White House Equestrian Services

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Photos from White House Equestrian Services's post 09/10/2021

So happy with my student's, Kiptyn, new pony Pepper!! I got the chance to compete her in the South Peace Horse Trials last weekend and she won her division!!! The dressage judge complimented me on her after her dressage test!! I did make a couple small errors but other than that, she rose to the challenge!! Went clear in the show jumping phase with her easy flying changes and clear cross country with no time penalties!!! She is becoming increasingly more adjustable and easier to ride... Such a joy she is!!! Looking forward to witnessing Kiptyn and Pepper's journey together!!!

Photos from Chase Creek Eventing's post 07/15/2021

This is a fabulous opportunity for a talented rider!!!

Photos from White House Equestrian Services's post 07/05/2021

Well another clinic completed!! The Maeve Drew Show Jumping Clinic was another huge success!! She is truly outstanding ... Thank you so much Maeve Drew for yet another amazing clinic. The Peace Region Pony Club loved having you be our very first clinician!!!




Music Monday | London 2012 Olympics - Patrik Kittel

I so love this!!


Peace Region Pony Club is SUPER excited to offer a Maeve Drew Show Jumping Clinic to the Grande Prairie Area.

Please Contact Sheila White to Register


Just want to congratulate Kiptyn Gour on his purchase of the new pony Pepper!!! She is absolutely beautiful!!!! Its been quite a journey finding her with so many amazing horses out there.... So happy we found a great fit! Looking forward to seeing all you will accomplish with her!!
Big thank you to Dawne and Teigan Tkachuk for trusting us with your lovely, well trained little mare, and Jenn Pugh for all your help, was so appreciated!!!

Just want to congratulate Kiptyn Gour on his purchase of the new pony Pepper!!! She is absolutely beautiful!!!! Its been quite a journey finding her with so many amazing horses out there.... So happy we found a great fit! Looking forward to seeing all you will accomplish with her!!
Big thank you to Dawne and Teigan Tkachuk for trusting us with your lovely, well trained little mare, and Jenn Pugh for all your help, was so appreciated!!!


I just love my beautiful black KWPN beauty! He is turning into such a phenomenal horse!!! Feeling very blessed. This is me riding Alpha at the Eiren Crawford clinic in April.
Loved watching Caitlin ride him today. Her smile was ear to ear... Great Mothers Day with her and my granddaughter Jayden!!


Fédération Equestre Internationale

Was such an incredible athlete...😔

Transfixed by Totilas! 👀🌟

We're celebrating the magic of Olympia with FEI Dressage World Cup record breakers! Setting the stage alight, Edward Gal and the the wonderful warmblood Moorlands Totilas stole the show in 2009, with a shining performance worthy of the best! 💫

Here's to a legend that changed the sport and will forever be remembered as one of the very best. Rest in Peace, Totilas. ❤️

[12/11/20]   .
I've been blessed in my lifetime to have had some amazing coaches. My goal is to emulate them.... I felt this was a good read and worth sharing!!


Some people say that a coach can do only so much.
The argument goes like this: after a certain point, there is only so much a riding instructor can say to change a rider's skills. Most of the results come from the rider. After all - if the rider chooses not to (or simply cannot) do what the instructor says, then how much can one person do?
Although it is true that most riders go through difficult learning moments at some point in their riding career, and they might be faced with frustration in a different way than in other sports simply due to the nature of riding a horse, it cannot be said that across the board, riders don't want to put in the effort it takes to improve.
Most of us are riding because of our lifelong passion for horses. Most of us want to serve our horses by being the best rider we can be. Most of us are internally motivated in the first place just because we want to do well and love the feeling of good movement.

Most of us want to do the right thing.
So, assuming that the rider is in fact interested in performing well, how much can an instructor really do to help a rider improve?

