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Equestrian Magazine

MAY/JUNE 2020 ISSUE 27
JENNIFER BURGER'S JOURNEY
FROM RIDING AND OWNING HORSES TO HORSE SHOW PRESIDENT
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As with all drugs, side effects may occur. In field studies and post-approval experience the most common side effects reported were signs of discomfort, nervousness,
and colic. Other signs reported were: renal insufficiency/failure, anorexia, lethargy, hypercalcemia, behavioral disorders, hyperkalemia, hyperactivity, recumbency,
hyperthermia, injection site reactions, muscle tremor, urticaria, hyperglycemia, and fracture. In some cases, death has been reported as an outcome of these
adverse events. The safe use of OSPHOS has not been evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age or breeding horses. OSPHOS should not be used in pregnant or
lactating mares, or mares intended for breeding. NSAIDs should not be used concurrently with OSPHOS. Concurrent use of NSAIDs with OSPHOS may increase
the risk of renal toxicity and acute renal failure. Use of OSPHOS in patients with conditions affecting renal function or mineral or electrolyte homeostasis is not
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Bisphosphonate.
For use in horses only.
Brief Summary (For Full Prescribing Information, see package insert)
CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order
of a licensed veterinarian.
DESCRIPTION: Clodronate disodium is a non-amino, chloro-
containing bisphosphonate. Chemically, clodronate disodium is (dichloro-
methylene) diphosphonic acid disodium salt and is manufactured from
the tetrahydrate form.
INDICATION: For the control of clinical signs associated with navicular
syndrome in horses.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Horses with hypersensitivity to clodronate disodi
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function or with a history of renal disease.
WARNINGS: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption.
HUMAN WARNINGS: Not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of
the reach of children. Consult a physician in case of accidental human
exposure.
PRECAUTIONS: OSPHOS has been associated with renal toxicity.
Concurrent administration of other potentially nephrotoxic drugs should
be approached with caution and renal function should be monitored.
Use of bisphosphonates in patients with conditions or diseases affecting
renal function is not recommended. Horses should be well-hydrated
prior to and after the administration of OSPHOS due to the potential for
adverse renal events. Water intake and urine output should be monitored
for 3-5 days post-treatment and any changes from baseline should elicit
further evaluation. As a class, bisphosphonates may be associated with
gastrointestinal and renal toxicity. Sensitivity to drug associated adverse
reactions varies with the individual patient. Renal and gastrointestinal
adverse reactions may be associated with plasma concentrations of the
drug. Bisphosphonates are excreted by the kidney; therefore, conditions
causing renal impairment may increase plasma bisphosphonate
concentrations resulting in an increased risk for adverse reactions.
Concurrent administration of other potentially nephrotoxic drugs should
be approached with caution and renal function should be monitored. Use
of bisphosphonates in patients with conditions or diseases affecting renal
function is not recommended. Administration of bisphosphonates has
been associated with abdominal pain (colic), discomfort, and agitation
in horses. Clinical signs usually occur shortly after drug administration
and may be associated with alterations in intestinal motility. In horses
treated with OSPHOS these clinical signs usually began within 2 hours
of treatment. Horses should be monitored for at least 2 hours following
administration of OSPHOS.
Bisphosphonates affect plasma concentrations of some minerals and
electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, immediately
post-treatment, with effects lasting up to several hours. Caution should
be used when administering bisphosphonates to horses with conditions
affecting mineral or electrolyte homeostasis (e.g. hyperkalemic periodic
paralysis, hypocalcemia, etc.). The safe use of OSPHOS has not been
evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age. The effect of bisphospho
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nates on the skeleton of growing horses has not been studied; however,
bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclast activity which impacts bone turnover
and may affect bone growth.
Bisphosphonates should not be used in pregnant or lactating mares,
or mares intended for breeding. The safe use of OSPHOS has not
been evaluated in breeding horses or pregnant or lactating mares.
Bisphosphonates are incorporated into the bone matrix, from where they
are gradually released over periods of months to years. The extent of
bisphosphonate incorporation into adult bone, and hence, the amount
available for release back into the systemic circulation, is directly related
to the total dose and duration of bisphosphonate use. Bisphospho-
nates have been shown to cause fetal developmental abnormalities in
laboratory animals. The uptake of bisphosphonates into fetal bone may
be greater than into maternal bone creating a possible risk for skeletal or
other abnormalities in the fetus. Many drugs, including bisphosphonates,
may be excreted in milk and may be absorbed by nursing animals.
Increased bone fragility has been observed in animals treated with bis-
phosphonates at high doses or for long periods of time. Bisphosphonates
inhibit bone resorption and decrease bone turnover which may lead to
an inability to repair micro damage within the bone. In humans, atypical
femur fractures have been reported in patients on long term bisphospho-
nate therapy; however, a causal relationship has not been established.
ADVERSE REACTIONS: The most common adverse reactions reported
in the field study were clinical signs of discomfort or nervousness, colic
and/or pawing. Other signs reported were lip licking, yawning, head
shaking, injection site swelling, and hives/pruritus.
POST-APPROVAL EXPERIENCE (December 2018): The following adverse
events are based on post-approval adverse drug experience reporting.
Not all adverse events are reported to FDA/CVM. It is not always possible
to reliably estimate the adverse event frequency or establish a causal
relationship to product exposure using these data.
The following adverse events are listed in decreasing order of reporting
frequency: renal failure, polyuria, polydipsia, abdominal pain, anorexia,
lethargy, hypercalcemia, behavioral disorder, discomfort, hyperkalemia,
hyperactivity, recumbency, hyperthermia, injection site reactions, muscle
tremor, urticaria, hyperglycemia, and fracture. In some cases, death has
been reported as an outcome of the adverse events listed above.
INFORMATION FOR HORSE OWNERS: Owners should be advised to:
• NOT administer NSAIDs.
• Ensure horses have access to adequate water before and
after administration of OSPHOS.
