Good Luck VIP Riders at The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI III Star!

We want to wish all our VIP riders and all those competing safe and successful rides at this weekend’s The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI III Star!

  • Auburn Brady
  • Rochelle Costanza
  • Avery Klunick
  • Robyn Fisher
  • Ingrid George
  • Camilla Mortensen
  • Dani Sussman
  • Bunnie Sexton
  • Jordan Linstedt
  • Tamra Smith

Watch this video to truly appreciate the scope of their course ride tomorrow! Wow – amazing!

From the Rebecca Farm website:

This is a summer not to be missed! We have added an international-level 3-star division, offering the most challenging cross-country course yet to be featured at Rebecca Farm. Unique shopping and eating opportunities are available at our Trade Fair and Food Court. The Event gets better every summer because of the efforts of so many people — from the wonderful community of volunteers, to all the riders from across the nation. Spectators are always free! We simply ask for a $5 parking donation to support Halt Cancer at X. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Rebecca Farm!

– Sarah Broussard, Event Organizer

Rio, here we come! The U.S. Team has earned their spot for the 2016 Olympic Games!

The U.S. team came to these Pan American Games on a mission of securing an Olympic qualifying spot for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  The U.S. team put in spectacular rides, in extremely hot weather, to earn their winning not only for the Olympic Rio spot, but also the team Gold and individual Gold by Steffen Peters at this week’s Pan Am Games in Toronto.  The four riders—Sabine Schut-Kery, Kimberly Herslow, Laura Graves and Steffen Peters completed their mission by winning the team competition on a combined score of 460.50. Canada took silver with 454.93 points, and Brazil earned bronze (414.89).

We want to congratulate all the teams who competed and rode so well with excellent scores and lots of strong competition from Canada and South America….”To be at the Pan Am Games was really a wonderful experience watch so many good rides from the South American and Canadian competitors that we don’t get enough opportunity to see” Angela Slater, founder of Grand Meadows

Only one team from North America can qualify for the Olympics – It doesn’t seem fair does it?   Steffen Peters commented:  “Thanks for my teammates who did a fantastic job and brought the score along,” said Peters. “I was worried  when the Canadians did such an extraordinary job on Saturday. I sat down and said to myself, ‘What if we can’t go to the Olympics?’ I felt bad for a moment, and then I thought, my gosh, that’s the situation the Canadian riders are in now.’ I’m just hoping in the future that the FEI changes the rules, and that two teams from the Americas get to go to the Olympics. The rules need to change, and I’m hoping we see Canada at the Olympics in 2020.”

The Canadian squad; Brittany Fraser on All In, Christopher Von Martels on Zilverstar, Megan Lane on Caravella and Belinda Trussell on Anton certainly did not shed any tears and were riding high off some of their own personal best rides and high scores they all earned at the Pan Am Games.

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“In my very long life being in international dressage sport, this was for me the real highlight,” said a visibly emotional Canadian coach Volker Moritz. “I’m very grateful to my riders for all eight performances; they had all clear, personal bests by far. They rode fantastic, and that made me so happy and so proud.”

Of all three teams, Brazil was the most visibly excited on the podium, with Sarah Elizabeth Waddell, who rode Donelly 3, doing a little dance before jumping up. The four riders (Waddell, Leandro Aparecido da Silva on Di Caprio, Joao Victor Marcari Oliva on Xama Dos Pinhais and Joao Paulo dos Santos on Veleiro Do Top) had to fight for their own medal over Mexico, who finished a close fourth with 412.46, and they didn’t have the benefit of a big tour score coefficient.

“We didn’t have the stress here to have a place on the podium to get an Olympics place, since we’re hosting the next games, but Brazil is not the biggest nation in dressage,” said Waddell. “Coming here and being with the U.S. and Canadian team with riders—who are seventh and eighth in the world—to us, that’s a big deal. We had a long journey to get here, both from the qualifications and the trip and everything and still succeeded.”

Live from the Pan American Games in Toronto!

I am currently attending these 2015 Pan American Games in OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Toronto, Canada.   I am here to represent and support Grand Meadows long-time sponsored rider, Sabine Schut-Kery riding Saneco, a Hannovarian stallion owned by Alice and Dr. Mike Heitmann and Horsegate Ranch.

Heather Blitz & Ripline Earn Back-to-Back Wins

Heather Blitz & Ripline

Grand Meadows VIP rider and Pan American U.S. Dressage Team Gold Medalist Heather Blitz partnered with Oak Hill Ranch’s seven-year-old Danish Warmblood Approved Stallion Ripline (Hotline x Blue Hors Cavan) in back-to-back wins at the HITS Saugerties Show, May 16 to 17, 2015.

Blitz, who is based in Medfield, MA during the summer, has been showing Ripline since he was four years old. They began the weekend by winning the Prix St. Georges from 16 starters with a score of 71.57%, followed by the Developing Prix St. Georges with 73.01%.