I'm so happy with Frankie and Team USA! Frankie and I earned an individual bronze
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
dressage! We're heading back to the states today...thanks to all who have supported
This article was just released on Dressage-News, titled, Pan American Individual
Tightens as USA Dominates.
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.
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
medal -- it's surprisingly heavy!
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.
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!
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):
10/16 12noon - 3pm
Mon, 10/17 6pm - 8pm
Wed, 10/19 5pm - 8pm
This article is from Dressage Daily, titled, Marisa Festerling Prepares for
the Big Time in Guadalajara:
Here's an article from my hometown newspaper, the Ventura County Star, titiled,
Moorpark Resident to Compete in Dressage at Pan Am Games:
Check out this article titled, USA Pan Am Games Dressage ‘Dream Team’ Reports
to Final Training Camp:
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!
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 :-)
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!
Haha! - My husband Brian riding at Betsy's on the Equilates horse. Ella and
really funny! He has a good upper body position I think!
My little helper, Ella, cleaning Frankie's stall (she means business!) and dragging
Betsy and Pucci
The beautiful barn at Buxton Farm, the home of Steiner Dressage, our home for
the next couple of weeks.
Here's a cool article about the results of the Festival of Champions and the
US Team for the Pan Am Games:
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.
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!!!!
My daugther, Ella came out with my husband to watch my freestyle.
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:
Marie, Betsy Steiner, Guenter Seidel and Debbie McDonald watching the classes
It was an exciting day!!
Big Tyme and I will ride at 4:02 EST today! You can watch live streaming
video using this link:
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.
The ring crew working on the arena. It just poured during David Wightman's ride
but he did a great job!
Marie and Robert Dover enjoying the shelter from the rain in the tent!
Frankie getting ready to ride! He has the best stall - right in the middle
of the action!
Frankie in his fly gear!!! With Leigh Ann, his wonderful groom :-)
We made it to Gladstone! Here's a view from inside the charter plane we took
out this morning:
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!
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
Thanks to Charlotte Bredahl and all of the riders for a wonderful clinic. We
had a great turnout and a really fun day!
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.
The beautiful view of the courtyard at Epona Farms...and the girls at the clinic
enjoy dinner at Galetto's.
Join us for a special test-riding clinic with
Charlotte Bredahl-Baker on Sunday, August 21st, from 9-12:30!
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!
So much to see with all the hunter/jumpers around! Thanks to Cornerstone for
putting on a great show.
Thank you to Bronze Sponsor, Anke Magnussen and Liberty Horse Exerciser!
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a sponsor or make a donation, and much more!
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!
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.
Thank you to our first corporate sponsor, SpeedNews!
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.
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!
Marisa and Frankie completed a super Int.1 test with a score of 68.114% and
Score for the Prix St. George – 69.035%!
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.
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.
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%!
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.