January 2012

  • Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Back on Track Products

    Written by Elizabeth Ruggiero

    Dressage News Notes for the week of January 9-13, 2012! Lots of news this week in International Dressage! The World Dressage Rankings are out and the top spot is held by Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival! The World Dressage Masters Palm Beach is approaching and the line up is ever changing! While the competition has lost both Totilas and Salinero, other stars are headed to sunny Florida including our own Steffen Peters and a couple of Great Britain's superstars! Tinne Vilhelmson is developing a new freestyle with mega composer Cees Slings and you can see a video including helmet cam! Dressage4kids is hosting its 10th Annual Weekend Educational Program with great speakers, lectures and opprotunities.

  • FEI Signs Off Improved Footing for the London 2012 Equestrian Events

    Written by FEI

    The FEI has today given final sign-off on the footing that will be used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events at Greenwich Park. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) conducted footing tests at a site near Preston in the north of England on 20 and 21 December 2011. The mix for the footing is now composed of non-waxed sand, felt and fibre.

  • In Memoriam: Christopher Schofield

    Written by FEI
    Christopher Schofield, who has died at the age of 90, was a loyal supporter of British Eventing’s Young Rider squad. He is pictured presenting the young rider trophy to Claire Bowley and Fair Share at Bramham Horse Trials in 1989. (Photo: Kit Houghton)
    Christopher Schofield, who has died at the age of 90, was a loyal supporter of British Eventing’s Young Rider squad. He is pictured presenting the young rider trophy to Claire Bowley and Fair Share at Bramham Horse Trials in 1989. (Photo: Kit Houghton)

    Christopher Schofield (GBR), former Chairman of Great Britain’s Young Rider Selectors programme, passed away on 4 January at the age of 90. Many young British Eventing riders enjoyed success during his leadership of the Young Rider Selectors programme, including William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook and Pippa Funnell. Jane Holderness-Roddam, who secured team gold in Eventing for Great Britain at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, remembers Christopher Schofield as "a truly great character, he was always incredibly enthusiastic and supportive and was always thrilled to hear how the Young Riders were getting on, even in more recent years. He was always there with wise words of advice for us all." Legendary junior and young Eventing trainer Gill Watson worked alongside Christopher as team trainer from 1981: "He was the backbone to all the British Young Riders success and really set the ball rolling,” she said. “To me, he was the most amazing supporter and friend."

  • Watch the Video - Christoph Hess Works With 5-Year-Old Young Dressage Horses

    Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway
    Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair  with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh)
    Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh)

    As the new year starts in full swing, the 2012 Markel Young Horse Program gets underway with many young horse hopefuls planning their training and competition schedule to qualify for the 2012 Markel/USEF Dressage Young Horse Championships which will be held once again at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Wayne, Illinois, August 22-26. To inspire young horse owners and breeders exciting news is about to be announced in support of this program, so stay tuned to DressageDaily! Check out this video posted from the USDF 2004 National Symposium with Christoph Hess featuring the Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair  with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh) Sir Sinclair went onto win the 2005 USEF/Markel FEI 6 Year Old Championship, and has enjoyed an illustrious breeding career at ISF.

    See video
  • Wellness Wednesday - Antibiotic Use in Factory Farms

    Written by Tigger Montague, Formulator (BioStar EQ)

    The FDA announced in Dec 2011 that the agency will now ban the agricultural use of cephalosporins, a class of antibiotics used in humans to treat pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections as well as urinary tract infections. In horses it is used to treat bacterial strains of Streptococcus equi ssp that cause lower respiratory tract infections. Concerned that routine use of this antibiotic will push pathogens to develop resistance, the FDA cited this as an important step to reducing factory farm antiobiotic abuse.

  • Diana Mukpo and Pascal Kick Start 2012 with Grand Prix Win at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1

    Written by Holly Jacobson
    Diana Mukpo and Pascal (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare) win the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open class at the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
    Diana Mukpo and Pascal (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare) win the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open class at the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

    Diana Mukpo couldn’t be happier that her first win of the new year came aboard her favorite partner, Pascal, in the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open GAIG/USDF Qualifier with a score of 66.4%. Aside from the win, their relationship is the cherished highlight for Diana. “I enjoy this horse tremendously on a moment to moment basis. I love riding him and that is the most important component. This horse has never once said no to me. He can be a bit hot in his work ethic but he has never once shown any resistance in his daily work in the six years I’ve owned him. He always tries his heart out,” she beamed.

