Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championship - Dressage Preview

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Double - Dutch at Windsor

A week ahead of the 2009 Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships at Windsor Castle, Great Britain, it seems the Dutch are firm favourites to take team and individual gold. At Torino in Italy in 2007 they broke the spell that had provided Germany with absolute dominance of the team title over the previous 42 years, and the biggest problem Dutch Chef d'Equipe, Sjef Janssen, has faced this summer has been deciding which of his sparkling choice of riders to leave out of his side. It's a challenge a lot of the other national selectors would have liked to have been facing - particularly Germany's team coach Holger Schmezer.

Schmezer has named Mattias Alexander Rath with Sterntaler and Susanne Lebek with Potomac along with double European team gold medallist Monica Theodorescu with Whisper 128.  However the final German team member, Ellen Schulten-Baumer, took a nasty fall earlier this month and badly bruised her neck.  For some time it was unclear whether she would be fit enough to compete with her top ride Donatha S, but to everyone's relief it was confirmed a few days ago that she has made an excellent recovery so the side is now complete.

Distinguished Connection

The name of Schulten-Baumer has a long and distinguished connection with German dressage at its very best, as Ellen's step-father, Uwe Schulten-Baumer, won five team and one individual European gold medals during his own spectacular career and Ellen has already picked up European team silver as a member of the 2007 German side in which she was joined by Theodorescu.  This will be one of the youngest dressage teams fielded by Germany - Lebek is only 22 years old, Rath is 25 and Schulten-Baumer is 30 but Theodorescu, who is also a highly-popular trainer, provides the essential element of maturity at 46 years of age.

When it comes to form however it’s all about the Dutch, and team manager Janssen has been spoilt for choice.  His wife, multiple Olympic champion and Freestyle queen, Anky Van Grunsven, lines out with Salinero along with Imke Schellekens Bartels with Sunrise and Adelinde Cornelissen with Parzival.  Cornelissen suffered a major disappointment when Parzival was unsound on arrival at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Las Vegas in April.   But fears that a ligament injury would prove long-term were unfounded, so the horse and rider who took the 2008/2009 World Cup series by storm when they followed their winning debut at Stockholm with two further victories will get another opportunity to shine.

Latest Sensation

It may be difficult for them to outshine the latest sensation in the sport of international dressage however - the extraordinary partnership of Edward Gal and Moorland's Totilas who earned a new world record Freestyle score at Hickstead in July.   If Janssen needed any affirmation of the ability of this dynamic duo then he got it, and more, when, after scoring 79.345% in the Grand Prix at the British fixture, Gal and Totilas then blew the rest away with mark of 89.400% in the Freestyle.  They even scooped a mark of 96% for artistic merit from British judge Isabel Wessels, and a standing ovation from the emotional crowd who could hardly believe what they had witnessed.  The nine year old black stallion is proving a huge draw for spectators who cannot wait to see him perform again on British soil next week.

Of course the home supporters have plenty to cheer on with their own strong side that includes Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris, Maria Eilberg with Two Sox, Carl Hester with Liebling 11 and Emma Hindle riding Lancet.  British team captain, Richard Davison, says he has a medal clearly in his sights - Bechtolsheimer and Hindle were both members of the team that finished fifth in Torino in 2007 and again at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong last summer so it seems like a realistic target.

Teams

A total of 13 nations will be represented by teams including Sweden, which claimed bronze in 2007, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and The Ukraine.  In all there will be horses and riders from 19 countries, six of which are sending individual riders including Belarus, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Russia and Switzerland.

When it comes to crowd-pleasers it may be hard to steal the limelight away from super-stars like Gal and Totilas or Van Grunsven with Salinero, but one horse and rider combination that holds a special place for dressage followers is Russia's Alexandra Korelova and the former circus-horse Belagur.  The 19 year old grey stallion, who so nobly flies the flag for the breeding tradition of the Orlov Trotter, belied his age when earning two perfect 10's for his piaffe at Aachen this summer, and The Prince of Piaffe is one of the two individual Russian entries for next week's championships.

Facts and Figures

Germany has won the European Dressage Team Title on 21 occasions.

The first official Championship took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1963 when 16 riders from eight nations took part.  There were no official team medals distributed that year, when Switzerland's Henri Chammartin took the first of two consecutive individual titles riding Wolfdiedtrich.

The greatest number of teams to participate in European Dressage Championships is 14 - at Hickstead, Great Britain in 2003 and again at Hagen, Germany in 2005.

