Leslie Morse and her stallion Kingston arrived in England last week to begin their two month training program with four time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund. The pair is already hard at work with daily lessons from Kyrklund. "We're working on piaffe and passage, as well as the basics of getting him to carry more weight on his hindquarters," Morse said.
Morse is using her USET Grant for the trip, and hopes to make use of every moment with Kyrklund. "My goal is to get a clear understanding of Kyra's methods, so that when I go home I can really apply it to my day to day riding," Morse said.
"Dressage Diaries" appears on www.paragonfarms.net and will chronicle Morse's experiences in England. She will share training tips from her lessons and tell of her adventures in the English countryside.
Kingston and Morse were the 2001 USET Festival of Champions Intermediaire Champions. The pair has been together for three years and were nearly undefeated for two seasons with scores routinely over 70%. Morse grew up in California and has been competitive with several horses at the FEI level for the past nine years. She now trains at Paragon Farms in Malibu.
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