    Sent to Diana as a sale prospect in 2005, without much education as a nine-year-old, the handsome bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare was clearly not amateur material. “He was hot, never naughty but as an over-achiever in wanting to work, and that’s where problems sometimes came up because he would try so hard in his work.”

  • Attention those in Wellington - Don't Miss This Event January 11! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration

    The Dressage Connection, a premier Wellington dressage store and upscale mobile tack unit, will host a fashion show complete with dressage riders strutting their stuff on the runway during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration, Wednesday, January 11th at the Players Club Restaurant in Wellington. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Ratner, RatnerImages.com)
    The Dressage Connection, a premier Wellington dressage store and upscale mobile tack unit, will host a fashion show complete with dressage riders strutting their stuff on the runway during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration, Wednesday, January 11th at the Players Club Restaurant in Wellington. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Ratner, RatnerImages.com)

    Wellington, FL The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Equestrian of the Year Celebration is an annual fundraiser designed to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Dressage Connection hosted a fashion show during last year’s event that not only showed off the latest in dressage clothing but also raised over $14,000 for the fundraiser. “The theme for this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is ‘From the Stable to Stepping Out!’ which is the perfect theme for The Dressage Connection. We have a great group of riders who will be our models, showing how it easy it can be to go from the stable to stepping out – whether it’s out to dinner or walking the catwalk! Dressage riders are known for being fashionable and during the fashion show we will show everyone the latest trends and the finest couture available. We will also help everyone who attends the fashion show learn how to go from the stable to stepping out in style,” said Lisa Tota.

  • Dressage4kids Announces The Tenth Annual Weekend Educational Program

    Dressage4kids, Inc is pleased to invite everyone interested in horses and riding to their Tenth Annual Weekend  Educational Program. The program will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 21/22, 2012 at Nonnewaug Regional High School, 5 Minortown Rd, Woodbury, CT. There will be lectures dedicated to Dressage Riders, Pony Clubbers and Event riders as well as those geared to instructors, adult amateurs and youth of all levels and ages. There will be lectures on subjects of interest to everyone involved in horses including vet care, stable management,riding theory. There will be peer roundtable discussions for parents, for professionals, and for youth heading toward the North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage and Eventing Championships.

  • Windsor Equestrian Donates Halters To Students At Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic In Wellington

    The young up-and-coming dressage riders who took part in Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington show off their beautiful new halters donated by Windsor Equestrian. A supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, Windsor Equipment helped sponsor the clinic. (Photo: PhelpsPhotos.com)
    The young up-and-coming dressage riders who took part in Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington show off their beautiful new halters donated by Windsor Equestrian. A supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, Windsor Equipment helped sponsor the clinic. (Photo: PhelpsPhotos.com)

    Wellington, FL  – Windsor Equestrian, a supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, is a strong supporter of the equestrian community and also donated a horse, along with Willow Tree Farm, to the clinic. “These young dressage riders are the future of dressage in America and we were thrilled to sponsor them,” said Mette Larsen, President of Windsor Equestrian. “In addition to presenting each of the 10 riders with halters, we loaned a horse, United We Stand, to the clinic. It felt great to be part of a program developed by Rober Dover, Lendon Gray, and Courtney King-Dye with the generous support of other great equestrians like Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Katherine Bateson Chandler, Gary Rockwell, Arlene White, Allison Brunelli, Palm Beach Equine, Mary Beth Gordon, sports psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser, personal trainer Bob Gutowitz, and Dr. Rick Mitchell.”

