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In the Stirrups Magazine – November 2015

The latest issue of In The Stirrups Magazine is out!

In the Stirrups

I make no excuses for this month’s article.  It is blatant self promotion of The Crystal System Book on page 14 and 15 and, as always, is summarised below for your ease of reading.

I don’t mind telling you that I’m having a bit of a ‘mare’ in the latter stages of getting the book to you, but I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say I am still hoping for a November launch date.

Watch this space!



What’s in it for you?

Crystal System BookWondering if The Crystal System Book will benefit you?  I think there’s something in it for everyone, but if you can answer any of these question with a YES, you should give it a go … Continue reading In the Stirrups Magazine – November 2015

Coming Soon! The Crystal System Book

It’s on it’s way … The Crystal System Book!

It has been what seems like forever since I began The Crystal System Book but it is finally with the printers and we are now on the build up to release.  So, in honour of getting to this point, my website will also be relaunched very soon, as I’ve had it redesigned in readiness for the book launch.  From the new website you will be able to pre-order the book and certainly within the next month I should hope to have a launch date.  Anyone who wants to register their interest in receiving the book should subscribe to the blog or email me at help@likecrystal.com.

I’m talking to a number of retailers about how to get the book to you and of course, no self respecting author can get to a worldwide audience without the help of Amazon where it will also be available.

Crystal System BookI am very, very excited to be sharing this with you.  Over the coming weeks I will give you some snippets and tasters from the book to allow you to assess if you think it could help you.  Lets begin with the synopsis about The Crystal System.

About The System

“Many horse riding training methods and systems of training are mechanical; techniques which the trainer will try to instil in a pupil.  To ride well you need ‘feel’, which is not only difficult to teach, it’s difficult for a trainer to explain and difficult for a rider to grasp.  It helps if you can develop sensitivity and tact; build your body so that it can work with the horse’s movement; understand the affects you are having on your horse and understand what is at the heart of everything you do. Continue reading Coming Soon! The Crystal System Book

12 Dressage Tips for Christmas 2014

In 2013 I bought you 12 tips over 12 days on The Dressage Tipster Facebook Page.  This year I have amalgamated all 12 into one post for those of you who had not discovered The Crystal System last year.
A bit of festive fun and some useful stuff in there too …dressage tips
On the 1st Day of Christmas the Dressage Tipster said to me

Guess“Above all else ensure that your horse is forward. As long as the horse goes forward, he will not have time to think of evasions. Whenever you get a problem of any description, think of my favourite ‘F’ word” 

 On the 2nd day of Christmas the Dressage Tipster said to me …

Shamelessly campaigning for Votes …

Haynet Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2014

Ride WellThe Dressage Tipster is my Facebook page developed to bring hints and tips to the equestrian community completely free of charge.  Really, just a way to begin interacting with my fellow equestrians.  Your feedback helped me understand the everyday difficulties you face.

Over the past 18 months, The Crystal System Blog has developed into an extensive reference manual to help you with all manner of riding ‘issues’ and build your confidence and skills to train your horse yourself.

Haynet – The Worlds No. 1 Equine Social Blogging Network

HaynetI am absolutely thrilled to be able to tell you that today I discovered that The Dressage Tipster has been selected as a finalist in the Haynet Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2014

Continue reading Shamelessly campaigning for Votes …

The Crystal System Book – Test Pilot #2

I’d like to introduce you to Sue Clark whom I have selected to be one of my Test Pilots for The Crystal System book.  There are a number of things about Sue that made me think she would be well placed to critique the book.

First and foremost …

Sue has been a keen and interactive Dressage Tipster fan for some time.  I would often get messages from Sue like these …

  • I SO appreciate your helping hand! It’s like getting an early Christmas present. I have re-read the blogs you suggested and will take on board a few more tips!
  • All very good advice!  I shall pay more attention to the corners when I school!

Secondly …

Continue reading The Crystal System Book – Test Pilot #2

One is an Author

I had a very, very good day yesterday.   Last week I had sat looking at an email which contained the submission of a large chunk of my work on The Crystal System book to my publisher with a note saying … “I eagerly await your appraisal and guidance”.  I sat looking at it for a while, opening the files, re-reading, checking the order, basically fussing; nothing crystal about my brain at this point in time.  Then I did it, I pressed send; it had gone.

Unsurprisingly, nothing happened for the next 3 hours, so I put it out of my mind and went about my daily business with only the occasional recall to memory that some professional reader of books had my material and was probably dissecting it, huffing and puffing over the obvious naivety of the writing, studying the grammar and negatively scrutinising the subject matter.

Then it came.  The response and oh, what a response … ‘Wow! Very impressed.  You are definitely on the right track’.  Then some really useful advice closing with – ‘Love, love what you are doing, I feel that you are going to really hit the spot with a lot of riders.’  Cue, great big smile and a hastened email back along the lines of ‘thanks, I’m so happy, thanks, I like your suggestions, thanks, I’m so happy’.Hates it

Lesson No. 5,956 in my Dressage journey, which is truly teaching me so much not just about how to ride but about how to approach life.

‘Do not wait until you feel you are ready to do something that you feel passionately about.  Just do it!  Have a go, give it a try, seek advice and guidance along the way, if you don’t do well to begin with, give it another go, if you do – bonus!’

Somewhere along the line the publisher called me an author and alluded to how sometimes authors can be a little precious about their work to which my humble response was ‘well I am not really an author.’

‘Of course you are an author and a really good one at that’ she said.


Patricia – The Dressage Tipster