Back in the Studio

I’ve been away from the studio too long!  It gives me a feeling of anxiety and anticipation, rather like pregnancy in the later months.  There is something growing inside of me that needs to come out.  I’m very inspired these days by the dressage work I am doing with my horse Monarch, my trainer Deb Hindi, and my breed association, the United States Lipizzan Federation.  Deb is helping Monarch and I to become beautiful dance partners.  As we move up the training scale, we develop qualities of suppleness and connection which open the door to engagement.  With engagement, my horse’s engine gets revved!  He feels like a living, breathing, thinking Maserati with immense power that is directed by a conversation between two living beings collaborating to produce a beautiful dance.

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Deb has helped us to direct and refine the energy and movement to create harmony with increasing  elegance & grace.

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This year the USLF holds its annual symposium at Temple Farm in Wadsworth Ill.  (From the Temple Website):


The Tempel Lipizzans

The Tempel Lipizzans began in 1958 when the late Tempel and Esther Smith imported 20 Lipizzans from the Austrian stud farm in Piber and started what became the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world. The Tempel Lipizzans originally performed at private functions and charitable events. Their prestigious appearances include several Presidential Inaugurals and special exhibitions at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Taste of Chicago, Ravinia Festival, Arlington Racecourse and Madison Square Garden. In 1982, the late Tempel Smith’s daughters arranged for the first public performances at Tempel Farms as a tribute to their parents’ dream of establishing an American center of classical horsemanship that followed in the tradition of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In 1997, the President of Austria presented the Smith family with the Officer’s cross, Grand Declaration of Honour for Service to the Republic of Austria, in recognition of their “careful management of a cultural institution with such close ties to Austria.” Tempel Farms is the only place in the United States where these rare white horses are bred, trained and perform on the same property.


October 3rd – 5th   at the Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois

The United States Lipizzan Federation invites all Lipizzan enthusiasts to attend.

Hosted by Tempel Lipizzans and Temple Farms

I am most honored to have a showing of my artwork during the Symposium.  My goal is to paint 12 new paintings celebrating the wonderful Lipizzaner breed.  This art show will be a benefit for the Lipizzan Rescue Foundation.

“Dancer” is the first of the series of 12.  It is inspired by and dedicated to our trainer, Deb Hindi.

"Dancer"   copyright C Isgreen
copyright C Isgreen


Author: Cheri Isgreen

I have been a lifelong rider and horse lover. I got my first "horse" at a yard sale; it was a pony actually. It was sometime in the early 60's. I was in 3rd or 4th grade. The pony was perhaps $10. My sister, brother, and I pooled our money and led him home. At the time my parents were traveling, and my Uncle Bill promptly made us return it. (stay tuned...more to come...)

2 thoughts on “Back in the Studio”

  1. I really enjoyed reading about you and Monarch. I would say you are both in full bloom. He really is a magnificent horse and you are an exceptional master on his back and you do it with the very natural look of ease. It is a beautiful picture to behold. Your relationship is rare to say the least and I know is treasured by you both. Enjoy each other….I know you are going to do wonderful things together.

    Will you be riding Monarch at Templar farms in October? Where is Old Mill Creek in relationship to Chicago? How many miles away? Sure wish I was in better health. I would love to go with you and see the magnificent Lipizzaners (SP?) perform. I love your newest watercolor of “Dancer”. Number 1 in more ways than one! Love and God’s Blessings forever, Mom

  2. Oh no, we are not at that level for performance. Monarch will be represented in many of the paintings; he will not be at the Symposium. Temple Farm is very close to Libertyville, where we grew up. That is why I am so excited to return there this fall. Here is the website for Temple Farm:

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