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:56
Custom Saddlery rider Steffen Peters (center) took photos with his fans, including Custom Saddlery saddlefitters Sarah Boothe (left) and Hillary Boothe (right), at the USEF booth at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals Las Vegas, Nevada - A highlight of the World Cup for Custom Saddlery was the “Selfies with Steffen” event that Custom sponsored at the USEF booth on Thursday, April 16 - directly after Steffen Peters’s amazing third place finish in the Grand Prix aboard Legolas 92 with a 76.843 percent. Hundreds of enthusiastic show attendees lined up to snap a photo with the Olympic athlete, who is sponsored by Custom Saddlery and calls Custom saddles “simply the best dressage saddles on the market.” Peters also signed Custom Saddlery visors...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:30
Written By: Mary Phelps
Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover Photo: © Mary Phelps "This is where dressage becomes art," is what Axel Steiner, retired O judges and official commentator for the 2015 Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Final, Las Vegas, while watching Edward Gal (NED) and Glock's Undercover N.O.P. The sensitive 14-year old KWPN gelding by Ferro out of a Donnerhall mare and owned by Ghpc Holding Bv. Masterfully ridden by Gal, finishing second place to the unbeatable Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with a stunning result of 84.696. Former World and FEI World Cup Champion Edward Gal of The Netherlands made his third trip to Las Vegas to compete in his ninth FEI World Cup Final. Gal and Glock’s Undercover, won team Bronze medals at both the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 201...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 22:00
Written By: Mary Phelps
View the image gallery of the greatest dressage horse of all time, Valegro and his pilot, Charlotte Dujardin.Photo: © Mary Phelps DressageDaily's Mary Phelps was on the scene at the Reem/Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Final 2015, Las Vegas. Over the next two weeks we will be sharing image galleries of all participants, starting with Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and the iconic horse, Valegro. Valegro, the 13 year old KWPN gelding by Negro/Gerschwin is owned by Carl Hester, Mrs. Roly Luard, and Mrs. A Bar. It was impossible to take a bad photo, and difficult to choose what to publish so here are 60+ images to enjoy! Charlotte and Valegro are the undisputed greatest dressage combination of all time. As the reigning Olympic, World, European and FEI World Cup champions, Dujardin and the p...
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 07:19
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
Viva Las Vegas! Elvis (Guenter Seidel) and one of his "showgirls" Elizabeth Ball (Photo: © Mary Phelps) If he ever decides to forego dressage, Guenter Seidel might have a career in show business. Dressed as Elvis, the three-time Olympian brought down the house in a “Viva Las Vegas” quadrille featuring his three “showgirls”: Elizabeth Ball, Michelle Reilly and Sarah Christy at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Dressage Showcase. California-based fashion and costume designer Melanie Sommer worked for two months to put together the elaborate fire-engine red costumes, which had tall feathered headdresses, bustiers and red sequined boots. The midday showcase kicked off with an Intermediare I Freestyle featuring Sabine Schut-Kery riding Alice Womble-Heitmann’s expressive Hanoveri...
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 08:11
Written By: Louise Parkes
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin holds the new Reem Acra trophy aloft after making it a back-to-back double of victories with the amazing Valegro at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015 Final (FEI/Dirk Caremans) The sensational British duo, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, secured their second consecutive title when winning the Freestyle at the Reeem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015 Final at the Thomas...
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:42
Written By: Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com
The 2015 World Cup Finals' podium: Edward Gal, Charlotte Dujardin, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl There was no surprise and no challenge for Charlotte Dujardin to reclaim her world cup title as she cruised to victory in the Kur to Music at the 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas on Saturday 18 April 2015. After earning her first World Cup title in 2014 in Lyon, Dujardin extended the honour this year and shared the World Cup podium with Dutch Edward Gal and German Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. Charlotte Dujardin put in an immaculate ride to her much beloved music based on the Disney animated movie How to Train Your Dragon. Valegro is a very lightfooted mover despite being a musled athlete. Read the full story on Eurodressage.com!
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:06
Wizard in his offical retirement with rider Adrienne Lyle (Photo:(c) McCool Photography) Dressage was the main attraction at the Thomas...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:17
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
Charlotte Dujardin and Valergro, Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final 2015 Photo: © Mary Phelps On a day that saw many of the world’s top horses and riders go head to head at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, defending champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Negro x Gerschwin) shrugged off the pressure that comes with being the world’s number one combination and did what everyone expected them to do. They handily won the Grand Prix, with the 13-year-old Dutch gelding showing little evidence of the jet lag that had affected him after his arrival in Las Vegas. Their score of 85.414 percent was a few points shy of their world record-setting score of 87.460, but Dujardin was pleased nevertheless. “It’s just a mass of excitement for me to come here and take part,” she said....
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:58
Written By: Louise Parkes
Defending champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, lived up to expectations winning the Grand Prix on the opening day of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final (FEI/Dirk Caremans) Defending champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, lived up to expectations when winning the Grand Prix on the opening day of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Final at the Thomas...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:49
FEI Grand Prix winners Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro (Photo: (c) McCool Photography) The top three spots secured by FEI World Cup Champions! Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, reigning FEI World Cup™ Dressage Champions, wowed the crowd and the judges Thursday afternoon with their winning performance in the FEI Grand Prix competition at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. Their superb test earned the pair a score of 85.414% to clinch the top spot, along with wild cheers and a standing ovation from the 7,344 spectators that filled the Thomas...

