Conversations from the world of women’s sports

In the second volume of Caroline Akrill's vivid and realistic trilogy set in the tough world of Three Day Eventing, Elaine has found her potential event horse and her career is being sponsored by the eccentric and impecunious Henrietta and Nigella Fane, in lieu of wages. In Chapter 6, Legend is asked to prove himself in the Working Hunter class while the Fanes and Doreen hold their collective breath when Elaine becomes momentarily unseated in mid-air!  The music Girls and Horses is by Templeton Thompson and available on her website and on iTunes.

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Californian show jumper Audrey Coulter celebrated a career highlight this past weekend at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida when she won not only the $280,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI4* but also the $84,000 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic riding Acorte and Victory DA respectively. Aside from beating the world's top two ranked riders, Britain's Scott Brash and Ben Maher, in the grand prix, she was also named the Leading Lady Rider for week seven.

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German born dressage rider Silva Martin made her U.S. team debut in the Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington this week on a mare she produced from a foal; Rosa Cha W. Silva shares that experience and tells us what this milestone in her career means to her. We also hear about the rest of her 15 strong team of horses and plans for the season. Visit Silva's website here. For full results and report of the Nations Cup click here.

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In the second volume of Caroline Akrill's vivid and realistic trilogy set in the tough world of Three Day Eventing, Elaine has found her potential event horse and her career is being sponsored by the eccentric and impecunious Henrietta and Nigella Fane, in lieu of wages. In Chapter 5, the pot-hunting provides some surprising results and unfortunate incidents all in the name of the Eventing Training Fund.  The music Girls and Horses is by Templeton Thompson and available on her website and on iTunes.

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British-based Italian rider and trainer, Francesca Pollara is leading an urgent relief effort to help farmers whose livestock is in danger in the South of England as a result of devastating flooding. Francesca explains that this is not a short term exercise given the extent of the damage. We also hear about the recent threat to the future of Pratoni del Vivaro, the well-known Italian equestrian venue and site of the 1960 Rome Olympics and 1998 World Equestrian Games as well as other major championships. You can find Francesca's website here at http://sunhillstud.co.uk/ and follow on Twitter @sunhillstud and email her at francesca@sunhillstud.co.uk

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In the second volume of Caroline Akrill's vivid and realistic trilogy set in the tough world of Three Day Eventing, Elaine has found her potential event horse and her career is being sponsored by the eccentric and impecunious Henrietta and Nigella Fane, in lieu of wages. In Chapter 4, a kitchen conference considers the cost of an eventer's dream and how a little pot-hunting may come in handy. The music Girls and Horses is by Templeton Thompson and available on her website and on iTunes.

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Marnye Langer is back to share her perspective on the show jumping and hunter jumper world from the West Coast, which includes a look at the health and welfare of the showing scene and what she is doing to help riders get the most out of their showing.  Visit Marnye's website at the Langer Equestrian Group here.

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Sir Mark Todd is preparing to kick off another season in his long career, which features another world championship campaign as all eyes are focused on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy this summer. We find out what it takes to stay at the top of his game. Visit Mark Todd Eventing on his website here and follow him on Twitter @MTEventing.

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In the second volume of Caroline Akrill's vivid and realistic trilogy set in the tough world of Three Day Eventing, Elaine has found her potential event horse and her career is being sponsored by the eccentric and impecunious Henrietta and Nigella Fane, in lieu of wages. In Chapter 1, 

Elaine decides to teach The Comet to drive but he clearly has other ideas! The music Girls and Horses is by Templeton Thompson and available on her website and on iTunes.
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In the second volume of Caroline Akrill's vivid and realistic trilogy set in the tough world of Three Day Eventing, Elaine has found her potential event horse and her career is being sponsored by the eccentric and impecunious Henrietta and Nigella Fane, in lieu of wages. In Chapter 3 it's the day of the races and The Comet is put to the test but it's not without drama as you would expect from the Fanes! The music Girls and Horses is by Templeton Thompson and available on her website and on iTunes.

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Dr. Jenny Johnson from Oakhill Shockwave & Veterinary Chiropractic continues the series on lameness by addressing forelimb symmetry, muscle atrophy and swelling. You can hear episode 1-10 of these veterinary tips on the Oakhill Shockwave website. Join the Facebook page: Oakhill Shockwave & Veterinary Chiropractic and follow Dr. Johnson on Twitter @DrJennyJohnson.

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Joining us on the show today is Dutch dressage rider and Para-Dressage Coach Joyce Heuitink who is preparing for her first Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as team coach. We hear how she came into the sport and why coaching is a natural transition for her. You can find out more about Joyce by visiting her website here. Follow us on Twitter @JoyceHeuitink@IngaWolframm and @ChriseStafford.

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