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CTV, the North Suburban Access Television, captured Saturday night at MHHS. Award winning producer, John Rusterholz led a five-camera crew. Our hosts were the fabulously talented pair of Seth Clayton and Tracy Grandstrand. It will air on channel 15 in the northern suburbs. Go to  http://www.ctv15.org/calendars/Channel15.html for listings.

Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z sail over the MHHS jump. Photo by Lili Weik

Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z sail over the MHHS jump. Photo by Lili Weik

DVDs will be available. Contact Carrie Wirth at cwirth@minnesotaharvesthorseshow.com or call 612 209 0310 for details.


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If you went to the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show, you probably noticed the huge banners over the in-gate. Infinity Direct, our premier title sponsor  of the $10,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Classic on Friday, are the fine folks who we have had the fortune to work with to update the MHHS brand. They worked tirelessly to create our new logo, design print ads, do a direct mail postcard, they designed the template for our website, they created the poster, the tickets, the VIP passes, you name it.

Elliott gets a blue ribbon.

Elliott gets a blue ribbon. Photo by Lili Weik

Best of all, Infinity Direct has a special affinity to the horse  world. Jennifer Brasseur, our Account Executive, is not only fabulous to work with, she  is also an accomplished dressage rider and owner of a gorgeous Holsteiner gelding, named Regatta. Infinity Direct’s CEO, Tom Harding, also has a special connection to the horse world. His son, Elliott participates in the We Can Ride program. You might have seen him in the We Can Ride Demonstration on Saturday night.

Our friends at Infinity Direct have entered the new Minnesota Harvest Horse Show logo in the Advertising Federation’s Show. Not only that, anyone can actually vote for the audience favorite.  Support our generous and wonderful sponsor. Go to: http://www.theshowmn.org. On the home page, sign in, then go to “View the Work”, select Infinity Direct from the Agency drop-down menu, then vote for the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show. Horse people need to stick together. It would be so wonderful if they won.

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What an amazing night it was last night! The first-ever Ariat Jumping with the Stars! celebrity jumping event came to a successful conclusion. The crowd at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum on the State Fair Grounds was completely silent as Bill Keller rode the first round in the class. When he finished, the crowd erupted with applause and whistles!GailRusty ingateDSC_0506a

Second was Rusty Gatenby. Once again, the crowd was silent as he navigated his way around the arena. Of course, Rusty was NOT silent. He was talking to the crowd all the way around, and a wave of laughter followed him around the arena. Huge applause for him when he finished!


Rachel Blount

Matt Blair was third to go. The former Minnesota Viking was very serious and focused as he made his way around the course. When he finished, the crowd once again cheered and he broke out into a big smile!

The jumps were then raised for the final two riders. Rachel Blount was next up, and she rode a course of two foot verticals. Over the second fence, her horse left long and she was bounced out of the tack. Her landing was soft, and she dusted herself off as she stood up. Her horse was patiently waiting for her. She hopped back on to applause and whistles, and successfully complete the course. The crowd let her know how much they could empathize with her, as they raised the roof with their claps and cheers of support.

The final rider was Cathy Wurzer. The crowd silently watched Cathy negotiate the course, and loudly approved of her round when she finished and came back into the line up.


Trainers, Gail Nederostek, Heather Parish and Sue Kyllonen flank former Minnesota Viking, Matt Blair aboard Rolly, owned by Laura Jean Critchett.

The three judges cast their votes and commented on each rider. And after the crowd cast their votes by texting, the winner was announced. Cathy Wurzer took home the trophy! All participants received medals, including the trainers.


Rebecca from Arc de Triomphe, HJ Hoppmann from Ariat, Trainer, Kim Barone, Assistant Trainer, Kate Leis, Cathy Wurzer and Casanova owned by Anne Healy.

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Cathy managing to stay in the saddle!

Cathy managing to stay in the saddle!

I’m so excited to be part of the Harvest Horse Show! This is the first time I’ve cantered in a VERY long time. My own horse died a couple of years ago. I’m not sure why, but after his death, I just didn’t have the heart to ride again. Enter Hans. What a good boy! Hans has been around the block a time or two and knows how to take care of his rider. That is a good thing. The last time I did anything in a hunt seat saddle was almost twenty years ago so I’m pretty shaky up there. Hans quickly felt that and was a wonderful caretaker!

When I told my trainer Kate that I haven’t ridden for a very long time and that my leg and seat were like Jello she laughed and said I’d be fine. Right.

Cathy_Kate_lessonWhat you don’t see in this photo of our first lesson was me gasping for breath with gallons of sweat pouring off of me. (You’ll note Hans is unruffled- pro that he is.)

