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October 20th, 2011
I'm so happy with Frankie and Team USA! Frankie and I earned an individual bronze medal yesterday after scoring an 80.775% on our freestyle! Steffen took gold and Heather silver, for the first ever single-country sweep of all three medals in the history of Pan American dressage! We're heading back to the states today...thanks to all who have supported us!
Marisa and Frankie on their Bronze Medal Honor Round

October 19th, 2011
This article was just released on Dressage-News, titled, Pan American Individual Race Tightens as USA Dominates.
Dressage-News.com Article
Marisa Festerling and Big Tyme

October 19th, 2011
The article titled, Gold for U.S. Dressage Team at 2011 Pan American Games, is featured on both EuroDressage.com and DressageDaily.com, with different photos on each.
EuroDressage.com Article
Dressage Daily Article
USA Pan American Gold Medal Dressage Team

October 18th, 2011
Frankie and I are thrilled to be sitting in 3rd place after the first round for the individual medals! We earned 74.3% in the Intermediare, and will ride at 5:10 in the freestyle on Wednesday. Stay tuned! Here's a pic of me with my team gold medal -- it's surprisingly heavy!
Marisa with Gold Medal

October 18th, 2011
GOLD!!! Team USA won the gold medal on Sunday after an exciting PSG class. It was a wonderful moment we will cherish forever! Frankie was excellent and went like the champ he is! Thanks to our teammates, Steffen, Heather, and Cesar for making it so great.
Marisa Festerling, Steffen Peters, Heather Blitz, Anne Gribbons, and Cesar Parra

October 14th, 2011
All of the horses are doing great and enjoying Mexico. The jog and veterinary inspection is tomorrow morning at 9:00. We are excited to be here and so proud of Team USA! Pics coming soon!

October 13th, 2011
ESPN2 will be covering the Pan Am Games on the days that I ride. We're not sure how much equestrian will be included, but here's the schedule (Pacific Time):
ESPN2
Sun, 10/16 12noon - 3pm
Mon, 10/17 6pm - 8pm
Wed, 10/19 5pm - 8pm

October 10th, 2011
This article is from Dressage Daily, titled, Marisa Festerling Prepares for the Big Time in Guadalajara:
Dressage Daily Article

October 7th, 2011
Here's an article from my hometown newspaper, the Ventura County Star, titiled, Moorpark Resident to Compete in Dressage at Pan Am Games:
VC Star Article

October 6th, 2011
Check out this article titled, USA Pan Am Games Dressage ‘Dream Team’ Reports to Final Training Camp:
Dressage-News Article

October 5th, 2011
We've had a wonderful stay at the Steiner's barn in Frenchtown, NJ! We're excited to head to the training camp but will miss our friends so much. They've made our stay so much fun! Stay tuned for pix of training camp!

October 4th, 2011
Betsy, Patty and Ella after a lesson.
Nora and Ella grooming Mae West (Frankie took an EXTREME liking to her! She is blonde after all :-)
Betsy, Patty, and Ella Nora, Ella, and Mae West

October 4th, 2011
We made our first trip to Dressage at Devon. It was an awesome spectator show with super shopping, food, and entertainment! We saw Adreinne Lyle's winning freestyle ride (left) in the pouring rain. What a great job she did! This was the most amazing act (right). This Australian cowboy could get his horses to do ANYTHING without even a rope or halter!
Dressage at Devon Australian Cowboy at Devon

October 4th, 2011
Haha! - My husband Brian riding at Betsy's on the Equilates horse. Ella and I found it really funny! He has a good upper body position I think!
Fes on Equilates Horse

September 17th, 2011
My little helper, Ella, cleaning Frankie's stall (she means business!) and dragging the arena with Betsy and Pucci
Ella Cleaning Frankie's Stall Ella, Pucci, and Betsy

September 17th, 2011
The beautiful barn at Buxton Farm, the home of Steiner Dressage, our home for the next couple of weeks.Buxton Farm

September 16th, 2011
Here's a cool article about the results of the Festival of Champions and the US Team for the Pan Am Games:
Dressage-News Article

September 13th, 2011
This is the press conference with the four of us that made the team. So exciting! From left to right it's me, Steffen Peters, Cesar Parra, and Heather Blitz.
The 2011 Pan Am Games Team

September 13th, 2011
We made the US Team! We are so excited to be representing our country in Guadalajara at the Pan Ams. It is truly a life-long dream come true! I can't express enough how much we appreciate everyone's support. It made the journey so wonderful! Frankie is doing great and he'll be moving today to Betsy Steiner's barn in Flemington, NJ while we wait for the formal training to begin on October 2nd with the Team. In the meantime, we'll be eagerly awaiting Marie's return to keep us in tiptop shape! (she actually has to go home to keep everything going there,too!) Stay tuned for more updates on the journey! I'll keep making posts throughout the Games! Go USA!!!!


September 13th, 2011
My daugther, Ella came out with my husband to watch my freestyle.