• Observe their horse for at least 2 hours post-treatment for
signs of colic, agitation, and/or abnormal behavior.
• If a horse appears uncomfortable, nervous, or experiences
cramping post-treatment, hand walk the horse for 15 minutes.
If signs do not resolve contact the veterinarian.
• Monitor water intake and urine output for 3-5 days post-
treatment.
• Contact their veterinarian if the horse displays abnormal
clinical signs such as changes in drinking and urination,
appetite, and attitude.
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CONNECTIONS LIKE
Journey from Riding and Owning
Horses to Horse Show President
By Lenore Phillips
Jennifer Burgers
For many equestrians, a lifelong passion for horses contributes
to the trajectories of their lives. It comes on suddenly, usually
in childhood, and sticks with you throughout the rest of your
life. For many, that passion ebbs and ows with the additions
of school, careers, growing families and life’s usual interludes.
For Jennifer Burger, however, the passion that she found as
a child has been able to grow to naturally t into all of the
facets of her life. From a child rider in Buffalo, New York, to
becoming the owner of successful show horses and then to
being a founding member of the Brandywine Horse Show
and the President of the National Horse Show, Jennifer’s life
with horses has only ever expanded thanks to her connection
with horses. They have been her passion and her guiding
light as she has become a meaningful gure in the hunter
and jumper industry.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Jennifer McCauley Burger was rst
introduced to horses through a summer camp, which ignited
her passion for both the horse and the art of the horse show.
After two years of summer camp and several participation
ribbons, Jennifer started formal lessons at the Saddle and
Bridle Club in Buffalo, which at the time was run by Mervyn
and Bessie Alexander.
“My grandfather promised me at the age of 8 that if I worked
hard at riding lessons and learned as much as I could about
horses, he would buy me one after ve years,” recalled
Jennifer. “I don’t think that he thought I would actually follow
through with it, but I did it and I got my rst horse at the age
of 13. I fell in love rapidly with the equitation classes. I really
excelled at the technical challenges and enjoyed the way I
had to exercise my mind to complete the tests in what was
then the AHSA Medal classes.”
As her time in the Junior Hunters and Equitation came to a
close and it was time for Jennifer to consider college, she
was faced with yet another relatable dilemma to most young
riders –what to do with her horse while she transitioned into
being a more serious student.
“I assumed that I was going to Hollins College in Roanoke,
Virginia. It had a riding team so I thought the big decision
would be if I took my horse with me to college or left her at
home in Buffalo for when I went home. My parents thought it
was time for focus on my studies, so I went to Hollins without
a horse.”
After acquiring a degree in Studio Art and History from
Hollins, Jennifer moved to San Francisco. Although California
provided unique opportunities for Jennifer, the East Coast,
and more specically her hometown of Buffalo, was never far
from her mind.
Right: Jennifer Burger Photo © Lenore Phillips / Phelps Media Group
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“Once I graduated from college, I was no longer receiving
any nancial assistance from my parents. I recall very vividly
having to sit myself down and recognize that although I
loved the artistic portion of design, I wasn’t making any
money! I wanted to do something in the creative eld that
could provide a steady income for myself,” said Jennifer.
“So I got a job as an Art Director and within two years I
had started my own advertising agency.
As Jennifer worked diligently to build her business, she
was also starting the next stage of her personal life by
getting married and becoming the mother to a son and
daughter.
Her reentry into horses came at the time that her children
were two and three years old, respectively, and wanted to
ride a horse. By then, the young family had moved from
Buffalo to Vero Beach, Florida, and Jennifer was able to
sell her business and be a full-time mom. Jennifer found
a barn in Florida that allowed them to ride and slowly
got more involved in the sport that she fell in love with
as a young woman. After the family made another move
back to Buffalo, Jennifer enrolled her daughter in her
childhood riding program that had grown to become
the Buffalo Equestrian Center. Although Jennifer’s son’s
passion for horses waned, her daughter’s blossomed.
“After about a year of watching my daughter learn to
ride competitively, Susie Schoellkopf approached me and
said, ‘ You know Jen, you are sitting in the box posting
in the chair, why don’t you just get on a horse again?’ It
was through her encouragement that I leased a horse and
started riding again,” reected Jennifer. She continued
with Susie and rider Jennifer Alfano for years of successful
horses and shows.
Another formative time in Jennifer’s life with horses was
her introduction to renowned hunter rider, Louise Serio.
The two women instantly shared a bond that not only
allowed them to grow close as horsewomen, but also as
friends.
“When I was making the decision to move my horses to
Louise, I was nervous to call her,” recalled Jennifer. “I had
her number in my pocket and I called her and told her
that in all my years of owning horses, I had never seen or
heard her do or say anything that I did not like, honor or
respect. There simply was no one else but her for me to
consider and, although it was hard for me to become an
absentee owner, it was the right thing to do.”
As the relationship progressed, Jennifer would travel
south to Derbydown in Pennsylvania once a month and
spend a long weekend with Louise, but the majority of
her time in the saddle came during the Wellington winter
show season. After three years of riding in Wellington,
Jennifer came to the realization that showing and riding
was not what made her passionate about the horses
anymore. Jennifer transferred her focus to being an owner.
Jennifer Burger
Photo © Lenore Phillips / Phelps Media Group
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Jennifer Burger presenting at the National Horse Show with Mason Phelps and Shelia Johnson
Photo © Elaine Wessel / Phelps Media Group
Jennifer Burger presenting the inaugural Hamel Foundation Equitation Championship to Dominic Gibbs
Photo © Shawn McMillen
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Outside of owning horses together, the relationship between
Jennifer and Louise produced the now-popular Brandywine Horse
Shows that started in 2010. The concept seemed easy at rst, but
as the pair dove into the tasks that it takes to produce a horse show
from a concept to a reality, the effort and weight of what they were
doing sunk in.
“Unless you have ever been involved with a horse show, you will
never know the amount of work they take to produce. It was a huge
lesson for me and, quite frankly, it was easier to start my ad agency
than it was to start a horse show,” laughed Jennifer.
