Straton Sporthorses

Straton Sporthorses Katie Straton is a USDF Silver and Bronze medalist offering classical dressage training and lessons.
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05/06/2024
Have you had your saddle fit checked recently? We highly recommend Courtney if you’re located in MD or the surrounding s...
04/17/2024

Have you had your saddle fit checked recently? We highly recommend Courtney if you’re located in MD or the surrounding states!


Show season is upon us and we are getting into some beautiful riding weather as we head into spring and summer. Make sure your equine partner's equipment is fitted and comfortable for whatever adventures you take on! 🐴 Appointment slots are filling up fast. Contact me today to set up your saddle fitting.

04/02/2024

: When you memorize your tests, don’t just memorize the movements, and the letters at which they are performed. Memorize how you go through corners, how you prepare those movements. Memorize what you’ll be doing the five strides before a transition in order to make that transition the most beautiful and effortless it can be. Memorize breathing, staying present, and how you’ll use your body to help your horse do the best work he can do. It’s not just about the pattern! ♾️⁣

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This is what it’s all about 🙌
03/31/2024

This is what it’s all about 🙌

“Dressage is so much more than the sparkling white walls of Wellington. It’s the backyard barn in the middle of nowhere, USA where a group of riders support each other and their horses to become the best versions of themselves. The movements and the scores are secondary to the central theme of development of character and physical wholeness.”

New blog post on what is Dressage…

03/12/2024

If you are looking for an alternative to Hygain feeds, Daily Dose Equine makes low NSC balancers such as Carbbuster (7%NSC) and Firefighter (9%). For feeds, we make a product called MassNoSass (14%) that is mainly forage but has a small amount of roasted barley added for calories. All Daily Dose Equine products maintain the integrity of the original ingredients and are verified through the Non-GMO project meaning they contain no ingredient that have been sprayed with glyphosate (RoundUp). We use 4 main ingredients sourced in the US and Canada – timothy hay, alfalfa hay, oats and barley. These ingredients are placed on isolated manufacturing line and combined with peas, sunflower, flax and a vitamin/mineral mix with optimum amounts of amino acids, pre and probiotics, vitamins and minerals. Horses on Daily Dose Equine feeds reach an unprecedented level of health and immunity, display shiny, soft coats and build muscle/topline with ease.
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This!!
02/20/2024

This!!

“You fell in love with riding horses because it fills your soul. Don’t feel like you need a more expensive horse, a better barn, a nicer saddle, a brand new show coat, 2 months of showing at WEF, or a diet to become a better rider. Seek out the trainers who accept you for you, because happiness comes from self love and self acceptance! -Sincerely, NF”

Thank you KVA for having me out! Such a fun day with your dedicated group 😃
02/12/2024

Thank you KVA for having me out! Such a fun day with your dedicated group 😃

02/05/2024

Yup!

  Lovely Ria schooling in my favorite Trilogy Verago saddle from Trilogy Performance Saddlery 😍
02/01/2024

Lovely Ria schooling in my favorite Trilogy Verago saddle from Trilogy Performance Saddlery 😍

Did you know that The Distinguished Rider offers so much more than riding boots??Check out their apparel, accessories, h...
02/01/2024

Did you know that The Distinguished Rider offers so much more than riding boots??

Check out their apparel, accessories, helmets, and more online and use my special discount code for 5% off your website purchases through March 31st!

*5% discount code: KatieS
(Does not apply to stock or custom boots.)

Welcome to The Distinguished Rider! Your connection to Kingsley Riding footwear, QHP Boots, Chester Boots, and more! On the website you'll find boots for sale, boot education articles, and more. Connecting equestrians to their dream boots, one boot at a time.

Congratulations to student Melanie Gerner on earning 2023 FADS JYR Intro Level Champion with over 71%! Well done 👏⭐️🥇
01/28/2024

Congratulations to student Melanie Gerner on earning 2023 FADS JYR Intro Level Champion with over 71%! Well done 👏⭐️🥇

It takes a lot of time!
01/25/2024

It takes a lot of time!

