"Good dressage is like grass growing. You don't see anything happening, but over time it becomes more beautiful." -Walter Zettl
My Saturday morning started at 4:30am this week- that's the one thing I don't miss about horse shows. By the time I photographed this week's session for Thewifedoesntknow, trainer Carole Davison had already been to a dressage show and back; she trailered, coached, and took care of all those important little details, from pep talks to girth checks. Her students both had very successful outings. My friend Kris (pictured, above with Carole) rode her mare Sunny, a BLM Mustang and Helping Hearts Equine Rescue graduate, in their very first dressage show, and came home with ribbons and excellent test scores.
After the show and a few lessons, I met them back at the farm, and Carole tacked up Thewifedoesntknow, also known as Ally-Gator, for their ride. As I watched the ride, the above Walter Zettl quote about grass growing came to mind. The mare's mental and physical development is steady and consistent, but never rushed. With each photo session, I see new muscling, new confidence, and new skills.
Pictured above is Carole's daughter, Liz, and Carole's mare, Suzie. With consistent, careful training on the flat, Ally-Gator gathers the strength and training needed to do work over fences like Suzie.
- Click here to read my interview with breeder Meg Buckley, who bred and raised Thewifedoesntknow
- Click here to read my interview with Tim Shaw, who trained "The Wife" at Monmouth Park and retired her as a sound sporthorse prospect
- Click here to read my interview with jockey Shannon Uske, who rode "The Wife" in her last race