The Brandywine Horse Shows set the stage for Jennifer’s eventual
transition into the United States Hunter Jumper Association
Foundation (USHJA), where she would go on to be recognized as a
force for positive change and growth in the hunter/jumper industry.
After an introduction to the USHJA Foundation through Louise and
fellow Buffalo native, Geoff Teall, Jennifer used her position on the
Board of Directors as an opportunity to continue to learn about the
sport and use her imagination to help develop lasting initiatives.
“I have never worked with such a collective group as I did during my
time with the USHJA Foundation. If we had challenges, we worked
together to gure them out and we raised a lot of money together
that did a lot of good for many people,” she recalls. “We were
able to make a lot of opportunities for people, and that was such a
wonderful feeling knowing that you were helping horsemen in need.
The assistance we were able to provide is a lasting reward from that
period of my life.”
After her time at the USHJA Foundation came to a close, Jennifer
was recruited by her friend, Mason Phelps, Jr., to join the Board of
Directors of the National Horse Show. As the longtime Chairman
of the Board, Mason saw that Jennifer possessed a passion for
excellence and an excitement about horse shows that he wanted
to harness. Jennifer had held a role on the Ladies Committee but
had that role expanded greatly as she became the President of the
Board of Directors in 2017. She took to heart that Mason had worked
to elevate the jumpers in the early 2000’s but knew instinctively that
times were changing and that it was time for the equitation and the
hunters to take center stage. She immediately began working on
implementing her vision for an expanded role of those divisions at
the event. The “Equitation Weekend,” is now headed into its third
year and has grown to encompass increasingly important classes like
the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship and the
Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS Adult Equitation Championship.
Both classes have given even more people the opportunity to have
their time to shine and be part of the legacy of the event.
“It has all been a very natural progression,” mused Jennifer of
her life with horses. “I love learning and being able to do more.
Everything that I learn, I feel that it enables me to do more and help
in other ways. I love my involvement with the National Horse Show,
the Devon Horse Show, the USET Foundation and Brandywine, and
I am excited to see where it all takes me next.”
Thanks to her lifelong involvement with horses spurned by her love
for the animals, Jennifer has managed to create lasting memories
and movements in the equestrian industry. If her past and positive
motivations are any indication, then the horse show community can
continue to expect positive change from Jennifer for years to come.
Jennifer Burger Photo ©Lenore Phillips / Phelps Media Group
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Jennifer Burger Photo ©Lenore Phillips / Phelps Media Group
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THE 2020 PALM BEACH MASTERS SERIES® CLOSES
WITH A WIN FOR DANI G. WALDMAN IN THE
$300,000 CSI5* CP PALM BEACH MASTERS FINAL
PHOTOS BY ©KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOS BY ©KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Dani G. Waldman and Queensland E
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n the nal event of the 2020 Palm
Beach Masters Series®, Israel’s
Dani G. Waldman and new mount
Queensland E took the win in the
$300,000 CSI5* CP Palm Beach Masters
Final Sunday at Deeridge Farms,
conquering an especially challenging
1.60m track designed by Ireland’s Alan
Wade.
“[Queensland] jumped unbelievable,
Waldman said of the 11-year-old
Zangersheide stallion, her partner of
just over one month. “I actually thought
he started a little plain in the warm-up,
and then he jumped incredible in the
rst round. I’d been struggling to sort of
put it all together, and I felt like [today], I
nally did.
Wade’s 14-obstacle, rst-round track
made use of every corner of the
Deeridge Farms Grass Arena and asked
no shortage of questions from the
40-horse start list. Rails fell from start to
nish, but the course built in difculty,
beginning with the open water at Jump
7, followed by a large, square oxer at
Jump 10b of the triple combination, and
nally with a very short four strides from
the Jump 12 triple bar to a tall, upright
vertical at Jump 13.
“I thought it walked very big today,
and normally, I never say that!” said
Waldman. “But for me, the distances
were in my favor, as my horse doesn’t
have the longest stride, so I had [a range
of] options.
Six riders would ultimately solve Wade’s
riddle to gain admittance to the jump-
off, where Waldman planned to be quick
yet conservative, making the most of her
stallion’s speed across the ground.
“I don’t know [Queensland] all that well,
so my strategy was to go as fast as I
could where I still felt I could leave the
jumps up. It wasn’t lightening-fast, but it
was [fast] enough. Luckily, the horse is so
quick naturally,” she reected.
First to go on the jump-off course, Eve
Jobs (USA) pulled a rail with Venue d’Fees
des Hazalles, nishing fourth overall.
Next in the order, Waldman’s clear time
of 38.01 seconds was enough to hold-
off second and third place nishers,
American riders Brian Moggre (MTM
Vivre le Reve) and Jessica Springsteen
(RMF Zecilie), both of whom completed
Round Two on four faults. Last to go, Billy
Twomey of Ireland jumped clear and
Dani G. Waldman and Queensland E
ahead of Waldman’s time but was not compliant with the FEI blood rule,
resulting in subsequent disqualication from jump-off competition and
a sixth-place nish.
This is the rst major victory for Waldman and Queensland E, who
ofcially joined her string in Wellington this winter, following his tenure
with Dutch rider Frank Schuttert. In fact, Waldman says she has her
husband, Alan Waldman, to thank for their budding partnership.
“[We] had been looking for another horse to jump the big classes, and
[Alan] had his eye on this horse for a while. We didn’t know if it was the
best horse we’d ever seen, but Alan was sure it was my horse,” she said.
“He trusted that I could ride him, and I trusted Alan!”
