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Dressage Today Podcast

English, Sports, 5 seasons, 117 episodes, 2 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes
Come along with us, the Dressage Today team, as we mix and mingle with the most inspiring members of our dressage community—from top riders to local legends. We talk all angles of our sport—sharing everything from training philosophies to stories of chasing dreams to horse-care tips.
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Season 2, Episode 4: Winter Riding Inspiration

In this episode of the Dressage Today podcast, we're sharing some inspiring short stories from important women in our dressage community, including Lendon Gray, Jane Savoie and Sarah Geikie. These are all stories that come from our Dressage Today magazine archives and they are reflections on philosophical lessons from dressage. These popular figures in our sport share a lesson from their life called “What I Wish I’d Known Then.” Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/25/202016 minutes, 59 seconds
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Season 2, Episode 3: Bitting Basics with Stephanie Brown-Beamer

In this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast, equipment expert and USDF gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Beamer joins us for a chat about bit and bridle fit. We chat about types of bits, materials, tips to choose a bit for your horse and common misconceptions about bitting. Stephanie's passion for her work shines through as she shares some fascinating stories from her experiences of traveling around the country as a bitting expert. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/6/202032 minutes, 39 seconds
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Season 2, Episode 2: Saddle-Fit Basics with Jochen Schleese

In this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast, we tackle the complex topic of saddle fit with expert Jochen Schleese of Saddlefit 4 Life. We're discussing the most common saddle-fit issues, common misconceptions, the importance of anatomy and physiology, how to find a qualified saddle expert and tips for saddle care and maintenance. Tune in for more! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/21/202037 minutes, 24 seconds
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Season 2, Episode 1: What's New with Dressage Today

The Dressage Today Podcast is back for Season 2! In this episode, hosts Lindsay Paulsen and Jennifer Mellace get together for a chat about what's been going on in the world of Dressage Today since Season 1 concluded. We're discussing updates from our own lives with horses, as well as a review of some of our favorite episodes from Season 1. We're also chatting about our virtual dressage competitions and what's coming up for DT! Get the scoop on some upcoming podcasts, digital issues and new videos. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/5/202042 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 11: Maximize Your Ride with Planning and Organization with Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

Dressage professional Ruth Hogan-Poulsen is back with us again in this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast! She joins us to discuss the importance of planning, organization and strategy as it relates to equestrian life. She shares how journaling and keeping careful records can help you work toward your goals, monitor your horse's health and reduce stress. She also shares some tools and strategies to help you better organize your time with your horse! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
4/24/202034 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 10: A Chat with Dressage Freestyle Expert Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

Magic happens when you combine dressage with music in the form of a freestyle. Freestyles are entertaining for the audience and can be educational for riders. But their creation and execution, according to Ruth Hogan-Poulsen, is somewhat of a mental rubix cube. Ruth talks us through the process of creating freestyles and discusses the efforts that went into producing the winning performance at this year's Challenge of the Americas competition in Wellington, Florida. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/29/202041 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 9: A Chat with Top FEI Junior Rider Annie Klepper

What's it like to be one of America's top FEI Junior riders? In this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast, 14-year-old Annie Klepper gives us a peek into her life. We're talking about her pathway to success, which includes cool opportunities for youth riders, like Lendon Gray's Winter Intensive Training Program and the Emerging Athlete Program. We're also learning about the lifestyle of a young, highly competitive athlete, and, of course, Annie's giant 18-hand equine partner, Louie. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/14/202021 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 8: Get to Know German Dressage Olympian Dorothee Schneider

It's not every day that we get to have a chat with an international dressage star, but it sure is fun when we do! Especially when they are as lovely as Germany's Dorothee Schneider. We snagged Dorothee for a quick chat during her U.S. symposium to hear about her background and life outside the spotlights of the international arena. We learn about the best piece of riding advice she's ever received, her "ideal" horse and how she prepares the night before a big competition. We hope you enjoy listening to this humble and motivated rider as much as we did! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/8/202021 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 7: Exploring Dressage in Bermuda with National Coach Angela Halloran-Smith

