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September 12, 2010

Winyamaro’s Development

Dear Rita,

W and I are still in New Jersey, still at Gladstone and still trying to get our act together for the WEG in Kentucky in a few weeks. Being reserve horse/rider for the team, all our efforts could be wasted for the WEG, but I have every intention of starting at Devon, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, if we do not get a chance to start in Kentucky. So our training is intense, and W is stepping up to the plate.

September 3, 2010

Things I Love About Europe Versus Things I Love About America

Dear Rita,

Training camp at Gladstone is about to begin for our short-listed dressage team: Steffen Peters with Ravel, Todd Flettrich with Otto, Katherine Bateson-Chandler with Nartan, Tina Konyot with Calecto, Pierre St. Jacques with Lucky Tiger and last but not least, yours truly with W. We will train together at U.S. Team Headquarters until the 18th of September when everybody ships out to Kentucky.

August 26, 2010

The Aftermath

Dear Rita,

Our Selection Trials at Gladstone ended over a week ago, and I just now found the time to sit down and write about them. I’ve been flying and driving around the country to various clinic locations over the past few days.

August 12, 2010

Winyamaro and the U.S. Selection Trials

Dear Rita,

W came here to win. I’ve tried to explain to him that he is too young, too inexperienced, too under-ranked...but he is not impressed by any of that. He comes out of the box every day, gives me more than I ask for and amazingly, improves in all of his work on a daily basis. I am impressed.

(The part that is hard to put into words is about his HAIR. You have to understand that this horse has a lot of it, and he loves to flip it around. You have to see it to understand it, but he believes he can win because he has the best hair. Seriously.)

August 6, 2010

Dear Rita,

The moment is upon us! All the horses have passed the Vet Check at the USEF Festival of Champions, Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, 2010. The small tour started this afternoon with Kassandra Barteau winning the Prix St. Georges on her 10-year-old Jazz, Toscano.

The starting list for the Grand Prix on Saturday morning has been drawn and looks like this:

July 30, 2010

Come To The U.S. Dressage Selections For The WEG!!!

Dear Rita,

I hope you are planning your trip to the USET Team Headquarters right now! Winyamaro, who firmly believes that he is the sexiest horse alive, is demanding spectators for our Selection Trials. He traveled a long way to show off his cool moves, so please don’t let him down.

July 29, 2010

Born in the USA

Dear Rita,

W, Gizmo and I have been in the good ole USA for exactly one week now. I love my life in Germany so much that sometimes I find myself forgetting about some great things in the USA—like ice cream sandwiches and 24-hour supermarkets where you can buy ice cream sandwiches at 6 a.m.

July 26, 2010

Winyamaro’s Great Transatlantic Adventure

Dear Rita,

Never promise a pony-trapped-in-a-horse-suit that he will get to the Big Apple if he boards a plane. Winyamaro took my promise to heart, and there was no holding him back on this trip!

Klatte International Horse Shipping Services picked us up at home: Gizmo with his handy travel crate, Casey, myself, our baggage, the tack trunk and last but not least, Winyamaro. Hummel, a mainstay of the Klatte company and long time acquaintance in our stable, was our driver for the day.

July 21, 2010

Logistics, Part 2

Dear Rita,

By the time this blog hits the Internet, I will be in the air with Winyamaro, Gizmo and my trusty right hand rider-assistant trainer-life manager, Casey Dornan-Nilsen. We are flying with KLM from Amsterdam to New York!

July 20, 2010

About the Saddle, Part 2: The Stübben Genesis Special

Dear Rita,

It’s not very often that I give out my number on the Internet, but just for you, here it is: Q282231. That is the serial number of my new saddle, specially designed together with Stübben of Switzerland. Yes, my friends, yours truly is finally putting her old Schultheis saddles to rest after 25 years of unbroken commitment.

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