Congratulations to Camille Molten and Wildwych Bamboozle


Congratulations to Camille Molten on winning the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals 13-and-Under Division for the second year in a row! This year she rode my Connemara gelding Wildwych Bamboozle and did a spectacular job with "Bam-Bam" in the competition at Lamplight Farm near Chicago. Camille lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC and also trains with Michelle Folden at Stono River Riding Academy.


Camille started riding Bam-Bam in the springtime; she had qualified on the pony Magnito, who is part of the lesson program at the barn, but she had outgrown him and needed a bigger pony.

Camille's mom Emily said, "We were checking out a mare for sale who didn’t work out for us in February, so we were without a horse for a little while – she was riding all the little ponies at Michelle and David’s. Bam-Bam had been on stall rest for a little while to treat an injury and it was time for him to come back for work, so Camille started to ride him since Miss Debbie had a new horse. Camille needs a bigger horse in the long run, but he was a dream for her to ride – he’s very steady and willing and she enjoyed being able to ride him. We knew that he would be a good equitation horse, especially for the younger division. I see why Ms. Debbie chose him as a para horse, because he's just so steady.  He’s a dear, sweet horse and I couldn’t be more thankful to Ms. Debbie for giving Camille the opportunity to ride him. His next family is going to be lucky to have him - he’s an easy guy to love!"

Camille said, “He’s really steady in the contact and his energy level, and he’s always been good in all three gaits, he’s a really good boy. He can sometimes be a little lazy when he’s tired, but usually he’s really nice to ride. It was great to do so well at the Championships, I was trying not to expect any particular outcome but I was really happy with our result!"

"Bam-Bam" is for sale - please contact Michelle at (843)408-9118 for more information.


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De Nice Schooling at Home in Charleston

The dust has settled from the WEG selection trials with Butterfinger Bonanza, and DeNice has settled into her new home nicely. It was truly an honor to be invited to the selection trials and I wish all the best to the riders selected for the team going to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September!

We've had a lot of rain here but managed to get a few photos schooling at home:


De Nice

De Nice in England

My new Danish mare, De Nice, is out of quarantine on Friday. David Folden is picking her up for me at the quarantine facilities in Southern Pines, NC and I'm looking forward to having her home in Charleston. To begin with I will keep riding Bonnie as well, and eventually De Nice will be my full-time partner.

She's just under 16 hands tall and was found in Denmark by Mette Assouline, who is the wife of US Para Dressage coach Michele Assouline.  I had told Mette that I'd love to find a horse similar to Gigi Mcintosh's mare; Mette purchased De Nice in Denmark and then brought her back to their farm in England, and I traveled over to see her a couple of months ago. David accompanied me and we sent videos home to Michelle and decided she would be a good fit.

Amazingly, I have been selected for a World Equestrian Game training session in Purcellville, Virginia next month. I will probably take Bonnie there and see if De Nice can come as a spare horse.  After that things depend on whether I'm selected for the WEG team, which is a bit of a long shot since there is a lot of talent in Para Dressage right now, but you never know - I'm not discounting anything yet. In any case, De Nice is only 12 years old, so she is my hope for the future!


2018 WEG Para Dressage Test Event and CPEDI3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Debbie and Bonnie at Tryon

Bonnie and I had a super weekend in Tryon at the WEG Test Event and CPEDI3* at the fabulous Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. On 4/20 we placed 6th on a score of 65.9% and on 4/21 we placed 4th with 67.321%.

Video from our ride on 4/20 can be found here:

Video from from 4/21 can be found here:

Top Score of the Day at AGDF!

Debbie and Butterfinger Bonanza

We're back in Wellington, staying with Michelle's former working student Gracia Huenefeld. Yesterday I received the high point of the day award for scoring 78.3% in the Grade I Team Test riding Butterfield Bonanza with judge Lilo Fore. I'm feeling fortunate that I was downgraded from Grade II to Grade I in January because I no longer have to hang on through the sitting trot that always left me in the back seat!


We will be showing through the week, with a test today at 1:30, tomorrow at 1, and on Sunday the Musical Freestyle (with music from Madonna!) at 1:25pm.

While I'm enjoying riding Bonnie, I'm still looking for a long-term horse for myself. I told Michel Assouline that I'd like to find a similar horse to Gigi Mackentosh's new horse, though Gigi is 6" taller than I am so it needs to be a smaller version. Michel knows my size and what my problems are by now, and he found a nice mare in England who is 15.3hh and competing at Prix St. Georges level - though I don't need that level of training, she looks like a good fit. I'm going to fly over next week with Michelle's husband David and give her a try.


Debbie Officially Classified as Para Grade 1

I was examined statically on Wednesday and observed while riding on Thursday, and finally got downgraded to Grade I. I had to do the Grade I team test yesterday and scored 68.09% and took home a pink ribbon (5th place)-  not bad for just getting started at this level!

Click HERE for an explanation of classification levels for Para Dressage.


Para Dressage Clinic with Michel Assouline

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I am fortunate to be able to participate in the clinic with Para Dressage coach Michel Assouline here in Wellington, Florida. The year is off to a good start as we work on getting the redheaded mare, Butterfinger Bonanza or "Bonnie" more relaxed and obedient. I am looking forward to competing at the National show this weekend and the national show and the next CPEDI at GDF2.