December 2011

  • Isabell Werth Shows Off Golden Helmet in Frankfurt and Makes a Statement

    Written by Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com
    Photo courtesy Uvex Sports
    Photo courtesy Uvex Sports

    Isabell Werth has become a new dressage role model with her use of a Safety helmet in official FEI competitions...The 2011 CDI-W Frankfurt kicked off today with the warm up round for the Nurnberger Burgpokal Finals, a national show circuit finals for small tour horses. Isabell Werth is competing Flatley in the Finals but more interestingly, she made a public statement by wearing a helmet at an FEI level competition. The German helmet company Uvex has sponsored Werth and the multiple gold medal winning rider flashed her new golden helmet and matching tailcoat with golden lining in Frankfurt, making a style and safety statement to the public. “As an athlete in the public eye and with my responsibility as a mother and as an employer, I see accident prevention as one of my obligations," Werth explained in a press statement. "In dressage, in particular, helmet wearing is still almost a taboo, even on the competition circuit, and there is a clear need for action."

  • Dressage Euro News - Van The Man Sold to Dr. Cesar Parra

    Written by Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com
    Dorothee Schneider and Van the Man at the 2011 CDI Hagen (Photo: © Astrid Appels)
    Dorothee Schneider and Van the Man at the 2011 CDI Hagen (Photo: © Astrid Appels)

    Sven Rothenberger's Grand Prix horse Van The Man has been sold to American Pan Am team gold winning rider Dr. Cesar Parra. The 9-year old Dutch warmblood gelding by Obelisk x Landjoker was acquired by Parra's sponsors Sarah and Michael Davis as a 2012 Olympic U.S. team hopeful. Owned by Sven Rothenberger and originally intended as Grand Prix horse for his young rider daughter Sanneke Rothenberger, Van The Man was trained and competed to Grand Prix level by Dorothee Schneider. The black gelding competed very successfully in the Tesch Inkasso Upcoming Grand Prix horse show circuit in Germany, achieving consistent seventy percentage marks and a  72.604% in the Grand Prix Special at the 2011 CDI Fritzens.

  • Cornelissen and Parzival Are Mighty at Mechelen for the Sixth Leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 Series

    Written by Louise Parkes
    Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival from The Netherlands (Photo: © FEI/Dirk Caremans)
    Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival from The Netherlands (Photo: © FEI/Dirk Caremans)

    Defending series champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival from The Netherlands, scored an emphatic victory on their seasonal debut at the sixth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 series in Mechelen, Belgium today. With a performance that oozed class and confidence, they threw down a score of 85.325 that left them more than five points clear of the runner-up partnership of Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic. But it was the Swedish rider who took maximum points to rocket even further ahead at the top of the leaderboard with just three more legs left to go. As winner of the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title, Cornelissen is already qualified for the 2011/2012 decider which will take place on her home soil at 's-Hertogenbosch next April, and is therefore not entitled to accumulate points in the current season.

  • USDF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Lazelle S. Knocke Passed Away Dec 25, 2011

    Lazelle Knocke
    Lazelle Knocke

    Lazelle S. Knocke, (nee Schwarten), 94, of Readington, NJ, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011. A USDF Lifetime Award recipient or dedication to the USDF through lifetime volunteerism other awards also included USDF Region 1 Contribution of the year by The Chronicle of the Horse, the S Braley Gray Award for contributions to dressage. Lazelle pursued her passion and love for equestrian arts as a fox hunter, then riding through the levels of dressage to Grand Prix and competing internationally at the FEI levels earning the USDF Silver Medal in 1991, the USDF Mather's Challenge Award in 1992 and together with her partner, Don Perignon, becoming the first member of the Dressage Foundation's Century Club. Her contributions to the horse sport included

  • Dressage Canada Announces Helmets Required for ALL Levels of Equine Canada Dressage Competition in 2012

    Ashley Holzer and breaking Dawn at the Royal Winter Fair (Photo: tetleyphoto.com)
    Ashley Holzer and breaking Dawn at the Royal Winter Fair (Photo: tetleyphoto.com)

    Ottawa, ON —Equine Canada and Dressage Canada are taking an industry-wide leadership role by requiring all dressage riders to wear helmets in competition. Commencing in 2012, a national rule change will require all riders to wear helmets for all levels of Equine Canada sanctioned dressage competition.
    The rule for January 1, 2012 is: SAFETY HEADGEAR
    All riders, regardless of age or level or competition, must wear ASTM/SEI or BSI/BS EN approved protective headgear at all times when mounted at any EC-sanctioned Dressage competition at the event location.  “I am very proud of our Dressage Committee for taking this step,” said Equine Canada president Michael Gallagher. “I believe we are the first national federation in the world to introduce this rule across all levels, and I can guarantee we will not be the last.”

