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Archive for August 2013

Louise Parkes is back with another 'up close and personal' view, this time from the Ecco FEI European Show Jumping  Championships, which took place in Herning, Denmark last week where Great Britain won the team gold medal and Frenchman Roger Yves Bost claimed the individual title in a thrilling competition. Major events next week include the The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and Spruce Meadows Masters. And there will be a report from the FEI HSBC European Eventing Championships in Malmo, Sweden.  Follow me on Twitter for the news and views @chrisestafford.

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Jennifer Ward presents The Canadian Report which features the latest news on international sport in Canada and begins with a preview of the upcoming Spruce Meadows Masters Show, which takes place Sept 4-8th in Calgary. Visit Jennifer's website at Starting Gate CommunicationsFollow me on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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Owners: Deborah Kinzinger

Deborah Kinzinger is the owner of a select group of dressage horses ridden by Canadian David Marcus and although being a recent convert to the sport is passionate about producing horses to Olympic level and supporting the growth of dressage in Canada. Find out more about Deborah's horses on David's website. Follow David on Twitter @DM_Dressage and me... @chrisestafford.  

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Our guest this week is Dr. Gemma Pearson BVMS MRCVS, who is a Clinical Scholar in Equine Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Services in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES). Our topic is how to help your horse be 'vet friendly' and overcome the anxiety associated with veterinary treatment. 

You can follow us on Twitter @TheDickVet,  @IngaWolframm  and @chrisestafford.
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British Olympian Richard Davidson reflects on the Ecco FEI European Dressage Championships which took place in Herning, Denmark last week and why it was memorable for breaking records as well as the dramatic moments. Visit Richard's website here and The Dressage Convention here. Follow us on Twitter @davisondressage and @chrisestafford.

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Rebecca Bell, 14, from Henley, Oxfordshire, celebrated her international debut this year with a European Pony Dressage Championship Team Bronze Medal in Italy riding her mother Caroline's Valido's Sunshine (Sunny). It was an impressive debut from this all-round teenager who also enjoys eventing, hunting and the Pony Club. You can join Becca on her Facebook Page. You can find the full results here. Follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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Dr. Inga Wolframm joins me to ask the question of whether familiarity with horses leads us to a false sense of security and whether we are doing all we can to manage the risks involved around horses, whether in the tack or on the ground. Inga has some startling accident statistics from equestrian sport that are noteworthy. Inga's latest book; The Science of Equestrian Sports: theory, practice and performance of the equestrian rider. Published by Routledge is available on Amazon with a 20% discount code of JRK50. Follow us on Twitter @ingawolframm and @chrisestafford.

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ITN with Jess Rudkin

Jess Rudkin is the Managing Editor at BBC Radio Northampton and a keen rider too who keeps up with local horse stories. Northamptonshire is the home of show jumper Tim Stockdale, eventer Piggy French and holds the popular Aston le Walls event. You can find BBC Radio Northampton here. Follow us on Twitter @JessRudkin and @chrisestafford.

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Britain's Emily King, 17, has been named with three horses - Mr. Hiho, Charlemagne and Brookleigh - for the British Team at the FEI Junior European Eventing Championships which take place in Jardy, France, September 12-15. With an individual silver medal already bagged, Emily will want to go one better this time to keep up the family tradition. You can find Emily on Facebook and on Twitter @emilykingg_ .

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Rose Hugh-Smith,14, was a member of the British bronze medal winning team at the European Dressage Championships in Arezzo, Italy with her 9 year old pony Holsteins Derwisch in their first year in international competition. This is just the start for a young lady who already has her sights set on becoming a professional dressage rider and trainer. You can join Rose on her Facebook Page here. Follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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Eventers Jessica Hampf and Doug Payne have announced their engagement and also tell us about their plans to make a new home in North Carolina. You can find out more about Doug and Jess and their horses online by following these links; Doug and Jess

Follow us on Twitter @jesshampf and @dpequestrian and @chrisestafford.
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Britain's Mary King takes a look at the medal contenders for this year's HSBC European Eventing Championships, which take place in Malmo, Sweden from August 29th - September 1 and also tells us who she thinks deserves an individual medal. Visit Mary's website. Follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford

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Introducing Nikki Crisp

Britain's Nikki Crisp has become well known in Europe having ridden on Nation's Cup dressage teams including this past month on the winning squad at Hickstead CDIO and her next goal is the World Cup season this winter. You can find out more about Nikki and her horses on her website. Follow us on Twitter @CrispDressage and @chrisestafford.

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Brazilian Olympic Eventer Ruy Fonseca has recently returned home from being based in Europe and New Zealand to continue his career from Bel Horizonte near Rio de Janeiro where he is also helping the organizing committee to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games. You can join Ruy on his Facebook Page here and follow us on Twitter @RuyFonseca and @chrisestafford

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Irish journalist Louise Parkes shares show news from her recent travels to Arezzo, Italy for the European Pony ChampionshipsHickstead CSIO/CDIO, England and Dublin CSIO, Ireland, and previews the upcoming Ecco FEI European Dressage and Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark. You can read Louise's reports on the FEI website. Follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford.

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ITN with Jennifer Ward

Jennifer Ward brings news from Canada this week including shows at the Caledon Equestrian Park and Will O' Wind Farm, ON that will host the equestrian events for the 2015 Pan American Games as well as the recent Bromont CCI3* plus the upcoming Masters at Spruce Meadows, Calgary. The news headlines includes the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup from Dublin and Ecco FEI European Championships. You can follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford and join in the conversation on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio.

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Our guest this week is Equine Behaviourist, Marc Pierard from Belgium to discuss the practical implications of assessing temperament in police horses and how this can inform selection of horses for other purposes. You can follow us on Twitter @IngaWolframm and @chrisestafford.

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Hickstead CDIO with Sally Andrews

Hickstead CDIO in England hosted the final event in the pilot FEI Dressage Nations Cup Series last week with Great Britain taking first prize by a narrow margin over the USA, followed by Germany. Dressage Judge Sally Andrews shares her perspective on this popular show, which had all the ingredients for an exciting competition. You can find the full results here and join Sally on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @pjking_author and @chrisestafford.

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Phoebe Manders is the owner of U.S. event horse, RF Smoke on the Water, together with her husband Michael and Raylyn Farm, Inc. Ridden by Marilyn Little, 'Smoke' is a favorite on the circuit and one that other professionals would like to ride. His career record features some impressive results for a young horse and his performance at the Saumur CCI3* in France this spring reenforced his prospects for the future. You can find out more about 'Smoke' at www.raylynfarm.comFollow Marilyn on Twitter @marilynrlittle.

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In The News with Jo Thoenes

Jo Thoenes from BBC Radio Oxford joins me this week to share some news and views from her corner of the world. There's also the news headlines including FEI European Eventing Championship updates and the American entry to the World Breeding Championships plus a song from Claire Khuen. You can follow us on Twitter @jothoenes and @chrisestafford.

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16 year-old Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, trained by Andre Dignelli, continued her winning form by following up her gold medal win at the Adequan/FEI North America Junior and Young Rider Championships last week on Londonium adding the USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic Champion title to her tally after beating 69 of the sport's top junior equitation riders  The Equitation Cup Classic is held during the East Coast U.S. National Junior Hunter Championships, the USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Cup at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, New York. Join Lillie on her Facebook Page.  

Follow us on Twitter @LillieKeenan and @chrisestafford.
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