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Lindsay Berreth

February 25, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Mimi Csatlos Finds A Will And A Way To Ride

When Mimi Csatlos lost her horse of a lifetime, Béla, over a year ago, she found herself in the place many amateurs like her do—horseless but still yearning to ride, all while juggling a full-time job and a family.

But through it all, she found support through her trainers, Kit Sydnor and Jenn Fessler of Steep Forest Farm, to carry on, and now she’s looking ahead.

February 24, 2015

Small, Wise And Mighty—Paddington Does Things His Own Way

A 14.3-hand Welsh Pony/Quarter Horse might not seem like the natural choice for an ambitious eventer, but when Ali Holmes-Smith first saw Paddington as a 4-year-old, there was something about him that struck her.

Now that he's about to turn 20, the gelding has been eventing for longer than Holmes-Smith’s daughter Tosca, 14, has been alive, but the pair tackled their first one-star together in November at Galway Downs (Calif.), finishing on their dressage score.

February 7, 2015

Ask 5: What's Your Last Thought Before You Go Down Centerline?

The international ring at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival can be intimidating, especially for Friday night freestyles, when the stands are packed and the atmosphere is electric.

At any level, it can be nervewracking when the judge's bell rings as you canter around the outside of the dressage ring before the start of your test, so we decided to ask five top riders at the AGDF what the last thing that crosses their minds is when they turn up centerline.

Shelly Francis

February 7, 2015

For Peters, Rosamunde Rivals Ravel in AGDF CDI*** Grand Prix Special

Feb. 8—Wellington, Fla.   

When Steffen Peters canters down centerline with Rosamunde, he can’t help but be reminded of his famous former partner Ravel.

And “Rosie” is well on her way to filling Ravel’s well-traveled shoes as she showed off what Peters’ feels by winning the CDI*** Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with a 73.74%.

February 7, 2015

Koschel Captures AGDF CDI*** Freestyle Win

Feb. 7—Wellington, Fla.   

Christoph Koschel’s plans to compete in his first Adequan Global Dressage Festival got off to a rough start when he arrived in Florida with Rostropowitsch NRW in mid-January.

Less than a week after getting off the plane, the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding (Rockwell—Wildcandela) got a spider bite, which turned ugly fast.

February 7, 2015

Mariett's Magical In AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix Freestyle

Feb. 7—Wellington, Fla.

You could say Mariett is like a fine wine. Now 17, the Danish Warmblood mare just keeps getting better and she and Lars Petersen are nearly unstoppable this season.

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, they took home their third freestyle win in a month in the CDI***** and their second win of the weekend after topping the CDI***** Grand Prix on Thursday.

The pair scored a 79.17%, an amazing score, but incredibly, the second best of their career after earning a 79.95% last season.

February 5, 2015

Mariett Makes Her Mark At AGDF CDI*****

Feb. 5 –Wellington, Fla.

Lars Petersen is on a roll. After topping two CDI classes two weeks ago at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with his longtime partner Mariett, he brought home another blue, this time in the CDI***** Grand Prix.

While the class was moved until 6 p.m. due to thunderstorms early in the day, Mariett, a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Comeback II—Zendi, Sidney) owned by Marcia Pepper, had no problem under the lights on a cool and damp night.

February 4, 2015

One To Watch: Alice Tarjan Takes Each Day As It Comes With Elfenfeuer

When she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma 10 years ago, amateur rider Alice Tarjan made a pact with herself—if she was able, she wanted to compete at Dressage At Devon (Pa.) before she died.

Fast forward to 2015, and she’s cancer-free, met that goal many times over and is preparing for the biggest show of her career—the CDI*** Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on Feb. 4-8 in Wellington, Fla.

February 2, 2015

Ringside Chat: Elisa Wallace Can’t Get Enough Of Her Mustangs

Eventer Elisa Wallace first made headlines when she won the South Carolina Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2012, which challenged trainers to take a wild, untouched Mustang and turn them into a suitable riding horse in 120 days.

January 27, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Veterinarian Peter Blauner Takes It One Horse At A Time

Growing up on rural Long Island, N.Y., Peter Blauner knew he wanted to be a veterinarian from the moment he first saw a horse.

Throughout his 30-plus years of practice in Pennsylvania, Blauner has been living his dream and juggling eventing at the upper levels, all with just one horse at a time and a two-horse trailer.

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