It’s that time of year! Totally loving my fleece-lined Kingsley boots from The Distinguished Rider and warm winter coat ...
01/21/2024

It’s that time of year! Totally loving my fleece-lined Kingsley boots from The Distinguished Rider and warm winter coat from my awesome Trilogy Performance Saddlery fitter, Courtney Peiffer ❤️❄️⛄️ They’re keeping me toasty well below freezing, and I hate the cold! (For real, I started wearing them as soon as it dropped below 50 degrees 😂).

“What is interesting for me, is that every rule in the classical riding instruction, has an anatomical basis. It is not ...
01/06/2024

“What is interesting for me, is that every rule in the classical riding instruction, has an anatomical basis. It is not that some-one made up a little rulebook, and said, ‘from now on we will ride this way’.”

This is great stuff, and so aligned with everything my teachers have taught me. I always wanted to set up a joint clinic with Gerd and Charles de Kunffy!

Gerd Heuschmann – Dressage to improve not wreck your horse! Posted on January 15, 2021 by horsemagazine Story – Chris Hector Photos – Roz Neave Back in 2005, Australians were introduced to the philosophy and research of Gerd Heuschmann at the FEI VIII Regional Forum. It was an exciting firs....

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!⛄️❄️🎄❄️⛄️🎄
12/25/2023

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!
⛄️❄️🎄❄️⛄️🎄

Straton Sporthorses has a few openings for training horses and students in the new year!🎉We love helping horses and ride...
12/19/2023

Straton Sporthorses has a few openings for training horses and students in the new year!🎉

We love helping horses and riders of all levels and backgrounds develop in harmony through classical dressage principles. Our programs range from weekly lessons to customized training packages, 3-4 days per week.

Katie Straton is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist who has ridden to Grand Prix. Her empathetic and patient approach prioritizes the well-being of the horse, and focuses on correct basics, rider equitation, and understanding of riding theory.

Come join our fun and welcoming community in 2024! Conveniently located between Frederick and Westminster, Md. PM or email [email protected] for more details.

Happy National Day of the Horse!PC Karrie Dash PhotographyTrilogy Performance SaddleryThe Distinguished RiderDaily Dose ...
12/14/2023

Happy National Day of the Horse!
PC Karrie Dash Photography

Trilogy Performance Saddlery
The Distinguished Rider
Daily Dose Equine LLC & The Healthy Horse & Pet
BERC Motion For Life LLC
Top Notch Tack

We had an awesome time at the Clinic with JJ Tate December 2023 last weekend! Pearl had a great experience at her first ...
12/13/2023

We had an awesome time at the Clinic with JJ Tate December 2023 last weekend! Pearl had a great experience at her first outing and we learned lots. Thank you to Daisy Lane Farm for having us and to Pearl’s owner for the opportunity to have JJ’s masterful eyes on her ❤️







Great advice, and crucial to achieving mindfulness and becoming present in the moment with your horse. I prioritize bein...
11/29/2023

Great advice, and crucial to achieving mindfulness and becoming present in the moment with your horse. I prioritize being slow, calm, and deliberate around my horses and allow everything to take the time that it takes. It always pays off in the long run!

SLOOOOOW DOWN!

SLOW your walking down to 1 step per second with and without your horse next to you.
SLOW your hand movements down as you touch or do things.
SLOW your talking down.
SLOW your breathing down.
SLOW your pulls and pushes down on the leadrope.

SLOW to FLOW!

Humans are WAAAAY to fast for horses and this is one of the leading causes of reactivity and opposition reflex in horses.

Speed = stress.

Let me teach you what speed does...

When the brain perceives a threat, it causes the body to release the stress response hormone cortisol. Cortisol levels and speed go hand in hand.
Cortisol provides the body with the fuel it needs to flee a scary situation or fight against it.

The thing with the mind-body relationship is that the brain feels an emotion such as fear, which create a physical response in the body, but the body can also move at a certain speed or in a particular way and create an emotion in the brain. It can be reverse engineered.

This is how special the intimate relationship is between the brain and body.

The other thing to remember is that, collectively as a social animal, when speed is noticed by another mammal (no matter the species), it alerts the unconscious brain to threat.

Speed is an alarm system in a social system (consciously and unconsciously).

