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Lindsay Berreth

February 16, 2016

In The Ring Or On The Catwalk, Ellesse Tzinberg Is A Role Model For Filipino Riders

Scanning down the list of entries for the CDI***** at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival last weekend, one name caught my eye. Ellesse Tzinberg, riding for the Philippines, was competing the oldest horse in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special—Pavarotti, who’s 19.

It’s not often you see a rider from the small island nation of the Philippines competing at the highest levels of the sport, and I’m always impressed seeing older horses doing well, so I tracked down Tzinberg and found out she’s had quite a journey to get to the top level of the sport.

February 14, 2016

Graves and Verdades Get Back In Sync For AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix Special

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 13

Coming into the CDI***** at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this weekend, Laura Graves was feeling a lack of confidence in her work with Verdades.

While they’ve been pushing their Grand Prix scores towards 80 percent, Graves and “Diddy” had two uncharacteristic tests two weeks ago that left their scores in the low 70s, and Graves wondering what happened.

February 13, 2016

My Lady's Magical At AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix Freestyle

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 12   

“I’m sitting here in the middle, and these guys are next to me! I like that,” said Mikala Gundersen as she sat down between Lars Petersen and Steffen Peters for the press conference for the CDI***** Grand Prix freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Gundersen saved the best for last, as she and My Lady won the class with a 79.07 percent in front of a packed crowd under the lights.

February 11, 2016

Graves and Verdades Rebound For AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix Win

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 11

Collective oohs and ahhs radiated from the packed stands at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this afternoon as the sun set on Laura Graves and Verdades, the last to go in the CDI***** Grand Prix.

As she headed down centerline into her final halt, you could hear audience members clucking along to “Diddy’s” passage, and they erupted into applause when Graves gave her final salute and wrapped her arms around the gelding.

“I’m so glad we stayed until the end,” I overheard a woman say to her friend as she filed out.

February 9, 2016

Ringside Chat: Marilyn Little Explains Two Ribbons In Two Top Sports In 24 Hours

There aren't many riders who can jump an advanced cross-country course one day, then pilot another horse around a 1.50-meter grand prix the next. And, to top it all off, place in the top 10 of both classes. 

These days, Marilyn Little is best known as a top eventer—last year she won the individual gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto on RF Scandalous, and she’s also made headlines with her four-star partner RF Demeter.

With all of her success, it’s easy to forget Little only picked up eventing in 2010 after coming from the show jumping world.

February 4, 2016

One To Watch: Kyle Carter Is Heading To Wellington With A Homebred With A Special Story

For Canadian Olympian Kyle Carter, breeding his own horses has always been a “labor of love.”

His patience and persistence in bringing along one special homebred, FR’s Trust Fund, is finally paying off, as the gelding completed his first advanced events last fall and is set to tackle this weekend’s Wellington Eventing Showcase in Wellington, Fla.

Here's all you need to know about the Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase.

February 3, 2016

Upperville Colt And Horse Show Earns CSI**** Designation

The 163rd Upperville Colt and Horse Show will retain all of its old school charm this year, but it'll boast a new draw for riders. The show, scheduled for June 6-12 in Upperville, Va., has now been designated a Fédération Equestre Internationale CSI****.

Upperville’s feature event, the Upperville Jumper Classic, will now boast $216,000 in prize money. The show will also offer a $35,000 speed class and a $40,000 welcome stakes.

February 2, 2016

Kyle Carter And Buck Davidson Add Sportscaster To Their Resumes

Ever wish you could listen in on the chats that upper-level riders have about events, horses and riders?

Well, now you can.

Longtime friends Kyle Carter and Buck Davidson have created a YouTube video series of eventing analysis and just debuted their first episode–a preview of the Wellington Eventing Showcase.

Carter said that he and Davidson would always chat about the sport and joke with each other in the warm-ups at events. When a client of Carter’s suggested the two do a show last fall, “The Sort of OK Show About Horses” was born.

January 22, 2016

Ringside Chat: Chris Von Martels Has Two New Exciting Horses In The Barn

Canadian dressage rider Chris von Martels made his name known on the small tour circuit in 2015 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Fla.) and at the Pan American Games in Toronto with his 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Zilverstar (Rousseau—Hutrica), winning the individual bronze medal and helping his team to silver.

January 21, 2016

Dutton And Richards Secure Rides On New Four-Star Horses

Four-star eventers Phillip Dutton and Julie Richards both have exciting new additions to their barns this Olympic year.

On Jan. 22, Dutton will welcome Indian Mill, an 11-year-old British-bred Thoroughbred gelding (Millkom—Charwelton, Indian Ridge) who was campaigned to the four-star level with Australian rider Paul Tapner and purchased by David Garrett.

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