21 episodes

As equestrian journalists, we get to interview people who are top of their game and have so many ideas and information to pass on. This often transcribes into quite long interviews, sometimes a few thousand words.
While the interviews we do will still be transcribed and offered to you in written format (with great photos of course!), this is for those of you who want something interesting to listen to while you’re getting the dinner ready or driving in your car or mucking out the stables so you don’t miss out.

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As equestrian journalists, we get to interview people who are top of their game and have so many ideas and information to pass on. This often transcribes into quite long interviews, sometimes a few thousand words.
While the interviews we do will still be transcribed and offered to you in written format (with great photos of course!), this is for those of you who want something interesting to listen to while you’re getting the dinner ready or driving in your car or mucking out the stables so you don’t miss out.

    Cathrine Dufour: Dressage Young Gun

    Cathrine Dufour: Dressage Young Gun

    This podcast we have Danish dressage star Cathrine Dufour. I caught up with Cathrine at the Europeans in Rotterdam where she and her “pony” as she likes to call him, Cassidy won bronze in the Special with an amazing comeback from injury for the 16 year old gelding who has been Cathrine’s partner since Junior rider days and has partnered her through to Olympics and senior championships. The pair most recently won the Saab Top 10 beating the likes of Isabell Werth on Weihegold….not a bad way to finish the year! Cathrine also has another star ready to break through, Bohemian. She showcased the nine year old gelding in the 5* at Aachen this year where she finished top five in all three tests.

    In this interview, Cathrine talks about managing her older horse. What it comes down to on the day of competition and why it’s so important to know each other so well. She discusses her competition prep; the importance of corners, rider fitness and being an athlete and the importance of having a tough trainer. We talk about what it’s like working with Andreas Helgstrand and how that arrangement came about. Also, how the dressage scores are getting higher and higher and why there seems to be so many PBs at Championships. She tells us what it’s like working with Princess Nathalie and Kyra Kyrklund and Kyra’s creative solutions and training without force. And who will she take to Tokyo?

    • 20 min
    Jessica Von Bredow Werndl: Her four legged children and perfecting the Grand Prix

    Jessica Von Bredow Werndl: Her four legged children and perfecting the Grand Prix

    Horses have been part of Jessica’s life from the very beginning, riding in her first big championships, the Bundeschampionate at age 12. By 16 she rode in her first Europeans and has never looked back. Jessica’s won six gold at Junior and YR Europeans as well as been three times German Junior/YR Champion. As a senior, she’s been on the podium at the World Cup Finals, Aachen CHIO, the Europeans and World Equestrian Games both as a German team member and individually. Her most successful senior partners have been the stallion, Unee BB as well as the two mares, Zaire and Dalera BB.

    Having trained with Isabell Werth in the past, the German now works with her brother Benjamin, also a successful rider, as well as Jonny Hilberath, and Andreas Hausberger from The Spanish Riding School.
    I interviewed Jessica at the Europeans in Rotterdam where she had a rollercoaster of a show with Dalera. From an uncharacteristic miscommunication in the Grand Prix, which brought tears of shock to the rider, she stormed back for a glorious Special, and a Personal Best freestyle, which saw her with a team gold and individual bronze, beaten only by her team mates, also with PBs.
    She might be softly spoken, but Jessica has a real competitiveness and passion for bringing out the very best in her highly intelligent, if a bit crazy, four legged proteges.

    We talk about keeping it natural for the horses and learning to surrender as well as working with each unique personality. Training without force, giving horses a reason to work and the importance of routine. Jessica is really into rider fitness as well so we talk about what she does and her new “Dressurfit” course which she has developed with brother Benjamin…which is coming soon in English! So, yay! We then talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being on the German Team, relaxing at shows and we discuss her new goals.

    • 21 min
    Laura Graves on Being the Best You Can Be

    Laura Graves on Being the Best You Can Be

    I love talking to Laura Graves. She’s articulate and thoughtful which makes for super answers and a great conversation and we’re lucky to have another chat with her. Just to recap, Laura, burst onto the international dressage scene in 2014 at WEG in Normandy where she finished 5th in the Freestyle with her gelding Verdades. Two years later at the Rio Olympics they were part of the bronze medal winning US Team as well as just missing the podium to finish 4th individually. More recently she won silver in the Special at the WEG in Tryon as well as team silver.

    Laura was out in Australia earlier this year to give a brilliant Masterclass at Brisbane CDI. This interview touches a little bit on the themes she raised, so I’d really recommend that you read the Masterclass notes, the link to which are below. In this interview, Laura talks about US Dressage and what that actually means, the high scores we’ve been seeing recently in the dressage arena, the importance of experience, competitiveness, what exactly is rider fitness, the elusive half halt, the importance of having high expectations, how she likes to obtain her horses…….and fomo!
    Link to Masterclass notes: http://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2019/08/laura-graves-a-masterclass/

    • 16 min
    Helen Langenhanenberg: Explaining to the Horse

    Helen Langenhanenberg: Explaining to the Horse

    German dressage rider Helen Langenhanenberg is as delightful to talk to as she is to watch ride. After Grand Prix successes with Responsible, she took over the ride of Damon Hill from her then trainer Ingrid Klimke. The chestnut stallion and Helen went on to win team silver and finished fourth individually at the London Olympics in 2012, win the World Cup Final in 2013 and then individual silver and team gold at WEG in Normandy in 2014. Her partner in the top sport today is the 17 year old stallion Damsey. With numerous successes under their belt, their third place test at this year’s World Cup Final, will perhaps be talked about for many years to come. That final centreline!

    We talk about that test and what the future holds for Damsey before discussing riding while pregnant and riding while recovering from chid birth. You might be surprised how quickly Helen was back on a horse!

    Helen discusses what makes a podium rider and what her non-negotiables are with her horses. We get into her training philosophies and how someone so petite rides those big horses without force, her super up and coming stars and how she copes when horses get sold. She’s really good fun…there’s a lot of laughing.

    • 23 min
    Michael Jung: Eventing Superstar

    Michael Jung: Eventing Superstar

    Michael Jung needs no introduction. The eventing superstar won individual and team gold at the London Olympics and individual gold and team silver at Rio on his super horse, Sam. He’s won at Kentucky, Badminton, Luhmühlen and Burghley and has been inducted into the Eventing Rider Association Hall of Fame.

    In this interview he talks about how he manages all his horses, why he does so much show jumping, the different types of eventing horse and what makes a great rider. We find out how the German champion remains so cool and calm in the start box, what he does on the day of a competition and how to manage the eventing season. We also talk about past and future champions.

    The background music is courtesy of Hagen Horses and Dreams!

    • 18 min
    Spencer Wilton: It Has To Look Easy

    Spencer Wilton: It Has To Look Easy

    Although starting in the world of eventing, Spencer turned to dressage in his 20s. He’s won 13 national titles and with is partner in the arena Super Nova, helped bring home team silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018.

    As a trainer and rider, Spencer comes up with the best exercises….and lots of them! In this interview he breaks down his process for us. We talk about what the hardest thing is to achieve in dressage, the importance of transitions AND discipline as well as trying to balance your training and test riding at home and we also touch on how dressage is evolving.
    Spencer also delves into mental preparation and his crazy lead up to WEG at Tryon which was really interesting because sometimes you just don’t realise what’s been going on behind the scenes when you see the perfect combinations step out at the big shows. And speaking of shows, what does Super Nova think about prize givings?! …and is why Charlotte, “so annoying.” ;-)
    Spencer was brought out to Australia by Dressage Masterclass and I was lucky enough to watch him teach at the IRT Future Stars Clinic in Sydney.

    • 27 min

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