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Eventing Radio Episode 87 – Building a Partnership and Are You Ready for Your First Event:

Boyd Martin is my guest to discuss Building up a Partnership and Are You Ready for Your First Event, plus we have a new quiz – Name That Rider as well as a book review. Another new segment, It’s Your Call for listeners, begins with Sandi Archipow. Listen in right here.

Eventing Radio Episode 87 – Building a Partnership and Are You Ready for Your First Event:

  • Show Hosts: Chris Stafford & Boyd Martin
  • Listener Guest: Sandi Archipow
  • Book Review: Equine Fitness by Jec Aristotle Ballou, Published by Storey Publishing, Dec. 2009
  • Name That Rider: Win a $75 Gift Certificate from Equestrian Collections – Send Chris your answer and email address – first correct answer will be the winner. Who is this talking about their fitness?
  • Link: The Kentucky Horse Park’s Gift of the Desert

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Dressage Radio Episode 58 – WEG-Bound Hayley Beresford & Developing Rider Laura Graves:

Swiss based Australian rider Hayley Beresford makes her debut on the show this week as she continues her WEG campaign and Developing Rider Laura Graves tells her story of how she made her way in the sport. Catherine Haddad is in the co-host chair with some helpful advice. Listen in.

Dressage Radio Episode 58 – WEG-Bound Hayley Beresford & Developing Rider Laura Graves:

  • Co-Hosts: Chris Stafford & Catherine HaddadCatherine’s Blog on The Chronicle of the Horse
  • Guest: Laura Graves
  • Guest: Hayley Beresford
  • News: US Para-Dressage riders held their WEG Final Selection Trials this past weekend at Lamplight in Illinois.
    Long List for the USEF Para-Dressage 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Rebecca Hart Robin Brueckmann Laura Goldman Susan Treabess Holly Bergay Jonathon Wentz Wendy Fryke Jennifer Baker Mary Jordan Kim Decker Erin Alberda Kathryn Groves Barbara Grassmyer Kim Jones Elizabeth Pigott

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From Young Rider to Young Horse Championships – Caroline Roffman Shines

Caroline Roffman and her Hanoverian gelding Bon Chance have qualified for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships. (Photo courtesy of PhelpsPhoto.com)

Wellington, FL (July 19, 2010) – Dressage rider Caroline Roffman’s brilliant Young Rider career may be behind her, but that isn’t keeping the talented 21-year-old from shining as a young professional. Roffman and her Hanoverian gelding Bon Chance have qualified for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship in Lamplight, Illinois, July 22-25.

“I will be competing Bon Chance, or Moto as I call him, in the five-year-old Preliminary and Championship Class, American Bred Horse at the Young Horse Championships,” Roffman said. “This is really exciting for me because I have had Moto since he was three and I am proud to say that I have done all of the riding and training myself, with lessons from my trainer Lars Petersen.”

This will be the duo’s second trip to the Young Horse Championships, as Bon Chance was the Reserve Four-Year-Old Champion at the prestigious show last year. Bon Chance was bred by American breeders Marefield Meadows out of Virginia. “I feel really honored to once again be competing at the Young Horse Championships. I believe this program allows the United States to develop future team horses and we are incredibly lucky to have people like Scott Hassler to guide us down the right path,” Roffman said.

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Dressage Radio Episode 60 – Heather Blitz Part One: Staying Focused in the Warm-up and Training Takes Place at Home

Heather Blitz joins me for Part One of a two part series. Staying Focused in the Warm-up and Training Takes Place at Home. Find out more right here.

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FEI World Cup Driving Qualification – Aachen

Boyd Exell, winner of the CAIO Aachen 2010. (c) Rinaldo de Craen.

EXELL RETAINS AACHEN TITLE

17 July 2010 – Boyd Exell (AUS) today notched up his third individual victory at Aachen, the most prestigious international Four-in-Hand Driving competition, to add to his wins in 2003 and 2009. The Australian had a head start in the dressage and held onto his lead throughout.

Four times World Champion IJsbrand Chardon (NED) finished second, ahead of Christoph Sandmann (GER), and it was the Netherlands that won the Nations Cup ahead of hosts Germany, with Switzerland in third.

Changed format

The CAIO and World Cup Qualifying competition in Aachen was run in a different format. The Four-in-Hand drivers drove the regular dressage test on Thursday, followed by the obstacle driving competition on Friday. The marathon, broadcast live on television, was run as the final phase to bring the combined driving competition to a dramatic finish.