12 teams participated at the last Championships in Torino, Italy in 2007.

Germany's Dr Reiner Klimke won three individual titles - at Aachen in 1967 riding Dux and again in 1973 riding Mehmed, and at Copenhagen in 1985 riding Ahlerich.

With Gigolo, Germany's Isabell Werth took the individual title in 1995 and 1997 and won the Grand Prix Special at Donaueschingen, Germany in 1991 and at Lipica, Slovenia in 1993.

List of the Definite Dressage Entries

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 08:14
“Premier Equestrian” Adreinne Lyle (center) with Mark Neihart (left), CEO of Premier Equestrian, and Heidi Zorn (right), President of Premier Equestrian, at Premier’s booth at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals Las Vegas, Nevada – From the red carpet to centerline, “Premier Equestrians” were in top form as Las Vegas welcomed the finest dressage and jumping riders in the world for the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Premier Equestrian, which provided the world-class dressage arenas and flower boxes for the prestigious event, also rolled out a red carpet for visitors and competitors with its own exceptional cast of welcoming stars, known as “Premier Equestrians.” The lineu...
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...

Eventing

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:18
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Woodside, CA - In a nail-biting finish in the two divisions of the Woodside Preliminary Challenge, the victors prevailed, maintaining their leads from start to finish. The unique competition, with a record entry of 58 total participants, was the feature of the Spring Event at Woodside on May 22-24. Frankie Theriot Stutes, of Occidental, CA and...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:17
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - May 28, 2015 - The 2015 edition of the Jaguar Land Rover Bromont CCI3* Three Day Event will be running June 4-7 at the beautiful Bromont Equestrian Park in Bromont, Quebec. This year, the event is marking its 29th anniversary and welcoming over 120 of the best horse/rider teams from North America and beyond in the CCI1*, CCI2*,...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:18
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
We’ve had some great news from the Phoenix camp this week, as Jessica Phoenix has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. She was transported from the hospital where she initially received treatment in New Jersey to one closer to home in Canada last week, and now she is one step closer to making her return to the saddle....
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:14
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: the USEF has just named the team members and alternates for the 2015 Pan American Games, to be held in July in Toronto. With Team USA’s Olympic qualifications on the line for 2016, the selectors had a job envied by none in naming this team on which many hopes will be pinned. To that end...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 13:42
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for the spring and summer of 2015. Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials
The following athlete-and-horse combination has been awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Equi-...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:45
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Lexington, VA - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced the U. S.  eventing team for the 2015 Pan American Games on Wednesday, and this Friday through Sunday, three of those top eventing riders will head to the Virginia Horse Center for the Virginia Horse Trials. With free admission, local spectators have the rare opportunity to...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:28
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Team and Alternates for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team for the 2015 Pan American Games. The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the U.S. Team (in alphabetical order): Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's...

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 15:16
The 2015 edition of the IRHA/NRHA Derby once again attracted close to 350 horses. Open to 4-5 and 6-year-old horses, the Derby is run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals and the show offers a full-slate of NRHA approved classes. During the show, the Italian Senior, Junior and Young Rider CRI qualifiers for the 2015 FEI European...
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 15:06
The Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open finals attracted a large crowd on Saturday night where the horses and riders showcased the sport of Reining at its best. Making the finals all the more thrilling were the champions:  winning the Euro 32,000-added Derby Level 4 Open were Gennaro Lendi and Marilyn Monwhoa after posting a 224. Owned by...
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 14:59
The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to announce that Magnum Chic Dream recently reached another milestone in his breeding career by becoming NRHA’s newest Three Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, Sherman, Texas, the 1996 sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Casey...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:55
The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Illinois will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in O’Fallon, Illinois on August 1 and 2, 2015. The purpose of the Train the Trainers™ program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics and...
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:38
Holly Jacobson
The spotlight focused on true teamwork as Midway College of Midway, KY stepped up to offer their horses, guidance and a capable student support crew for a trio of para-reiners competing at the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup. Pulling off a catch rides calls for adaptability and experimentation, something para athletes are well acquainted with but the...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:57
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the continuing partnership of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the Official Joint Therapy of NRHA, title sponsor of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and the named sponsor of the Adequan® Championship Arena during the NRHA-owned events. ...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:53
Attendees of the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference in 2014 were thrilled to have the chance to participate in mounted educational sessions with instruction from experienced horsemen and horsewomen, and one of the most popular riding options was the National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner program. Now, the...

