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September 30, 2011

Dressage at Devon: Why Competitors Like A Horse Show

Dear Rita,

Very often in my blogs, especially in videos, you hear me praise a show and tell you that it is one of my favorites. After attending a show a few weeks ago that failed to make it on my “Favored Show” list, I thought it might be interesting to write about what makes a show enjoyable for competitors—besides winning of course.

Three elements make or break a show for me: Footing, Stabling and Organization. I am going to use the Dressage At Devon CDI-W 2011 as a prime example of what to look for in a great horse show.

September 12, 2011

Observations: The Pan Am Selections And The Scoreboard

Dear Rita,

The USEF Dressage Festival of Champions was a well-fought competition this year for our Pan American Games Selection Trials. I think this is the best team the United States has ever selected for the PAG. We can be very proud to send these horses and riders to Mexico next month: Steffen Peters with Weltino’s Magic, Heather Blitz with Paragon, Cesar Parra with Grandioso and Marisa Festerling with Big Tyme.

September 3, 2011

Conflicts of Time and Interest

Dear Rita,

With the USEF Festival fast approaching, horses have already started to arrive at the USET in Gladstone. This year’s Pan American Games Selection Trials bring elements of excitement and suspense to the competition and the participation of Steffen Peters with Ravel and Tina Konyot with Calecto in the Grand Prix Championships will also boost spectator appeal.

August 30, 2011

The USEF Dressage Festival

Dear Rita,

It’s that time of year again when the Collecting Gaits Farms/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions takes place in Gladstone, N.J., at the USET headquarters.

August 28, 2011

My Horses Got Wheels!

Dear Rita,

Greetings from Gladstone! I arrived with both my best horses on the East Coast of America just in time to experience our first hurricane. But as I sit here waiting for the last drizzles of Hurricane Irene to subside, I realize that I have seen the likes of her all over the world even though she is normally referred to as a rainstorm with some wind. A bit anti-climatical, this hurricane thing. Lets be thankful for that!

August 15, 2011

The British Are Coming!

Dear Rita,

The warning cry of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride in 1775, although historically dubious, will resonate with credibility in contemporary times at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, next weekend. The Germans and the Dutch will feel the full power of that cry.

August 14, 2011

From Hickstead To Gladstone

Dear Rita,

Life is a whirlwind! My groom, Anna Pettersson, and myself drove to Hickstead (England) at the end of July to fit in one more horse show before leaving for the United States.

We drove to Calais, parked the horse van on the ferry, crossed the English Channel to Dover, and then made the short drive to Hickstead in the south of England.

Hickstead is a fabulous show with impeccable organization. The footing is superb, the spectators are educated and appreciative, and I always have a feeling that I am in a country that exudes good horsemanship.

July 13, 2011

WC, WDM and the WSJ, Part III: The Totilas Article

Dear Rita,

The other exciting thing that happened last weekend in my horsey world is that The Wall Street Journal quoted me in an article it published about Totilas.

Of course, in keeping with my perspective on the non-perfect world, the article has a few glitches.

July 12, 2011

WC, WDM and WSJ, Part II: Falsterbo CDI*****

Dear Rita,

Since I am writing this blog in order to include you on the inside of my professional life, I will continue the saga of how Catherine Haddad Staller manages to pull herself out of a blue funk and get back on her feet.

July 11, 2011

WC, WDM And WSJ, Part I: On Sponsorship

Dear Rita,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written to you. Six weeks actually, but those weeks felt like six months. Sometimes I have to step back from my sport and dig deep for a reason to keep doing it. That can take hours, or it can take months depending on how strong I am and how much time I take to actually think about it.

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