Wellington, FL – It was standing room only at Sho Clothes dressage boutique’s recent “Shop Talk,” thanks to an energetic crowd eager to hear six-time Olympic Dressage rider Robert Dover speak. Dover, the new coach for the Canadian Dressage team, has earned more honors than any other US Dressage rider, competing in six consecutive Olympics as well as representing the United States in four World Championships and seven World Cups.
Dover, who served as the Captain for the US Equestrian Team during all six of his Olympic experiences, charmed the audience during “Shop Talk.” The monthly get together for equestrians is presented by Sho Clothes at their Wellington boutique in association with the Gold Coast Dressage Association.
“This was our final ‘Shop Talk’ until the fall and having Robert speak was a great way to end our season. In addition to being one of the best dressage rider’s of our generation, Robert is a wonderful speaker and it was a treat for everyone,” said Betsy Rebar Sell, who co-owns Sho Clothes with Michele Hundt.
Dover shared his excitement at being brought onboard by Canada to serve as their coach, as well as reminisced about his favorite Olympic experiences. "It is phenomenal that Robert rode in six Olympics and it was fun to hear which was his favorite. He was only 26 the first time he competed in the Olympics and it was his first international competition," Hundt said.
Dover, who believes in a gentle approach to training horses, has taught and given clinics all over the world, has served on multiple USEF committees and is one of the founders of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “Robert has done so many great things for the sport of Dressage,” said Hundt. “It was a pleasure to have him at ‘Shop Talk,’ and no matter what he spoke about it was easy to see that his true love for horses is what has driven him for so many years. The event was great and we want to thank Krystal and Maryann Shingler for their wonderful contributions, including the Canadian decor and the delicious olives that looked like penguins.”
Sho Clothes, located at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington, specializes in dressage apparel and has become the “go to” dressage store for riders from around the world. Their mobile boutique is also a fixture on the Florida Dressage circuit.
“Shop Talk” has become a hot spot for riders to gather with top professionals in the equine industry. The monthly gathering will return in the fall. For more information on Sho Clothes or “Shop Talk,” visit their website at www.shoclothes.com or call them at 561-319-2121.
Photo 1: Six-time Olympic Dressage rider Robert Dover spoke at a recent “Shop Talk” at Sho Clothes dressage boutique in Wellington. Dover is the new coach for the Canadian Dressage Team. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Photo 2: Six-time Olympic Dressage rider Robert Dover spoke at a recent “Shop Talk” at Sho Clothes dressage boutique in Wellington. Dover is joined (from left to right) by Sho Clothes’ Krystalann Shingler and Sho Clothes co-owners Betsy Rebar Sell and Michele Hundt. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)