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Dressage Radio Episode 65 – Tina Konyot and Toni Venhaus

U.S. WEG team member, Tina Konyot, fresh from her winning streak at the Selection Trials and Toni Venhaus from NSW dressage tells us how the sport is developing Down Under. Listen in right here.
Dressage Radio Episode 65 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Co-Hosts: Chris Stafford
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  • Guest: Tina Konyot
  • Guest: Toni Venhaus
  • News: U.S. Names WEG Dressage Short List/Nominated Entry
  • News: New Ride for U.S. Para-Equestrian The United States Equestrian Federation has announced that US Para-Equestrian rider Jennifer Baker has had to withdraw the horse on which she was selected for the Short List/Nominated Entry for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Duel was withdrawn because of veterinary issues and has been replaced per the USEF Selection Procedures with Kranak. Owned by Akiko Yamazaki (who is a steadfast supporter of the sport of dressage including as the owner of Ravel – Steffen Peters’ superstar and 2009 FEI World Cup Champion) Kranak was made available to Baker without hesitation. The 18-year-old Dutch gelding has been showing successfully at the Grand Prix level with both Yamazaki and Peters’ wife Shannon.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 105 – WEG News & Pierre St Jacques

We discuss the US Dressage Selection Trials in detail with our spotlight rider Pierre St Jacques, who finished fifth, earning himself a place on the short list with his beautiful horse, Lucky Tiger. And of course the WEG news keeps on coming, including a chat with Dr Jennifer Feiner of Hagyard’s Equine Medical Institute who’ll be in charge of the quarantine facility for all the horses shipping in from Europe, and why Nicole Simpson-Shahinian isn’t on the USEF show-jumping short list for WEG with Tristan. Listen in.

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Eventing Radio Episode 94 – Phillip Dutton and Will Faudree

Will Faudree and Phillip Dutton join us this week while they were on the road and on their journey to the final selection trials for WEG. Take a listen…

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2010 Radio Show Episode 106 – Reigning Vaulter Defends Title, News & Downtown

The excitement and the news are building for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Samantha and Glenn keep you up to date on the athletes, the KYHP, the International Equestrian Festival and the happenings in Lexington. Listen in and share in the excitement…

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Dressage Radio Episode 64 – Carol Lavell & Gifted

Carol Lavell is our special guest this week as we learn about a generous gift to the Dressage Foundation as Carol also reminisces about Gifted in our Great Partnership Series. Listen right here.

Dressage Radio Episode 64 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Co-Hosts: Chris Stafford and Catherine Haddad
  • Photo Credit: Phelps Photo
  • Guest: Carol Lavell
  • Guest: Anita Minks, USDF Sport Programs Coordinator
  • News: U.S. Selection Trials Get Underway – for results
  • News: Britain Names Dressage Riders for WEG Team –
    • Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Dr & Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s and her own Mistral Hojris (with Andretti H as her reserve horse)
    • Fiona Bigwood riding her own Wie Atlantico
    • Maria Eilberg riding Mr Ferdi Eilberg’s Two Sox
    • Carl Hester riding Ms Cheryl Meisner’s Liebling II
    • Non-traveling reserves: Henriette Andersen (Louis D’Or III) and Emile Faurie (Elmegardens Marquis)
  • News: Canada Announces WEG Dressage Squad
    • Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON and Pop Art, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, earned an average qualifying score of 72.329%.
    • Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, ON and Anton, a 10-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames, earned an average qualifying score of 69.595%.
    • Bonny Bonnello, of Calgary AB, and Pikardi, a 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding co-owned by Bonnello and Jean Bell, earned an average qualifying score of 66.932%.
    • Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON, and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurttemburger gelding owned by Cindy Ishoy, earned an average qualifying score of 66.745%
  • News: The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announces deadlines for Youth Scholarship and Award.Contact: Erica Minks, USDF Sport Programs Coordinator:


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British Actor Jeremy Irons Supports 2010 FEI Awards

25 August 2010 – Distinguished British actor and enthusiastic horseman Jeremy Irons is supporting the 2010 awards organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of horse sport. He is calling on the equestrian community to nominate deserving individuals before the 30 August deadline.