Brian Moggre (USA) and MTM Vivre le Reve
Results: $300,000 CSI5* CP Palm Beach Masters Final
1. Dani G. Waldman (ISR), Queensland E 0/38.01
2. Brian Moggre (USA), MTM Vivre le Reve 4/37.52
3. Jessica Springsteen (USA), RMF Zecile 4/37.78
4. Eve Jobs (USA), Venue d’Fees des Hazalles 4/40.85
5. Jorge Matte Capdevile (CHI), Dublin van Overis 4/41.48
6. Billy Twomey (IRL), Lady Lou EL
7. Paul O’Shea (IRL), Imerald van’t Voorhof 1 84.08
8. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), Dinky Toy vd Kranenburg 1 84.23
9. Katie Dinan (USA), Brego R’ N B 1 84.55
10. Alexandra Thornton (GBR), Cornetto K 1 84.76
Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Zecile
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EMILY MOFFITT AND
TIPSY DU TERRAL
FIND THE EDGE IN
THE $137,000 CSI5*
PALM BEACH MASTERS
CLASSIC
PHOTO BY ©KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY
When Emily Moftt (GBR) walked the course for the
$137,000 CSI5* Palm Beach Masters Classic, she was not
feeling overly condent. Alan Wade’s (IRL) 1.55m track
didn’t pull any punches, and Moftt worried it was a big
step up from her warm-up class with Tipsy du Terral two
days earlier.
“It was tough. There were quite a few big verticals and wide
oxers, and seeing as I raced her around a 1.45m course [in
Thursday’s $36,600 CSI5* Suncast Welcome Stake], I was
walking, and I was thinking, ‘Hmm, Tipsy is not going to be
expecting this!’” Moftt said.
“She just stepped up, as always, so it was great.
As one of the last of 13 riders to return for the shortened
course, Moftt had the advantage of watching others who
jumped earlier in the eld, and she had her sights set
squarely on pathnder Lucas Porter’s (USA) then-leading
39.36-second time aboard C Hunter.
Navigating the winding jump-off course’s multiple rollback
turns with ease, before nding a spot-on galloping stride
to the last oxer, Moftt and her veteran partner shot straight
to the top of the leaderboard, clinching their third victory
of the 2020 Palm Beach Masters Series® on a winning time
of 38.20 seconds.
“I think the nal line [is where I won it],” Moftt said. “I kept
going the entire way; I never took one pull, so I think thats
probably where I got [the advantage].
Porter’s time, which held for more than 10 riders, proved
good enough for third place. Ireland’s Conor Swail, last
to jump on GK Coco Chanel, took the runner-up spot on
38.57 seconds.
Moftts impressive season at the Palm Beach Masters
Series® began with two, 1.45m wins aboard Tipsy du
Terral during Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Week
CSI4*-W/CSI2. One event later, Moftt also rode Winning
Good to a double-clear performance for Great Britain
in the $230,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations
Cup™ USA, leading her team to a second-place nish.
For Moftt, the success is especially sweet when she
considers the mindset with which she began her 2020
season. She credits much of the turnaround to her longtime
partnership with the 13-year-old Selle Français mare, Tipsy
du Terral.
“I denitely was in a rut coming here, Moftt said. “Tipsy
has been my go-to for a few years now, and she’s always
been one that, even when I was in that rut, I [could] get on
her and immediately feel condence.
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4. Eduardo Menezes (BRA), Magnolia Mystic Rose 0/39.69
5. Beezie Madden (USA), Chic Hin D Hyrencourt 0/39.93
6. Daniel Bluman (ISR), Colestina H 0/39.94
7. Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Cloud 0/40/48
8. Jens Baackmann (GER), Caprice 0/50.08
9. Billy Twomey (IRL), Kimba Flamenco 4/37.83
10. Darragh Kenny (IRL), Billy Dorito 4/39.03
“She’s super special to me, and you don’t come across many
horses that can give you that feeling. I’m really lucky to have
her.
Results: $137,000 CSI5* Palm Beach Masters Classic
1. Emily Moftt (GBR), Tipsy du Terral 0/38.20
2. Conor Swail (IRL), GK Coco Chanel 0/38.57
3. Lucas Porter (USA), C Hunter 0/39.36
Emily Moftt (GBR) and Tipsy du Terral
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With 17 combinations returning for the jump-off in the
CSI2* $36,600 Bruins Tour Challenge Friday night at
Deeridge Farms, Stephen Moore (IRL) had time to watch
some of his competition prior to entering the ring, and
he came away with one conclusion: He’d need to pull
out all the stops to win.
He did just that, riding Team de Coquerie to the top of
the nal Sunset Challenge event of the 2020 Palm Beach
Masters Series®.
Moore and the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding
crossed the timers of Alan Wade’s 1.45m shortened
track in 37.24 seconds, besting Eve Jobs (USA) and
Valentino Tuiliere on 38.37 seconds and Beat Mändli
(SUI) and Dibatsja on 38.96 seconds.
“I saw [fourth-place nisher Spencer Smith] go early on,
and I knew he was very fast, and I knew that Eve was
even faster than him, so I thought, ‘I just need to go with
everything I possibly can here if I want to win,’” Moore
said. “Its a good way to end circuit now for him.
Jobs held the lead for much of the jump-off, until Moore
caught her time with just three combinations remaining.
He identied an oxer midway through the jump-off,
along with the last line on course, as areas where he was
able to pick up valuable time on the clock. He said he
was able to take risks on course, thanks to his mounts
footspeed and reliability over the fences.
“He’s just a naturally very fast horse. He’s always looking
for the next jump and he just always wants to go,” Moore
detailed. “He’s so careful as well, that I knew I could just
take a few chances everywhere.
Moore has been partnered on and off with the gelding,
owned by Vlock Show Stables, for the past four years
but only recently reunited with the bay this winter after
he was campaigned with success by Darragh Kenny
(IRL), another member of the Vlock Show Stables team.
“He’s a great horse, and we’ve had him for a while.
Teddy Vlock owns him, and he bought him as a 9-year-
old. I rode him for a year, and then Darragh Kenny,
whom we all work together with, campaigned him for
a while,” Moore detailed. “He had some great results on
him as well, and now he’s ended up back with me. I’m
just happy to have him and keep him going.
