Spokane Sport Horse Farm

Spokane Sport Horse Farm


Wonderful 12 year old mare available for half lease at Spokane Sport Horse Farm, English and Western, good on trails. No vices. Looking for someone with some experience because I want her to continue moving forward in her training, not because she is difficult. Access to outdoor arena, indoor, and trails. Please contact me at 808.223.6862 for more information and to come try her out. 300$/month.
Anyone competing this weekend heading towards Portland with room in the trailer for one ? I’m looking for a ride for a horse from Spokane to Portland!
RRA is pleased to bring Paula Kierkegaard for our first Spring clinic! Paula will be here at RRA March 21-22. Here she is schooling a student in piaffe. Paula is a retired USEF "R" Dressage Judge, a USEF "R" Western Dressage Judge, AND USEA Judge. Her bio reads like a "Who's Who" of classical training. Paula Kierkegaard is an author, judge, trainer AND instructor with over 40 years experience in the dressage arena. She has developed or assisted in the development of many Grand Prix dressage horses and is committed to the classical work. This clinic is for ALL dressage enthusiasts, modern, classical, AND western. Ride or audit, but be prepared to learn, expand, and increase your understanding of the art of dressage. PM me to register, there are only 15 rides available!
For lease at Spokane Sport Horse: Dakota, 2007 dressage mustang! Dakota is schooling all of second level and pretty confirmed in most movements. He has scored in the mid 60s at schooling shows through first level. He’s fancy (possibly some Iberian blood), correctly trained, and not spooky, but he does have a lot of energy and needs a rider with good balance and soft, giving hands. He stands a stout 15 hh. I’m almost 5’ 11” and don’t look terribly big on him. Rider weight limit of 180 lbs. I’d love to find someone who has previous dressage training or plenty of good dressage-based flatwork experience. I’ll expect his leaser to take regular dressage lessons with one of the several excellent teachers available at SSH. There are also regular clinics available. Half or full lease possible – must be at SSH. I will expect one day set aside each week for me to ride him. Many competition and clinic videos available upon request. Lease price is negotiable depending on your experience and number of expected rides and lessons per week. My goal is a good fit and good affordability for you. Courtney, 541-870-4176 or DM me. Thanks!
He's back! World renown horseman, veterinarian, author and berieter Dr Gerd Heuschmann, is coming back October 21-22 to Relational Riding Academy in Cheney Wa. If you missed him in May, now is your chance to meet him, listen to his wisdom and choose your riding future. Get updated on the condition of modern dressage around the world and build your understanding of the classical principles, biomechanics and rider dynamics. For registration go to http://www.relationalridingacademy.com/DrGerd
Breanna getting a gift certificate for her birthday to be able to school cross country.
Breanna getting a gift certificate for her birthday to be able to school cross country.
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A BIG thanks to Christel, Gail and the all the volunteers for hosting the Future Event Horse competition this afternoon. It was well run, at a OUTSTANDING facility ! The prefect venue for our Colt, Flying B Sand Creek aka Sandy on his first outing. Have a great event this weekend !! 🤠
Clippy getting ready for his first school at [email protected]! Trish Ryan and her husband (and fellow 4* eventer) Mike will be coming to Spokane Sport Horse Farm for a three-day clinic October 26-28. This will be their exclusive venue on their US trip, and it's to our home!!! Contact me at [email protected] or (509) 385-9386 for details, and flier with more info coming soon. Wishing Trish and all of Team Ireland the very best of luck!!! #DoneganRyanEventing #TeamIreland #TryonWEG2018
Put me on your volunteer list. Kate Sullivan 509-842-0095 [email protected]
If allowed... there are a couple very pretty movers are looking for new homes..... in case anyone is looking... Retiring Racehorses - Pacific NW

Spokane Sport Horse Farm is a premier boarding, training and breeding facility, owned and developed by Christel Carlson.The Farm sits on 150 beautiful acres, five miles southwest of Spokane.With 3 large barns ,and a beatuiful Indoor Arena,

Operating as usual

Please wear a good helmet-purchase based on science more than just color accent choices. When the MIPS technology came out my daughter and I purchased new Charles Owens mips -helpfully fitted by the Gallop’s folks right here at our event last year. They aren’t the most expensive, they don’t have glitter and fancy colors but they fit perfectly and will help protect us. We wear our helmets-every ride-while loading even the most trusted horses in the trailer (my own worst concussion and an injury that affects my daily life came during loading a trusted horse)-I even put mine on when I start grooming ala pony club rules. Accidents happen-life changes forever within seconds.