  • The Dressage Foundation Awards $10,000 to US Dressage Instructors

    Written by Jenny Johnson - The Dressage Foundation

    The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship program.  Due to the recent restructuring of the scholarship guidelines, to provide up to three scholarships per year for the recipients to train in the United States, interest was very high.  This year, the Selection Committee chose the following recipients:

  • Wellness Wednesday - Barley and Wheat Grass: Super Green Foods

    Written by Tigger Montague, Formulator (BioStar EQ)

    Barley and wheat grass are known as super green foods that offer far greater levels of nutrient density than dark green leafy vegetables. One ounce of these super green foods provides more phytonutrients than an ounce of green vegetables. The nutrient profiles of these young cereal grasses change quickly as the plants grow: the chlorophyll, protein, and vitamin content declines sharply as the plant changes from green leafy grasses to amber waves of grain.

  • A Salute to the United States Dressage Federation and USEF - Reflections from the Adequan/USDF National Dressage Symposium

    Written by Charlotte Bredahl-Baker
    Charlotte Bredahl Baker and Chanel a 6-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Blue Horse Romanow x Gribaldi) Photo: Kathryn Burke
    Charlotte Bredahl Baker and Chanel a 6-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Blue Horse Romanow x Gribaldi) Photo: Kathryn Burke

    I have never been more proud to be part of the US Dressage world. The Adequan/USDF National Symposium supported by Trilogy was a resounding success on so many levels. I was lucky enough to be selected as reserve rider with two horses. I got there on Wednesday and already by Thursday many of the riders and horses arrived. I was amazed by the quality of both. So much fun to be able to watch them all. The top 4, 5 and 6 year olds in the country, many of the top up and coming GP horses as well as the 2012 Olympic contenders including our star Ravel and Gold medal winning Pan AM horse Weltino's Magic, both ridden by Steffen Peters. On Friday all four national coaches worked with every horse/rider combination to see where they would fit in. Jeremy Steinberg worked with the young riders, Scott Hassler with the young horses, Debbie McDonald with the developing horses and Anne Gribbons with the GP horses.

  • Emerging Dressage Athlete "Mega Clinic" Underway in Wellington - Audtors Invited

    Robert Dover
    Robert Dover

    Auditors are welcome to any of the activities. The horses are stabled in barn 9 at WEF and we are riding in ring 10.
    The Emerging Dressage Athlete Mega clinic AKA The Robert Dover Horsemastership Week presented by horseshow.com has gotten off to a great start this morning at 7am with many of the top 18 kids under 21 in the country getting a work out from Bob Gutowitz, Dover's personal trainer known for his “Bob’s Boot Camp”.  "Fitness for riders cannot be over-stressed as to its importance for balance and aesthetics." Dover reported on doversworld.com.  After Dover's lecture on “The Basic Principles Of The Art Of Dressage” where eager students took copious notes in preparation for tests throughout the week. Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Lendon Gray trained the young riders in the two lovely arenas set up by Mark Bellissimo’s group at the WEF showgrounds where he generously donated the space and the stabling for the horses. This afternoon the kids will have two lectures at Tuny Page’s Stillpoint Farm, the first by Olympic Team Veterinarian, Dr. Rick Mitchell on “The Care of the Sport Horse Athlete” and the second by Arlene White on “Functional Equine Anatomy &  Core Muscle Activation”.  All are invited to come out and watch the daily clinics at ring 9 over that the WEF showgrounds from 9am to 1pm. And that is just day one! Check out the schedule sent to us from Lendon Gray.

  • Double Gold in Dressage for Quatar at the Arab Games

    Written by dressagedirect

    The host nation took double-gold in Dressage as well as the Individual Jumping title while the United Arab Emirates proved unbeatable in Endurance and Saudi Arabia scooped the team Jumping honours at the 12th Arab Games staged in Doha, Qatar from 6 to 23 December. This was the first time for Qatar to host the event which is staged on a four-year cycle and embraces 24 different sports. Khalifa International Stadium was the main competition venue, but the equestrian activities took place at the Al-Shaqab Arena and at the Mesaieed Endurance Course, with keen rivalry in all three disciplines.