Eventing

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 19:20
Lexington, Ky. - The 0.4 time faults that result from being 1 second slow is the difference between Tim Price of New Zealand, riding Wesko (36.3), and Michael Jung of Germany, riding on La Biosthetique Sam FBW (36.7), in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. Jung is also third on Fischerrocana FST (39.3). Jung, the 2010...
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:39
Kate Green
A fascinating competition is assured at this weekend’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA), third leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015, with three of the biggest names in the sport heading the leaderboard after the Dressage phase. New Zealander Tim Price, riding Wesko, and Germany’s Michael Jung on the 15-year-old La Biosthetique Sam FBW are tied...
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 21:26
Lexington, Ky. - Since Saturday's weather forecast is for rain to fall throughout the morning hours, with thunderstorms in the afternoon, the ground jury of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, has pushed forward the start time for the cross-country phase of the competition. The first horse will start on course at 9:45 a.m...
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 21:18
Lexington, Ky. - Tim Price of New Zealand and Michael Jung of Germany are the co-leaders after the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. Price rode Wesko to a score of 36.3 just after 10:00 a.m., and then Jung-who won Thursday's session on Fischerrocana FST-rode La Biosthetique Sam FBW to the same score...
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 20:58
Who:
Gov. Steve Beshear
First Lady Jane Beshear
What:
Trophy presentation to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event winner
When:
Sunday, April 26, 2015, at conclusion of event; approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time
Where:
Kentucky Horse Park
Rolex Arena
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky...
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:48
Lexington, Ky. - The last time Michael Jung rode at the Kentucky Horse Park, he won the individual gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. This year he's back, with two horses, to ride for the first time at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and he took a commanding lead on the first day of dressage, scoring 39.3 on...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:04
Kate Green
Michael Jung (GER) is returning to the scene of his first championship victory when he contests the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) this weekend (23-26 April), third leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. In 2010, Jung, the reigning Olympic and European champion, began a record four-year run of individual gold medals when he took the world...

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 05:10
The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Oklahoma will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in Pryor, OK on May 5...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 22:08
Lexington, Ky - Held alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup is thrilled to announce an all-star line-up of celebrity Eventing riders who will take part in the annual favorite Celebrity Reining Challenge, presented in conjunction with the World Championship Freestyle Reining on Saturday April 25th in the Alltech...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 16:07
Wellington, FL — TheraPlate Revolution is proud to sponsor the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup’s webcast coverage that will be broadcasted live on USEF Network, presented by SmartPak. The Kentucky Reining Cup has been called the crown-jewel of FEI Reining competition. Held in conjunction with the renowned Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the prestigious...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 19:10
Simona Diale
The NRHA European Open Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Consolation opened the day in the Ostabayernhalle today in Kreuth. The following horse-rider combinations will make it back to the Open Futurity finals which will be held on Saturday 25th: Giovanni Masi De Vargas – Custom Miranda Level 4
Kelly Zweifel –...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 19:01
Simona Diale
Kreuth, Germany – Following the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Open European Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity, NRHA ancillary action hit the stage in Kreuth. Opening the day was the €3,500-added NRHA Intermediate Open.  With a 217.5, Markus Schopfer won the class riding his Jokin Whiz, a stallion by Who Whiz It and out of...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 18:48
Simona Diale
Kreuth, Germany, – Topping the qualifying go round of the NRHA European Open Futurity was NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Cody Sapergia, riding Made In Walla for owners Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel. The Canadian rider based in Austria closed his performance with a 222 to win the go-round. “My horse has matured a lot over this past winter and was...
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 15:06
The 18th edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic Open finals ended in an exciting run-off for the title. Sam Schaffhauser and Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of former NRBC Champion Miss Tinseltown, led the finals until the second-to-last set with a 227. Then Casey Deary and ARC Gunna Sparkya lit up the Great Southwest...