If you read one social post today let this be it...

These images show the helmet of top US Showjumper Laura Kraut after her recent fall. Laura’s horse was wearing studs and as Laura landed her head was stepped on twice.

Laura sustained injuries to her face but incredibly is back in the show ring today as her helmet was designed to withstand this kind of impact scenario, the PAS 015 (PAS 015:2011) standard, with a BSI Kitemark (this kitemark means the helmet is retested every year).

If your helmet does not show this 'PAS 015' BSI Kitemark on the label, your helmet is not designed to withstand this level of crush or stud injury.*

What could have been a much worse injury wasn’t just prevented because she wore a helmet, but because she wore THE RIGHT helmet.

You only get one head and one brain, protect it with the best. All Charles Owen helmets are made in Britain and tested in our in-house testing facility.

Please share this post to protect your fellow riders from a future fatal accident and to raise awareness of the importance of the ‘PAS 015’ standard.

Laura wore an Ayr8 on the day of her accident and is remarkably already back competing today.

*SNELL safety standard also provides a very high level of protection for crush and stud injuries, you can find this in our 4STAR helmet. VG1 & ASTM do also provide a level of protection but not to the same level as PAS 015.



Rainbow braids for Pride Month. Just something so beautiful. If you have ever tried to braid a horse...

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Spokane Sport Horse Farm

Short notice informal dressage schooling day- Saturday, June 20th. Time for some fun in the sandbox again!

Short notice informal dressage schooling day- Saturday, June 20th. Time for some fun in the sandbox again!

[05/24/20]   today and yesterday is what spring on the farm makes me happy. 60 degree weather, sunshine, everything green and growing, happy horse folks, and fun.

[05/18/20]   June Dressage Show was Cancelled to comply with state of Washington guidelines for Covid. We are hopeful that we can offer the July and August Dressage shows. Let us know if you would consider attending to compete and/or volunteering.


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[05/04/20]   Due to the Governor's edict and todays USEF video conference, our June dressage show is cancelled as we will not meet the dates and requirements for hosting a recreational event with more than 50 people. we remain cautiously hopeful for our remaining shows and events.

I recommend this course to all barn and horse owners. While the course direct charges $1 instead of the $150+ usual the site add about $4 in taxes and fees for a total of around $5. You’ll save more than that in your first month I’ll bet by choosing your horses feed with education and not emotion 😉


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All Brentina Ever Wanted Was A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Happy to be there that night as one of the ones clapping and yelling- during hush hush dressage no less! Watch the video-you see a true partnership of rider and horse, dancing to the songs- interpreting the music.

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[03/24/20]   Stay Home
Stay Healthy

We are closed for haul ins, clinics and lessons until the situation changes.

[03/22/20]   I regret to announce that our 25th annual level 3 dressage show to be held May 23-24, 2020 is now officially cancelled. We will keep you updated as to whether any of our later shows can proceed this year. Please everyone keep your distance and don’t go out if you don’t feel well. As a physician the disregard I am still seeing is terrifying to me. Respiratory failure and dying in an ICU is NOT what anyone wants to happen to them or their family or friends.

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A clear demo for social distancing

Time for a laugh, eh? We could all use one. This mare has this whole "social distancing" idea down:

[03/13/20]   Given the announcements of today by national, state and sports organizations I feel we need to cancel the April schooling event. Any entries will be returned in full. The next 10 days will likely give us some direction as to whether we can proceed with the may recognized event or not.

If you are healthy and your horse healthy you may still make arrangements to school independently. Many of the jumps are out in new places and the trails are coming along as we progress toward a fall 2021 FEI event.

