Eventer's Dream is the first volume of Caroline Akrill's trilogy following Elaine's ambition to reach the top in Three Day Eventing. Vivid and realistic, life with horses is portrayed with real knowledge and sympathy. There is mud - and occasional blood - and the characters, both human and equine, are amusing, heroic, eccentric and, occasionally, rather sad. The story begins with Elaine attending a job interview with Nigella and Henrietta. And they offer a cup of tea which is not all that it may seem! Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.
Cheryll Frank, Director of the Young Jumper Championships explains how the program has launched many successful international careers with more of these horses being bred in the U.S. Together with the International Jumper and Dressage Futurity the calibre of horses means that riders do not have to look at the foreign market to find their next champion. You can learn more about this program at youngjumpers.com.
Britain's Will Furlong recently returned with the individual bronze medal from his team debut at the FEI European Eventing Championships riding Pioneer Silvie. You can find the full results here and to the sponsor of the British team Hows Racesafe here. Follow Will on Facebook and on Twitter @Will_Furlong. Join Hows Racesafe on Facebook and on Twitter @HowsRacesafe and follow me @chrisestafford.
Alex Postolowsky from Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England has been involved in different events at Burghley for several years but this year was the first time that she had ridden in the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. She shares her elation and what it means to her to complete her first four star event as she talks us through what was a week long event. You can read Alex's Blog here and visit her website and Facebook Page, and read the full results here.
Dr. Andrew McLean is our guest this week discussing the work he does with horses and the science of learning theory, as well as a fascinating project involving elephants - HELP. Visit the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) here and follow us on Twitter @IngaWolframm and @chrisestafford.
Jo Thoenes from BBC Radio Oxford reviews the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials which was full of thrills both on the course and among the attractions. How often do you hear that William Fox-Pitt has fallen off on the cross country? You can find the full results here and catch Jo on The Breakfast Show and follow us on Twitter @JoThoenes and @chrisestafford.
Marnye Langer of Langer Equestrian Group organizes shows at West Coast venues including the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and joins us in this new series of West Coast Jumper News. This coming weekend is the LA International Jumping Festival which features the $30,000 LA International Grand Prix and Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals - West. You can join us on Facebook at Langer Equestrian Group and Chris Stafford Radio. Follow me on Twitter @chrisestafford.
Our guest this week is dressage rider Emily O'Connell, 19, from Melbourne, Australia who is spending time in Europe to train with some leading riders including Anky van Grunsven. Emily shares some of the challenges she has faced such as dealing with nerves while competing and Inga offers advice as a sports psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter@IngaWolframm and @chrisestafford.
Lucinda Green shares her perspective of a memorable Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials that, for her, will go down in history as the best ever. Lucinda now heads for Oxfordshire to compete in the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials CCI3* with Cry Freedom. You can follow Lucinda on Facebook and Twitter @LucindaGreenMBE.
Jonathan 'Jock' Paget won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with a stunning performance on Clifton Promise to lead the New Zealand cavalry charge (the Kiwis secured 6 of the top ten places). Having won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this spring, Jock is on course for a chance to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing if he completes the treble at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Visit Jock's website here and join Jock's Facebook Page.
British dressage rider and trainer Wayne Channon recently wrote an article for Eurodressage about the variations in judging at the Ecco FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning last month. Dr.David Stickland from Global Dressage Analytics and Dr. Inga Wolframm join the debate to examine the topics in some detail and offer possible solutions. You can follow us on Twitter @WayneChannon, @IngaWolframm and @chrisestafford.
Lara Prior-Palmer, 19, recently won the daunting Mongol Derby riding 25 Mongolian ponies over 1000km. Though horses are in her genes - Lara's aunt is Lucinda Green - this location and horsepower would be something that is experienced only one in a lifetime. Lara is continuing to raise money for her chosen charities with the goal of £20,000. You can donate by visiting the website here and read her account of the race here.
Dr. Sue McDonnell is an Equine Behaviorist who founded the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and conducts clinic studies to explore changes in equine behavior to establish the reasons behind changes and offers solutions as to how they can be resolved. You can follow us on Twitter; @PennVet, @ingawolframm and @chrisestafford.
BBC Spotlight Presenter Janine Jansen is also a keen eventer with horses up to three-star level and plans to ride at Badminton. She combines a hectic schedule of training and competing with her job at the BBC in Plymouth, Devon and is always on the lookout for horse related stories. You can watch BBC Spotlight here, and visit her website here.
British Equestrian Journalist Kate Green reviews the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships which took place in Malmo, Sweden last week and also takes a look at the entries for this week's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. You can hear who Kate thinks might be lifting the trophy next Sunday afternoon in Burghley Park. The full results from Malmo are here.