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Good Food Hunting: Foodie Interview with Kate Samuels

October 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Wojtylak

Hearty beef stew with cornbread cooked up by Kate.

Hearty beef stew with cornbread cooked up by Kate.

Kate Samuels is a writer for Eventing Nation. She tackles the obstacles in her life as an event rider and does it all while she moonlights as a foodie. Kate ‘s story is like many others out there. She is trying to make it as a professional rider while she enjoys some of the finer pleasures in life. She likes to quip about the antics of her six year old gelding and throw dinner parties. She’s not your average equestrian, but then again, who is?

 

KW: Tell us about your background with horses and how you got started with it all.

KS: My mom has ridden her whole life and was responsible for getting me a pony when I was three. Before that, I was propped up on her horse in front of her. By the time I turned seven, I purchased a wild yearling from a herd of Spanish horses in North Carolina. I was feral as a child. I used to go out bareback with a halter and a leadshank and leave the farm for hours at a time, exploring on my own. Bless my parents, they let me do that. It certainly taught me a lot about stickability! My first job was riding at a race track when I was thirteen which was probably another questionable parenting choice, but I loved it. I’ve been eventing since I was twelve, with occasional forays back into the racehorse scene. However, nothing can top the thrill of cross country so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do anything else.

Kate riding Nyls du Terroir bridle less over a 4'6" jump.

Kate riding Nyls du Terroir bridle less over a 4’6″ jump.

KW: What is your horse status now?
KS: I currently have three horses and a retired pony. Nyls du Terroir, “Nyls”, is my Advanced/3* horse, whom I’ve had since he was a wee monster in 2005. We’ve come up the levels together and he’s a complete athletic freak. Anybody who knows him can tell you that he’s a serious character, but then again, aren’t all geniuses? Then I have an eight year old Thoroughbred mare named La Vie En Rose, “Ella”. I pulled her out of a field as an unbroke six year old. She has since evented through training level and done some fox-hunting. She’s probably the sweetest horse I’ve ever owned, but I realize she just isn’t going to be an upper level mount. Even though she’s looking for a new home, she likes to hang out with my 30 year old pony, Hershey, who bosses all the horses around. Last but not least is my lovely six year old Hanoverian gelding, named Lucky Gold, or “Leo”, whom I was given. He’s a giant, clocking in at 17.1 hh. He’s really athletic and very sweet, but just hasn’t had very much education. Leo was handled by riders who were no match for him physically or mentally.  He’s also really talented at broncing- which is why I got him! I’ve had him for two months now and he’s slowly learning how to be a good boy. I’m not sure what his future holds, but he’s a great horse and I’m sure he’ll be cured of his bucking and find a job he likes, even if it isn’t eventing. You can follow his progress here on a weekly blog for him through Eventing Nation!
 
KW: What are some things you’re working on now relating to horses?
KS: I’m an avid eventer trying to make my way as a professional rider, but I also spend time as a co-editor and staff writer for Eventing Nation. EN is the most informative, witty, ridiculous, and popular source for everything eventing; it’s a great place to work. I like writing and I get to write about what I love which is a huge bonus. I’ve met some wonderful people through doing that, and I really enjoy it.
KW: What’s your favorite memory relating to horses? 
KS: There are too many to choose from! I remember hiding in an old abandoned barn once during a thunderstorm with my pony, I was probably nine or ten at the time. That was scary and fun! Then there was winning my first FEI competition at the 2007 Virginia CCI* with Nyls as a six year old. However, placing 2nd at our first CCI2* behind only my coach was great too, as was competing at NAJYRC and winning bronze individual and silver team medals. I think every time I come off a cross country course no matter what the level, I get a new favorite memory. Having that experience with my horse and feeling them come off the course confident and happy is just a wonderful thing.
Kate's pumpkin dream cake.

Kate’s pumpkin dream cake.

