Dressage Radio Episode 8 – Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider



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Our guest this week is Lee Cullen who writes a blog called Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider and Lee shares the challenges with to many of our listeners will relate. Plus Heather Blitz’ weekly Training Tip.  Listen in…

Dressage Radio by Equestrian Life Episode 8 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Look for the new Horse Radio Network Giveaway starting August 1, 2009.
  • Heather and Chris mentioned their first ponies in this week’s show and here they are:
Chris and Tommy

Chris and Tommy

Heather's First Pony

Heather's First Pony

  • Jan Brinks retiring from the international arena.
  • USDF is now offering historical awards reports dating from 1974 to the present. These reports, available through the USDF Web site, include award name, levels, rankings, median score, and the year the award was earned, for most awards that USDF has provided over the past 25 years.
  • Don’t miss the newest show on the Horse Radio Network, Horse Tip Daily.  A different horse tip, a different equine topic, a different equestrian expert every day.
  • Visit Lee’s blog Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider today – it is worth a read!  And thanks to Lee for being on the show.
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  • Lee Cullen said:

    Hi Chris & Heather,

    Thank you once again for the opportunity to share my blog Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider with your readers. If they would like to visit the blog I’ve included a link below.


    Ride on!

  • Katherine Pratt said:

    Loving all of your radio shows. It takes the sting out of doing my taxes when I listen to your show..

    Would love to hear an interview with Jules Nyssen. I haven’t looked in a while, but the last time I did a search on the US national dressage scores, he came up as a consistent high-scorer.

    The following is separate from the dressage radio show:

    Again, I want to put forward a request to have discussions on breeding, in particular, what is the difference between the quality of the horses accepted in the European breed organizations vice the US national ones. I know lots of ‘back-yard’ breeders and I would probably be in that category as well. I see most of the others are swept along with the latest advertising promo for a stallion, and not so much trying to ‘design’ for a result. I hear from some that it truely is hit-or-miss, and that I am wasting my time looking at pedigrees and studing temperments and performance. So what is it? Luck, or planning?

    So, you finally have a foal, how do you know if it is going to be a dressage prospect, vice, jumper or eventer? All of the in-hand shows are quite different. How realistic is a score from them, anyway?

    Is anyone keeping track so that we can have a national database of American horses breeding, which is BIG business in Europe.

    Europe is starting to buy from us now. How can we market to them?

    Who trains you be become a handler for the in-hand shows? There seems to be a shortage, especally in eventing which is just now promoting their new Future Eventing Horses program.

    See, there is so much to talk about!

    And finally, I was so excited to see that I had won the rain rot products from your sponsor. I got three separate products to help with this skin condition. My 25 year old TB gelding, Sir Benjamin came to me with a real problem with rain rot years ago. Over the years that he has been part of our family, I have managed to get it down to 3 or 4 tiny areas that stubborninly still have no hair. I can’t wait to try it out on him. Please thank your Sponsors for me, as this was a perfect product to get as a prize. Ben thanks you as well, as he likes looking his best for his mares.

  • Rhonda said:


    I loved your interview with Lee Cullen. There are so many of us who are accountants by day and dressage wantabes by night. It is nice to hear that others are in the same boat. I would love to hear more interviews with or about adult amatuers who are just in the sport for the love of it and may never get past 1st level. Of course maybe with Heather’s training tips we will!

    Thanks for a great show, something for an accountant to listen to at work.