Friday, July 13, 2012

"Big Mike" Barisone Jets in for Olympic Preparations

I would like to thank members of the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate who rallied together to send Michael Barisone over to England for a second time.  "Big Mike" trains both Silva and me in the art of dressage back home in the States.

He was here for four days working with me on all my horses here in the Olympic training camp.  The first two days he spent working on the horses' engagement and connection, then on days three and four, we started performing the four-star test that will be ridden at the Games.

Otis with groom Lindsey Taylor

Linda Zang is also over here, and judged the test.  We then did a video review with Michael and Linda, looking at parts of the test that can be improved.  All in all, the horses are going well.  The preparation is looking good for the big one in a couple of weeks.



  1. Yes, Linda here, Michael really has Boyd working hard. When we rode the test rides, Boyd's Otis was up-hill in his trot work and showed much more engagement and energy!! Michael is so enthusiastic and supports true team spirit!
    Thanks Michael!!