KW: What’s your connection to the food industry, or what was? 
KS: During the winter one year in college, I decided to teach myself to bake. Armed with my grandmother’s recipe book and several willing taste testers for roommates, I baked up a storm. Since I wasn’t riding much due to the crummy weather, I applied for a job as a sous chef at a newly opened restaurant. I showed up at the interview with a warm apple buttermilk custard pie in hand. I told the chef and owner three things: 1) I have no actual qualifications or a resume that applies to this job, 2) I work incredibly hard, and I learn really quickly, and 3) I promise that I won’t cry no matter how hard it gets, or how stressful the kitchen becomes. I was hired on the spot! I worked there for two years and learned a lot about cooking. I even got several of my desserts written up in the local food column! Now with my focus on eventing, I just cook for pleasure. I really enjoy throwing lavish dinner parties for my friends. I live in a really wonderful place that has a lot of emphasis on fresh locally grown food, so I take advantage of that all the time. The farmer’s market is great on Saturdays, and meat and veggies right from the farm are so much tastier! I love using any excuse I can get to grill, but also bake a lot too. I always give that away, I can’t eat a whole pie by myself!
KW: What’s your favorite horse show to attend or compete at? Tell us about the food!
KS: Most competitions that I like attending aren’t my favorites because of their food selection! Horse show food is notoriously bad, but it’s also sooooo devilishly good! The local church groups that come out and cook when you go to an event in North or South Carolina are unbelievable, and even though I have to squeeze into my dressage pants afterwards, I don’t regret it! I try to bring a lot of fruits and nuts to the barn so that I’m not tempted to eat another egg-sausage-cheese-oh-my-god on a croissant. It only sometimes works.
KW: Can you share a recipe of yours with our readers that’s great for time pressed equestrians?
KS: Grilled peaches with pecans and vanilla ice cream. The perfect summer and fall dessert! Take some peaches, halve and pit them. Pour some maple syrup onto a plate, and plop the peaches face down in the syrup for a few minutes. If you’re using a grill, wait until it’s medium low heat, and if you’re using a stove top to sear the peaches, put that on medium low. Butter the cooking surface so that your peaches don’t shrivel up. Place the peaches face down on the cooking surface and leave them there 5-10 minutes. They should come up with with a light brown sear and be warm all the way through. Brush them with maple syrup again and throw them into a bowl with some vanilla ice cream. Top with pecans and discover the delights of warm fruit and cold ice cream!
Dinner party in the evening after a full day of riding? Ain't no thing for Kate.

Dinner party in the evening after a full day of riding? Ain’t no thing for Kate.

KW: Any special words to live by? 
KS: Everything in moderation, especially when experimenting. When it comes to horses or cooking, if you’re trying something new, add just a dash at first. I’ve come up with some of my best recipes by adding a little here, a little there. I’ve also been able to figure out some very tough horses by trying new approaches with quiet and slight changes.
Note: Kate was interviewed for the Stable Scoop Radio Show. There we tackled more food subjects and just how much of a role food plays in her life outside of horses.
Well there you have it folks. Another interesting and informative interview with an affluent horse woman who has some pretty neat food ties. You just never know who is starring as a chef de cuisine outside of their breeches! Until next time.
To full plates and eating your tarte out.

About the writer: Author Kat Wojtylak is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

A Dressage Book Like No Other

June 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Dressage with Mind, Body, and Soul

A 21st-Century Approach to the Science and Spirituality of Riding and Horse-and-Rider-Well-Being 

Linda Tellington-Jones with Rebeccca M. Didier

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Trafalger Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Dressage with Mind, Body, and Soul by Linda Tellingtion-Jones with Rebecca M. Didier.  Linda Tellington-Jones has worked with top dressage competitors and horses from all over the world during the course of her amazing career, which now spans more than 40 years. Through the Tellington Method, Linda has provided tools riders and trainers can use to better a horse’s attention span and ability to learn; surmount behavioral and training challenges; improve flexibility, balance, and way-of-going; and recover from injury or illness.

In the pages of this very unique book, Linda combines her understanding of horses, her world famous TTouch bodywork, her proven groundwork techniques, and her innovative methods undersaddle with exciting ideas specifically for the dressage rider and trainer. Her intriguing ways of looking at the Classical Training Scale, her tips for harnessing horses happy, healthy, and performing their best.  To demonstrate how the Tellington Method can be practically applied to the dressage horse, linda shared more than 20 problem-solving stories, featuring the world-class riders, trainers, and horses with whom she has worked.

LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES is the internationally recognized equine expert who developed the Tellington Method approach to healing, training, and communicating that can be learned and practiced by horsemen and women of all levels. She was honored as the 1994 Horsewomen of the Year by the North American Horsemen’s Association and presented with the ARICP Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a person who profoundly affects the equine world in a positive manner.  Linda has worked with many top dressage riders from around the world over the course of her career, including Klaus Balkenhol and his daughter Anabel; Ingrid Klimke and her father, the late Dr. Reiner Klimke; Nicole Uphoff; Kyra Kyrklund; Robert Dover; and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, to name just a few.  REBECCA M. DIDIER is an editor and author, and a copywriter, blogger, and graphic designer, as well as a lifelong horsewomen.

Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium Energizes U.S. Riders and Trainers

June 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Lyman, Maine-June 2, 2013- One term often used in reference to future medal winning U.S. high-performance equestrians, is the word ‘development’. By further educating and integrating the athletes, judges, trainers, and supporters from all levels will help develop and evolve each discipline. The 2013 U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium created the platform to accomplish this task. At the Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine, internationally acclaimed trainers and judges stepped forward to conduct a weekend of Para-Dressage education. From May 29-June 1, equestrians from Grade Ia – Grade IV received classroom training, lectures, video training, and live riding lessons. In addition to equestrian training there was the “Train the Trainer” program and “SmartPak Coaches Forum”. Subjects addressed at the symposium included training the coaches, teamwork, and building upon each athlete’s current skills. Expert leaders at the symposium were FEI “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate Hanneke Gerritsen of Holland, Gold medal Great Britain Paralympic coach Clive Milkins, international Dressage rider Catherine Haddad Staller, and former USEF High Performance Dressage Director Gil Merrick. Carlisle has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Para-Equestrian Association, and SmartPak for the first in a series of educational events across the United States.

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Coaches Kai Handt and Wes Dunham demonstrate working together with rider Sydney Collier and horse Wentworth Photo by Lindsay McCall

Coaches Kai Handt and Wes Dunham demonstrate working together with rider Sydney Collier and horse Wentworth Photo by Lindsay McCall

 

For the past three years Hanneke Gerritsen has traveled to Lyman, Maine, as the original education leader. In 2013, Gerritsen was impressed with how far the event had come. She noted, ” I think it was a great event, very well organized, and a pleasure for everyone involved. I was delighted to see how the athletes improved in only three to four days. In a short amount of time they understood what we like to see as judges and trainers. Rider’s skills ranged from beginners to advanced and the up and coming ones I saw were really doing well. Equestrians I saw in the past have come back and each one has improved. The discipline; it’s growing slowly. It’s so important to be together, ride together, and see each other in one venue and informational atmosphere. I am seeing things that we hoped for years ago and now find on an everyday basis.”

Hanneke Gerritsen speaks to Elle Wooley aboard Clever (P Sparrow Socks). Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Hanneke Gerritsen speaks to Elle Wooley aboard Clever (P Sparrow Socks). Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

  Holly Jacobson aboard George with Hanneke Gerritsen Photo (c) Lindsay McCall


Holly Jacobson aboard George with Hanneke Gerritsen Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

 

Gerritsen continued, “The Symposium is a very good concept especially for the future. It was nice to see beginners react to this event in a positive way. It’s important for riders see more and hear more whether they are new to the sport or veteran athletes.

 

Derrick Perkins of Texas, who rides with U.S. Paralympic trainer Kai Handt, was one of the newer Para-Dressage athlete’s. He joked, “I have been getting flashbacks of boot camp. On a serious note, the weekend has been wonderful. A lot of little details can make a world of difference in my riding. I am excited to get home and back to work with Kai.”

 

Derrick Perkins and Mabel Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Derrick Perkins and Mabel Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

 

Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

 

Model, actress, and brand new Para-Dressage athlete Elle Wooley agreed, “I couldn’t have imagined the symposium being as beneficial as it was. It really helped my confidence. When I watch upper level able-bodied riders I get a little jealous, so being around Para-Equestrians who are incredible riders and other people with ailments almost evens the playing field. Everyone cheered for each other and was really encouraging over the weekend.”