We hold everyone in our thoughts and prayers as a new reality arises. Please be kind to one another, be sensible if you don’t feel well and isolate yourself voluntarily, don’t hoard essentials. A horse show is not a necessity but caring for others is.



Spokane Sport Horse Farm

go to www.spokanesporthorse.com for the entry form for the one day event (actually 3 days of options) click on the event on the right or under forms.

spokanesporthorse.com Clean, quiet, quality, and just minutes away from our facility. Don’t forget to mention that you’re participating in a SSHF event to qualify for special rates and the special attention you deserve . . .ask for code LTSC

[03/05/20]   ok folks, a couple of our part time folks are moving on to bigger things. While we wish them well, we are in need of one full-time person. Call Gail 509-999-6611 farm work, cleaning stalls, hay, etc. some lifting of up to 80#, MUST PASS BACKGROUND CHECK, riding horses is NOT part of the job.

A beautiful cold morning 8* but warmer in the indoor- a balmy 25* and the intrepid cavaletti group showed up to play. Kudos to Lee Ellyn for hauling in. We are trying to keep some wed am wed pm cavaletti lessons going on a weekly basis . We can turn those into jump grid lessons for the eventors easily.
Other days and times available for any lessons. If I’m here on the weekend and not on the judge or education circuit we can do a weekend day as well.

[01/09/20]   Hi everyone. Jan winter storm means I cancelled the GailRedinger clinic this wed 1/15. Stay safe and warm all!



This is a nice quick review of why I’m so determined to help you with your position. Why when we fix that we can then work on the ‘movements’.

dressageandsporthorse.com   By PEGGY CUMMINGS What prevents dressage riders from going beyond Training or First Level? Why are so many backyard riders not able to get their horse off the forehand? Why is it that so many performance horses have poor walks and why are there so many cases of bridle lameness? All of these limit...


Barometric Pressure and Equine Colic

Interesting..we always said with weather changes we keep an extra close eye on everyone

equimanagement.com College thesis paper looks at the relationship between barometric pressure and incidence of colic in horses.


An Assumption Of Obligingness

This was the discussion in a lesson just the other day.. isn’t it amazing they do anything with us? But the exAct reason we can’t change the rules on them..the approach has to be systematic, quiet and slowed down to their time frame as they can’t see the big picture we might have plans for. Why we start all over again when we change direction..but the entire underlying premise is how fortunate we are to be able to ride and share a moment with these generous creatures. Not so sorry that my student’s horses know they get a cookie and neck pat at the start of a lesson (old pony clubber-I check tack quickly on everyone) and at the end. They know and expect!
‘Calculus to an alien’..funny I use the phrase horse calculus all the time when we start something new- maybe because differential equations was often a mind bender for me 😉

blog.dressagenaturally.net Many riders don't enjoy the process of training or learning to ride dressage. Many problems come from riders demanding performance instead of appreciating effort. Learn how to enjoy learning and doing dressage by believing that it shouldn't work!

Training with positive reward is often better for both of you.


How does this apply to schooling/training? Frontal lobes are involved in higher mental functions such as reasoning. This means that horses cannot reason or plan to be naughty. They cannot be blamed for bad behavior or poor performance. They cannot recognize future consequences. Horses simply react to the situation. They learn through conditioning and memory.

I see and hear so many riders anthropomorphize their horses instead of finding better training tools. Phrases such as, ‘he just likes to be difficult’ or ‘this pony is so naughty’ or ‘he understands or knows what I want, but won’t do it’, or ‘he moves his hindquarters at every halt just to irritate me’. Horses do not know what we want unless we explain it in a manner that they can understand immediately.

A few months ago a rider told me how her horse ‘just does not want to co-operate’. It started with overt flight behavior and then became a subtle ‘snatchy’ movement of the nose. I asked her whether it could be due to discomfort. She answered, ‘no, she is just naughty’. It turned out that the horse was suffering from laminitis and was in severe discomfort! It made me want to cry.

