Charlotte Dujardin is BACK with an INCREDIBLE new horse! Watch her Freestyle!

"Success is no accident.
It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying,
sacrifice, and most of all, love of what
you are doing or learning to do."
 
                     - Pele

What an amazing new horse for Charlotte Dujardin! She is back in the competition arena with a beautiful mare named Mount Saint John Freestyle. This mare is so athletic, happy, and expressive. She seems to love her job and they make an excellent pair! Enjoy!

Meet Rune Nevada, the most INTELLIGENT American Mustang Horse I have ever met! What a trickster!

Capture my heart
leave my spirit free
we will join together
partners we will be
.
                      - B.R.

I am honored to know this amazing mustang horse Rune Nevada and his owner Teresa Leigh. Rune has been boarding at Southern Oaks Equestrian Center owned by my friend Marsha Sapp. This horse is certainly the smartest horse I have ever met, intelligent in a different way than most horses. Rune is able to process at a very high level, recognizing colors and individual objects, picking them out among a group and bringing them back to Teresa. This amazing pair has a bright future, make sure you follow Rune Nevada on Facebook! Click here.

BREATHTAKING video of Alizee Froment and her horses...Bridleless Tempi Changes, Piaffe, and Halfpasses

Let all thought leave your mind
feel your horse in rhythm's time.
Let you horse's spirit flow,
the dance begins when you let go.

                                     - Bethanne Ragaglia

Alizee Froment is one of my favorite riders to watch. She is so quiet, elegant, and gets so much expression out and lightness out of her horses. I am in awe of her talents and I aspire to be as good as she is. This new video shows her riding bridle less and working her horses at liberty. Just incredible! Enjoy!

Spectacular Andalusian Ridden by Sabine Schut-Kery with a Flamenco Dancer!

"March on.
Do not awry.
To go forward is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life's path."

                                            - Khalil Gibran

I love watching this dancer and horse combination because I can appreciate the intricate detail and communication from my experience riding with a dancer. When I lost Max and Vanidor in 2008 I was very depressed. I lost all desire to continue competing and felt at a loss. Watching Sabine Schut-Kery inspired me to pursue a more creative path with my riding and she is one of the reasons I love to perform. Thank you, Sabine!

Watch this Talented Rider and Dancer Perform with an Andalusian Horse!

"I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart,
the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind."

                                         - Robert Fulghum

This pair are kindred spirits! Rider Rachel le Roch and dancer Ingrid le Roch remind me so much of my friend Lydia and myself. Lydia Spencer is one of my best friends and used to dance with me and my horses at past performances. The dancing starts around the one minute mark. These two women are on the other side of the world creating similar routines with their horses. I love the passion and creativity! I particularly like the Spanish walk when the dancer is mimicking the horse while going backwards, the split, and the spins where she has her hand holding the mosquero on the horse's bridle. Enjoy their video!

From Wild to World Champion... Be Inspired by Cobra the Mustang - Breyer Model 2017

A dark bay mustang branded outlaw,
came to her from western skies.
A dark bay mustang from Nevada
fear and fire in his eyes.

- Peter Prince (lyrics)

The amazing success story of Cobra the Mustang just keeps getting better! My close friend Marsha Sapp and her mustang Cobra are inspiring thousands of people all over the world. Recently, they inspired song writer Peter Prince to write a song about Cobra and his journey! This music video shares their story. Please share with anyone you know that would be inspired by Cobra, Wild to World Champion. Enjoy!

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Watch Sandra Beaulieu ride her Friesian Horse BRIDLELESS with WINGS! Video has over 131,000 views!

“Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly.”
                                                      - Anonymous

This is one of my favorite videos of Douwe and I performing together. This was the first time we performed BRIDLELESS with the wings. These particular wings are taken from the art of bellydancing, referred to as the Wings of Isis. This particular video was featured on the popular website LittleThings.com and currently has over 131,000 views! I am honored that they featured my video and that I can help inspire others to perform with their horses. Enjoy!

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27 Success Quotes for Equestrians - Inspiring Horse Quotes to Ring in the New Year for 2018

When I was younger, I used to stay up all night writing in my journal, pondering my goals for the new year. My lists were very long! Then I would wake up the next day and try to have the "perfect day", ride all my horses, eat healthy, write in my journal, etc... Over the years I have realized that consistency is more important than striving for "perfect days". There will be many ups and downs, many goals that will be reached and some that need to be stored on the shelf for another day. I am very lucky to earn a living with horses and work with amazing students and professionals. It is my purpose to teach and inspire others to be creative with their horses and benefit from my experiences. 

