Starlight Wins USDF Sport Horse Breeding “Horse of the Year”

Dream Street Stallion, Starlight, Wins USDF Sport Horse Breeding "Horse of the Year"

Wellington, FL- Dream Street Stallion, Starlight, swept the top honors for a breeding stallion at the United States Dressage Federation's annual awards banquet hosted in Orlando, Florida last week. Starlight was awarded the USDF All-Breeds Dressage Sport Horse Breeding 'Horse Of The Year'. The 7-year-old black Oldenburg stallion is owned and shown by Rick Silvia of Dream Street Stallions. Silvia was also informed that Starlight's score was the highest median score ever recorded. Silvia was awarded both a perpetual trophy and a beautiful bronze statue for the win. Both prizes will be kept on display in the USDF Hall of Fame in Kentucky, along with a photo of Starlight in honor of his accomplishments.

The Horse of the Year honor was one of many prestigious honors that Starlight and Silvia took home form the awards ceremony. Starlight also won the USDF All-Breeds Mature Stallion 'Horse Of The Year', the German Oldenburg Verband Mature Stallion 'Horse of the Year' and the German Oldenburg Verband Dressage Sport Horse Breeding 'Horse of the Year' Honors. And the stunning stallion proved he is also a capable performance horse by winning res. Champion in the Open Prix St. Georges for the German Oldenburg Verband.

Silvia stepped off the stage with his arms full with two Championship coolers, a gift certificate from Dressage Extensions, two gold medals, two picture frames with USDF honors on them, a saddle pad, two plaques, and replica of the bronze that will be displayed in the USDF Hall of Fame. For Silvia it was truly the culmination of a dream. Three years ago Silvia formed his "Dream Street Stallions" to offer some of the most sought after European dressage bloodlines in the United States. He imported a few exceptional stallions, including Starlight who offers a unique combination of two highly sought after European lines, Sandro Hit, Corduer and Argentinus. Silvia stands the stallions at his Dream Street Stallions farm in Wellington, Florida, shows them on the East Coast dressage circuit and actively promotes them at expositions and symposiums. The 2007 USDF annual awards ceremony validated without a doubt that Silvia's "dream" is on track.

"I am proud of Starlight's accomplishments", said Silvia, "I am especially happy for the mare owners who are expecting Starlight foals this Spring and those who have mares booked to him this coming season". Silvia will continue training and competing Starlight with their sights set on the Grand Prix in the 2008 season. For more information about Starlight visit For more information about the United States Dressage Federation awards programs visit

Accepting the USDF honors for Starlight, L to R- USDF President, Sam Barish, Deborah Howe, President of HRH Holdings, Inc and business associate of Dream Street Stallions, Rick Silvia, and Allyn Mann from Adequan.(Photos by Barb)

Starlight headshot (Shaana Risley FFFphotography)

Media Release - Johhny Robb

Kathryn Reynolds Wins Donne & Cavalli Equine Rhythm Beads

Kathryn Reynolds Wins Donne & Cavalli Equine Rhythm Beads at the Florida Equine Capitol Expo

Saint Simon Island, GA- Donna Mastrianni, the Master Esthetician and founder of Donne & Cavalli, presented her Rhythm Beads to Kathryn Reynolds at the Florida Equine Capital Expo held at the Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, November 16-18th. Mastrianni, who developed the Donne & Cavalli botanical skin care line for equestrian athletes, created this handsome aromatic necklace especially for horses.

Kathryn Reynolds was thrilled to win the necklace and immediately draped it around her horse's neck. "Zippin seem to like their gentle jingle as he walked around," said Reynolds. "Lavender and peppermint scents stored in the beads permeated the air as he moved. I think he enjoyed the aromatherapy soothing effects as much as we did."

According to Mastrianni, the necklace's soft bells accentuate the rhythm of horses' gaits and can actually aid in adjusting the tempo of a horse's movement and help the rider to move in rhythm with the horse. "These Rhythym Beads are really catching on", said Mastrianni who also hosted two presentations at the Florida Equine Capitol Expo. "Riders feel the Rhythm Beads are a great help on trails because the necklace's bells warn wild animals that the horse is approaching."

Donne and Cavalli (Italian for woman and horses), produces high quality botanical skin care products for equestrian athletes. Donna Mastrianni, president of Donne and Cavalli and also an equestrian, found that many horsewomen took better care of their horses than themselves. She went on to develop her skin care line with essential oils that were soothing and appealing to both horses and humans. The products quickly became popular with equestrians, who claimed their horses liked the smell of the products on their skin.

