Oh Baby, What A Comeback!

Jun 28, 2013 - 4:49 AM
Winyamaro rocks the house at the PVDA Dancing Horse Challenge! Photo by Stacey Lynne Wendkos.

Dear Rita,

Have you been wondering where I’ve been? Much time has passed since I last wrote. Where were we, Rita?

Florida, February, back injury, out of competition for the entire CDI season. What a bummer! I had just gotten Hotmail ready to go Grand Prix, Winyamaro was back in action, and I’d hoped I could qualify both of my horses during the winter shows for a short tour in Germany this summer.

Sadly, the best-laid plans often go awry, and I ended up out of the saddle for three months with an irritated disc. Fortunately, I have a damn good team of riders working for me, so while the horses were on hiatus from competition, they still stayed ready and fit in their training. Thank you to Austin, Michelle and Patrick!

The month of May found me back in the saddle, and I am just now back at the computer risking a little of the cramped muscles that go with sitting and typing. My whole team is gearing up for Plan B: The coming CDIs at Saugerties and our beloved Devon.

In the meantime, Winyamaro and I decided to make our public comeback together IN STYLE! Check out this exhibition we performed for the Potomac Valley Dressage Association’s Dancing Horse Challenge in Maryland last weekend!

The DHC was a fundraiser for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and we thought our Pink! Freestyle would be appropriate for the theme. Sponsored by Dressage Training Online, the annual event raises money for a good cause.

W, needless to say, is back in top form and enjoying every minute in the spotlight! Oh how he loves a crowd!

I also shipped four of my horses to the PVDA event in order to present a Master Class on my training method. You can watch the training presentation at Dressage Training Online after the sixth of July and this coupon will give new subscribers a 50 percent discount!  chride4life

HUGE congratulations to the U.S. dressage team on our bronze medal finish at CDIO5* Aachen!! Let’s get this party started!

I’m Catherine Haddad Staller, and I’m sayin’ it like it is from Gladstone, New Jersey. Yes, Rita, the USET!

Training Tip of the Day: One handed riding shows true submission.



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