Stephen Moore (IRL), Team de Coquerie
STEPHEN MOORE AND
TEAM DE COQUERIE
GO ALL OUT TO WIN
$36,600 CSI2* BRUINS
TOUR CHALLENGE
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LESS IS MORE FOR
JORDAN COYLE AND
ERISTOV IN $89,500
CSI5* PALM BEACH
MASTERS QUALIFIER
PHOTO BY ©KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Things didn’t go according to plan for Jordan
Coyle (IRL) and Eristov in the $89,500 CSI5* Palm
Beach Masters Qualier, and it was all the better
for them.
“It wasn’t really part of the plan; this season [we had]
a few hiccups. This wouldn’t normally be [Eristov’s]
class. The [$300,000 CSI5* CP Palm Beach Masters
Final on Sunday] would be his class, but with
everything that’s [been] happening, I thought I
should go out today and try to win,” Coyle said.
Win they did over a competitive, 56-horse eld,
which saw 22 riders jump clear by the end of the
afternoon. Maximizing Eristov’s impressive stride,
Coyle pulled out all the stops, dashing through the
timers on 67.27 seconds, just ahead of Ben Maher
(GBR) and Explosion W on 68.63 seconds, and
Coyle’s countryman, Billy Twomey and Lady Lou,
on 69.62.
Jumping in the bottom third of the order, Coyle
had the benet of watching the majority of the class
ahead of him and thought there was still work left
to be done. “I watched Billy [Twomey and] I didn’t
even think [he] was going that fast, so I couldn’t
believe that no one had gone faster,” Coyle said.
“From [Jumps] 7 to 8, its seven strides, but for
[Eristov], its a normal six. And then after the double
[9a-b], its six strides [to Jump 10], but you can do
ve normally on him. He just has a massive, massive
stride, so on a eld like this, when the jumps are set
like this, then its perfect.
In fact, the Irish rider said, Alan Wade’s 1.55m
speed track, which offered several places for riders
to cut corners and allow their horses to gallop
unrestrained, had all the ingredients necessary for
the 11-year-old KWPN gelding’s success. “He loves
grass, and he loves when he can leave out strides,
because it’s just easier for him.
“I think today he felt free,” Coyle continued.When you’re
doing the ‘right’ numbers all the time, it takes a lot of
control. I don’t have much control over him much of the
time. So today, wherever we were able to not have control
[on course], it suited him.
With a strong group of owners, Coyle is working to develop
a string of new horses, a fact that has changed the way he
rides Eristov, among others. “I jumped the 1.45m [$36,600
Suncast Welcome Stake] yesterday and went fast, which
is something I never would do with him, and then also
[went for the win] today. I think, actually, after doing it, it’s
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something I should do more often, because he came in and
he enjoyed it.
A year [or] six months ago, I would have never been able
to do this, because I only had [Eristov in my string]. So, to
be able to then go into the [$300,000 CSI5* CP Palm Beach
Masters Final] on Sunday, you leave yourself no chance,
said Coyle, who plans to compete his second horse, Essenar
Crixus, in Sunday’s 1.60m Grand Prix. “It’s great that we can
use all the horses now.
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SERGIO ALVAREZ
MOYA PUTS
THE PIECES
TOGETHER IN THE
$36,600 CSI5*
NETJETS SPEED
CHALLENGE
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) and Charmeur
earned their second win of the 2020 Palm Beach
Masters Series® in the $36,600 CSI5* NetJets
Speed Challenge, recording a blisteringly fast
time of 58.43 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire
(GBR) was second with Lady Maria BH (62.44
seconds), while Egypts Nayel Nassar and Igor
van de Wittemoere were third (62.73 seconds).
Twentieth to go in the eld of 36, Moya put the
pedal down from start to nish over Course
Designer Alan Wade’s (IRL) 1.45m track,
improving on his performance one day earlier
in the $36,600 CSI5* Suncast Welcome Stake.
“Yesterday, I went fast, but I had a bit too much
control in some of the turns, an extra stride,
and I had the last fence down,” Moya said.
“[Charmeur] really enjoys going fast. I knew
McLain was coming behind me [today, and
also] has a naturally very fast horse [in Catoki].
So I said, ‘I have to try from [Jump] 1 to the
last.’”
The plan paid off for the longtime partners,
who also won the $72,900 CSI4*-W Candy
Tribble Qualier during Longines FEI Jumping
World Cup™ Week at Deeridge Farms in
January. Charmeur’s competitive re was on
full display as the gelding bounded around the
course, putting forth great effort across several
oxers, while never letting up on his gallop.
“He’s not the most scopey [horse], but he’s
very careful and a ghter; he never gives up.
Obviously, when you go fast, he doesn’t need
to try as hard. He uses his speed a little bit,
Moya said, adding that Charmeur seems to
have a preference for Deeridge Farms’ Grass
Arena.
“He has a big personality; you can [really tell]
what he likes and doesn’t like.
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MCLAIN WARD AND CATOKI CAN’T BE
CAUGHT IN $36,600 CSI5* SUNCAST
WELCOME STAKE
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McLain Ward (USA) continued to ride his recent
wave of success Thursday at Deeridge Farms,
piloting the swift 11-year-old Westphalian gelding
Catoki to the top of the $36,600 CSI5* Suncast
Welcome Stake, part of the Palm Beach Open
CSI5*/CSI2*.
The duo topped a strong eld of 44 competitors,
jumping just past the halfway mark of the class
and holding strong throughout the remaining
entries. Their nal time over Alan Wade’s (IRL)
1.45m speed track was 57.91 seconds. Jessica
Springsteen (USA) and Volage du val Henry gave
good chase to nish second on 59.00 seconds,
with Ben Maher (GBR) and Tic Tac just behind
them in third (59.29 seconds).
The win marked Ward’s third with the horse,
who stands just 15.2 hands high, in international
competition since acquiring the gelding last
November. He considers the bay to be among the
fastest horses he’s ever ridden.
