Search for America's Next Equestrian Star: Dressage Debuts on Fox Reality Channel

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 8, 2007

Brave St. Productions and Offield Farms are pleased to announce that Fox Reality Channel will begin airing The Search for America's Next Equestrian Star: Dressage on Friday, October 19 at 9:00 a.m. EST. This unique show consists of five hour-long episodes that will air sequentially at the same time every Friday through November 16, the show's finale. Fox Reality Channel airs on local market cable systems and DirecTV. The channel operates as a single feed meaning that the show will air at 9:00 a.m. on the East Coast, 8:00 a.m. Central and 6:00 a.m. West Coast. Viewers should check their local channel guide to confirm channel and time. The Fox Reality Channel is available nationwide on many cable and satellite providers, so contact your provider to upgrade your package if necessary.

The show was conceived by six-time Olympian Robert Dover and Brave St. Productions, a New York-based production company. In a nationwide search, hundreds of people sent in audition tapes for the chance to be selected as one of the final six contestants. In the series, the final six undergo a series of challenges and competitions that result in eliminations. The result is The Apprentice meets American Idol. The grand prize winner has the opportunity to become Robert Dover's Second Assistant and has the chance to train for an Olympics. Other prizes include an RV supplied by Broward RV, tack from County Saddlery and much more!

The entire series was shot at Dover's Romance Farm in Wellington, Florida by Brave St. Productions, who has produced shows for numerous networks.

"We are excited that Fox Reality Channel will air The Search for America's Next Equestrian Star: Dressage this month," said Karin Reid Offield, the Executive Producer of the show. "I believe viewers will find the show very engaging, whether they are horse people or not. It is a chance to live with the contestants as they go through the trials Robert creates for them ... not only how they perform, but how they react." Robert Dover explained, "Each of these riders is not only gifted, but shares a passion for dressage that is reflected in their efforts on this show. Each deserves credit for their performance; believe me, it was very difficult to choose only one winner!"

Tammy Leech, Executive Producer and Partner for Brave St. Productions added, "Because I love both horses and making television, I'm thrilled to bring the two together for what turned out to be a very exhilarating experience for all those involved. I'm quite sure the viewers of Fox Reality Channel will share my enthusiasm for this first of a kind production in equestrian sports." And Russell Best, Executive Producer and Partner for Brave St. Productions called the show and the experience "a really special opportunity." Best continued, "To work with a special and credible duo such as Robert and Karin has been a very rewarding endeavor. We think the show is terrific and, obviously, so does FOX Reality Channel!"

The Fox Reality Channel is a premier destination for unscripted programming. Among their current offerings are Corkscrewed and Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best as well as sharing platforms with their big sister network FOX on such shows as American Idol Remix and other primetime fare.

The show is a traditional mix of entertainment, reality, and competition that has been hugely popular across the network programming schedules and offers a "fly on the wall" view of the quest of the Olympic dream. The six lucky finalists are:

-Jessica (JJ) Tate, 27, Walworth, Wisconsin
-Lindy Bowerbank, 18, Thousand Oaks, California
-Philesha Chandler, 24, Wichita, Kansas
-Brendan Curtis, 20, Silver Spring, Maryland
-Rebecca Vick, 25, Southern Pines, North Carolina
-Jamil Kassum, 16, Scottsdale, Arizona

Dover and Offield share a passion for expanding the audience for the sport of dressage. "People are very interested in horses and this show makes them accessible to everyone," Offield says. Executive Producers and Partners at Brave St. Productions, Russell Best and Tammy Leech, have worked with Dover and Offield to bring the show to fruition.

Other sponsors of the show include Red Barn Feeds, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, and the Town of Wellington.

About Offield Farms
Offield Farms is a FEI-level breeding, showing and training facility catering to the needs of discerning horse owners and riders. The farm's mission is to serve as a significant catalyst for the advancement and promotion of the sport of dressage.

About Brave St. Productions, Inc.
Brave St. Productions, owned by Tammy Leech and Russell Best, is an award winning and vertically integrated content creator and Production Company serving the worldwide marketplace. While continuing to produce series for a variety of traditional cable and broadcast networks, Brave St. also produces documentaries, webisodes, promotional videos, and has most recently created and produced a pilot for legendary Sandy Frank Entertainment, a 10 webisodic order for Comedy Central, is in development with FUSE, and is currently producing various pilots for various different cable outlets.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit, email, or call (859) 971-2277.