Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimism


This is Dream. He is 20 years old. He knows that ageing is not necessarily a bad thing. His teeth are getting longer? No problem, his smile is even more dazzling this way. Be like Dream. Be Optimistic.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

According to the Guinness Book of Records Cambodian alphabet has the most letters – 74! Alphabets I use the most are way shorter: Russian has 33 letters and English only 26. But the shortest one I use daily has just 11 letters, of which three G, X and D are invisible.

We, equestrians, use these letters to guide us, as if they were signs on the map. We “spell” school figures with them. And we often find it difficult to remember their exact sequence until someone teaches us a simple rhyme: All King Edward Horses Can Manage Big Fences.


On this picture Dream helps me to spell a word “Diagonal” :-)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)


At first glance it might seem that Romeo is almost levitating on this picture. From this angle you only see his front right hoof touching the ground. But in fact he balances about 1300 pounds (his own weigh, my weight and tack) on the diagonal pair of his elegant legs while performing Spanish walk.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle(s)


Circles on the sand… Not one, not two, but thousands of circles in walk, trot and canter day by day… It looks simple, but riding a perfect circle is a hard work. So much that George Morris stated “Riding a horse on a circle creates an added workload similar to us riding a bike up a hill against the wind.” :-)

At times riding those endless circles may seem boring. But look at this from another perspective. Every circle you ride is a little lesson on suppleness, straightness and use of the aids.

Look Who is Back or My New Year Resolution

That’s been an incredibly eventful year:

  1. I’ve got a new riding partner, and she is the reason behind my absence from the blog.

Dream meets my daughter Alice

  1. I’ve changed nationality

Kazakhstan to Russian one. Would you believe both countries’ coats of arms have horses on them?

  1. I’ve got over 6500 followers on Instagram


  1. I’ve become a brand ambassador for the amazing 2kGrey equestrian apparel company. Check out their site http://www.2kgrey.com/


  1. I’ve joined Sketchbook Skool https://sketchbookskoolhouse.com and suddenly realised that despite not practicing for years I still can draw 8-O


So thank you very much, 2015! I loved every single day of you!

And hello, 2016! I have a lot of plans ahead of us!

  1. Ride in 3 new countries. At least!

From my sketchbook

  1. Take part in monthly Dressage Anywhere competitions. We don’t have much dressage shows in Bahrain. So this site is definitely a great solution for those who want to compete… well literally anywhere. http://www.dressageanywhere.com/
  2. Start blogging again. Ok, to make this goal SMART: I plan to have a new post every ten days.
  3. Ride Romeo bitless. I know he will appreciate it.
  4. Lose weight. I wanna be less than 60 kg again. I guess my horses will appreciate it too!
  5. Take part in WordPress weekly photo challenge. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/ But I want to do it with a twist. All my pictures will be horse related one way or another.
  6. Complete Jane Savoie’s Happy Horse and Happy Horse Solutions courses. This is my chance to learn from Olympic level rider and coach. http://www.janesavoie.com/

Love the way Jane explains every excersice

  1. Start drawing again. I really enjoy sketching, but rarely make time for it – so this year I promise to fill at least one album.

Dream’s portrait in ballpen

  1. Start liberty training with Dream.
  2. Make a dressage/circus show with Romeo. He can do a lot of cool tricks: sitting, laying down on command, Spanish walk, saluting, you name it. And now I want to incorporate all of these in a short, 7-10 minutes performance.

Spanish belt, Spanish horse, Spanish walk :-)

Phew! Sounds like a plan!

Have a great and eventful New Year! And I have to head to the stables Because dreams do not come true on their own. :-)