“He doesn’t have the hugest stride, and the lines
weren’t very long, so that helped a little bit. He’s
just so naturally quick across the ground,” Ward
said.To be frank, you’re almost slowing down in a
few places [so] that he doesn’t get away from you.
He’s just naturally an incredibly fast horse.
Ward, who has recorded three ve-star grand prix
victories since Feb. 8, will seek his fourth this week,
as he brings back Noche de Ronda to Deeridge
Farms for the rst time since he and the mare
topped the $213,300 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix
on Feb. 14.
“Ronda” will contest Friday’s $72,900 CSI5* Palm
Beach Masters Qualier, while Catoki will jump
again in Friday’s $36,600 CSI5* NetJets Speed
Challenge.
“It’s been a great start to the season. We have
great horses and great people, and everybody’s
been going really well,” Ward said. “Sometimes,
especially down here in Florida, you get a little
bit on a run, good or bad—I’ve been on both—and
we’re just going to try to keep it going and stay
focused and look at the next event.
McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki
McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki
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KRISTEN VANDERVEEN MAKES A WINNING DEBUT
AT DEERIDGE FARMS IN $10,000 CSI5* PALM
BEACH MASTERS WARM-UP
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Kristen Vanderveen (USA) rode Bull Run’s Divine Fortune to
the rst CSI5* victory of the week, coming away with the
blue in the $10,000 CSI5* Palm Beach Masters Warm-up.
Vanderveen and her longtime mount entered the ring with
purpose and carried a strong pace throughout Alan Wade’s
(IRL) 1.40m track, which was contested in a two phases
special format. They crossed the timers in an unbeatable
24.57 seconds—nearly two full seconds faster than the
runners-up. Second-place honors went to Daniel Bluman
(ISR) and Colestina H, who led for much of the class on a
nal time of 26.41 seconds, while Cormac Hanley (IRL) and
Cora rounded out the top three (27.06 seconds).
McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki
“She does the best when you just keep going fast. Its her
little niche,” Vanderveen said. “My plan was to go fast from
the beginning, and it seemed to work out.
The victory marked Vanderveen’s rst ever at the Palm
Beach Masters Series®, as she makes her Deeridge Farms
debut this week.
“I love it! This is a great start, but everyone has been very
accommodating, and the ground feels great,” Vanderveen
said. “My grand prix horse this year [Bull Run’s Risen] is
good on the grass, and I’m excited to give it a try!”
Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune
PALM BEACH OPEN WEEK
PALM BEACH MASTERS SERIES CSI5* & CSI2*
GALLERY BY ALDEN CORRIGAN MEDIA
Winner of the $300,000 CSI5* CP Palm Beach Masters Final 1.60M Dani G. Waldman & Queensland E
Winner of the $137,000 CSI5* Palm
Beach Masters Classic Emily Moftt &
Tipsy du Terral
Winner of the $36,600 CSI5* Suncast Welcome Stake McLain Ward & Catoki
McLain Ward & Catoki
Winner of the $36,600 CSI5* Suncast Welcome Stake Catoki
Winner of the $10,000 CSI5* Palm Beach Masters Warm Up Kristen Vanderveen & Bull Run’s Divine Fortune
The serene schooling area of Deeridge Farm
Amanda Derbyshire & Luibanta BH
Darragh Kenny & Billy Dorito
Daniel Bluman & Colestina H
#1 Ranked horse and rider team in the world Ben Maher & Explosion W
Lauren TIsbo’s Mr. Visto prefers going au naturel
Lucas Porter & C Hunter
Shane Sweetnam & Deleyn
Alexandra Thornton & Cornetto K
Dani G. Waldman
Beat Mändli & Dsarie
Jonathan McCrea & Aristoteles V
Ashlee Bond & Lazy
Another day in paradise courtesy of Ferretti Group/Riva
Ben Maher & Tic Tac
Georgina Bloomberg & Paola
Brian Moggre & MTM Vivre le Reve
Conor Swail & GK Coco Chanel
Olivia Chowdry & Cosma 20 during her retirement ceremony
Margie Goldstein-Engle & Royce
Santiago Lambre & Diathago
McLain Ward &Noche de Ronda
Ferretti Group/Riva ringside cafe
Lauren Hough & Paloma
Mario Deslauriers & Cloud
Petronella Andersson & Davarusa
Lorenzo DeLuca & Catwalk Harry
Emily Moftt & Hilger van de Olmenhoeve
Daniel Coyle & Farrel
Enrique Gonzalez & Lord Pizarro
Homeward bound Lee McKeever, McLain Ward on Noche de Ronda with her human Corey Gallais
Jessica Springsteen & RMF Zecilie
Jorge Matte Capdevila & Dublin van Overis
Karen Polle & With Wings
Kristen Vanderveen & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili
Lakeside CSI5* schooling area
Quentin Judge & HH Conrad
McLain Ward & Noche de Ronda
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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
From left, Steven, Daniel, Mark and Ilan Bluman at Bluman Equestrian in Wellington. Photo by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group
Bluman Equestrian Navigates Life and Business as a Team
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F
or the ve cousins that make up Bluman Equestrian,
family is a way of life. What began merely as riding
lessons in Colombia for the eldest, Joseph Bluman,
has grown into a family-run international enterprise that has
seen success on the world stage thanks to the collective
efforts of the team composed of Daniel, Steven, Ilan, Mark
and Joseph Bluman. Since its ofcial inception in 2010,
Bluman Equestrian has relied on its founding principles
of proper horsemanship and familial respect, which have
served as key cornerstones of the business’ daily decisions
and achievements. From humble beginnings to a widely-
recognized name as some of the best in the industry,
the one constant that has remained is the Blumans’
commitment to doing everything together as a family.