 

When Wooley approached the ring for her session with Hanneke Gerritsen, Hanneke said Wooley looked elegant on the horse Clever, owned by Mary Jordan, and she noted that it was rare to see a match well suited for a rider so quickly. Wooley commented, “Hanneke was wonderful. She was really helpful with accuracy, working on advanced movements, and creating the total package.”

 

Wooley continued, “Catherine was also very helpful with teaching me a new way to hold the reins. I have trouble turning to the right because I don’t have enough motion in my body, so that was something Catherine gave me pointers to work with. Before the symposium, I did not let myself dream I could earn a spot on the team for the World Equestrian Games or Rio. Now with my confidence and competitive drive, I am aiming for it. I would love to thank Carlisle for putting on the symposium. It was an incredible opportunity and I couldn’t have imagined it going so well.”

 

Holly Jacobson and George Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Holly Jacobson and George Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

 

Para-Dressage rider Holly Jacobson brought her new horse George to the 2013 Symposium. “This was a great opportunity to bring my new horse, test out what I have been feeling, and receive feedback from Para-Dressage professionals,” articulated Jacobson. “This was our first road trip together and I couldn’t be happier with how mellow and well-behaved George was. I want to commend Carlisle for bringing in all different angles of Para-Dressage and working to gather this collection of riders new and old across the country. The energy a rider feels from this symposium makes you believe you can do things you didn’t realize you could.”

 

Catherine Haddad Staller agreed, “It was very helpful to the riders that they had a variety of clinicians that could help them. They also got to watch each other which was important as a learning experience. It’s always great when you can get a group of people together with similar goals. Good riding is good riding whether you are doing it as a Para-Equestrian or an able-bodied rider. What’s really fascinating to me is that there are a lot of riders that attended the clinic that have to ride one handed. I have done a lot of one handed riding in my life and I see how beneficial it is to the horse and how much it teaches people about correct contact. Overall, it was a really good experience and eye opening to see all of these people with their determination and drive. It is most moving for me to see how much horses really affect our lives at every level and how people, who have lost a lot of their motor skills, can still communicate on an extremely fine and high level with the horse. It’s fascinating for me.”

 

  Catherine Haddad Staller helping Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks Photo (c) Lindsay McCall


Catherine Haddad Staller helping Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

    Mary Jordan and Sebastian doing a half-pass Photo (C) Lindsay McCall


Mary Jordan and Sebastian doing a half-pass Photo (C) Lindsay McCall

 

Athlete and Grade IV rider, Mary Jordan, said, “The symposium was a really wonderful

experience. Riding Sebastian at the symposium took nothing away from the training that I have had at Blue Hill Farm with my coach Jessica Ransehousen. It was a great experience to go to a new environment. I really got a lot out of it and learned some new techniques for my horse. I never thought I would get a chance to ride with Clive and that was a thrill. Trying to become supple is a ‘chicken before the egg’ thing. It was the first item both Clive and Catherine focused on with me. Catherine was amazing with the tools she gave me to improve Sebastian’s walk. He has a correct walk but not always the biggest walk. To go from over tracking to really over tracking felt amazing.”

 

Gil Merrick enjoyed working with each rider and learning more about the Para-Dressage sport. He explained, “I have learned so much about this sport and I recognize it is so different from able-bodied. I also felt the symposium allowed for all of the participants, friends, family, owners, auditors and the clinicians to be able to spend four days as a community all committed to education. I was pleased to see the camaraderie among the riders. I know the quest to make it as a high-performance rider is shared by all. Nowhere did I hear the attitude that there was a long way to go. What I heard was, ‘Here is where we are and here’s the plan on how we are going to get to our next point,’ There is so much room for growth within the U.S. in this country and through the Para-Equestrian movement.”

 

Coach Kai Handt from the North Texas Equestrian Center addressed the need for growth, “I think it’s great that we had Clive Milkins here in the United States. He’s the number one coach in the world for Grades Ia and Ib. We learned a lot from him, he had good ideas, and he knows what he is doing; Clive is awesome. I think we have a lot of very good riders in the U.S but they need to be in a planned environment for competition. I feel riders need to have a two-staged system including national riders with a national championship and international riders. This would get more people involved and create a broader base to choose from. In Europe the Para-Equestrians begin from their first riding lesson at a young age. They know straightness and precision first before they are allowed to move beyond that. We really need to grow the Para-Dressage discipline domestically and from the young potential equestrians.”