If you walked down a road and everyone started running, you'd find it hard not to run even if you didn't know what the cause was. You are noticing that others are running and in a direction, so you mirror them to increase your chances of survival. You don't need the reasoning part of your brain for this. You just activated your primal (survival) part of the brain.

One other thing to remember: HORSES CAN SMELL CORTISOL. So not only does your speed act as a visual alarm system to your horse, it also acts as an olfactory one!

Would you want to interact with someone who caused you to feel constantly on alert?

These little things are the beginnings of what ripples into chronic stress in both humans and horses.
You spend enough time around someone who is fast in their movement, your nervous system will condition itself to being on high alert.
HELLO 👋 CHRONIC STRESS!!!

Slow your movement down = slow your thoughts down.
Slow your movement down = lower your cortisol.
Slow your movement down = feel connected with yourself, the world and others in it.
Slow your movement down = slow your alarm systems down and eventually they'll turn off.

Slow down so much that it is uncomfortable. It won't be uncomfortable for long, I promise 😉

Happy brain training 🧠
Charlotte 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃🍂 We are so grateful for all of our clients, owners, sponsors, supporters and friends ❤️Top Notch T...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃🍂 We are so grateful for all of our clients, owners, sponsors, supporters and friends ❤️

Top Notch Tack
Trilogy Performance Saddlery
BERC Motion For Life LLC
The Distinguished Rider
Daily Dose Equine LLC & The Healthy Horse & Pet

Transformation Tuesday ✨🪄July to November🪄Contadora M is a 5yo Hanoverian mare. Although she’s a little fluffy right now...
11/07/2023

Transformation Tuesday ✨
🪄July to November🪄

Contadora M is a 5yo Hanoverian mare. Although she’s a little fluffy right now, it’s easy to see how much she has blossomed in just four months! It’s amazing how a horse can transform with good nutrition, farriery, body work, and training. I’m excited to see how this one continues to develop 🤩

Daily Dose Equine LLC & The Healthy Horse & Pet
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Great break down of the rider’s seat in canter!
11/05/2023

Great break down of the rider’s seat in canter!

How to sit to canter without rowing or leaning backwards - https://dressagetraining.tv/sitting-to-canter/

In this short video I talk about how leaning back can cause the horse to go onto the forehand and also discuss correct sitting strategies.

So many people have commented that they love my winter lined Kingsley boots, and they would love to get some. Did you kn...
11/01/2023

So many people have commented that they love my winter lined Kingsley boots, and they would love to get some. Did you know that The Distinguished Rider now has several brand options for winter riding? If you’ve been wanting winter boots, check this out. You’ll never regret having warm feet!







Congratulations to students Liz Hadley, Melanie Gerner and Cheryl Weaver on their success at the FADS Woodvale show last...
10/10/2023

Congratulations to students Liz Hadley, Melanie Gerner and Cheryl Weaver on their success at the FADS Woodvale show last weekend! It was a windy and chilly morning, but everyone met their goals with scores to 73.7%. Way to go ladies👏👍🙌

Motivation Monday! Never stop learning, never stop practicing, never stop striving to improve. There’s always room to gr...
10/02/2023

Motivation Monday!

Never stop learning, never stop practicing, never stop striving to improve. There’s always room to grow! I hope I’m still able to practice at age 90 😆


Can’t wait!!
09/26/2023

Can’t wait!!

We hope you are getting excited about this year’s NorCordia Dressage at Devon 2023 Master Class Presented by Running ‘S’ Equine Veterinary Services with Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour! Test your knowledge of Cathrine via our trivia quiz below ⬇ Learn some fun facts about her and we’ll share the results on Thursday, September 28th and see how you did! 🎉

https://forms.gle/GFiEG3AJw1pJpNYm7

Congratulations to long-time student, Jen Neeman, and her mare, Golden Safira, on winning TWO Champion titles at the Ara...
09/19/2023

Congratulations to long-time student, Jen Neeman, and her mare, Golden Safira, on winning TWO Champion titles at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals! 🏆🥇🎉
Safira is the National Champion in Western Dressage Basic Open and ATR divisions, and finished Top Ten in Western Dressage Level 1 Open and ATR. Way to go!!!

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