The story began in Colombia when Joseph started riding
at a local stable, which then prompted the rest of the
Bluman boys to follow suit. Fast forward twenty years and
Bluman Equestrian is a thriving show jumping powerhouse
with three bases and victories around the globe on home-
trained horses that will likely spend their entire careers with
a Bluman in the saddle. Achievements aside, the Bluman
squad is an anomaly given that all ve men, each of whom
are under the age of 35 and compete at the grand prix
level, participate in the equestrian industry. One would
be hard-pressed to think of another last name that could
show up ve times at a given show, or even in one class.
“Even though many equestrian businesses may be run by
married couples or include a child or two, I think we are
unique in that all ve cousins operate the business together
and ride at the top level, plus we have partners that are
included in the business and children that are growing up
in it,” remarked Daniel. “Regardless of industry, it feels like
a rare thing to have so many family members, especially so
many close in age, have aligned interests that allow them
to go through life together in this way.”
With years of history behind them, the Bluman men have
managed to use their rsthand knowledge of each person’s
strengths and weaknesses to streamline their operation,
which has contributed to their ongoing success. By relying
on their close-knit relationships, the team has forged a
path that works for them and allows growth for both the
group and the individuals.
“As a family, we are able to connect on a different level and
we care so much more about the success of each other.
Every single person is fully invested and cares so much
about the success of the business, which feels especially
important and special because of the implications it has
for our family,” remarked Steven. “Plus, our status as a
family allows us to be more open with each other and to
challenge one another in ways that a normal employee-
employer relationship may not be able to since we feel
safer to express ideas and thoughts.”
As many family-run operations can probably agree,
working so closely with family can cause friction just as
easily as it can lead to success. To combat this pitfall, the
ve Blumans have discovered a method that allows them to
work in sync with one another rather than against someone
else’s efforts.
“On the ip side, working together as a family can, of course,
cause some difculties that other businesses may not face
in the same way. Sometimes there is tough love or good-
intentioned arguments, but it is because we all care so much
and have such a stake in the team that those emotions can
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run high,” noted Mark. “We have found it is helpful to have
well-dened roles so that everyone knows what their duties
are, and we all support each other in every aspect.”
Thanks to those clear responsibilities, the Blumans have
managed to form a well-rounded team that can be a one-
stop shop for clients of any experience level. While Daniel
is recognized as the member of the Bluman family that most
frequently competes the horses at the highest level, his
brother, Steven, is the go-to source for all things related to
horse management. Brother to Mark and Joseph, Ilan mainly
splits his time between coaching clients and training young
horses, while Mark is a gifted catch rider who can ride any
of the horses in their care to a top result. The only Bluman
that resides in Colombia instead of the United States, Joseph
focuses on the family business from afar to allow his brothers
and cousins to fully devote their efforts to the equestrian
enterprise.
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From left, Daniel, Steven, Mark and Ilan Bluman at their farm in Wellington. Photo by Elaine Wessel / Phelps Media Group
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“So far, our greatest achievements
have been operating Bluman
Equestrian in three locations –
Florida, New York and Europe –
as well as being able to balance
the sport with our family. Working
together every day can be
challenging, and I think we are all
proud of how well we have managed
to respect each other’s ideas and
goals to become successful as a
team,” commented Ilan. “While the
victories in the ring are incredible,
behind those wins are the teamwork
that it took to get there, so that is
the real accomplishment.”
In the ring, the Blumans are
riding for more than just a share
of the prize money. Proud of their
heritage, the members of Bluman
Equestrian consider themselves
torchbearers for their namesake
and know that every ride in the
ring is representative of the Bluman
name and values. Coming from a
Jewish background, the team took
that history so much to heart that
both Daniel and Steven began
representing Israel in competition
after successful tenures as
Colombian athletes.
“Although we compete against one
another, we always cheer each other
on, which I think has been a part of
our recipe for success as friendly
rivalry helps us to push ourselves
to be better,” remarked Joseph.
“In the future, we would love to see
Blumans riding on more Nations
Cup teams together! I would not be
participating since I am technically
an amateur, but Daniel and Steven
would be competing for Israel,
while Mark and Ilan would ride for
Colombia. How awesome would it
be to have four Blumans competing
in such a big event together?”
Navigating the equestrian industry
together as a family, the ve Bluman
men of Daniel, Steven, Ilan, Mark
and Joseph have managed to nd
a way to weave their bonds into the
fabric of their livelihoods. As their
business expands and their children
grow up in the equestrian industry,
as well, it is a good bet that you
can expect the Bluman name to be
ringside for years to come.
The Blumans riding together at their farm in Wellington. Photo by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group
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DONOHUE
LENS ENVY
MATTHEW
Matthew Donohue is an internationally published
photojournalist and author who has lived behind the lens
since he was 15. Growing up near Unionville, Pennsylvania,
Donohue had an early introduction to the beautiful world of
the Equestrian while feeding carrots to the neighborhood
horses, or accompanying his cousin, an equine veterinarian,
on house calls.
Following an artist’s intuition, Donohue found himself in
New York City, where he graduated from Pratt Institute.
Before long, he moved to South Korea to pursue a life
in photography and journalism. He would spend the
following years living and traveling through the Middle
East, Africa, and Asia while working for a variety of
publications, namely Bazaar magazine, covering what he
describes as “the human condition.”
After the birth of Donohue’s daughter Olivia, he settled on
Long Island. Here, his fond childhood memories of horses
were to materialize into a life of dedicated equestrian
White Backs. Bluman Equestrian, Brewster New York 2019
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shooting. He began by showing up at local barns, point to
points, and polo games, camera in hand and ready for an
opportunity. It was here where he met Juan Vasquez, polo
referee and farrier. It is with great appreciation for Vasquez
who would became instrumental in Donohue’s growth in
the eld as he brought him along to work and other Equine
related events such as Horse Ability Gala’s, Longines
Masters, and the track. Not long after Donohue would
be photographing in Wellington, Belmont, Saratoga, and
even at the 144th Kentucky Derby.
Donohue currently lives in Yaphank, New York, where he
fosters a powerful connection to the Friesian breed that
continues to mystify and drive his artistic endeavors.