I hope this collection of quotes inspires you to take action towards your goals. Most of the images feature my horse Douwe the Amazing Friesian and my Art on Horseback partner Rovandio

 This year take action and  learn trick training, dressage, bitless, bridleless, and more!  click here

This year take action and  learn trick training, dressage, bitless, bridleless, and more! click here

 Tired of sitting on the sidelines? Create your dream freestyle this year!  click here

Tired of sitting on the sidelines? Create your dream freestyle this year! click here

 This year take action and  learn trick training, dressage, bitless, bridleless, and more!  click here

This year take action and  learn trick training, dressage, bitless, bridleless, and more! click here

 Dreaming of a fantasy photo shoot with your horse?  click here

Dreaming of a fantasy photo shoot with your horse? click here

 Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse.  click here.

Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse. click here.

 Learn how to design your very own musical freestyle.  click here

Learn how to design your very own musical freestyle. click here

 Follow Douwe the Amazing Friesian on Facebook.  click here

Follow Douwe the Amazing Friesian on Facebook. click here

 Follow Douwe the Amazing Friesian on Facebook.  click here

Follow Douwe the Amazing Friesian on Facebook. click here

 Learn how to create a dressage musical freestyle.  Click here.

Learn how to create a dressage musical freestyle. Click here.

 Learn how to ride bitless and teach your horse amazing tricks this year!  click here

Learn how to ride bitless and teach your horse amazing tricks this year! click here

 Learn how to turn your horse into a unicorn.  click here

Learn how to turn your horse into a unicorn. click here

 Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse.  click here

Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse. click here

 Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse.  click here

Learn how to plan a fantasy photo shoot with your horse. click here

 Learn how to train your horse to do tricks for your photo shoot.  click here

Learn how to train your horse to do tricks for your photo shoot. click here

 Learn how to incorporate liberty training with your horse.  click here

Learn how to incorporate liberty training with your horse. click here

 Learn how to ride your horse bridleless.  click here

Learn how to ride your horse bridleless. click here

 Connect with your horse on a deeper level.  click here

Connect with your horse on a deeper level. click here

 Learn how to create a dressage musical freestyle.  Click here.

Learn how to create a dressage musical freestyle. Click here.

 Follow Douwe the amazing friesian on facebook.  click here

Follow Douwe the amazing friesian on facebook. click here

 Learn how to ride your horse bridleless.  click here

Learn how to ride your horse bridleless. click here

 Learn how sandra trains and performs with her horses.  click here

Learn how sandra trains and performs with her horses. click here

 Learn how to connect with your horse at a deeper level.  click here

Learn how to connect with your horse at a deeper level. click here

 Learn how to ride your horse bridleless.  click here

Learn how to ride your horse bridleless. click here

 Learn dressage online from sandra beaulieu - a usdf bronze and silver medalist.  click here

Learn dressage online from sandra beaulieu - a usdf bronze and silver medalist. click here

 Learn how to have fun with your horse with trick training.  click here

Learn how to have fun with your horse with trick training. click here

 Learn how to train your horse tricks.  click here

Learn how to train your horse tricks. click here

 Is this your year to shine? take your relationship with your horse to the next level.  click here

Is this your year to shine? take your relationship with your horse to the next level. click here

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Sandra Beaulieu - Art on Horseback Live Painting Demo Benefits Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program in Maine

 Photo credit: Sun Journal reporter Daryn Slover

Photo credit: Sun Journal reporter Daryn Slover

Rovandio and I performed a live painting demo at the Healing Through Horses Professional's Expo held in New Gloucester, ME. 100% of the money raised from the sale of this painting went to Healing Through Horses. It is a non-profit organization that offers equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). 

This was a memorable experience for me, since it was the first time my mother and grandmother were able to watch me paint in person. I also used my new art easel that was creatively built by my husband. We only had 40 minutes to create a painting from start to finish, with all the extra distractions that come with performing. It was a challenge to figure out all the logistics and I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my friends Elisha Harvey, Holly Baily, Taylor Burdin, and Sarah Kach.


