Leslie Morse makes a connection with her
Morse Stays in England to Train and Compete with Four Time
Olympian Kyra Kyrklund
American dressage rider Leslie Morse and her stallion Kingston will
stay in England through 2002 to continue working with four time
Olympian Kyra Kyrklund. The pair arrived in England in March for
a two-month training session as recipients of a United States Equestrian
Team Grant. The coaching has been so successful that Morse was determined
to find a way to stay. "We have made so much progress,"
Morse said. "I really feel this is a big year for Kingston
and there is nothing he needs more than to continue with this highly
focused, high-level training."
Morse found the two months with Kyrklund to be absolutely invaluable.
"The time I have spent with Kyra has felt like a real luxury,"
she said. "I haven't had this type of in-depth assistance for
a long, long time." Although Kingston routinely receives scores
of 8s and 9s on his dressage tests, Kyrklund has really helped Morse
fine tune the 17.2 hand stallion.
Fans have been able to follow the progress on Morse's website http://www.paragonfarms.net
"Dressage Diaries" is a behind the scenes glimpse into
training and preparing for top international competition.
will coach Morse at several horse shows this summer. The pair
will debut on the European circuit in July, and hope to peak
for the prestigious Hickstead Show in England in August.
Kingston and Morse were the 2001 United State Equestrian Team
Festival of Champions Intermediaire Champions. The pair has
been together for three years and has been nearly undefeated
for two seasons with scores over 70%. Morse has earned three
United States Dressage Federation Horse of the Year Championships.
She grew up in California and has been competitive with several
horses at the FEI levels for the past nine years. She now trains
at Paragon Farms in Malibu.
Morse and her partner of three years, the approved Oldenburg