Driving

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:11
London, England- It was a royal redux at England's Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:26
Revolution Sports
The fifth and final day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015 saw an unprecedented number of people walk through the Windsor gates for their last chance to watch the equestrian extravaganza in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The crowds were treated to a thrilling finale in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix with last year's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:46
London, England - Chester Weber’s 2015 European competition tour is underway, and he already achieved a win in day one. Fresh off his victory on US soil at the Live Oak International CDE, Weber headed to Europe and drove his team to the top of the leader board on Thursday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in London, England— with a win in the...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 22:42
To celebrate the grand opening of the new CAA Headquarters building, we invite you to bring your restored carriages and sleighs, and in-use vehicles to the CAA Carriage Festival (in the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena) for the 2015 Carriage Showcase. There will be classes for professionally and amateur-restored vehicles, in-use carriages and...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:58
Revolution Sports
May 6, 2015 - World class riders from 24 nations around the globe will descend on the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show next week for top class competition across four disciplines over five days, from 13-17th May, in front of an expected crowd of over 50,000 people. There will be a bevy of British competitors riding alongside international...
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...

Show Jumping

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:57
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Beginners luck or youthful indiscretion can be used when a young person takes home a major victory, but none of those correctly describe Kelli Cruciotti. Hard working, determined - those are the best adjectives to describe the 17-year-old athlete who won her first grand prix with Chamonix H during Thursday night's prestigious $100,000 Sapphire...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:56
Mill Spring, NC- Donald Sheehan of Maryville, TN, and Linda Schwartz's Arrow capped an impressive day at TIEC earning champion honors in the Pre-Green 3' Hunter division. Sheehan, who has had a very busy season so far at TIEC, piloting several horses to championship honors, was very pleased with his rounds today aboard the smaller bay gelding...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:49
Mill Spring, NC - The $34,000 FEI Tryon Speed Stake boasted a large class of international veteran talent, but young Charlotte, NC, based Alise Oken (USA) made easy work of the class aboard her own Kaid Du Ry to collect her first win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Competition at Tryon Spring 7 continues through the week,...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:28
Rolex Grand Slam PR
Scott Brash. Christian Ahlmann. Kent Farrington. Beezie Madden. Steve Guerdat. Edwina Alexander-Tops. Ludger Beerbaum. It is the crème de la crème, the absolute world-class of the show jumping sport, who will be competing at the Aachen Soers at the weekend. The World Equestrian Festival is the first Major show of the year and with it the Rolex...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:17
Classic Communications
Lexington, KY -The Split Rock Jumping Tour set out to create an "unparalleled show jumping experience", one not currently available in the U.S. A brand new concept, this event in "the Horse Capital of the World", Lexington, KY, offered riders, spectators and sponsors a European-style, boutique horse show, a much-needed and well-received idea that...
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 09:45
FEI Communications
The ninth qualifier of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 season will take place in Lisbon, Portugal tomorrow, Friday 29 May, attracting a field of nine teams.
 
The starting order, which was determined by a draw held in Lisbon this evening, will be as follows:
 
1. Finland
2. Great Britain
3. Italy
4....
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:47
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
International Bromont Fast Facts Where: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park 450, chemin de Gaspé Bromont, Québec, Canada, J2L 2P4 When: International Bromont I CSI2* July 22 -26, 2015 International Bromont II CSI3* July 29 -August 2, 2015 International Bromont III CSI3*-W August 5 -9, 2015 Features: NTERNATIONAL BROMONT I, CSI2* July 22 -26, 2015...

Para Dressage

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:40
  Lexington, Ky. - With a little under two months before the Opening Ceremonies at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 04:43
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
U.S. Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with rider Roxie Trunnell and horse Touche. The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF) is pleased to present a 2 ½ day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium at the Golden State Dressage CPEDI3*, Rancho Murieta, California on June 14-16, 2015, 8AM-5PM. Designed as a "Develop the Coach" format, select U.S. High Performance and developing Para Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will benefit from lectures and ride feedback by 5* FEI Para Equestrian Dressage Judge Carlos Lopes, supported by USEF Para Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt. Topics include Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, quality of horse, freestyles, and preparation for international competition. Demonstrations on para-dressag...
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 05:48
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Sydney Collier Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Allentown, NJ - The 13th Annual 2015 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, presented by B.W. Furlong...
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;...
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