What's it like to pursue dressage on a tiny island in the Atlantic ocean? It has its distinct challenges and some surprising advantages! In this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast, we sat down with Bermuda's National Dressage Coach, Angela Halloran-Smith to hear about the ways this small-but-mighty community is moving forward in the sport. Geographic limitations don't stop these dedicated riders from aiming for big goals, like the North American Youth Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/25/202053 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 6: A Chat with George and Roberta Williams

We sat down with George and Roberta Williams, one of America's most influential and beloved dressage couples. During our discussion with this dynamic duo, we learn about some forward strides in American dressage and take a look back on some of George and Roberta's favorite memories—most notably with the mare Rocher. Be prepared to get a little misty-eyed during this episode because we sure did! We'll also hear about an exciting opportunity for our followers waiting at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/21/201942 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 5: Hosting the World's Top Dressage Clinicians with the New England Dressage Association

In this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast, Phyllis LeBlanc and Angela Prenosil of the New England Dressage Association joined us for a chat. During this conversation that took place at NEDA’s 2019 Symposium with Dorothee Schneider, we learned more about what it's like to host large-scale symposia with the world's best dressage riders and trainers. Hear tales from these longtime NEDA members about welcoming the likes of Ingrid Klimke, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin right into their own backyard! You’ll learn a lot and laugh a little, too. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/3/201920 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 4: Lindsay Kellock on Pan American Games Team Gold

What's it like to bring home a gold medal from the Pan American Games? Find out in this episode of the Dressage Today Podcast! We caught up with top Canadian dressage rider Lindsay Kellock to learn about her Pan American Games experience and some of her standout memories. Our conversation took place at Dressage at Devon, where she also happened to be the leading lady of the weekend! Tune in to hear about her family tree of equestrians, a personal best at the Pan Ams, her special relationship with godmother Ashley Holzer, how to jump the line at the airport and more! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/15/201921 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 3: Your Guide to Blanket Shopping with Jennifer Hetzler

Maybe you pulled your old blanket out from storage and discovered it's time for a replacement. Or you purchased a new horse and need to find the right fit for him. Perhaps you need a new blanket and you don't even know it! In this episode of the Dressage Today podcast, we tackle the topic of blanket shopping to help you make the best choice for your horse—and your wallet! Tune in for expert advice from Jennifer Hetzler of Ohio-based Equus Now! Tack Shop. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/2/201927 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 2: When Europe Calls... Ali Potasky on Working, Riding and Training in Denmark

If you’ve ever fantasized about jetting off to Europe to pursue your dressage dreams, this episode is for you! Podcast host Lindsay Paulsen sat down with young Grand Prix rider Ali Potasky to learn about her time abroad, where she worked, rode and trained with Morten Thomsen in central Denmark. Now that Ali is back in the U.S. working for Kentucky-based Kathy Priest as her assistant trainer, she took the time to reflect on her experiences with us. We dive into training and philosophical lessons Ali took from Morten and some surprising similarities (and differences!) in equestrian culture. Ali brings a humble, refreshing perspective to life in the upper echelons of dressage. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
9/30/201943 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 1: Meet the Hosts

Meet Dressage Today! In our debut episode, we–Jennifer Mellace and Lindsay Paulsen—introduce ourselves as your hosts. We’re two adult amateurs who are passionate about horses and the sport of dressage. In this episode, we’re talking about our equestrian backgrounds and some of the greatest challenges we have faced in our own time with horses. Our conversation touches upon everything from heart horses and working-student gigs to vaulting lessons and performance anxiety. We shed some light on chapters in life when it’s necessary to take a step back from riding life, and other times when we choose to chase the big dreams. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
9/5/201946 minutes, 37 seconds