In the zen of the moment, living, breathing art, brush stroke upon brush stroke, hoofbeat upon hoofbeat. The horse forms the artist, the artist forms the horse, flowing, living, breathing art.
— Bethanne Ragaglia

Congratulations Holly Bailey for winning the online auction for this painting! 100% of the sale went to Healing Through Horses towards their program and updating their facilities. Holly is one of my close friends in Tallahassee, FL. We had a lovely presentation dinner at Backwoods Crossing for Holly and her family and friends. She is now the proud owner of an Art on Horseback painting.

Watch Sandra and Douwe perform Amazing Trick & Liberty Moves in the Friesian Breed Demo at Equine Affaire 2017

Sounds of thunder hit the ground,
feathers flying all around,
Friesian black and Friesian bold,
giant spirit, gentle soul.

                          
 -Bethanne Ragaglia

Here are some highlights of Douwe's performance in the Friesian Breed Demo at the Equine Affaire. Here are some highlights of our performance in the Friesian Breed Demos at the Equine Affaire. I decided to try something different with Douwe this year, working him in-hand rather than riding him. It was a great training opportunity for us to work on focus and relaxation in a high-energy environment. Enjoy! Thank you to our sponsors Adams Horse & Pet Supplies for my ROMFH black breeches, you can't see them but I love wearing them while I perform! Enjoy!

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Watch Sandra and Rovandio perform as Pirates in the Andalusian Demo at Equine Affaire 2017

Noble Andalusians
bred to be a partner
through centuries of care
generous hearts and brilliant minds
make a lovely dancing pair.

                          
 -Bethanne Ragaglia

Here are some highlights of our performance in the IALHA (Andalusians and Lusitanos) Breed Demo at the Equine Affaire. Rovandio was wonderful as usual, he loves to perform! Make sure you watch his dramatic ending! Thank you to our sponsors Adams Horse & Pet Supplies for my beautiful Ariat Volante Boots and to El Sueno Espanol for adding more rosettes to our custom bitless bridle. Enjoy!

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Sylvia Zerbini and her Quatro Amigos inspire the crowds at Equine Affaire

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.” 

                                      -William W. Purkey

I was fortunate to have a little time at Equine Affaire to watch one of Sylvia's educational demos. She discussed how she works with horses at liberty and explained the body language to interact with multiple horses. I saw her perform in Cavalia years ago and was very impressed by her work. She is a wonderful performer and does a lot of work with rescue horses. I am looking forward to seeing her again in the near future. Enjoy!

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Click the image to go to her Facebook page.

Apassionata "Cinema of Dreams" 2017

“Waking dreams are as important, as unpredictable, and as powerful as those we have when we’re asleep.” Luis Buñuel

Apassionata's “Cinema of Dreams“ takes you on a colorful and exciting journey through the film history. The show captures the audience’s imagination right from the beginning: “Fascinating”, “unique”, “absolutely amazing” or “a must for everybody” are just a few comments describing the show.

From the beginning act of "The Cinema Opens", with the entrance of resplendent, feathered ladies in dresses trailing along the arena footing accompanied by lovely white baroque horses performing dressage movements amidst colorful and interesting light patterns, to the awe-inspiring stunt-riding pirates, snow scenes, even mini horses performing tricks and at liberty, through synchronized rearing in pas de duets, all the way to beautiful liberty and bareback routines, enjoy and be amazed and inspired by these clips from the 2017 Apassionata, "Cinema of Dreams":

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Centro Equestre Minorchino Italiano - "Black Horses with Islands" 2011 in Verona, Italy

"He dances well to whom Fortune pipes." -Italian proverb.

This performance showcases Spanish dancers, each on their own "island" platforms, and black, Spanish horses performing between them. The dancers boast fluorescent fans and tasseled scarves and perform intricate dance moves, their heals clicking against the wooden platforms, with precision and rhythm, reflecting the precision and rhythm used in horse riding.
At 5 minutes in, the horses begin performing more advanced movements- rearing, and half-passing in a "thread the needle" formation. At 7 minutes, one impressively athletic horse performs an incredible rear as the dancers spin dramatically. Enjoy!

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A Quote That Always Rings True: "A canter is a cure for every evil."

