Martha Stewart opened her show a la Tyra today — standing in the audience! This is because she had some very, very special guests coming out: Show horses! The horses trotted. Martha cooed. And then one of the pretty ponies (okay, so they were actually stallions, whatever) took a shit on the stage. Of course, Martha kept on smiling.
@lady-zorro: The Spanish Riding School never used that one. They are and have been the pinnacle of dressage training, done correctly. I'm not saying that certain "trainers" aren't guilty of this, but as someone who has been involved with dressage for over 20 years I can't stand when it's assumed that dressage is the product of irresponsible training. Of course you could be just pointing this out as a piece of trivia, in that case, excuse the rant. :)