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06:56
  The FEI has today confirmed the entries for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2015 which will take place in Las Vegas, NV (USA) in three weeks’ time. The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2015 will begin on Thursday 16 April with the Grand Prix which is open to all 18 combinations. All participants who finish the Grand Prix with a score of at least 58% will continue to the Grand Prix Freestyle which will be held on Saturday 18 April.The following rider/horse combinations will be taking part in the event:Western European League (9 slots)Edward Gal/Glock’s Undercover (NED)Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl/Unee BB (GER)Fabienne Lutkemeier/D’Agostino (GER)Isabell Werth/Don Johnson/El Santo (GER)Hans Peter Minderhoud/Glock’s Flirt (NED)Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/Jojo (DEN)Morgan Barbanc...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:03
Laura Graves along with Steffen Peters have clinched their spot for the 2015 World Cup in Las Vegas. Lexington, KY. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by two combinations at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, NV. April 15-19. The following combinations qualified during World Cup Qualifying Events in the North American League held throughout the 2014-2015 season (listed alphabetically):Laura Graves - (Plymouth, Fla.) and her own VerdadesVerdades is a 2002 KWPN gelding.Steffen Peters - (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm, LLC's Legolas 92Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding. Follow the U.S. Dressage Team here.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:49
Written By: Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society
Steffen Peters...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 15:38
Written By: Yellow Horse Marketing for California Dreaming Productions
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (Photo: Jennifer M Keeler) San Juan Capistrano, CA. - The world was watching as thousands tuned in to CDP Live's wildly-popular online video streaming service to see two incredibly impressive fields of Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges competitors fight it out for top marks on the first day of competition at California Dreaming Productions' Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held March 19 - 22 in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, Cal.  But emerging as the big winner of the day was Olympian and long-time U.S. Dressage Team member Steffen Peters, who earned both first and second place in the CDI Grand Prix test aboard Legolas 92 and superstar-in-the-making Rosemunde with scores of 76.780% and 74.960%, respectively. "One score above 74% in a day...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 15:36
Prix St. Georges winners Mette Rosencrantz...
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11:20
Written By: Louise Parkes
The top three in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League: L to R - Hans Peter Minderhoud/Glock’s Flirt, runners-up Isabell Werth/Don Johnson FRH and winners Edward Gal/Glock’s Undercover. (Photo: FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst) The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover clinched victory at the last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League on home ground at ‘s-Hertogenbosch today. Always favourites to take maximum points after their convincing win in yesterday’s Grand Prix, the pair didn’t disappoint this afternoon when producing some spectacular work when third-last into the arena. But Gal’s masterful riding skills were fully tested by moments of tension from the 14-year-old gelding with which he finished third at the Re...
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 06:21
Written By: Louise Parkes
Jessica won Bredow-Werndl, GER and Unee B won the Reem Acra EI World Cup Grand Prix kür. (Photo: Roland Thunholm) For the second year in a row, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB reigned supreme at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Western European League qualifier in Gothenburg, Sweden today. In 2014 the pair scored 81.350 to pin the host nation’s Patrik Kittel and Toy Story into runner-up spot. But in today’s second-last leg of the 2014/2015 series, Kittel had to settle for fourth behind The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Voice, while Germany ruled the roost with Isabell Werth filling second spot with El Santo behind her fellow-countrywoman in pole position. Her score of 81.650 was not von Bredow-Werndl’s personal best this season, but she was more than happy with it. Goth...
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:13
Written By: Jennifer Keeler - Yellow Horse Marketing
Steffen Peters and Four Winds Farms' Legolas 92 will look to earn valuable World Cup qualifying scores at this weekend's Mid Winter Dressage Fair CDI in California Photo: Terri Miller The Los Angeles Equestrian Center will be "the place to be" this weekend as some of the nation's best and brightest dressage stars compete at California Dreaming Productions' Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, which runs February 20 - 22 in Burbank, Cal. Following a stellar inaugural year in 2014, the organizing team of California Dreaming Productions (CDP) now looks to continue to change the way riders, trainers, owners and spectators experience the sport of dressage on the West Coast, and their second year is off to a spectacular start with an overflowing field of CDI and national competitors schedu...
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 14:00
Written By: Louise Parkes
Reigning champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, strutted to victory at the sixth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League in Amsterdam. (Photo: FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst) Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro swept to victory with the greatest of ease at the sixth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League series in Amsterdam, The Netherlands today. The 29-year-old rider only returned from New Zealand a few days ago after presenting Masterclasses in Hamilton and Christchurch, and admitted to feeling “seriously jet-lagged”. But such is the exceptional relationship she has with the 13-year-old Valegro that she only fell 0.4 points short of the world-record Freestyle score the pair set at Olympi...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:20
Written By: Yellow Horse Marketing
Steffen Peters is expected to return to California Dressage Productions' 2015 CDI series in an effort to earn an invitation to compete in Las Vegas for a chance at a second World Cup title. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler) Coming on the heels of a wildly-successful inaugural season in 2014, California Dreaming Productions has now announced its 2015 CDI schedule, which includes the renewal of three international dressage competitions. The Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W/Y/J/U-25 will be held February 20-22 in Burbank, as well as back-to-back shows in San Juan Capistrano with the Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25 on March 20-22 and the Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25, March 26-28. For the first time, the Festival of the Horse and corresponding Blenheim Spring Classic I...