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Your Health 321, LLC Sponsors International Dressage Rider Dr. Cesar Parra

International rider and trainer Dr. Cesar Parra and Furst Fabio. Parra is being sponsored by Your Health 321, LLC. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Packer)

Whitehouse Station, NY – Your Health 321, LLC, independent distributors for a company specializing in adult stem cell nutrition, providing optimal health and superior performance for horses, is pleased to announce they are a sponsor of Dr. Cesar Parra, international dressage rider, trainer and instructor.  Parra was one of Colombia’s top international riders before becoming a US citizen in 2008.

Parra’s recent win on Dr. Lori Washton’s 13-year-old KWPN gelding Olympia at the Prix St. Georges with a score of 71.789 and the Intermediaire-I with a score of 71.000 percent has put Olympia’s ranking at number one for the FEI small tour.  Parra and his team are very excited to have been invited to attend Gladstone Championship in August, with hopes of qualifying to represent the US at the Pan American Games held in Mexico next year.  On another note, Grandioso scored in the 70% in the Intermediaire II and Whoopie Gold won her 2nd level test 1 with a big score of 76% with Nadine Buberl riding.

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Motivation from Moshi no. 27, by Jane Savoie

What is excellence to you? Is it finding a specific purpose for your life? Or perhaps it’s getting over 70 percent on a dressage test? Or maybe it’s as simple as getting the right canter lead every time you ask.

We all have different ideas of excellence. And there’s nothing quite like the amazing feeling of knowing that you did your very best, and it all came together perfectly in that moment.

Excellence doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a decision. It’s hours and hours of practice, coupled with a burning desire to be the best you can be. It’s doing everything you can to learn, improve, and achieve; while not accepting less than your very best. If excellence is your goal, you must give it your all and not settle for anything less.

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Germany’s Anja Plönzke Tops Nürnberger WDM Rider Rankings

Anja Plönzke on Le Mont d'Or at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Falsterbo, Sweden in mid-July. Photo: © 2010 Ken Braddick

Anja Plönzke of Germany is atop the latest Nurnberger World Dressage Masters Rider Rankings after the first two of five CDI5* events on the 2010-11 lineup in which Nurnberger Versicherungsgruppe awards €25,000 (US$31,800) to the winner.

So far this year in the events which count toward the award, the finished 2nd in the Grand Prix and 3rd in the Grand Prix Special at Cannes, France and 3rd in the Grand Prix in mid-June and 4th in the Grand Prix Freestyle at Falsterbo, Sweden last week.

Her results accumulated 1,090.5 points, with Poland’s Michal Rapcewicz in second place on 855 points and Anky van Grunsven of The Netherlands in third place with 765 points.

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Gold Medalist Lauren Sammis Judges at Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival

Grand Prix dressage rider Lauren Sammis judged young riders recently at Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival in Saugerties, New York. (Photo by SusanJStickle.com)

Saugerties, NY (July 13, 2010) – Pan Am Gold Medalist Lauren Sammis, who is back in the Grand Prix show ring with Al Guden’s Sagacious HF, spent time with young dressage riders recently when she served as a judge at Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival at Hits-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. Sammis, who worked for Gray as a working student starting in her early years, was thrilled to take part in Gray’s annual Youth Dressage Festival, an event that attracts young riders from around the world.

“I judged the 7-9 year olds and the 16-17 year olds and they were unbelievably cute and adorable,” Sammis said. “This is exactly what you want your children to be involved with because they were braiding their own horses and ponies, taking written exams and taking part in an equitation class series.”

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The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center Sponsors International Dressage Rider Marco Bernal

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala is sponsoring international dressage rider Marco Bernal. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Packer/Horse Sport Photography)

Ocala, FL (July 12, 2010) – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes, is now sponsoring international dressage rider Marco Bernal. A Colombian dressage rider and owner of Marco Bernal International Dressage in Wellington, Bernal has a long and accomplished dressage career which includes representing his country in the prestigious 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup in Las Vegas.

“I became acquainted with The Sanctuary during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby when I won a jog they were sponsoring. My farriers from Rood & Riddle also recommended them,” Bernal said. “I believe The Sanctuary has the experience and the equipment that I need for my horses.”

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