Driving

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
After a season of presenting the Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Horse Gym USA® brought the award to the celebrated combined driving event Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida. The Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award went to Allison Stroud’s four-in-hand team for their admirable fitness....
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
Bromont International Driving will be a 2015 qualification for both Equine Canada and the USEF for the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs (September 2015, HUN) and for the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies (September 2015, NED). The Bromont International Driving presents its 14th edition from June 19th to 21st and will host the...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:48
Andy Marcoux, Coachman's Delight, Inc.
I've been working hard, test driving, and developing lesson plans for this week's class "Improving Transitions." I spend a bunch of time focusing on this in my teaching and training with my students at home. Of course, like you, I kind of have been folding them into my training as part of something else that we're working on. It's easy to forget...
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 08:55
It may no longer be the Year of the Horse, but it was a big season for ponies at the 2015 Live Oak International. The March 18-22 show, hosted at the Ocala, Florida equestrian estate of 11-time USEF National Four-in-Hand Horse champion Chester Weber, presented United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Championships for Single, Pair, and...
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 14:57
Ocala, FL (March 28, 2015) – “I strive for personal best each and every time I enter the arena,” says driving competitor Suzy Stafford.  At the Live Oak International CDE competition on March 19-22 2015, Stafford showed that her personal best is winning first place. She and her mare PVF Peace Of Mind (who Stafford calls “Hunny”) defended their...
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’...

Show Jumping

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:39
HITS E-News
Culpeper, Virginia – Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm claimed the first $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Culpeper this weekend with scores of 85 and 84 to total 169. "It was a nice class," said Coles. "Autumn Rhythm, my second-year horse, performed beautifully. He did everything he was asked." In the first round, going third-to-last, Coles and...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:35
FEI Communications
The third qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 season will take place at Coapexpan Equestrian Club in Xalapa, Mexico tomorrow, Friday 24 April, attracting a field of four teams.
 
The starting order, which was determined by a draw held in Xalapa yesterday, will be as follows:
 
1. Canada
2. USA
3...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:29
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada - April 23, 2015 - The 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals, featuring the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final and the LONGINES FEI World CupTM Jumping Final, held April 15-19 in Las Vegas, will be broadcast on Saturday, April 25 from 8:00-10:00 pm EDT on CBS Sports Network. The 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals provided a unique...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:34
HITS E-News
Culpeper, Virginia – Brian Walker and Tamara 296 claimed victory in the first Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper in the Commonwealth National Show on April 19, going last in the four-rider jump-off to complete the course three seconds faster than second-place finisher Filip De Wandel on his Gentley. "The course was difficult enough [Sunday] with only...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:42
FEI Communications
The London International Horse Show, Olympia (GBR) has been unveiled as the “Best Press Office” for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League 2014/2015, following voting by global media.
 
The Olympia press office, led by Jo Peck, who has worked in the equestrian events industry for 12 years and in the wider events...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:36
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV - April 18, 2015 - After a beautiful Native American Tribute, national anthem rendition by Kristen Hertzenberg and a pyrotechnic performance, tonight's Canadian Pacific Grand Prix of Las Vegas was underway. With an international field of twenty-two starters including past World Champions and Olympic Gold Medalists, only three rode...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:25
Niels Knippertz, Aachen
“Of course, everyone will now jump to the conclusion, the fatso is only thinking about food again,” says Reiner Calmund with a grin. Together with Michael Mronz, General Manager of Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, Calmund introduced “Aachen Gourmet“: Top chefs at the World Equestrian Festival from May 29th-31st. The top riders in the world will be...

Para Dressage

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:24
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt works with Paralympic Dressage Trainer Wes Dunham. (Photo: Lindsay Y. McCall) Lyman, ME - Carlisle Academy in Lyman, Maine, a Premier Accredited PATH Center and national leader in grassroots development for para-equestrian sports, is coordinating a Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp May 26-30, 2015. Expert international para-equestrian clinicians, seasoned medalists, therapists, and coaches with their riders will congregate for training and education in this growing sport. The primary focus will be on para-dressage but demonstrations and information will be available for emerging para-equestrian disciplines such as para-driving and para-reining. The United States Equestrian Federation and United States Para-Equestrian Association are in support of these...
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...
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