"The sessions at the Florida Equine Capital Expo were lively and interactive," says Mastrianni, "We had product samples, great prizes and useful information for everyone." The attendees had many opportunities to discuss their individual skin care needs with Mastrianni and shop early for holiday gifts from Donne & Cavalli's extensive botanical gift selections. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit and have fun at the same time.

Donne & Cavalli products are available at fine tack stores. For more information about the Donne & Cavalli botanical skin care line visit

Zippin Negotiator & Rosemary Reynolds

Media Release - Johhny Robb

Rachelle Wilson off to the USA

Victorian Rider/Coach heads off to the USA
Story and Pics Berni Saunders

I spoke with Rachelle Wilson recently and she told me of her exciting plans to begin the year 2008 in the USA. 

Rachelle spent quite some time in Germany during 2006, based at the stables of Hubertus Schmidt.  She had a wonderful time learning a great deal from this highly respected 'quiet Achiever'.  Rachelle spent a lot of her time with the Schmidt family and considers them all firm friends. 

Hubertus asked Rachelle (right) to be his 'special groom' for WEG 2006 in Aachen,  Germany and Rachelle said, "I thought he was joking when he asked me if I would be available to work for this period  .... be available?????  What a silly question, I would LOVE to be your groom at WEG, was Rachelle's immediate response!  She added, "I had the best time and it was so interesting to be able to observe the World's top riders and horses preparing for a personal best performance at such an important event. 

I feel that this experience has enhanced my knowledge as a rider and an instructor, I am sure that I have been able to pass quite a bit of this on to other dressage enthusiasts."  

Above - Hubertus in Germany
Right - Hubertus riding
Susannah Clarke's (Vic.) talented
 gelding "Come to Me' (Imp) at DWTS
(DWTS pic - Berni Saunders)

Hubertus and Come to Me!

"I was so full of enthusiasm and keen to put my lessons with Hubertus into practise when I returned to Australia.  I planned to start in earnest with my  promising young gelding Wolkenz Lad (by Wolkentanz II). 

Lad's early work had been full of interruptions with the common young horse ailments such as skin irritations and a virus that just would not go away.  This seemed to be behind him and we were ready to 'get serious',  when I had a call from the manager of the agistment centre where he was kept to say that my poor boy had severed a tendon on his hind leg, in a freak paddock accident.

He was running along the fence line having a play (which he has done since the day I got him!) and gave a smart little kick out, sliding his leg over/along the bottom strand of the plain wire, which lifted up his "long" paddock boot and cut through the tendon!

Lucky for Lad,  the property manager was driving towards his paddock at the time and saw it happen. I was in the indoor arena training a client's horse, so dropped everything to lend assistance.  The vet arrived very quickly and advised me of the options. None of them offered a long term hope that Lad would return to the fitness level required to train on to the top level of dressage and so I took the vet's advice to end his pain.  Losing Lad has made me realise how difficult it is to find a nice young horse that has  something special to offer!

Add to these personal dramas, the Equine Influenza outbreak in Australia and the effect on the entire horse community.  We have not had a competition for over 3 months ... and the likelihood of the 'bio-security' measures being in place for quite some time to come.

I have decided that I better take up the offer to spend some time in the USA with Hubertus' pre-WEG pupil Dr Cesar Parra at Piaffe-Performance Farm in Florida, USA  (while it is open to me!)

Cesar is pictured right leaving the magnificent Aachen stadium following his 2006 WEG ride and below, during his test on the stunning bay, Galant Du Serein (pictures Berni Saunders)

Cesar was in Germany training with Hubertus for 3mths before WEG 2006 at the same time that I was there. He brought Galant Du Serein and Furst Fabio with him and Galant took part at WEG in Aachen. Cesar asked me to accept a position at his barn when I had finished my stay with Hubertus. in Germany.  I declined at the time as I was keen to return to Australia.

This 2007/2008 trip was destined to be ... as the timing fitted perfectly with one of Cesar's riders returning home to Germany for Christmas and a well deserved break.  Cesar needed  help with the training and riding of the horses in his care.  It is lucky for me that he has just moved his barn (early Dec) from New Jersey where the winters are bitter,  to the warmer climate of Florida.  So I won't have to take all of my Winter woollies!!!

