Show season is almost here, so we were delighted to welcome judge Kate Farrell to M2 Dressage on Saturday, July 3 for our last test practice clinic before our first competition. We enjoyed a full day of tests from Training Level to Grand Prix from our superstar horses and riders. Visit our Facebook page to see video highlights. Everyone is looking confident and ready to rock the show ring at Angelstone!
Our next text practice day is scheduled for Saturday, August 7. Ship ins welcome! Please contact Esther for details.
We love our monthly test practice days at M2 Dressage! They give everyone the opportunity to polish up their boots and practice their dressage test riding in front of a judge - a valuable training tool for all riders, not just those who plan to compete.
With show season just around the corner, we switched up our usual format this month. Instead of bringing in a guest judge, we invited everyone to bring their clipboards and hone their judging skills, as well as their riding skills. After each ride, Esther offered tips and suggestions for improvement, then asked the observers to share their thoughts on highlights, areas for improvement, and scores for individual movements.
Developing your eye clinics such as this one not only give riders the skill to review their own riding videos and make improvements more effectively, it also offers them insight into what the judge sees from C and helps them ride tests more thoughtfully and accurately.
Thanks to all the horse and rider combos who gave such great performances and allowed participants to provide their feedback. A fun day of learning for everyone! Join us for our next Ride A Test Day on Saturday, July 3.
We are excited and delighted to welcome Hernando to the M2 Dressage family. This 9-year old KWPN gelding (Bretton Woods X Welt Hit II) will be Esther's new dance partner in the international ring. Special thanks to Sue Schramayr for partnering with us to develop this talented rising star. We see great things in his future and for the sport of dressage in Guatemala!
Congratulations to our hard-working barn manager Kaylea on her purchase of Veritas, a 2016 Oldenburg mare (Vitalis/ Bellissimo/ Don Primero). We can't wait to watch this talented team develop together!
Dreaming of sunshine and palm trees? So are we! And we're booking now for the winter 2022 season at our beautiful base near Wellington, Florida.
A limited number of full training and dry stalls are available at our private barn located within a gated community at the lovely White Fences equestrian facility. Take advantage of the convenient location, large grassy paddocks, multiple rings with excellent footing, miles of hacking, and a popular monthly show series held right on site. Plus we are just a short drive away from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival grounds, host of weekly national and CDI competitions.
Escape winter with M2 Dressage! For seasonal pricing and additional information, please contact Esther.
"Riding was always been such an important part of my life when I was growing up," says new M2 Dressage client Ember. "It was my 'happy place' and truth be told, that hasn’t changed 30+ years later.
Here is the thing... There are different stages in life that sometimes force a break (work, babies, health, finances etc.). It’s sad when you have to put your passion on 'pause', but so incredibly exciting when you finally get to experience it again.
After a recent break, I had the pleasure of getting back in the saddle with some incredible schoolmasters at M2 Dressage with Esther Mortimer, Harper Mackenzie, and Ralph Mortimer.
In the beginning, I really dreaded sitting trot so we really worked on how to relax and connect. Now I am riding Fourth Level on Wills (Windermere). Wills has helped me learn so much in the last few months. I have so much more to discover but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and am so thankful for this opportunity. "
We're proud of you too Ember! Your hard work and positive attitude are as much responsible for your success as your riding skills. You've achieved so much in just a few months of dressage training and we can't wait to see how far you'll go.
Our annual Christmas party sure looked different this year, but even a global pandemic can't stop the M2 Dressage crew from dressing up with their ponies! Each rider or group was given their own time slot to perform their festive freestyles and we videoed them all for everyone to enjoy safely at home. Click the riders' names to see each video.
Ember, Patti, Vivian, and Helena.
At M2 Dressage we are so proud of the hard work our clients put in, and the incredible results they achieve. Several of our students have created before and after videos to showcase their remarkable transformations, and we will be sharing them over the next few weeks.
First up is Kaylea and Dancer, who came to M2 less than two years ago as low level eventers. "It's pretty hilarious to watch the before video," Kaylea says. "After a year and 9 months of training this is the after and I couldn’t be more proud of Dancer! Thank you to our amazing trainers Esther and Harper for making this transformation possible for both Dancer and me. Who would have thought we would come this far in such a short amount of time?"
M2’s annual holiday extravaganza takes place this Saturday, December 12th and Sunday December 13th! Our riders have been working hard on their crazy costumes, Christmas quadrilles and festive freestyles. And, for a very special treat, we’re thrilled to announce our virtual guest judge will be internationally-acclaimed FEI 4* judge Cesar Torrente!
To keep everyone safe the event is closed to the public this year, but don’t worry, we’ll get it all on video for everyone to enjoy!
Seeing the amazing transformation in our students at M2 Dressage always makes us smile. Sherry first came to us with her draft cross mare Dee, and they worked hard to learn the basics of rhythm, relaxation and connection. We were so proud when Sherry achieved her goal of competing at Training Level at Palgrave.
Now just a few years later, Sherry is confidently schooling all of Third Level on her lovely new mare Burana, purchased from M2 Dressage.
"What could be better than progress? What better way to motivate yourself than to take a glimpse back at where you’ve been? " says Sherry of her before and after video. "I'm so grateful for my M2 family and all of the support I’ve received to help me achieve my goals. Thank you Harper Mackenzie and Esther Mortimer. Special thanks to both my partners; I’ve been blessed with incredible mares."