Lisa Marie was thrilled to accept an invite to Jessica Jo Tate's week long seminar and clinic with Charles De Kunffy. Her artwork served as the backdrop for all of the lectures and Mr. De Kunffy made a remark about how great conversation and great art made for a memorable evening. Many attended, including Lendon Gray and her young riders training for the 2018 season. A print donated by Lisa Marie was given to a clinic participant each night during the wine and cheese parties and one of the paintings " Waltzing" was purchased by Charlene Bertolini for her daughter Victoria Stewart.
Charles de Kunffy’s expertise and his ability to inspire and instruct his students, earned him great popularity and respect. He was welcomed in Europe, Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States by enthusiastic and appreciative audiences. He has conducted many courses, seminars and forums for instructors and judges. His work is appreciated for its scholastic depth, academic expertise, and the clarity and vigor of its delivery.
Charles de Kunffy is the author of six published books and is working on two more (one autobiographical) currently. His books are frequently quoted by other writers, referred to by colleagues, are used as college text books and in educational pamphlets. His equestrian articles are well known on many continents and were published by some of the finest equestrian magazines.
Popular for his lecture/demonstration appearances, his radio and television interviews, and Charles de Kunffy has influenced a great many riders. He has contributed substantially to the popularity of classical horsemanship. His students remain grateful for the understanding of riding principles, for the acquired riding skills and for the improvement of their and their horses’
The painting " The Master" featuring Carl Hester and Nip Tuck was unveiled at the NEDA Symposium in Maine. Commissioned by Mary Phelps to benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation, " The Master" was part of the silent auction that included Valegro's shoe and saddlepad.
Lisa Marie and Carl also signed a limited number of canvas prints that were available during the clinic. His instagram photo ( shown rabove ) had over 2500 hits, and the banner of the painting ( which is also signed) was given to Lisa Marie as a thank you gift.
Hester is a virtual living legend in the dressage world and one of the greatest ambassadors of the sport worldwide. He is a five-time Olympic veteran and was an integral part of the history-making British Dressage Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games where the team won the nation’s first-ever Gold medal in dressage. He won a Team Silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where he also was the trainer of the three other team members. Hester won two FEI World Equestrian Games™ Team Silver medals in 2014 and 2010, as well as several European Championship medals including Team Gold and Individual Silver medals in 2011, Team Silver in 2015 and 2009, and Team Bronze in 2013
Hester’s talent and dedication to dressage has also earned him numerous accolades. He was named the first-ever Honorary Patron of British Dressage for his nearly 30 years of service to his sport in November 2016. Earlier that same year he was awarded the 2016 Global Dressage Visionary Award and the British Horse Society (BHS) bestowed Hester with an Honorary Fellowship, their highest honor of which only seven people hold the title. In 2015 he received the BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism, while the highly regarded French equestrian yearbook L’Année Hippique named Hester ‘Best Rider of the Year’ and ‘Best Trainer of the Year’ in back-to-back editions. In 2013 Queen Elizabeth awarded Hester with an MBE, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for winning the Team Gold medal in London. In 2011 the British Olympic Association named him the Equestrian Athlete of the Year.
Also considered to be one of the world’s best trainers, Hester has brought countless horses to the elite grand prix level including the most famous horse in the world, “Valegro,” who he co-owns.
The KWPN-NA Annual Meetingwas held February 15-18 in gloriously sunny and warm Wellington, Fla., and what a wonderful time we had! Thank you to everyone who attended and to our sponsors & supporters who made this event possible and such a success! Paintings by Lisa Marie Bishop were on display, as well as a 20 x 24 canvas print that was auctioned off to beneift the KWPN.
Lisa Marie is a proud owner , rider, and breeder of Dutch horses and this is the second year she's been involved with the KWPN meeting.
The World Cup In Omaha was the debut for Lisa Marie's work to the public and what a debut it was ! The collection started with 30 paintings on display, and only 5 went home at the end of the week. And those 5 paintings only lasted another month, before moving on to collectors.
Because of the encouragement of TD Anne Suidko, Lisa Marie was invited to show the collection and sketch ringside. Caught by Lindsay Paulsen of Dressage Today, a photo of the sketch found it's way on their Instagram account, and the rest is history! Pictured above with Canadian Dressage rider , Karen Pavicic and FEI " I" Dressage judge Janet Foy, Lisa Marie was pleased to present " Because of You" to the Region 4 Dressage participants .
The next time the Finals are scheduled for America is 2020 in Las Vegas, where they will be in the MGM Hotel, a different venue than the Thomas & Mack Center that hosted them in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015. Representatives of Las Vegas Events, which runs the World Cup in Nevada, were on hand in Omaha for the game-changer, so the odds are they will have brought back some ideas that may enhance their next venture with the indoor championships.
As Melanie Smith Taylor, 1982 winner of the Final on Calypso, said while commentating on NBC, “The world came to Omaha not knowing what to expect … and left with memories of nail-biting competition in a spectacular facility topped off with a good old dose of Midwestern hospitality.”