Eventing

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:24
John Strassburger
Temecula, CA, March 26, 2015-Competitors arriving for the Galway Downs annual Galway Downs International Horse Trials are finding a busier and even more beautiful Galway Downs Equestrian Center than ever before. More than 150 racehorses are now in training on the grounds, landscaping work is continuing to beautify the site, and the parking lot on...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:17
John Strassburger
Temecula, CA - Competitors at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials always expect new challenges, but the top-level riders and horses from the United States, Canada and other countries will face some questions they haven't seen before on March 26-29 at the Galway Downs Equestrian Center.
Riders will be competing in three international...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 13:03
Jenni Autry, Eventing Nation
Phillip Dutton said he didn’t think John and Kristie Norton’s I’m Sew Ready has ever galloped as quickly as he did today across Hugh Lochore’s CIC3* cross country course at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International in Raeford, North Carolina. After the horse missed his first run of the year at Pine Top due to a cough, Phillip decided...
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:16
FEI Communications
France’s Eventing riders produced an emphatic win in the first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition of the 2015 season at the weekend in Fontainebleau (FRA). The French team repeated their 2014 victory when they also won on home soil, and they enjoyed a comfortable winning margin of nearly 30 penalties over Australia, who finished second....
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:45
FEI Communications
Spring is in the air for the international Eventing community with the eagerly awaited launch this weekend of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015 season at the popular French venue of Fontainebleau.
 
This series, first piloted in 2012, was designed to aid national coaches in preparing their championship squads by providing them with the...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 14:43
Classic Communications
Fair Hill, MD - Fair Hill International, home of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI*** and CCI** Fall Eventing Championships, is pleased to welcome Carla Geiersbach as their new Executive Director effective March 30, 2015.  The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, located in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland, is one of the most...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 06:59
Start Off The Spring Season at Full Moon Farm's New and Young Event Horse Tests! This is the perfect first outing for both horse and rider and a great way to start your season regardless of your horse's age or experience! Full Moon Farm is a family-owned and operated, full-service equestrian facility located in Finksburg, Maryland-...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 22:09
Marty Bauman
Top international riders to compete for record-high $300,000 in prize money.  The 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 23 - 26. This Olympic-level, high-stakes competition draws the world's best riders and horses to Kentucky from all corners of the globe...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 09:16
Top International Riders to Compete for Record-High $300,000 in Prize Money Lexington, KY - March 10, 2015 - The 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 23 - 26. This Olympic-level, high-stakes competition draws the world's best riders and horses to Kentucky from...
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 11:58
Susanne J. Rowe
On an overcast winter day a group of horses and riders gather in Sandy Valley. The scene is reminiscent of the Old West—the horses wear hefty leather saddles and their riders wear blue jeans and cowboy boots. But this is no rodeo. The Sandy Valley group is participating in a Western Dressage 1-2-3 clinic endorsed by the North American Western...
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 09:35
Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon offer Western Dressage training for horse and rider at their Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL throughout the year. March 11-17 is a week devoted to this fastest growing new discipline. Palm’s and Pittion-Rossillon’s ultimate goal is to develop willing horses and happy riders! “That is exactly what the beautiful...
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:47
American Quarter Horse Association
The American Quarter Horse Association, February 17, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Mark your calendars today with the tentative dates!
AQHA Convention
• March 6-9 – 2015 AQHA Convention at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas
• March 7 – Markel AQHA Cowtown...
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:31
ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association
$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity...
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 13:01
World Para Reining
Tampa, Florida – February 15, 2015:  The Florida Reining Classic at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida will be the second show to host World Para Reining (WPR) approved classes, on February 21 and 22. To add to the excitement, the WPR will offer $500 in prize money for this event and the champion from each WPR class will receive $...

