Airing July 26, 2019
The wildly talented young rider, Kelli Cruciotti, epitomizes what can be accomplished when you follow your dreams.
Her illustrious junior equitation career included medaling on the Young Rider Nation’s Cup Team, winning the Artisan Farms Under 25 series in Wellington, and capturing the blue ribbon in the Encana $50,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. And it culminated with her phenomenal win at the USEF Pessoa Medal Finals.
Now, she’s set her sights on the 2020 Olympics.
But while her accomplishments and dreams are vast, Kelli maintains a down-to-earth attitude and relentless dedication to improvement. Training under the watchful eye of her mom, Cindy; godmother, Kelli Clevenger; and Gold Medalist Peter Wylde, Kelli works hard at her family’s facility, Serenity Farm, where she doubles as associate trainer and resident grand prix rider, when she’s not traveling for competition.
Airing August 2, 2019
As home to the storytellers of the horse world, the EQUUS Film Festival is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art, and authors. Founded in 2013 and now based in New York City, the festival was created to highlight and award those who artistically pay homage to the horse. By empowering storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content, the festival has helped hundreds of films have gain recognition, find international distribution, and reach global audiences.
Airing August 9, 2019
Darley recalls her best and worse vacation experiences:
The best was eating dinner with my future husband on Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. We went to this restaurant where the woman who greeted us and then waited on us was also the cook! It took forever, but it was really romantic and quaint and the food was delicious.
The worst was being thrown from a moving train around Lake Balaton in Hungary.
Darley Newman is a travel expert, published author, and the host, writer, and producer of Equitrekking, the Emmy-Award winning PBS TV series, and Travels with Darley on PBS, Create TV and on AOL, MSN Travel, Huffington Post, Amazon, and over 2000 partner sites.
Darley has spent the past few years traveling the globe, riding horses with local people in awe-inspiring locations ranging from Iceland to Botswana to Costa Rica to Hawaii. In her quest to showcase each destination from a local’s perspective, Darley provides viewers with authentic, culturally enticing experiences that they can recreate on their own. Broadcast across the US and in over 83 countries worldwide, each Equitrekking episode takes Darley and her viewers on a journey with local people to the best adventure hotspots, restaurants, cities and nature escapes.
Darley has been honored with five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for hosting, writing and producing Equitrekking, alongside media moguls Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. She received the North American Travel Journalist Award two years in a row for Best Travel Broadcast and the Merit Award for Best Travel Book. She was recently honored with the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. She has been profiled in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NPR and makes appearances in her role as Contributing Editor to Budget Travel magazine on NBC's The Today Show and The Weather Channel.
Airing August 16, 2019
Approximately one million American horses and mules served Allied forces in Europe during World War I. Many were used by the British and French armies well before the United States entered the war.
Sending animals to war seems, today, somehow even more awful than sending people to war. But in 1914, there was little room for that sentiment. Animals were absolutely essential to the war effort, and they had to be sent - millions and millions of them, by the time the war was over. Most were horses and mules, though dogs, pigeons, camels, and even water buffalo and elephants were also found in some theaters of the war.
"Concerning the war I say nothing...the only thing that wrings my heart and soul is the thought of the horses...oh! my beloved animals...the men...and armies can go to hell but my horses: I walk round and round this room cursing God for allowing dumb brutes to be tortured...let Him kill His human beings but...how can He? Oh my horses." (Sir Edward Elgar, August 25, 1914)
While the first thing that might come to mind when considering the role of horses in the Great War might be the cavalry, that would in fact be the least frequent use of horses in the war. Far more horses and mules served in harness than under saddle (discounting for a moment that many of the draft horses were ridden while in harness, as in many cases the “drivers” did not ride on the vehicles but rather on the horses that were pulling vehicles and guns). But putting this aside, and focusing on horses that were ridden rather than being driven, it would be the Officer’s Chargers that made up the largest numbers of saddle horses used in the war.
Airing August 23, 2019
[excerpted from Adequan Global Dressage Festival]
Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer is a well-known name within the dressage community. As the owner of Olympic stallion Grandioso, as well as Hampton Green Farm, Van Kampen is a top supporter of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and remains active as Board President of the organization that she founded, the US PRE Association.
Van Kampen spends her year in transition between her two Hampton Green Farm locations, one in western Michigan, and the other in Wellington. The facility has two main focuses- to breed, train, develop and sell quality PRE horses, as well as serving as the home for Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program. While there are many breeds participating in the youth program, some of Gray’s top riders have gone on to ride and compete Boyer’s PRE mounts.
The PRE horse (Pura Raza Española), is a breed of horse that developed its original homage on the Iberian Peninsula. Known for its willing temperament and loyalty the PRE horses have established their value through the ages. Serving as mounts for kings, as well as the first ambassadors in the establishment of classical dressage, these horses are truly unlike any other.
In a sport that has shifted its focus to the Warmblood, Van Kampen believes that the growth of the breed in the competition arena will continue if the quality of the horses remains of the utmost importance.