When six time Olympian Robert Dover announced at the United States Dressage Federation 2004 Annual Meeting last December his plan to develop a search for promising young American talent, he had in mind a plan which would create an opportunity for eager young riders to compete for an opportunity to work and train with him. Little did he know that in less than one year, a contract would be in place with an established television production company to create a series for television networks, with filming to begin in October 2005.
Brave St. Productions an independent company founded in 2002 by seasoned television executives/producers Russell Best and Tammy Leech, caught wind of Dover’s idea, and thought it would be a perfect fit for their company experienced in reality and documentary projects for television.
"We are very excited about the prospect of producing a show that merges the human drama of reality programming and the incredibly popular and diverse world of horses and dressage." said Russell Best. "Robert is an Olympic Champion with a list of accolades a mile long. It's an honor to be working with an expert and professional of his caliber."
The contracts are in place, and the location is being established in Wellington, where 9 applicants 28 years and younger will be selected by a panel of judges, from application packages that include a video of them riding, and a brief video biography including a statement of why the selection committee should choose them.
"I am extremely excited to see how what was originally a way for me to run a talent search and give one or two gifted young people some special attention, has evolved into fully fledged reality show." Dover told DressageDaily. "I can't think of a better way to find and help young, talented riders while bringing horse sports into the homes of people across America so they can see how fun and exciting it can be. This evolution is absolutely necessary for Equestrian sport to flourish in America and around the world."
americandressagestar.com Explains The Program
The recently launched website for the program americandressagestar.com explains the direction of the show;
"In the course of a grueling three week competition at Dover's Romance Farm in Wellington, Florida, The Search for America’s Next Dressage Star will transport its challengers to a majestic estate, where they’ll bunk together as they prepare for and compete in a variety of challenges. For three weeks they will be tested on their ability to ride, train, teach, manage stables and interact with others, all while being shadowed by omnipresent cameras.
At the conclusion of each episode a panel of judges will narrow the field by paring the competition to its most tenacious adversaries. To move to the next round they’ll have to prove their mastery of the sport, command of the show ring, and ability to handle the pressures of an unyielding, close-quarter battle amongst their peers."
There is Still Time to Apply!
It is still not too late to get those videos in, with a deadline of August 31, 2005. Don’t forget to include all pertinent contact information and send those tapes directly to:
America’s Next Dressage Star
c/o Robert Dover
12028 Longwood Green Drive
Wellington, Florida 33414
Brave Street Productions
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