Conversations from the world of women’s sports

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.  In Chapter 10, Elaine has a run in with Forster but could he also be doing her a favor! Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.

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Bolivarian Games: Peter Gray

Canadian trainer Peter Gray attended the Bolvarian Games in Lima, Peru recently to coach a Venezuelan eventer. He shares his experiences of this little-known competition, which for the six nations taking part every four years it is an important qualifier for the Pan American and other major championships.You can find the full results by visiting the official website here.

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Leslie Morse

U.S. Dressage Team rider Leslie Morse has spent the past few years breeding and producing the offspring of her former international Grand Prix stallions, Kingston and Tip Top, and is getting ready to show them in Florida this season. You can view some of these young horses on Leslie's YouTube Channel here.

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The U.S. Sport Horse Breeders Association (USSHBA) was launched this month with a progressive agenda to service, support and promote the sport horse breeding community in the States. Its founding member and President-Elect Mary O'Connor explains how it came about and why this new organization will fill a void in the industry. You can visit the USSHBA website here and join them on Facebook.

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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.  In Chapter 9 Elaine's plan to try the handsome bay gelding almost backfires but is saved by an unlikely ally. Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.

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Hunter/Jumper owner-rider and horse show organizer, Marnye Langer, shares her perspective on some topical issues facing the hunter-jumper world in the U.S., including the proposed rule changes concerning medication, Shockwave Therapy and new regulation regarding the oversight of horse sales by the U.S. Equestrian Federation. You can comment on these topics on the Facebook Page at Chris Stafford Radio or email chris@chrisestafford.com. Visit Marnye's Langer Equestrian website here.

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Ludwig Svennerstal

British-based Swedish eventer Ludwig Svennerstal has risen to prominence over the past few years as he graduated through the Junior and Young Rider ranks to become an Olympian last year. He has a group of four-star horses now that put this ambitious young man in a good a position to make the squad for next year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandie and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. You can visit Ludwig's website here and follow him on Twitter @SvennerstalEvnt

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U.S. Eventer Allison Springer has acquired an exciting new four-star ride in the purchase of William Fox-Pitt's former partner Lionheart by the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC. The 11 year old Westfalian gelding who finished 4th at Luhmuhlen this year and 3rd at Pau in 2011 as well as winning an Olympic silver medal in London last year. Allison clearly has her sights set on the Rio Olympic Games. You can find out more about Allison and her team on her website.  

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Italian show jumping legend Major Raimondo D’Inzeo, the younger brother of Piero D’Inzeo and son of renown horseman Constanzo D’Inzeo who taught his sons to ride in the style devised by Captain Federico Caprilli, passed away last week at the age of 88. This is an interview I taped with him in October 2011. The translator is Italian Olympian Mario Turner. 

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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.  In Chapter 8 Elaine finds her eventer's dream...so close yet so impossibly out of reach. Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.

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Pan American bronze medalist Victoria Winter has recently been appointed the Canadian Dressage Team Chef d'Equipe and brings a wealth of international experience to the role with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandie presenting an opportunity for Canadian riders to raise the bar for the sport back home as it prepares to host the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

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George Williams, President of the U.S. Dressage Federation, which hosted the inaugural U.S. Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan at the Kentucky Horse Park last weekend, tells us how the event unfolded, and Cindy Vimont, USDF Senior Director of Member Programs announces the launch of the USDF Official Podcast Channel. You can subscribe to that free weekly podcast on iTunes (Search for USDF under Podcasts in the iTunes Store) and also follow the links on the USDF website

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Jenny Lewis, a McTimoney Animal Manipulation & Massage Therapist in the South of England, explains how the McTimoney technique works on horses and dogs. The subtle method of McTimoney is a gentle approach for animals who can benefit considerable from a single treatment. You can find out more about Jenny's practice by following the link to her website here and joining her Facebook Page.

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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.  In Chapter 7 Elaine and the Fanes go cub hunting and unsurprisingly the day is not without its share of drama. Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.

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British-based eventer Liz Halliday-Sharp has been hopping across continents to compete and made a successful foray to her home state of California where she finished 3rd in the CCI3* at Galway Downs last week after a busy schedule of European events which included Haras du Pin, Breda, Ballindensk and Boekelo where she made her team debut in the Nations Cup. You can find out more about Liz on her website here and follow her on Twitter @lizhalliday

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Rising Star: Olivia Oakeley

British Dressage Young Rider Olivia Oakeley, has already paved the way for a successful start to her career with impressive results that have fulfilled personal goals on her journey in the sport that she hopes will take her to Olympian heights. Olivia is now working with Sandy Phillips in Gloucestershire having finished her education at Hartpury College. Visit Olivia's website here and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @OakeleyDressage.

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Alexis Ross is an amateur eventer with a full-time job as a Management Consultant in the South of England. With the help of her family and trainer, Alexis manages to compete with a few horses and has qualified for the Grassroots Championship at Badminton next spring. You can visit Alexis' website here and follow her on Twitter @Alexis_C_Ross.

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Chris & Inga Show

Inga is back after an extended absence from the show we catch up with a casual Friday chat about her new website,her books,horses, the impending birth of her son, plus we find out what TV shows Inga has been watching while she's lying low. You can find Inga's new website here where there's a code on the front page for a discount on her new book. Follow us on Twitter @IngaWolframm and @chrisestafford.

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Scottish amateur eventer Laura Swinnerton combines her love of the sport with her job and also manages to fit in some show jumping to hone her skills in that phase too. All this while working full time for an equine insurance broker, which means she usually doesn't get home from the yard until after 10 o'clock at night!  You can find Laura here on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @Laurakswinnie.

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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.  In Chapter 6, an enquiry from a prospective client offers new promise for the Fanes that would save the business but is Elaine aiming too high for their modest livery yard? Thanks to Templeton Thompson for her song Girls and Horses, which is available on her website and on iTunes.

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