Special day… with Valentina Truppa and Morten Thomsen

First, I’d like to wish all of my blog followers and their steeds a happy, healthy, productive, and successful year 2014. And remember, it’s now the Year of the Horse.

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Today was very special. I went out to see Valentina Truppa, currently Italy’s elite international grand prix dressage rider and Olympian, ride in training sessions with the renowned Danish dressage trainer Morten Thomsen at her place here in the Monferrato in Piedmont, Italy.  Thomsen is one of the elite dressage trainers here in Europe.  I studied dressage in Denmark years ago, and so, I was quite enthusiastic about seeing today’s workouts.  Tomorrow morning (Sunday) there will be some more sessions.

Sorry folks no photos! Yes, it would have been nice… But I was toooo ‘absorbed’ in the dressage—watching, listening, and learning! Making photos would have disrupted the ambiance, training, and concentration. After all, my purpose today was to learn and enjoy the day to it’s fullest. For me it was the perfect Saturday—although foggy, cold, and raining hard, I couldn’t have imagined doing anything else but watch beautiful horses work through the movements under an accomplished and inspiring trainer such as Thomsen. It was a wonderful day. Carpe diem!

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The new year started out with lots of precipitation. And today was just another wet and cold day of this so-called untypical Piedmontese winter. I’d rather have it intensely cold and snowy as a winter should be. Well, I just need to wait ’til it dries up a bit out there—we’ve no covered school where I ride—hopefully I’ll be back in the saddle soon. In the meantime, my County has been lovingly oiled and is now ready for the winter wetness.

Congratulations to Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Congratulations to Charlotte Dujardin [Great Britain] and her horse Valegro for winning the GOLD medal in Individual Dressage today!!   Also congratulations to Silver medalist Adelinde Cornelissen /Parzival [Netherlands],  and congratulations to Laura Bechtolsheimer/Mistral Hojris [Great Britain] for winning the Bronze medal.

Well done ladies!!

“Olympics dressage: Charlotte Dujardin wins second gold”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18913470

“Olympia 2012: Dressurreiterin Dujardin und Valegro holen Gold – Damon Hill auf Platz vier”

http://www.cavallo.de/news/messen-events/olympia-2012-dressurreiterin-dujardin-und-valegro-holen-gold-damon-h

Britain Wins Gold in Team Grand Prix Dressage

Congratulations Great Britain!

GOLD   Great Britain

SILVER   Germany

BRONZE   Netherlands

4. Denmark  …the Danish riders and horses also rode  brilliant!
NEWS about the Big Win   HERE 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/equestrianism/9459437/Great-Britain-win-first-ever-team-dressage-gold-at-London-2012-Olympics-as-Team-GB-overtake-Beijing-haul.html

The Individual Grand Prix Freestyle takes place on Thursday, 9 August at 12:30 (British Time)

Schedule for Thursday is HERE  http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/event/dressage-individual/phase=eqx001100/index.html

18 Individuals will be competing.   Many excellent riders.

My favorites are:  Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein: Digby (Denmark), Victoria Max-Theurer: Augustin (Austria),  Helen Langehanenberg: Damon Hill (Germany), Anabel Balkenhol: Dablino (Germany), Goncalo Carvalho: Rubi (Portugal), and Italy’s Valentina Truppa riding Eremo Del Castegno  ( is the first rider starting at 12:30  GMT).

I’m looking forward to Thursday’s competition…should be exciting!