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Kelly Sanchez

March 10, 2014

Short Reins Win Medals

Burbank, Calif.—March 9   

It’s not every day that an Olympic double gold medalist asks to ride your horse. But Victoria Rea seemed to take it in stride.

Though the Southern California-based trainer has been the only one to ride her 11-year-old Dutch gelding W.H. Roux, she readily handed over the reins to Charlotte Dujardin, who won team and individual gold in dressage with Valegro at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

March 9, 2014

Charlotte Dujardin Got Down To Business At Her First U.S. Symposium

Burbank, Calif.—March 8   

It wasn’t exactly a repeat of the Beatles coming to America, but the arrival of 2012 London Olympic Games double gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., prompted a flurry of excitement all the same.

The 27-year-old British superstar wasn’t the only Olympian in the house. Hilda Gurney, a veteran of the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games for the U.S. team, was among the riders, as was Leslie Reid, who represented Canada at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

June 20, 2011

Behind The Scenes With Buck Brannaman

Buck, the documentary that chronicles the story of real life “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman, opened around the country on June 17. After the Los Angeles screenings of the movie, Brannaman was on hand to answer questions about the filmmaking process, his life's work and more. Here’s a selection of some of his responses.

Q. How did filmmaker Cindy Meehl sell you on the idea of making a documentary about your life?

February 27, 2011

A Matter Of Potential

Watching judges as they survey an in-hand class of leggy yearlings, it’s tempting to imagine they have some sixth sense about which one could be the next Totilas, the equine phenomenon who breezed to three gold medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. After all, they have a mere three minutes to assess the quality and correctness of each horse’s head, neck, saddle position, shoulder, frame, back, forehand, hindquarters and the angle and formation of the legs and joints, not to mention how it moves at the walk and the trot.

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