A break away with great people and wonderful horses seems like a very good thing to be part of ... and a way to further my knowledge and exposure to the training systems of successful international riders. I will be leaving on the 19th December and will be back in Australia on the 18th January,  just before school starts! 

I will be stopping off in Canada to spend Christmas with some friends ... and then straight on to warm, beautiful, Florida!!  Cesar's web site is so take a look and find our more about him and his horses.

"Berni, I hope you and all of  my Cyberhorse buddies have a great Christmas and may I wish you all the best for a happy, safe and EI free New Year. I hope to catch up with my Aussie friends some time in the New Year." said Rachelle Wilson.

Dressage in the Spotlight at the Florida Equine Capitol Expo

Dream Street's Rick Silvia Puts Dressage in the Spotlight at the Florida Equine Capitol Expo

Ocala, FL- Rick Silvia of Dream Street Stallions up dressage in the spotlight , literally at the recent Florida Equine Capital Horse Expo hosted in Ocala, Florida. Silvia rode Deborah and Rex Howe's Grand Prix stallion, Fantasma, in a dazzling musical freestyle for dinners at the Expo's Dinner in the Dirt Gala. The freestyle was hosted at night under the stars with a spotlight following Silvia and Fantasma as the performed a musical medley of piaffe, passage , extensions and tempi changes between the tables at dinner. "It was quite dramatic," said one dinner, "When they rode a long sequence of one tempi changes down the center of the tables, it was like something out of a dream".

"Dreams" are exactly what drove 23-year old Silvia to establish himself as one the countries youngest stallion owners. "I wanted to do more than just ride," said Silvia, "I wanted to bring top breeding stallions to American and make them available to mare owners here.. At the same time, I am as committed to promoting the sport of dressage as I to promoting the sport horses themselves", added Silvia.

Silvia, a well-known competitor on the Southeast dressage circuit, is earning his place in the ranks of US sport horse breeders. Silvia runs Dream Street Stallions and owns five dressage horses, including three stallions of international quality. Through Dream Street Stallions, Silvia is making his dream a reality and happily he is sharing his "dream" horses with the public as often as he can.

Dressage promoter, Rick Silvia riding Deborah Howe's Grand Prix stallion, Fantasma.

Media Release - Johhny Robb

Dimity gets some good news!

Good news amongst EI gloom
story & pictures Berni Saunders

After two months of being unable to ride her competition horses due to EI, Grand Prix young rider Dimity Lourey, 14, of Lochinvar, finally has reason to celebrate.

The Year 10 student has just received an early Christmas present – she has been announced as one of a two-member Australian team to compete in New Zealand in January.

Dimity will join Qld rider Victoria Welch to contest the Trans Tasman Derby at the Lions Foundation New Zealand Young Rider Championships at Taupo on January 12/13.

Dimity, who is believed to be the youngest rider to ever represent Australia in dressage, will compete on borrowed horses in the competition, which will be her first in the international arena.

The competition is for riders aged 21 and under, and it is unheard of for a rider as young as Dimity to be given the honour of representing the country.

Dimity is the youngest member of the Australian Young Rider Talent Squad and a member of the NSW State Young Rider Squad.

She is the youngest competitor in Australian history to be riding at Olympic level and this year has won the open Prix St Georges CDN title at Sydney CDI*** on Hollybrook Boston.

Dimity first rode FEI level at the age of 10 on the Arabian schoolmaster Atallah, winning her first national title. She has also won numerous other championships at FEI level on Royal Treasure and Byalee Gold. Dimity has been competing at Grand Prix since she was 13 and this year won and placed in her first major CDN competitions at that level at the Victorian Dressage Festival and at Qld CDI.

The news of Dimity’s selections comes just as she leaves school to complete an accelerated HSC whilst concentrating on her riding career.

Congratulations Dimity!


Dimity Lourey is pictured here on her Arabian Warmblood
gelding Hollybrook Boston (Kaliber/Karen's Image) taking part
at the 2007 Young Rider and Pony Dressage Championships.


Dimity's mum Ann-Maree Lourey tells me that she is a great help with the many jobs that need doing with her (and Heath Ryan's) Auction of the Stars business. Take a look at this site if you are looking for your next superstar . Ann-Maree said, "EI has been a real blow to most of us up here in the Hunter region, but we appreciate the support of all of our friends and know that things will get back to normal. Heath, Greg and I are looking forward to developing a great program for 2008 so keep an eye on the web site."

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