Watch The Video - FEI Young Rider World Cup Bound Kassie Barteau and Raymeister GP Perform at Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Kassie’s stepdad Kim Barteau, was involved with Arabian Nights since it's conception in 1985 and until it's opening in Feb 1988. When the show opened Kim was the assistant to famous movie trainer Glen Randall and then for the last ten years at the show Kim had the title of Head Trainer. Kassie’s mother Yvonne worked for the company for about five years and was the Principle Trainer and Director of Entertainment by the end of her stay. So when the Barteau’s asked owner and longtime friend Mark Miller for the opportunity to familiarize the pair with the sort of environment they will be facing in Frankfort in December, he was more than happy to oblige.
Kim Barteau trained and performed with two of Walter Farley's black stallions and a variation of that act is still used in the show every night. An expert at training and performing “Free Work”, Kim spent the afternoon working the performers. Sitting in the front row table, with owner Mark Miller, the Barteaus reminisced, and explained the acts and how they were developed. The Reining horse routine was started by Kim and Mark with Arabian Nights original reining horse Cochise and that act is also still largely similar. The Western Flag Drill is still done to the choreography designed by Yvonne. There have been many additions since the Barteau's moved on.
The show is run now by Mark's daughter and Kim's god-daughter Hanna Miller who has great creative flair. Kim and Yvonne enjoyed a preview of their up-coming Christmas show which is sure to delight all of the Arabian Nights fans during the holiday season. Kim and Mark remain close friends and share ownership of Kim's current show partner Volontaire a two time horse of the year who will be seen in the Developing Horse classes next season.
As the only American representative at the 2009 FEI World Cup for Young Riders, Barteau will be a part of an exclusive opportunity granted to young riders in all countries who qualify. The invitation only competition which began in 2005 at the vision of the program’s creator German Olympian Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, a German national with an interest in improving the talents of young dressage riders worldwide.
Sponsored by Schenker Logistics, a global logistics company headquartered in Germany, 12 lucky and aspiring international dressage riders from around the world to be invited to take part in the championship. All of their expenses, shipping and lodging are sponsored. The riders enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience performing their Freestyles at an international show, and being Ann-Kathrin’s guest for lavish dinners and awards presentations.
Raymeister, a 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion by Rantares is owned by Ginna Franz and Grand Prix Equestrian, home of KYB Dressage, where the Barteaus live and work managing Frantz’s world class facility in Maple Park, Illinois. Owner Ginna Frantz and trainer Cathy Morelli and husband Frank will be travelling to Germany with Kassie and Ray.
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