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January 17, 2017

Behind The Stall Door With: Don Diego Ymas

He may be the “Captain of the Team” but Don Diego Ymas is a big, clumsy lug with some social skills issues.

Don Diego, aka DonDi, is young Spanish dressage rider Juan Matute Guimon’s go-to horse. He's the one who started it all for the 19-year-old rider. And, although they share a palpable bond, the horse he has dubbed the team captain and head honcho of the squad at Yeguada de Ymas is a klutzy loner.

“He is the clumsiest horse I have ever had the honor to meet and ride,” Matute Guimon said. “Not necessarily spooky but just always causing trouble.” 

January 10, 2017

Behind The Stall Door With: Escot 6

As Colleen Rutledge’s groom, Alex Ambelang, puts on Escot 6’s bridle she quickly points out that yes, it is cob sized and yes, they did clip him less than a month ago. You wouldn’t know the 15.3-hand, bay, 11-year-old German Hanoverian was just clipped, because he is as fluffy as a teddy bear.

Escot 6 and Alex Ambelang. Photo by Ilana Cramer

January 2, 2017

Behind The Stall Door With: Bacardi

Bacardi has been turning heads since he first burst onto the hunter scene five years ago with professional rider Havens Schatt. He was champion his very first time showing in the baby greens at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2011, and over the next four years he accrued no fewer than 46 championship titles (we counted).

December 26, 2016

An NFL Mascot, Blueberry And A Pizza-Eater: Our Best Of Behind The Stall Door In 2016

The Behind The Stall Door series on has fast become an enormously popular feature, as we take you back to the barn with some of the most famous horses. Behind The Stall Door articles take you up close and personal with great candid photos and personal details of some of the sport’s biggest stars.

December 5, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Fernhill By Night

Liz Halliday-Sharp has partnered with Fernhill By Night for four years, and together they’ve tackled some of the biggest three-star tracks in the United States and England. 

In 2015 they won the Brightling Park CIC** (England) and went on to complete the Blenheim Palace CCI*** (England). This year they were second in the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC** (N.C.) and the Barbury Castle CIC** (England) before earning a top 20 finish at the Burgham CIC*** (England).

November 21, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Confu

“C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.”

It’s only fitting that Confu’s name starts with C because if it were possible to find Cookie Monster in horse form you’ve found it. The quirky gray gelding lives for treats—of any variety—and has got Laura Kraut’s grooms properly trained to make sure he gets as many as he wishes.

November 14, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Shiraz

Colleen Rutledge’s famous Shiraz makes faces at anyone who comes near his stall without food. A Walt Disney quote hangs on the opinionated chestnut’s halter hook: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Shiraz, an off-the-track Thoroughbred (Gallipiat—Bold Blossom, Fountain Of Gold), is Rutledge’s most successful mount. The petite 15.3-hand gelding is a poster child for a successful second career, having taken Rutledge around the world completing and jumping clear cross-country rounds at five of the world's six four-star events.

November 1, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Nouvelle

The term “nouvelle” refers to nouvelle cuisine, an approach to cooking commonly related to French dishes. Light and elegant looking platters characterize nouvelle cuisine, and the emphasis is on presentation.

The Evita Group’s Nouvelle doesn’t have quite as particular of a palate—she lives to eat and will take a bite out of pretty much anything—but the gutsy mare has used that fuel to establish a strong presence in Laura Kraut’s string of talented show jumpers.

October 10, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Powell

Australian eventer Ryan Wood prefers to make his own horses, and this year his hard work has come to fruition.

He completed his first Rolex Kentucky CCI**** riding McLovin and Fernhill Classic, picked up his first CCI*** win on Powell at Jersey Fresh (N.J.), then followed it up with the Jaguar Land Rover Bromont CCI*** (Quebec) title on Woodstock Bennett.

His most recent big win came on Powell again when he won the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships (N.C.) advanced division. 

September 26, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Valegro

He’s won gold medals galore. He holds the world record score for the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle. He’s probably the most famous dressage horse who’s ever lived, and he moves his fans to tears and standing ovations.

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