Western & English Today

JANSB 2014

W&E Today provides retailers and manufacturers with education and ideas that provoke innovation in the Western and English markets.

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C R O S S O V E R ! Your best English customer may become your best Western customer, and vice versa. Carol Gustafson In this pivotal moment, America's interest in multi-discipline riding went from the occassional passing fancy to full-bore mainstream. 38 Western & English Today PHOTOGRAPHY: JEANNIE BLANCQ W hen three-time (2000, 2004 and 2008) Olympic Gold Medalist dressage diva Anky Van Grunsven entered the arena at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the standing ovation she received came as no surprise. Te surprise came when the international superstar exploded into the arena in full Western regalia to give a brilliant, spirited freestyle reining performance to the tune of West Side Story's "America," looking every bit the part of an all-American cowgirl in a sequined shirt, black fringed chaps, cowboy boots and a Western hat, with her long blonde ponytail fowing freely behind her.

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