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November 17, 2014

Romanesque Equals Rideability

Dear Rita,

October found me flying back to Germany to watch my 3-year-old stallion, Romanesque (Blue Hors Romanov—Elfentanz, Fidertanz), finish the final days of testing in the 70 Day Test at Neustadt (Dosse) near Berlin.


1 week 2 days ago

3 yr old

What a trooper!
1 week 10 hours ago

Thank you for sharing

Thank you for the video and informative commentary regarding the horses and the process. Really enjoyed it! Looking forward to seeing Romanesque compete in the future.
October 30, 2014

Wrapping Up The Summer: Rockin In Central Park

Dear Rita,

I think my last few blogs caught you up on the important things that happened over the summer in Europe. I put my horses on a plane back to New York at the beginning of August and settled in at home in New Jersey for a few blissful months of training, showing and spending time with my dogs and my husband.

October 25, 2014

Notes From The Summer, Part III: Response Training

Dear Rita, 

Life with horses is a never-ending learning process, and training a successful international Grand Prix horse is no exception. You can teach a horse to perform the test at home relatively quickly, but experience will teach you that you don’t really have a competitive Grand Prix horse until you master the art of riding him at a show the way you ride him at home. This takes time. Many factors come into play, and you might be surprised how intricate the polishing of a Grand Prix horse can become.

October 14, 2014

Notes From The Summer, Part II: Hydration

Dear Rita,

After making the decision to stay in Europe and not pursue a spot on the U.S. team last summer, I set about dealing with some issues that came up with Mane Stream Hotmail while I was still in Europe.

If you recall his unusual history, I had purchased Hotmail, aka Scottsdale, in 2012 as a 10-year-old third level dressage horse, hoping to advance him to Prix St. Georges and sell him in Florida within a short time.


5 weeks 6 days ago

Hydration hay

Purina makes a product called Hydration Hay that they recommend for long trailering and horseshows to encourage horses water intake. Just another option for some of those picky guys.
September 2, 2014

Notes On The Summer Of 2014: Getting Our Riders To Europe

Dear Rita,

This is going to be a long story, Rita, so brew a fresh pot of coffee and dig in for Part 1.

I learned something last spring from a client and good friend of mine. When I was agonizing over the decision whether to go to Europe straight from Florida at the beginning of April, she said to me, “That’s the nature of the game. When you have the horse and you have the opportunity, you have to drop everything and go.” 

May 13, 2014

A Visit To The NRW Landgestuet In Warendorf

Dear Rita,

I became known in Germany for my breeding horses long before anyone recognized me as a competitive rider.

In 1997 I bought my first broodmare from a well-established breeder of both Oldenburg and Hanoverian horses, Ewald Grotelueschen in Wardenburg, Germany. He had a famous mare line originating from the old blood Efendi and Goldstern that he had crossed with Figaro, a descendent of the famous Furioso II.


April 17, 2014

A Conversation With My Mother

Dear Rita,

Please don’t be insulted that you found out I went to Europe with Hotmail via social media. It was a snap decision, and there was no time amid massive and frenetic logistical planning to call even my closest friends. My own mother did not know until today!


31 weeks 1 day ago

ROTFL... my grandma was the

ROTFL... my grandma was the same way without her hearing aids. My mom's cousin, whose name was "Mary Jo" became "Joan" to all of us after my Grandma misheard us when we introduced them. :) And hey, I think I like Scottsdale better than Hotmail... :D
April 13, 2014

Moving Up: Be Fierce

Dear Rita,

The last time I wrote, I had a story to tell about the morphing of Mane Stream Hotmail into a Grand Prix horse. We were mid-season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., and I knew that his career was about to take off.

March 9, 2014

From Here To There

Dear Rita,

Grand Prix horses are made, not born. And my horse Mane Stream Hotmail is no exception.

Pieces of this story you already know. Mane Stream Hotmail came to me in late spring of 2012. He was 10 years old, a bit stiff and resistant in places, but not without charm. He was a third level horse who was scoring 62 percent in Denmark at national shows on a good day. 

January 7, 2014

Enter: The Year Of The Horse

Dear Rita,

If you happen to follow the Chinese zodiac, you already know that we are about to enter the Year of the Horse 2014 at the end of January. All I can say is, “Hasta La Vista, Baby!” to the Year of the Snake 2013! That was a tough year for me, Rita, full of incredible highs and devastating lows. Quite frankly, I prefer the middle way.

Now I happen to think that every year is the Year of the Horse, but I am very excited about the beginning of this one.


Lynne De
42 weeks 5 days ago

Promoting Dressage

Your “call to action” inspired me to put this idea out there to see if it is worth pursuing. If the purpose of dressage is to develop a horse through a systematic, progressive and humane training (and conditioning) program; then rewarding that commitment would be another way to promote the sport and purpose of dressage. Learning to be a good rider is a great achievement and the USDF recognizes that with the Rider Awards. However, transferring those skills to developing horses should be recognized as well. My thought is to have a USDF Training Award such as: • Bronze medal for a horse and rider combination that achieves 2 scores of 64% or better for each level – Training, First, Second • Silver medal for a horse and rider combination that achieves 2 scores of 64% or better for each level – Third, Fourth, PSG • Gold medal for a horse and rider combination that achieves 2 scores of 64% or better at Int. I, Int. II and GP • Platinum medal for a horse and rider combination that achieves 2 scores of 64% or better from Training thru GP. The cost to create this award could be minimal since the database is already there. This type of award may result in: increasing memberships, encouraging riders to strive for proficiency at each level, increasing exhibitor attendance at shows, opportunities to promote professional riders/trainers/instructors, benefit breeders by showcasing trainability of offspring, and possibly other opportunities to promote the purpose and significance of the sport.