the Year: Belgian Warmblood Open Second Level Champion 2013
·  Belgian Warmblood Association, Silver Medal Award, 2013

Clinic will be held at Bit of Honey Training in Wellington, CO. 
Entry includes breakfast and lunch both days of the clinic.
School horses are available, talk to Kim Leonard for more information.

Each person will participate in unmounted groundwork and lecture in the morning.  Riding will be in small groups in hour sessions Friday and Saturday.  Regina is available to teach lessons on Sunday for an additional fee.

Entry Form
(Please use one entry per horse)
$25.00 late fee for entries after May 5th

Rider Name: _____________________________________________________________
Rider’s current style of riding and riding level: ___________________________________
Phone # _______________________________________
Address: _______________________________________
Email: _________________________________________

Horse Name: ______________________________________________
            Current level of training: _______________________________
Breed: _____________________________________________
            Age: _______________________________________________
            Sex:    Mare    Gelding 

Arrival Day:
Thurs 5/17             or         Fri 5/18       or         hauling in daily

Any concerns or requests?

Food Allergies: ______________________________________________

Clinic Participation Fee  $225           x ______ # of horses = ________
Stalling $20 per day per horse           x ______ # of days  = ________
Auditor fee (if not riding) $20 per day x_______ #of days  = ________

Lesson with Regina on Sunday $95  x_______#of lessons = ________
         TOTAL:       _________
Make checks to Bit of Honey Training LLC

Send entries to:
Bit of Honey Training LLC
16687 N County Rd 9
Wellington, CO 80549

$25.00 late fee for entries after May 5th

Email bitofhoneytraining@gmail.com with questions or more information

Eventing Derby Weekend at Colorado Horse Park

This weekend Jasi and I took Raven to the Colorado Horse Park to compete in their eventing derby.  Usually the horse park hosts a few full horse trials every year, but this year they were all cancelled as the park works to prepare to host the Area IX championships in September.  It's a mixed blessing, as it's great for our area to be hosting championships, but to cancel the horse trials at the park makes it difficult for people in our area to qualify to ride in the championships this year.  Thankfully they were still able to host the derby, which is like a modified horse trial.

The horses could be entered in just dressage, just jumping, or both.  I entered Raven in both, so on Saturday morning we rode a dressage test.  She was absolutely bonkers in the stall, and was pretty wild in the warmup.  She did finally settle nicely in warmup, but when we went over to the dressage arena to ride our test things went downhill fast.  It's customary to ride around the outside of the arena and tell the judge and scribe your name and competition number before you start your test.  We did so, but as we approached the judges booth there was a blanket hanging over the side to shade their faces from the sun.  The blanket was flapping and snapping a bit in the breeze, and Raven determined that it was a horse eating monster.  This resulted in her attaining new levels of tension in her actual test.  It wasn't pretty, but we got it done.  On the other hand it wasn't anywhere near as bad as last weekend, so I called it success.

The second portion of the derby was a ride in the afternoon where we did a jumping course consisting of both stadium and cross country fences.  The stadium portion was great, a very twisty and turn-y five fences that catered to Raven's handiness.  There was a large wooden wagon sitting in the field as decoration which made Raven stop hard to inspect its potential as a horse monster.  Fortunately she believed me when I said it was safe and she continued on.  Jasi was able to get some video of the jumping too, and it came out really well considering how far away from us she actually was!


Since the derby was just a one day event, but the horse park opened for schooling their cross country course starting the following day, we also brought Highboy and Miss Pea for the weekend.  It was a remarkable difference between Highboy and Miss Pea versus Raven in the stalls.  Raven was bucking, rearing, screaming, generally causing mayhem if she couldn't see me.  She would get wild if either Miss Pea or Highboy left the stalling area as well.  

Schooling on the cross country course the following morning was great fun.  I rode Highboy (who spent the first half hour partying complete with full airborne shenanigans) and Jasi rode Miss Pea who merely stood at a distance watching Highboy with polite disinterest.


The good news was that once Highboy put his brain back in his head and quit doing impromptu airs above ground (a stablemate said she swore she saw him doing some levade out on course), he morphed into a fun-loving but athletic cross country horse.

Miss Pea also enjoyed the work up the bank.  The mare loves to gallop and hopping up a stair is great fun for her.

Both horses enjoyed the long gallops and running through the water.

Once Highboy was finished messing around with the small logs he really turned it on.  He focuses so much better on complicated jumps than simple ones.  He did some work on a prelim series involving jumping barrels into the water, jumping barrels out of the water, then a few strides to jumping barrels away from the water.

We also added in a small trakehner (log over a ditch) to our barrels series, and Highboy did all of it well.

Video of Highboy doing this combination can be seen here:

Miss Pea had fun with her fences too. I was so impressed with how quiet and sensible she was, and how well Jasi piloted her around the course.

Some video of Jasi and Miss Pea working on the full course can be seen here:

It was a super fun weekend, and we're so grateful for Kimberly Hale Photography for coming down and taking photos of the schooling.  Sara took the videos for us, and Forrest the dog was an awesome cheerleader all weekend.