When Good Instruction Becomes Great

Great instructors repeatedly show characteristics that make positive effects on their students. They are the ones that make a difference in their riders in one single ride. They are able to send the student home with concrete feedback that can then be used to continue developing independently.
What are these traits?
1. Great instruction begins at the student's level.
Great instructors quickly recognize the rider's skill level; then, they meet the student with instruction that works to that level. If the student is more of a beginner, the skills being taught might be simplified so that the rider doesn't become too overwhelmed and can achieve success.
The instructor might focus on one or two main points that need to be developed during that ride. For more advanced students, the instructor may come across as more demanding, more particular, more exacting. In each case (and all those in-between), the instructor assumes a different teaching approach that meets the student's needs.
2. Great instructors can explain the basics of the basics exceptionally well.
There is nothing more difficult than trying to explain the most fundamental skills to a rider. The experience of the rider is irrelevant - if there is something that needs to be addressed, then there is no point in going onwards until the basics are addressed. The learning might be the rider's or the horse's - and great instructors will know what to do in each case. Even the most advanced movements are rooted in the basics.
3. Great instructors have an excellent command of the language.
Communication is key, especially for someone who must stand in the middle (or at the side) of a ring while the student is in perpetual motion. The great instructor can change the rider's behavior with only words - well, ok - maybe in conjunction with sounds, energy, gestures and weight shifts to the left and right! But there can be no replacement for a varied and rich vocabulary that can effectively pass on feels and ideas.
4. Great instructors have relevant personal experience.
"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path," Morpheus explained to Neo in The Matrix. The truth to that statement cannot be overestimated especially when the instructor is trying to teach something new to a rider. Having a good feeling of what the rider is going through can make the great instructor relate to the stumbling blocks and find a way around them.

5. Great instructors are great problem-solvers.
Many top level trainers speak of the tools we need to collect on our mental toolboxes to solve problems. But toolboxes are not critical to just riders - great instructors have superior problem-solving tools that they have used in different conditions with different riders. Experience is key - not from just a riding perspective, but from a teaching point of view as well.
6. Great instructors help the student set goals but know when to break them.
There is a certain amount of flexibility involved in great instruction. Although both instructor and rider should be in perpetual evaluation mode, setting new goals and changing them as they are met, the biggest key to meeting goals is the willingness to break from the beaten path when the necessity arises. Despite having a plan for the day, if during the ride, a completely off-topic situation arises, the great instructor will meet that event head-on without any pre-planning.
7. Great instructors are willing to wait.
They are patient - not only with the rider, but also with the horse. Additionally, they teach their students how to have the same patience when it comes to training the horse.
8. Great instructors are ethical.
They maintain the highest standards of care and welfare for the horse and they teach their students to do the same.

[11/26/20]   Alpha also has a piece of my heart...❤😍❤

[11/23/20]   Here's a look at Evita and I at the Eiren Crawford clinic in early Nov! She got lots of praise for her efforts and I'm super excited at what this mare's future will look like! Big, bold moving and very balanced. Such a positive mare and a joy to work with!!
Evita is offered for sale! PM me for details!



My boy Alpha's sire... ❤❤❤

youtube.com 09/05/2020

PEP Gromit's Flaming Affair under saddle 2020

Both of these ponies have a ton of potential!!!

youtube.com Gromit's Flaming Affair is a 2010 Registered Canadian Warmblood pony mare for sale. Flame has been professionally handled since birth and is well started und...

[09/01/20]   Had such a great Jumping clinic with Jessica Kerschbaumer! Here is a couple video clips of Hershey's lessons. Super easy to jump, such a gentleman and so much ability to jump higher! Kept it low for this first clinic as I'm bringing him back from some time off.

theplaidhorse.com 07/31/2020

Karl Cook on How to Fix Our Horse Shows - The Plaid Horse Magazine

theplaidhorse.com TRANSCRIBED BY ELYSE SCHENK “Horse shows are absurdly expensive.” “It’s almost impossible to win enough prize money to pay off a week of horse showing.” “We have an embarrassing lack of Grand Prix spectators.” Who else is tired of hearing these complaints? Not because they aren’t tru...

[07/27/20]   Absolutely incredible

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