At the moment I am training a young horse from scratch. I also used phrases such as, ‘she has a short fuse’ and ‘she challenges me every step of the way’. Then I realized that everything I was doing on this horse was completely new to her. I realized how frightening that must be for an animal with no reasoning ability. She was actually trying hard to understand me, but when new instructions were a tad confusing, she showed me in no uncertain terms that she did not understand it. The horse’s reactions to learning new skills all depends on personality. This particular horse is extremely sensitive and an introvert. Utopia, my older horse, is less sensitive and a complete extrovert. She can deal with much more pressure than the youngster. The message for me is that I must train each horse with the kind of pressure which they can deal with. Each horse has a different tolerance for pressure. Us riders have to be adaptable to each horse’s ability to deal with pressure. Personally I find that most behavioral problems stem from confusion, discomfort and too much pressure. Photo is the equine brain in front of the human brain.

Thanks to Karin Blignault for the info!!

Dressage Instructors

Interesting reading.

For those who need, or want to know... How tight is too tight.
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Back by popular demand Gail Redinger will offer lessons 12/4. Contact Us if interested. Auditing is free

Spokane Sport Horse Farm

FEI rider and trainer Gail Redinger will be available for lessons 11/16-17. Contact Christel if interested. Audit free and arena open to ride in during lessons as always to my boarders. Anyone for a Q and A or theory session sat pm? I can have food at event center or we can meet locally.

[11/02/19]   FEI rider and trainer Gail Redinger will be available for lessons 11/16-17. Contact Christel if interested. Audit free and arena open to ride in during lessons as always to my boarders. Anyone for a Q and A or theory session sat pm? I can have food at event center or we can meet locally.

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My apologies...

I think I am too tired to organize anything this fall besides ride a test or clinic rides. The coldest September and October’s ever on record have sapped my resolve I admit. I apologize to those of you who looked forward to the fall Halloween event. We can only impose on volunteers so much ... and this weather is less than fun. Glad all enjoyed the Ryan clinic. Save the date for April 10-11-12,2020. Similar format. Everything open and flagged for schooling on Friday. One day sat and more schooling or derby classes on Sunday.
Thinking of adding an optimum time award for the Saturday. No watch except the one in your head...



Funny 😉

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Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn | The Plaid Horse Magazine

A good read

theplaidhorse.com BlogsBarn Lounge Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn April 4, 2019 Photo courtesy of PonyMomAmmy BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever end. My go-to defense...


Folksam’s test of equestrian helmets show major differences in levels of protection - MIPS

Sharing this. It’s the weekend to buy a new helmet as most stores have them on sale this weekend. I will be buying a new Charles Owen with the mips protection for cyra and I . I talked with Roy Burk (rip) a real safety person and just prior to Charles Owens debut of them. Cyra and I both ride in ayr8 currently but upgrading this weekend. Every ride every time. We put helmets on to handle and load in trailers etc. pony club theory. The worst concussion I had came from getting run over loading a horse who ‘always loaded perfectly’

mipsprotection.com The Swedish insurance company Folksam has independently tested 15 riding helmets for children and adults available on the Swedish market and the test shows that only three out of fifteen helmets obtained the Folksam best in test or good choice label. If you are unlucky to find yourself in an acciden...

Yep...good thing I’m not getting scored on these ....

Equestrian Terminology Explained 😂🤣😂🤣


Golden Girls, Dressage & Why You’re Never Too Old to Chase a Dream (or Drink Champagne No Matter What!) | HORSE NATION

I love this.. golden girls 😉
I love teaching students who appreciate the small steps..the small increments of improvement..and just enjoy their horses..and their rides. We still have goals (usually a USDF medal, next level up etc if showing- if not just better rides and communication ie MORE FUN)
Boarders (and any others are welcome) up for some evening potluck, or wine and cheese or ? As an informal evening at the event center this winter as we discuss topics of your choice? We can have others come in to discuss topics (vets and farriers always good) or we can even show a horse movie 😉. After the event...starting in November?

horsenation.com Like fine wine, dressage ladies just get better with age -- and these "Golden Girls" are approaching magnificent. Shelley Van den Neste, their coach, share...

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