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The Classical Horsemanship world loses another master, "a Keeper of the grail" Melissa Simms (November 19,1952-February 14,2018)
To the World and Classical Horsemanship Community, we have lost another true master and "Keepers of the Grail". It is with broken hearts that myself and Petra must bring this sad news. Our beloved friend, riding teacher and mentor of many years, Melissa Simms has passed this Valentine's day 2018. This is devastating for all who knew this talented, amazing, beauty of a woman. She is with Love and Peace of Spirit now and with her Mentor Herr Egon von Neindorff. Although it is difficult to do her wisdom and extraordinary talents as a teacher and trainer of Classical Horsemanship justice... Her memory will live on through her dedicated students, as we will still hear her voice on the wind. As she would say "Let's keep counting the Piaffe Steps and not lose sight of the future".
With Gratitude Your Loving Students,
Tressa Boulden and Petra Beltran
To read a full published tribute go to link
Elke was a pupil of the Late Herr Egon von Neindorff for 11 years , one of the last keepers of the 'Grail" of Classical Horsemanship and Equitation, he greatly influenced her craft as a teacher and trainer. Her objective is to combine the Art of Classical Horsemanship and Equitation with todays competitors riding goals.
Elke co-trains with former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School, Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg, and has trained with him for years, the professional riders in Lipica.
Traditions farm looks forward to hosting a clinic with Elke for a continued learning experience in the Tradition of Classical Riding and Training.
To learn more about Elke go to www.potucek.de
For More about clinic please contact
Paloma David earned her bronze medal this show season on Friesian gelding "Hendrik Fan De Sweach". Paloma needed two more scores to gain her bronze and the pair pulled it off in two short rides. Paloma was new to 3rd level work, however she rode Hendrik beautifully under the tutelage of her mentor and Hendriks trainer Tressa Boulden. A job well done by all, especially Paloma who makes us all very proud!
Starting this May 2017 we will begin our study group of Egon von Neindorff's book "The Art of Classical Horsemanship" translated by Melissa Simms and published by Cadmos. We will go chapter by chapter and discuss its content.
Location: Traditions farm
time: Monday 22th at 5:00 pm
"Dressage is more than just learning how to ride. Dressage is a way of life. As you learn more about horses ... and the beauty of creating something in a horse ... you find that this process becomes how you ask yourself about what is right and wrong in your own life. Because when you work with a horse, you are not just dealing with the problems in this horse , but also with the problems in your life. People grow through their riding. Or you don't grow. You have a choice, but the opportunity is there."I deal with hundreds of horses -- horses that have been handled correctly and incorrectly, all with different problems and talents. And I may not know anything about their histories, but I have to learn to understand them at that moment. With this creature we've chosen to confine, we have the responsibility to learn how to make its confinement as pleasant as possible. Not just tolerable, but pleasant, because he liked it when he was free, and he can only be beautiful when he likes where he lives and how he's being treated.
"Which is why I think everyone who rides has the responsibility to learn to ride at least to a certain level, so that the horse is comfortable carrying him around. A badly ridden horse is never a happy horse. Badly ridden horses develop problems they'd never develop in the wild. A poor-sitting rider or poorly-fitting equipment causes soundness problems. And even if the horse is so strong that it won't go lame, it will develop temperament problems.
"And handling on the ground is also a horse's environment. If a horse is being unfairly handled, or even brushed too hard, he'll react. If you go into a stable and see a horse that just stands in a corner, this is very uncharacteristic of natural horse behavior, because a horse in nature is totally interested in his life, and has to be to stay alive. You may have to remember, the animal has no say-so in what will happen to it; you're totally responsible for its well-being. And that's really how I see my duty with respect to dressage: to teach people how to make their horses' lives more comfortable.
"The horse must be allowed to be a horse and to develop its character. Correct dressage and correct handling develop the horse's character. They become perkier, and more confident in themselves. They stop shying because they feel confident in their world. And their bodies become more beautiful through correct dressage, and they live longer and healthier lives. We take away the horse's freedom, but we give something back. We develop the horse's mind."
(©1996 Hunter & Sport Horse, January/February)