September 9th, 2011
Frankie was awesome today!! We scored 70.5 in the PSG to finish fifth. He was such a good boy and truly gave it all he had. I'm so proud. Now we'll focus on the Int. 1 which is tomorrow. We ride at 2:13 EST tomorrow so stay tuned!! My husband/webmaster is flying out tomorrow, so there won't be any more blog posts until we get back. I'll post on Facebook though, and here's the link again to watch the streaming video:
USEF Streaming Video

September 9th, 2011
Marie, Betsy Steiner, Guenter Seidel and Debbie McDonald watching the classes at Gladstone. It was an exciting day!!
Debbie, Guenter, Betsy, and Marie

September 9th, 2011
Big Tyme and I will ride at 4:02 EST today! You can watch live streaming video using this link:
USEF Streaming Video

September 8th, 2011
It's hard to see, but the rain is pouring off the tent in sheets! We just found out that the PSG is being postponed until tomorrow. So we'll ride on Friday. This is Ravel and Steffen Peters starting their Grand Prix ride.
Ravel and Steffen Peters

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September 8th, 2011
The ring crew working on the arena. It just poured during David Wightman's ride but he did a great job!
Soggy Arena at Gladstone

September 8th, 2011
Marie and Robert Dover enjoying the shelter from the rain in the tent!
Marie and Robert Dover

September 6th, 2011
Frankie getting ready to ride! He has the best stall - right in the middle of the action!
Frankie in Gladstone

September 5th, 2011
Frankie in his fly gear!!! With Leigh Ann, his wonderful groom :-)
Frankie and Leigh Ann

September 4th, 2011
We made it to Gladstone! Here's a view from inside the charter plane we took out this morning:

September 3rd, 2011
It's finally here! We're packed and ready to go. All set for a 4:30 a.m. departure from Ontario airport early in the morning!
Frankie's Airplane

August 30th, 2011
Thanks to everyone woh came to our wine tasting & silent auction at Zacharosa Farms in Malibu! It was a wonderful success and great fun. Thanks to all for your support!
Silent Auction

Wine Tasting Silent Auction

August 23rd, 2011
Thanks to Charlotte Bredahl and all of the riders for a wonderful clinic. We had a great turnout and a really fun day!
Marie, Marisa, and Charlotte
Charlotte

August 6th, 2011
Thank you to Debbie McDonald for a wonderful USEF Developing Clinic. Frankie and I really enjoyed it. Thank you also to Linda and Button of Epona Farms for being such lovely hosts.
Epona Farms Girls at the Clinic
The beautiful view of the courtyard at Epona Farms...and the girls at the clinic enjoy dinner at Galetto's.

August 6th, 2011
Join us for a special test-riding clinic with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker on Sunday, August 21st, from 9-12:30!

July 6th, 2011
Well, we had a wonderful time in San Juan Capistrano! Frankie and I achieved our career best score at FEI with a 76.5% in the Int.1. It was a good day!
Frankie

July 6th, 2011
So much to see with all the hunter/jumpers around! Thanks to Cornerstone for putting on a great show.
San Juan Capistrano View

June 23th, 2011
Thank you to Bronze Sponsor, Anke Magnussen and Liberty Horse Exerciser!

June 21th, 2011
Learn More about Big Tyme and me! Click here to view the media packet that contains detailed information about us. Read about our unique partnership, recent press coverage, how to become a sponsor or make a donation, and much more!

June 20th, 2011
Thank you to Charlotte Bredahl-Baker for a wonderful clinic at our barn! We all appreciate your training and your judge's eye to keep us sharp!

June 8th, 2011
Watch for us at Star Spangled Dressage in San Juan Capistrano, July 1-3. We'll be riding the PSG and Int-I to prepare for Gladstone.

June 7th, 2011
Thank you to our first corporate sponsor, SpeedNews!
Speed News

June 5th, 2011
Plans are underway for our big trip to New Jersey! We have some exciting clinics and events in the works! Stay tuned for more info.
New Jersey Here We Come!

May 1st, 2011
Today was the Int.1 Freestyle. Marisa and Frankie rode to their Beatles medley for a final score of 74% and second place!! We are very happy. Now that we have our two qualifiers under our belts we can go home and relax for a bit!
Marie and Marisa

April 30th, 2011
Marisa and Frankie completed a super Int.1 test with a score of 68.114% and third place.
Tomorrow…Freestyle time!

April 29th, 2011
Score for the Prix St. George – 69.035%!

April 29th, 2011
We were up and braided for the early 7:00 am veterinary inspection. Everything went well, although Frankie decided to show off his super-duper trot and nearly ran Marisa down in the jog! Now it’s on to the Prix St. George class with 20 plus entries.

April 27th, 2011
Pan Am Qualifier #2 here we come! The Frankie’s super stretch black limo has arrived and the horses are all packed up. We’re off to the Del Mar National Horse Show.
Frankie's Limo

February 26th, 2011
Day 2 of the CDI is getting a little crazy! Aren’t we in Los Angeles??? With freezing temps and hail pounding on the roof of the Euqidome, Marisa and Frankie complete a super Int.1 test for a 70.570%!
Frankie at Rest

February 25th, 2011
Pan Am Qualifier #1 here we come! The Burbank CDI is underway and Frankie and Marisa just scored a 72.719% to finish second in the Prix St. George.

 

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