Even a couple of days after our first lesson, I am SORE. I forgot just how much lower leg strength and control you need in a two-point position. My muscles are complaining. LOUDLY. We have another lesson tomorrow. That is the great thing about riding. There is always another day to get out there to learn and improve.  I’m excited to raise money and awareness for “We Can Ride” and while that is why I’m doing Ariat’s “Jumping with the Stars” I realized after my first lesson with Hans that this adventure will likely help me heal after the loss of my horse and finally, literally, get me back in the saddle again. How great is that? Cathy_Hans

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Competitors we have some great news! Arc de Triomphe has been named the official saddle and bridle brand of the 2009 Minnesota Harvest Horse Show. They will be attending the event with a large booth to show off their complete line of exquisite bridles and amazing French saddles. They’ll be there all week, and will be able to do saddle fittings – so be sure and stop by their booth and arrange for a fitting!

Grand Prix riders, the winner of the $30,000 Nutrena Grand Prix of Minnesota will also receive an Arc de Triomphe Classique jumping saddle. These beautiful saddles are tailored to fit and made in the traditional French method. It’s a retail value of more than $4,600!

Trainer’s of the celebrities for the Ariat Jumping with the Stars! event: the trainer of the winning celebrity will receive an Arc de Triomphe bridle, complete with matching reins! ADT bridles are top-of-the-line and highly sought-after by A-circuit riders around the country. Retail value of ADT bridles averages $450.

Hunter Spectacular riders, the winner of the $5,000 Purina Hunter Spectacular on Friday night will also receive a fabulous Arc de Triomphe bridle.

Competing for the Groom’s Award on Friday afternoon? Arc de Triomphe has generously provided a beautiful bridle for the winner of this event as well!

Be sure and attend the open house in the Arc de Triomphe booth on Thursday afternoon! They will hold drawings for additional products, and there will be beverages and canapes (details to follow). Thursday afternoon is also the $5,000 Arc de Triomphe Open Jumper Welcome Stake. And yes, the winner of that class will also receive an ADT bridle!

Be sure and stop by to get to know this fabulous, high-end brand of saddles and bridles. And be sure to thank them for their support of this year’s show!

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The Goal: I thought a video would be a great tool to expand sponsorship for the MHHS.  For potential sponsors not familiar with show jumping,  a video would help convey what the sport is all about. And, of course, horse people can’t help but be transfixed by great footage of the sport.

The Plan: The game plan was to assemble a small crew of the best and brightest from the Twin Cities film and video world, get some gear, shoot on Friday and Saturday night of the 2008 show and edit over the winter months. Fortunately, we able to marshall support from a group of talented people to make it happen.

The Players:

Al Oltman at work.

Al Oltman at work.

Al Oltman is a dear friend, colleague, fellow horse person and high-end Director/Director of Photography of commercials. Trust me. You’ve seen his work on the air produced for Best Buy, Target and many others. We met on a shoot in the 80’s. At the time I had taken a break from horses. He had been doing some eventing, riding with Max at Fortuna Farms but was in the process of making the switch to a new sport- polo. Al invited me out to ride and somehow I ended up playing polo for 6 years. Through the years, Al and I have worked on many projects together. He and his life-long partner, Selanie Tyc, a top-notch ad agency broadcast producer, live on a lovely farm in Minnetrista with several horses. We were so fortunate to have someone of Al’s caliber donate his time and talent. Plus, it was just great fun for my husband, Christian, and me to hang out with Al for two days.

katieMy friend Bill Rogina, a producer at a top post production facility, Fischer Edit agreed to edit the video at no cost. Our talented, young editor, Katie Carpenter is  from the Philadelphia area. She grew up going to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, so she totally gets it. Here’s a link to Katie’s bio and  demo reel:   http://www.fischeredit.com/bio-Katie-Carpenter.php

Tom Lindquist is an amazingly gifted musician and audio post artist at Aaron Stokes Sound and Music. We have worked together on many projects. Aaron Stokes actually worked on a We Can Ride video project many years ago. Tom has relatives on the east coast that have a hunter/jumper barn. http://aaronstokes.com/ takes you to the Aaron Stokes website.

Sonny Warner has an incredible, golden voice that I’m sure you’ve heard before. She created the voice over from her studio in Corpus Christi, Texas. We’ve spent many hours in the audio booth, yukking it up over the years. Here’s a link to her website: http://sonnywarner.com/


Christian and Flax.

Christian Palmer, my husband, wanted to be part of the fun. He offered to assist Al as his Grip. He also took a few still photographs that we used on the website. His support and  help goes above and beyond the call!

Chris Beales from Cinequipt, a supplier of the industry’s finest film, video and lighting equipment, graciously donated the use of the camera and equipment. Check them out at: http://www.cinequipt.com/

The Result: It took some time to produce our video and we believe it was was worth effort! We ended up cutting two versions- the sponsorship video and a music video version. Without the kind donations of time, talent and resources from these people, this project would have been just an good idea. Many thanks to everyone involved in this great project.

For Sponsorship of the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show contact Patti Nelson at pnelson@minnesotaharvesthorseshow.com • 952.495.0044 or 612.382.8901 for corporate sponsorships or Charity Gannon at cgannon@minnesotaharvesthorseshow.com • 612.385.2228. for individual sponsorship.

For Tickets go to: http://www.minnesotaharvesthorseshow.com/?page_id=133 or call 952.934.0057.

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The Minnesota Harvest Horse Show is now on YouTube!

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