Eventing Radio Episode 248 by Bit of Britain – Reviewing the Spring Season from Team USA Perspective
Back to business! With a changing of the guard and a renewed sense of purpose, the early Spring saw Eventing Training Sessions with Coach David O’Connor the length and breadth of the United States. Not just focusing on the elite, but on some of the bright stars beginning to forge a name for themselves, some of the younger horses, and a lot of America’s younger riders. With Rolex Kentucky and Badminton already behind us, and a busy European summer looming, Jess and Samantha sit down with US Coach David O’Connor in the first of a series to discuss goals, and review the season so far.
Excuse us while we get emotional but we’ve got Badminton winner Jock Paget and his owner Frances Stead on this week to recap their wonderful week and discuss future plans, as well as Badminton Radio’s Matt Ryan with all the scoop and analysis, and Clark and Jess tell us all about completing their first Badminton. Next week we’ll be back to business as usual with a serious review of the year’s first two four stars but we couldn’t help but gush a little!
Eventing Radio Episode 246 by Bit of Britain – Rolex Wrap with Nate, Joe, Andrew, Buck, Jonelle and Lynn
Nate Chambers and Joe Meyer do the Rolex Wrap with guests Andrew Nicholson, Buck Davidson, Lynn Symansky and Jonelle Richards. Tune in!
Rolex is upon us! Joining us today NZL rider Jonelle Richards who’ll be riding The Deputy, and Allie Conrad who will be awarding a prize to the highest placed OTTB. Listen in to find out a bit more about Jonelle’s programme in Wiltshire, and how Allie was inspired to start Canter Mid-Atlantic and why she thinks you can’t beat a good thoroughbred. Also, Clark and Buzz continue to move up the Badminton wait-list, and will Jess be wearing Tweed in Kentucky?! Tune in!
Jess gives us a personal review of Belton Horse Trials in England, where her husband Clark rode her horse Universe aka Buzzy into 7th place in the Grantham Cup CIC***. Back Stateside we continue our Triple Crown Series on mentoring and talk to Emily Renfroe who’ll be tackling her first CCI**** at Rolex next week, along with her coach Canadian Olympian Kyle Carter. Plus, we pick John Nunn’s brains about the vendor village at Rolex including his all time bestsellers, and how many people it really takes to keep Bit of Britain running so smoothly. Also, don’t miss Nanki Doubleday on what you can expect at Rolex if you’re an owner Tune in!
We talk to Lynn Symansky who’s heading to Rolex with Donner, her OTTB that she’s brought on since a four year old, and who had a great final run at The Fork, winning the CIC***. We also chat to Allie Knowles about tackling Rolex for the first time with her mare Last Call and who also had a great last run at The Fork in the Advanced division, and why you should NEVER fly with US Airlines! Tune in!
After a couple of listener requests we bring Doug Payne back as a guest to see if he can demystify all the new and amended FEI rules and regulations for us. As a four star eventer, top level show-jumper, dressage judge and thoroughly nice guy we thought there probably aren’t many people better qualified to explain everything to us in laymans’ terms and besides, we wanted an excuse to catch up with him anyway! Plus, we find out how Clark went at Burnham Market and of course, an all-important weather update! Tune in!
Nate and Joe co-host for PRO this week and are looking forward to Rolex with Rolex veteran Mary King and rookie Jennie Brannigan. Listen in…
Eventing Radio Episode 240 by Bit of Britain – Laine Ashker & Alison Stackpole: Training the OTTB. The Next Installment.
Rain stops play in England for the Montgomerys who divert to dressage, and Samantha is well-impressed by the Road to the Horse. We also catch up with Alison Stackpole to find out how she’s getting on with her OTTB Maggie that she got from Charlestown Racetrack in West Virginia, and of course Laine Ashker joins us with some helpful hints on training your future young event horse.
Eventing Radio Episode 239 by Bit of Britain – Jess Tells Stories & Leslie & Lesley – Married to Eventing
We talk about Red Hills and Tweseldown, and the entries at Badminton and Rolex, but mostly this week we chat about eventing within in a marriage. Plus Jess has Samantha on the floor laughing with tales of when she used to compete alongside her husband Clark, he might be the perfect, if somewhat emotional horse-show husband! Make sure to catch this week’s episode and let us know in the comments section, or via our facebook page if you’d like to share your funny stories with us too.