Irons, whose acting career spans theatre, TV and cinema, is well known for his roles in films such as The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), Dead Ringers (1988), Reversal of Fortune (1990), Damage (1993), Lolita (1997), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Appaloosa (2008). His talent has earned him many prestigious Best Actor awards.

Commenting on the FEI Awards, Irons said:

“As a keen rider, I can think of nothing better than to celebrate those individuals who dedicate so much of their time, energy and love to the sport. The FEI Awards are a unique chance for you to nominate and celebrate those individuals whose devotion deserves recognition.”

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Motivation from Moshi no. 31, by Jane Savoie

When I see the new foals running around, I realize that I’m not a baby anymore. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take baby steps now and then.

Sometimes a job is just too big and overwhelming to figure out exactly how to get it all done. When that’s the case, baby steps is the way to go. It’s like when my stall gets dirty. Someone has to clean it out one scoop at a time. You may not notice one scoop being removed. But when you remove ten scoops, it really makes a big difference!

What do you have to do, or want to accomplish, that seems too big for you to achieve right now? Can you break it down into little parts? Can you take baby steps? Can you accept slow progress over no progress at all?

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2010 Capital Challenge Horse Show Welcomes Qualifiers for THIS National Children’s Medal Finals

Last year's THIS National Children's Medal Finals winners Sylvia DeToledo and Lion King. Photo © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Upper Marlboro, MD – August 25, 2010 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again welcome the top 40 qualified riders for the 2010 Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals. The THIS Finals will be part of the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by, held on October 2-3, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The horse show will continue on October 4-10 with competition in the outdoor ring and indoors in the Show Place Arena.

The THIS National Children’s Medal Series is the perfect stepping stone for young riders and offer a great opportunity to compete in an indoor arena with the pressure of a finals competition. Riders must compete throughout the year to qualify for the Finals, which is a great goal for aspiring equitation riders.

The Finals themselves also provide riders a chance to learn with an opening round and a test for the top riders in the class. The National Children’s Medal is a proven leg-up for riders planning to advance to the 3’6” equitation division. Many of the riders who placed well in the Finals in past years have gone on to win numerous equitation finals.

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New Opportunities for Palominos

PHBA has adopted a new horse registration system that will improve turnaround and processing times for members and Palomino owners.

This new system will provide PHBA members a faster and more convenient way to register horses, at a cost savings for the association. PHBA maintains records on more than 88,000 horses and owners, more than 250,000 horse show entries and more than five hundred horse shows. This system will provide unprecedented customer service for these members.

Access the new registration system through the PHBA website.

Palomino horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, American Holsteiner Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association of America, Appaloosa Horse Club, Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds), American Saddle Horses, Arabians, Half Arabs, Morgans, Tennessee Walking Horses, Mountain Pleasure Horses, Morabs, Quarabs, Missouri Fox Trotters and Rocky Mountain Horses are eligible for registration with PHBA provided the horse meets color and white rules.

PHBA’s Mission Statement:

  • To record and preserve the pedigree of the Palomino Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breeds.
  • To provide beneficial services for its members which enhance and encourage Palomino ownership and participation.
  • To generate growth of PHBA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the Palomino Horse.

PHBA is an AQHA strategic marketing alliance partner.

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Amarillo, TX 79104

Pablo Barrios Captures 2010 $50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award

Pablo Barrios during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show winner of the 2010 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award. Photo © 2010 Lindsay McCall.

Lexington, KY – August 24, 2010 – After five exciting Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix classes at the Kentucky Horse Shows, Pablo Barrios earned the 2010 $50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award.  Barrios began the series by winning the May 13th Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.  Barrios claimed the blue ribbon with G&C Sinatra, the second place ribbon with G&C Blanchee Z, and also placed with G&C Napoleon. During the next Hagyard Lexington Classic he finished only tenths of a second behind the winner aboard G&C LaGran.  His top finishes would keep him in the lead during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows while Barrios competed in Europe on the Global Champions Tour.  This win for Barrios is another exciting finish for himself and G&C Farm owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal.

Barrios noted, “Winning the Hagyard Leading Rider Award was exciting and surprising. Since WEG is coming up I decided to take the horse to Europe for a little more experience instead of showing at Kentucky like I normally have.  It surprised me a lot to win this award because last year I did the entire series and ended up second overall and this year I only was able to show in two of the classes.”

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