Local woman to be featured on national horse show

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FARMINGTON – Farmington resident Ida Anderson is featured as co-host on a new equestrian Themed Television show airing in Florida and Boston this winter. The program Equus HD showcases upper level horses for sale, as well as includes interviews with national and International equine professionals, notables, informational tidbits and show highlights from international competitions.

Ida Anderson with her horse, Cody.

Anderson’s Lifelong work in the equine industry covering a wide range of disciplines finds her well educated for the job. As one of only a few “Senior” USEF licensed dressage judges in the country she is uniquely qualified to offer expert commentary. Her own standing as a USDF gold medalist rider and trainer to Grand Prix Dressage proves she is a tested competitor/trainer as well.

Anderson and husband Mark Norris were contacted by show producer Desiree Muffson of New Vision Productions in December while they were enroute to Florida. Their business, Dressage clinics which normally operates out of Knowlton Corner Farm, Farmington relocates to Darly Oaks Farms in Palm City Florida for the winter season. The couple worked with producer Muffson, Executive producer Guenter Marksteiner and co-host Brenda Doneth on pre-production and development of the concept. Ordinarily development of a show takes 6 months of pre-production, but because of the need to be “on the air” during the high season of winter competition in Florida,  taping began 14 days from the initial meeting.

Ida Anderson

Filming began in early January and continues weekly. The show airs over most of Florida Sunday and Monday nights in the 8 to 10 pm time slot on Direct TV 44, Comcast 438 and in Boston on cable 26. The show has been well received as south Florida hosts the winter show circuits of dressage and hunter jumper as well as other disciplines and Palm Beach County Florida becomes the host to an additional 150,000 horses during the influx season of January, February and March.

Anderson as co-host helps riders and film crews capture excellent performances while on location and assists in editing footage later with her judges “eagle eye” perspective. In addition, she provides color commentary, does studio interviews with guests and educational vignettes.

“It’s great!” Anderson said about the show. “We need more horses on television and Mark and I are thrilled to be part of developing a new equestrian program. I’m still riding and teaching every day but I get to do this on my day off. It is fun and challenging, I learn something new every day.”

Dressage Clinics, Ida Anderson 207-578-0119 www.dressageclinics.com

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