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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Craig Stanley: Wrong Saddle, Right Stuff

Australian musters his way into national dressage spotlight with natural knack and special gifts with young horses.

by Kim F. Miller

For his first entry into a competitive dressage court, Craig Stanley wore tan-colored jeans, cowboy boots and the coat in which he was married. He didn’t have the right stuff in a sartorial sense, but he had oodles of the more important kind.

“He had that analytical dressage brain, incredible feel and wonderful timing,” recalls Melissa Creswick, a Grand Prix dressage rider, trainer and judge. “He just didn’t have the right saddle.”

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