This classic quote will always be relevant, to any horse lover. This lovely photo was taken by Kimberly Chason (Chason Photos & Art) of my Friesian gelding Douwe. My custom dress was made by Rhonda Kirkpatrick in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Douwe's custom medieval tack was made by Lisa Oberman (El Sueno Espanol)

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Dramatic Rare Red Friesian - Dianne Rossi & Fire Magic Dance for the Crowd

"The most tangible of all visible mysteries - fire." -Leigh Hunt

This rare red Friesian stallion, Fire Magic, is athletic and performs in a small arena that creates an intimate space for the audience and performer. The stallion begins the performance with a spinning Spanish walk/paw, pulls out an expressive set of pirouettes, and I love the collected trot steps with alternating Spanish walk, it almost gives the impression of dancing a jig. The final exit is a unique way to end this dramatic routine! Enjoy!

Learn more about Dianne Rossi and her high-school training methods on her website:
http://www.worldofdancinghorses.com/home.html

 She also has some excellent training manuals for beginner and advanced riders, as well as long-lining if you would like to take your training to the next level:
http://www.worldofdancinghorses.com/services.html

Red (or Chestnut) Friesians come from a recessive gene. Starting in the 1990s, Friesian colts with the red gene were not allowed to become qualified stallions. The red Friesians that are around today come from a very small gene pool.

Cavalia's Odysseo 2013 - High Energy Performance of Horses at Liberty in Water

"Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong." -Lao-Tzu

I had the privilege of seeing this show a few years ago and it was breathtaking. The stage alone is incredible, with the amazing water pool on the stage. This video shows a beautiful combination of varying gray-colored horses, with riders and at liberty, moving to romantic guitar and violin music. The performance transforms to one of excitement and high-energy when the ridden horses and free horses combine to create a whirl-wind of activity on stage. The end of the video also shows talented aerial dancers performing in the water.

Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle and Dominique Day, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts.

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Sandra Beaulieu and Rovandio - Second Level Dressage Musical Freestyle to Pop Violin Music

When you dance, your purpose is not to
get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.

- Wayne Dyer

After a long hiatus from the dressage competition arena, I decided it would be fun to work on my USDF Freestyle Bronze Bar with Douwe and Rovandio. To earn this award, the rider needs two freestyle scores (above 65%) at First level, two scores at Second level, and two scores at Third level from recognized shows. Douwe earned both of our First Level scores and Rovandio earned both of our Second Level scores in one weekend! I am so proud of them, they seemed to enjoy themselves and I did too! Last week I shared Douwe's First Level Musical Freestyle inspired by the TV show Outlander (click here to watch). Here is Rovandio's Second Level Freestyle with recognizable music played by a pop violin band named Escala. I found them on Spotify and loved their renditions of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", and Karl Jenkin's "Palladio". Enjoy!

Inspired to create your own musical freestyle? Enter your email below for my FREE downloads including a Musical Freestyle Checklist to keep you on track and Blank Choreography Pages to sketch your routines. You can also learn more about my Custom Freestyle Design and Freestyle Workshops. Click here. 

Thank you Adam's Horse Supplies!

My new sponsors Adam's Horse Supplies generously outfitted me with new Ariat show boots, a Goode Rider show shirt, Toklat saddle pads, a ThinLine pad for Douwe, and a Micklem bridle for Rovandio for our freestyle debut.  

Adam's is located in Winthrop, ME but has an excellent selection online and they offer incredible sales and discounts. 

 

Sandra Beaulieu & Friesian Douwe - "Outlander"-Inspired First Level Musical Freestyle

We dance for laughter,
we dance for tears,
we dance for madness,
we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes,
we dance for screams,
we are the dancers,
we create the dreams.

                  -Albert Einstein

After a long hiatus from the dressage competition arena, I decided it would be fun to work on my USDF Freestyle Bronze Bar with Douwe and Rovandio. To earn this award, the rider needs two freestyle scores (above 65%) at First level, two scores at Second level, and two scores at Third level from recognized shows. Douwe earned both of our First Level scores and Rovandio earned both of our Second Level scores in one weekend! I am so proud of them, they seemed to enjoy themselves and I did too! If you watch the TV series Outlander you will recognize the music, the tempo and drama of the music really go with Douwe's stride. Enjoy!

Are you inspired to start working on your First Level musical freestyle?

My "how-to" e-book will take you through the creation process of your very own freestyle. 

  • 10 Fully Choreographed Test Patterns! Just Add Music!
  • 37 pages of choreography!  
  • 7 Online Resources to help you find freestyle music.
  • Creative freestyle questionnaire to help get your creative juices flowing!
  • Freestyle checklist to help you stay on track.
  • Blank arena diagram pages for you to take notes and draw your own choreography.
  • Rules to remember, arena & sound requirements, copyright laws and more!

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