By Dylan Francis
matthewdonohuephotography.com
Appaloosa portrait Northport, New York 2019
Baci. Warmblood barrel racing pony. West Hills New York 2015
New York BC, 7 year old Belgian Warmblood out of double Gold Medal Champion Sapphire
2016 US Arena Polo Championship Matias Magrini goes for the goal
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Friesian Draft, Upper Brookville, New York 2017
Buckwheat - wild mustang trained in the 2018 Mustang
Makeover by Michael Simmonetti in Islip, New York
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Friesian Draft, Upper Brookville, New York 2017
Memoria the polo pony East Hampton, New York
Juan Vasquez- Farrier works into the late afternoon. Upper Brookville, New York 2016
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Friesian Draft Upper Brookville, New York 2017
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Willowdale Steeplechase , Pennsylvania 2018
Shire portrait Islip, New York 2018
Wellington Skies - La Sina KWPN in Wellington, Florida
Heart. Lady the Clydesdale Licks Her Lips
Longines Masters New York Grand Prix Jumpers 2019
Longines Blur - Longines Masters New York 2019
Saratoga Sporings Race Course 2019 On assignment with Junior Alvarado who rides in the middle
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ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL CDIO3*
Winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* Steffen Peters (USA)
Photo Gallery By ©Alden Corrigan Media
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Winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* Steffen Peters (USA) & Suppenkasper
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Winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* Steffen Peters (USA) & Suppenkasper
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Winner of the FEI Intermediate II 16-25 CDIOU25 Natalie Pai (USA)
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#GroomsRock
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Adrienne Lyle (USA) & Harmony’s Duvall
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Signe Kirk Kristiansen (DEN) & Her Highness O
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Winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* Steffen Peters (USA) & Suppenkasper
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Ben Ebeling (USA) celebrating with Emma Asher (USA)
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American Flags
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Akane Kuroki (JPN) & Zuidenwind 1187
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Ben Ebeling (USA)
Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN) & Acoeur
To the victor go the spoils
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Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN) & Acoeur
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Bringing bling to the ring Team USAs Utopie Douilly
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Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) & Alcazar
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Harmony’s Duvall (USA) & his human Monica Stanke (Adrienne Lyle)
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Team Denmark in the house
Team Israel Show Jumper Dani G.Waldman showing her support for her Dressage peers
Sahar Daniel Hirosh (ISR) & Whitman
Steffen Peters & Suppenkasper (USA)
Team USA polo wraps
Team USA colors right down to the “accessories”
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Proud papa Jan Ebeling (USA)
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When in Rome...
The art of tack repair
Rankrado (USA)
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stands ve breeding stallions and focuses on developing high performance
dressage horses, which includes German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg,
U.S. Olympian Sue Blinks and Canadian high performance rider Diane
Creech. With two of their upper-level horses, Beltano and Equirelle W, in his
barn, Seidel has focused on developing them into top competitors.
“I have admired the Leatherdales for many years and I am honored to be a
member of Louise [Leatherdale’s] team,” Seidel said about his partnership.
“To have an owner like Louise, who understands the ups and downs of the
sport and who has been instrumental in supporting dressage, behind you, is
unbelievable.”
Originally in Dorum, Germany, Beltano (Belissimo M-SPS Heavenly,
Hohenstein) was imported to the U.S. with an end goal of international Grand
Prix. Equirelle W (Florett AS–Orchidee T, Donnerhall) partnered with Seidel
in 2019 and made her Grand Prix debut this year at the AGDF in Wellington.
“We didn’t have any shows in California in January or February and with
Louise’s new farm in Wellington, she invited me to bring Beltano and ‘Elle’,”
Seidel explained. “How can you not like competing in Wellington? It was so
convenient to arrive at the showgrounds in under a 10 minute trailer drive
and the show ran smoothly. I loved every moment of it and it was a very
positive learning experience for me and the horses.”
“This season was a bootcamp for me because I spent so much time focusing
on my own riding. The entire environment was so concentrated on training
and developing the horses. I learned valuable lessons in the show ring, which
was very helpful. Especially with Elle, as I am learning how to properly ride
her we had difcult moments in the show ring when I made errors of
judgement. I was disappointed in myself but I don’t regret them. Sometimes
issues only arise at a show. Having that experience under my belt is incredibly
useful because now I have homework to do to try to get better. In that aspect,
I was very thankful for the opportunity to get a lot of answers.”
Although Wellington possesses a vastly different show scene from that of
Southern California, Seidel welcomed the challenge upon his arrival and
quickly started accumulating impressive results. With Beltano, he claimed
numerous wins in the CDI Prix St. Georges throughout the season with
scores consistently nearing 74%. Equirelle W had solid results in her CDI
Grand Prix debut and he continued to develop the mare’s condence in
the ring, even taking home top ve placings against erce competitors with
scores approaching 70%. Although his winter in Wellington afforded him
many learning opportunities and more time in the CDI ring, Seidel was also
extremely grateful to have the rest of the Leatherdale team by his side lend
a helping hand.
“Prior to competing in Wellington, I didn’t have the opportunity to see
Leatherdale Farm’s other riders too often because I am on the West Coast.
For me it is really fun to be a part of this group of trainers and it is very
unique to have a group of dressage riders from three different countries work
together like this. I would get up at four in the morning to watch Helen ride
Damsey FRH in Germany and other times, I have Louise, Diane, Sue and
Vanessa [Creech-Terauds] on the side of the ring supporting me. It is really
special to have that support for each other.”
Although the dressage community on the West Coast is smaller and there
are fewer opportunities to compete in CDIs, Seidel could not imagine a more
perfect place to call home for nearly 30 years. Living in Southern California as
part of the tight-knit dressage “family” means traveling to many of the same
shows, lodging at the same hotels and going to dinner together at the end of
a long day’s work — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Right: Beltano, Guenter Seidel Photo by Emma Miller
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