 

Kai Handt (Left) works with Ellie Brimmer and Captiva. Gil Merrick (right). Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Kai Handt (Left) works with Ellie Brimmer and Captiva. Gil Merrick (right). Photo (c) Lindsay McCall

 

The United States Para-Equestrian Association would like to thank all of the trainers, judges, athletes, auditors, sponsors, horse owners, and equestrian enthusiasts for being involved in the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. President of the USPEA Hope Hand expressed, “On behalf of our organization we would like to thank USEF and Smartpak for partnering on this educational event. We would also like to express our gratitude to Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports. Extreme thanks go to Sarah Armentrout, the staff at Carlisle Academy, and everyone else involved within the symposium. We look forward to future collaborations.”

 

For more information on the symposium contact Carlisle’s Training & Leadership Program Director Joyce Brown at jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com at 207.985.0374. Questions can also be directed to USPEA President Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org

 

WCSH News Channel 6 Portland, Maine Video about the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium

http://www.wcsh6.com/video/2426303275001/1/Maine-hosts-first-sponsored-Paradressage-event

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SmartPak Blog Update Day 1 of the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium

http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2013/05/para-dressage-training-symposium-day-1/

SmartPak Blog Update Day 2 of the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium

http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2013/05/para-dressage-training-symposium-day-2/

 

Gallery:

 

 

Sydney Collier and Wentworth Photo by Lindsay McCall

Sydney Collier and Wentworth Photo by Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan, Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan, Elle Wooley and P Sparrow Socks. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ben Harper and Maggie Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ben Harper and Maggie Photo by Lindsay McCall

   Mary Jordan and Sebastian photo by Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan and Sebastian photo by Lindsay McCall

President of the USPEA Hope Hand being interviewed Photo by Lindsay McCall

President of the USPEA Hope Hand being interviewed Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay McCall

Abbot Philson and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Abbot Philson and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Margaret McIntosh and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Margaret McIntosh and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Roxanne Trunnel and Kodiak Photo by Lindsay McCall

Roxanne Trunnel and Kodiak Photo by Lindsay McCall

Hanneke Gerritsen photo by Lindsay McCall

Hanneke Gerritsen photo by Lindsay McCall

Margaret McIntosh and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Margaret McIntosh and Zoe Photo by Lindsay McCall

Catherine Haddad working with Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay McCall

Catherine Haddad working with Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay McCall

Gil Merrick Photo by Lindsay McCall

Gil Merrick Photo by Lindsay McCall

Wes Dunham (left) and Kai HAndt Photo by Lindsay McCall

Wes Dunham (left) and Kai HAndt Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ben Harper, Clive Mikins, Sydney Collier Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ben Harper, Clive Mikins, Sydney Collier Photo by Lindsay McCall

Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak work with Clive Milkins photo by Lindsay McCall

Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak work with Clive Milkins photo by Lindsay McCall

John Stevenson from England helping out the US Team photo by Lindsay McCall

John Stevenson from England helping out the US Team photo by Lindsay McCall

Audience photo by Lindsay McCall

Audience photo by Lindsay McCall

Sydney Collier aboard Wentwork with Gil Merrick Photo by Lindsay McCall

Sydney Collier aboard Wentwork with Gil Merrick Photo by Lindsay McCall

Laura Goldman and Paxton Abbey Photo by Lindsay McCall

Laura Goldman and Paxton Abbey Photo by Lindsay McCall

Lara Oles and Tito photo by Lindsay McCall

Lara Oles and Tito photo by Lindsay McCall

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Nonantum Resort View Photo by Lindsay McCall. The resort housed the symposium attendees during the weekend

Nonantum Resort View Photo by Lindsay McCall. The resort housed the symposium attendees during the weekend

The original Spring Creek Farm prior to the building of the new facilities at Carlisle Academy Photo by Lindsay McCall

The original Spring Creek Farm prior to the building of the new facilities at Carlisle Academy Photo by Lindsay McCall

 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/