California Riding Magazine • July, 2008

Winner’s Circle

California Rider Scores Spot on U.S. Paralympic Team

On May 22 the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) named the horse and rider combinations for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team-Equestrian in Hong Kong Sept. 7-11. This announcement follows the 2008 USEF National Para Equestrian Championships and Paralympics Selection Trials which were held May 16-18 at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL.

Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville was one of four riders to make the team. She will be riding her 14-year-old, Royal Dutch Warmblood mare, Mibis. In 2007, Barbara was the USEF National Para-Equestrian Reserve Champion at the FEI World Para-Dressage Championships in Cincinnati, OH. Barbara finished third this year at the Paralympics Selection Trials in the USEF Para Equestrian Team Test Grade I-III class, adult amateur division aboard Mibis. She won the open division on a different mount, Richmond.

Other horse and rider combos named to the para equestrian team include Robin Brueckmamm from North Carolina and Radetzky, Rebecca Hart from Pennsylvania and Northeassa, and Keith Newerla from Pennsylvania aboard David O’Connor’s horse Walk on the Moon. The first alternate is Lynn Seidemann from Texas and Rolex Toltien owned by Kathryn Groves.

“The U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Dressage Team is made up of some of the most talented riders in the sport,” said Pam Lane, USEF director of para equestrian and vaulting. “Currently, the U.S. is ranked fourth in the world. Everyone is very excited about representing the United States in Hong Kong.”

Jennifer Wooten Added to Eventing Short List

Congratulations to Jennifer Wooten and The Good Witch. On June 10, the USEF added Jennifer Wooten of Ramona and the 12-year-old, Irish Sporthorse mare, The Good Witch, owned by Daisy Tognazzini to the USEF Eventing Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong this August.

A maximum of 15 horse/rider combinations may be named to the Short List with additions and/or substitutions to this list occurring until June 30.

Molly the Pony Honored by Army Reserves

On Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C. at the Great Meadows Polo Club, the extraordinary three-legged pony, Molly and her new owner, Kaye Harris of Louisiana will be inducted as honorary members of the United States Army Reserve and the Blue Devils Horse Platoon.

Molly has been named their “Horse of Hope” for their Wounded Warriors program. After begin abandoned by owners fleeing from Hurricane Katrina, Molly survived a dog attack that destroyed her front leg and ultimately led to an amputation. She has continued to flourish with the help of her new owner and a prosthetic leg (read the full story in Nan Meek’s Views and Reviews column in California Riding Magazine’s June issue, page 124).

Molly will be visiting the Walter Reed Hospital and Fort Myers to bring hope to wounded soldiers. In a statement Kaye says, “We are proud to support our heroes injured serving our country.”

Tack’n’Togs’ Magazine names Schleese Best of the Best

In its annual awards and recognition program, equestrian trade magazine Tack’n’Togs’ has named Jochen Schleese and Saddlefit 4 Life®, Equestrian Manufacturer of the Year, under its Best of the Best for 2008 title.

Jochen is widely respected in equestrian circles for his knowledge and expertise as a Certified Master Saddler (CMS) and as a businessman. He trained with Passier & Son in Germany, and in 1984, he was certified as the youngest Master Saddler ever in Europe. In 1986, he was asked to be the Official Saddler for the World Dressage Championships held just north of Toronto, Canada.

Recently Jochen was invited to teach at German National Training Center this coming February. The Saddlefit 4 Life® philosophy (developed over the past 20 years by Jochen) utilizes expertise from top trainers, physiotherapists, chiropractors and veterinarians. The philosophy is now being taught in Australia, Asia, North America, Holland, Germany and other parts of Europe.