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May 5, 2010

Clinic at Wallstanäs Gård

Dear Rita,

I just got home from a lovely pair of days in Sweden. Malin Andersson, a Schockmöhle Sports distributor, asked me to teach a clinic at Wallstanäs Gård, Stockholm, Sweden, after listening to a presentation I had given at my own stable in Vechta last year.

April 29, 2010

Dressage for Life: Michal Rapcewicz (Poland)

Dear Rita,

Michal Rapcewicz, 28, rides for Poland and has managed to work his way from a relative unknown to a household name in Western Europe over the last few years. Coincidentally, I saw him ride for the first time at the Hagen CDI3* in 2007 and was able to interview him at the same show last weekend.

At that show in 2007, Michal was testing gears on Randon who was very young and green at the time. But despite a variety of errors in that test, this pair caught my attention, and I will never forget my first impression of Randon’s piaffe and passage. Wowza!

April 26, 2010

Hagen CDI3*/CSI3*/CDN 2010

Dear Rita,

I don’t know if my ears are frostbitten or sunburnt! The weather gods were extremely kind to us over the weekend in Hagen—no rain, endless sunshine, mild temperatures—but an icy cold wind sometimes swept across the show grounds and froze everything in its path with the power of Medusa’s stare. My ears got in the way!

April 20, 2010

Winyamaro

Dear Rita,

I can’t believe it is the middle of April! I have actually started planning my trip to Gladstone for this summer. While I am chipping away at the logistics, I would like to tell you about the second horse I would bring along in the best possible of all worlds where money is not an issue: Winyamaro.

April 15, 2010

Dressage for Life: Patrik Kittel (Sweden)

Dear Rita,

Here is another top rider to add to my “Dressage for Life” line-up: Patrik Kittel, 34 years old, riding for Sweden.

Patrik grew up in Sweden where his first equestrian experience mimicked my own on the back of a Welsh cross pony. He quickly moved on to bigger horses and dallied in a bit of jumping and dressage. Competitive at an early age, Patrik competed in several junior and young rider championships before declaring his path as a professional rider.

April 11, 2010

Team Haddad

Dear Rita,

I wanted to tell you more about my daily routine today when I realized that I can’t really do that without introducing my Team first. I have some very dedicated, talented and special people working for me.

April 3, 2010

Dressage for Life: Kyra Kyrklund

Dear Rita,

Kyra Kyrklund has become a legend in her own lifetime in our world of dressage. She has not only trained and competed 14 Grand Prix horses at the highest international level, but she has also participated in six Olympic Games, four World Equestrian Games, six World Cup Finals and six European Championships.

March 27, 2010

World Cup Final 2010

Dear Rita,

What fabulous sport we saw today in the 2010 World Cup Final in Den Bosch! Once again, there were some disappointments and some really nice surprises. The atmosphere was incredible! I am really happy that the World Equestrian Games will be held in Kentucky this year so that some of the new talent on the scene can be seen in person there. Television and video simply do not do justice to the top horses in our sport.

March 26, 2010

World Cup Final: 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), The Netherlands

Very early Friday morning....

Dear Rita,

I’m writing from my hotel room near the Brabant Halle in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It was a very exciting and somewhat surprising competition today in the Grand Prix. I thought it was well judged and well placed with Totilas having an uncharacteristic off night to land in second place and Parzival taking home the trophy with a nearly clean round. Sunrise went exceptionally well for a solid third place and Warum Nicht landed on the fourth rung.

March 23, 2010

Logistics

Dear Rita,

It’s time to start planning for the summer and the U.S. Selection Trials! Ugh. Travelling is, generally speaking, what I DO. But not for six to 12 weeks at a time, so this is going to get interesting.

First, I have to buy more underwear. My mother has offered to travel with me and do my laundry, but I prefer to maintain my sanity for the time I am Stateside. So...more underwear!!

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