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November 23, 2010

Stuttgart CDI5*: W Rocks the House!

Dear Rita,

In Stuttgart, I finally managed to ride the Grand Prix test that I have been trying to ride since August. W felt great, the test flowed, and even though there is still loads to work on, everything starts to feel a little easier now. 

Here is a video of our ride: 

November 19, 2010

Stuttgart CDI5* Update: Fourth In The Grand Prix!

Breaking News: Winyamaro finished fourth in the Grand Prix behind 1) Isabell Werth/Satchmo 2) Ulla Salzgeber/Herzrufs Erbe 3) Hubertus Schmidt/Dark Diamond. Full story after the freestyle!

Dear Rita,

Winyamaro and I find ourselves in Stuttgart, Germany, this weekend for the CDI5*. We are accompanied by our trusty assistant trainer, Gizmo, and Winny’s beloved groom, Anna Pettersson.

November 9, 2010

CDI-W Lyon (France)

Dear Rita,

The French really know how to do a horse show! I showed Winyamaro last weekend (Oct. 28-29) at a World Cup qualifier in the Eurexpo stadium in Lyon, France.

November 1, 2010

Leeches: Beneficial Bloodsuckers

Dear Rita,

Try not to be squeamish about the subject matter! Leeches can be very helpful in treating various sport horse injuries, particularly when the injured area needs increased circulation.

History of the medicinal use of leeches dates as far back as 500 BC with an almost frenetic increase in their use during the European Renaissance period. The continued increase in the use of leeches throughout Europe and the Americas through the 1800s pushed Hirudo Medicinalis nearly to the point of extinction in its natural habitat.

October 20, 2010

The German Pasture Culture

Dear Rita,

I’m nearly certain that this blog will not get as many hits as the last one! But before my editorial skills became so popular, many of you expressed interest in getting an insider’s view on my life. This is not an excerpt from my daily life, but a typical semi-annual excursion.

In Germany, it is customary to put young horses from 1-3 years old on the pastures for the summer. The horses are normally turned out in a small herd or in pairs and left to themselves for several months to relax, eat and grow.

October 15, 2010

Totilas: Coveted by His Neighbor

Dear Rita,

Is nothing sacred anymore? Totilas is sold to Germany. Do you see the irony in this?

October 6, 2010

Dressage At Devon CDI-W

Summer has turned to autumn, dressage at the WEG is finished, and Winyamaro and I just got home from an exciting weekend at the World Cup qualifier in Devon!

September 26, 2010

Opening At The WEG

Dear Rita,

The opening ceremonies are finally here! Scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday night, a gala celebration is planned at the Horse Park to welcome all riders, drivers, coaches and support staff. The dressage team will be marching alongside the reining team, vaulting team, show jumping team, para-dressage team, driving team and eventing team. Did I leave anyone out??

September 21, 2010

The First Days in Kentucky

Dear Rita,

The whole dressage team arrived in Lexington safe and sound last weekend. The team is settled in over at the Horse Park, and W is a guest at Reese Koffler-Stanfield’s stable in Georgetown. Reese’s place is fully equipped, professional and an ideal place to train for the week, so I am very happy to be there. Here is a short video clip of Reese’s stable and the Team Processing that took place at the USEF offices at the Horse Park:

September 17, 2010

On the Road to Kentucky

Dear Rita,

It’s show time! The whole team is packing up, and we are set to leave for Kentucky on Saturday night.

Logistically speaking, this part of the journey to the WEG is one of the easiest since the entire dressage team is in one place—Gladstone—and we are all headed to the same location. Horses and grooms will all be shipped together by van to the Horse Park, and all of the riders and support staff will fly into Cincinnati or Lexington.

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