Driving

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:49
Leah Oliveto
Ocala, Fla. - The first United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Driving National Championship titles of the year were decided today at Live Oak International CDE in the Single Pony, Pair Pony, Pony Team and Pair Horse divisions. Drivers navigated the 20-obstacle course on the final day of the championships as the leaders coming into the cones...
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:40
Combined Driving’s Crowning Glories Ocala, Florida (March 22, 2015)— For four American horse and pony drivers, years of training and dedication to their sport were justly rewarded as Live Oak International proudly congratulated their efforts with 2015 USEF National Championships, sponsored by Hillcroft Farm. “This is the first big win I’...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 13:37
Ocala, FL — The most anticipated day of driving at the 2015 Live Oak International arrived in full Live Oak International Marathon style. March 21, the third day of the celebrated driving competition, brought more sunshine, bigger crowds, and several top drivers vying to take the leading spot in the four-day competition. Chester Weber, one of the...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:16
Ocala, FL — A historic and international flair was apparent on the second day of driving performances at Live Oak International. The competition runs through Sunday, March 22, in Ocala, Florida. Impressively low scores, narrow margins, long time competitors, and a returning champion gamely defending his title were among the highlights in today’s...
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 19:44
Ocala, FL - Beautiful horses and beautifully appointed drivers opened the first day of competition at the Live Oak International with the Yellowframe Farm FEI Driven Dressage classes for Single, Pair, and Four-in-Hand horses and ponies. Appearing for the first time as a new father at his family’s annual driving and show jumping extravaganza,...
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 05:38
Everyone tune in as our own Bossmare Mary Phelps will be competing and we hope to see her on course with her ponies - "The Gangsters"!! The 2015 Live Oak International in Ocala, FL. is an equestrian event highlighted by world-class show jumpers and drivers as they compete for top titles. Between competitions spectators gather in the...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 06:30
Mary Phelps
The Pony Driving World Championships are held every two years, with 3 divisions; singles, pairs, and teams. In 2013 The USA went to Pau, France, and this year they will be headed to Breda, The Netherlands September 2-6. Not only do multiples of ponies need to be transported, but 2 carriages per driver, and equipment requiring a huge investment...

Show Jumping

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:40
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Miami Beach, FL - March 26, 2015 - After 40 years in Tampa, Florida and following the bold move to the East coast last year at Sun Life Stadium, one of America's most iconic show jumping events, the American Invitational, has found a new home, this time as Friday's main event on the world's richest and most popular show jumping series, the...
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:29
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, Florida  - The entry deadline for the Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding, Pony Hunter Breeding, Local Hunter and all Jumper Sections at the prestigious Devon Horse Show And Country Fair is March 30, 2015. Entries can be sent in via mail or completed online through the Devon Horse Show's partner Show Management System. Entries sent in...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:10
Lake Placid Horse Show Press
Lake Placid, NY - March 25, 2015 - The 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC, will once again host three amazing weeks of top horse show competition this summer set against the beautiful backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains.  New footing and increased prize money, combined with a world-class venue and perfect...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:04
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Ox Ridge and Fairfield Grand Prix Winners to receive a MINI for the summer! CallariCars.com (BMW, MINI, VOLVO) has signed on to support the EQUUS Foundation through its sponsorship of two major equestrian events in the local Fairfield County community this summer and will award the Grand Prix winners of each of the events with a MINI Cooper to be...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:46
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - March 25, 2015 - Messenger Hill Farm, trainers Freddie and Jodi Vazquez and their clients are continuing their successful season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). During WEF Week 10 Freddie Vazquez and his stallion Zippo Z came earned fifth place the $127,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*. This past week, Vazquez and...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:42
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Wellington, FL - With a year-round, full schedule of AA, A, and B-rated horse shows, as well as local and regional hunter/jumper shows, Swan Lake Horse Shows has competition tailored to every level and budget. For Laura Gross and Briana Kenerson the Winter Finale Horse Show, held March 19-22, was the perfect fit for each of their up-and-coming 6-...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:59
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - March 25, 2015 - The 2015 Challenge of the Americas (COTA), presented by Deloitte, brought elite dressage athletes and show jumpers to the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach on Friday evening to showcase their skill, entertain the crowd, and do their part to raise money for breast cancer research. Team Purina earned a hard-...

Para Dressage

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 06:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 05:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at lkjohnson@usef.org if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 06:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 07:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 07:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
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