Lesla Bong riding Cloud a 3 year old Thoroughbred/Trakehner  cross.

Lesla Bong riding Cloud a 3 year old Thoroughbred/Trakehner cross.

I am an amateur rider who has ridden multiple breeds and disciples for over 50 years.   As a junior rider I showed hunter/jumpers winning 5 CPHA year end high point awards for San Diego County.  After raising two sons, I changed my focus to English dressage,  but still loved to ride on the trails. Seven years ago I bought Cloud as a young three year old.  He is a Thoroughbred / Trakehner  cross with many talents.  Since he is very athletic, I bought a western saddle to use on the trails, recalling the basics of western riding and collection my father had taught me as a child on his Arabian show horse.  I enjoyed the precision and challenge of dressage in the arena but felt more at home on my western saddle.  A friend told me about Cowboy Dressage three years ago and I have been hooked ever since.  Cloud and I have continued to challenge ourselves through the levels. By focusing on harmony, lightness and partnership, I have become a better rider and horse person. This partnership has allowed me and Cloud to do things I never thought would be possible. We have horse camped in Desolation Wilderness, ridden 28 miles in Yosemite, become a member of the East Bay Regional Park volunteer mounted park patrol and won four buckles in Cowboy Dressage. I can truly say, Cloud is “my horse of a lifetime”.