Markel Monday - When is Insurance Worth It?

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Written by Tracey Scharf

 

Insurance can be a very expensive product. When the premium bill comes, it is easy to get into "that won't happen to me" mode and not adequately insure. But a little cost benefit analysis can help you make a rational choice as to what types of coverage you need and what the amounts of those coverage’s should be. Liability coverage is both the easiest and hardest coverage to gage. Why? Because what it might have to cover is always unknown. Good liability coverage will pay for whatever injury to other persons and damage to the property of others a court may find you responsible to pay for, AND a good liability policy should also provide for the payment of your legal costs in defending against a claim.

The latter can be a significant amount if you become involved in a personal injury or significant property damage claim, even if you are ultimately found not to be liable for damages, and is an important part of any liability coverage policy. It is not unusual for personal injury and wrongful death judgment’s to exceed $1 million, so this is not coverage to be taken lightly.

 Liability coverage is often attached to property insurance for assets used in the underlying activity. For instance, your auto policy should provide liability coverage for damage and injury that happens while you are driving your vehicles and your home owners or renter’s policy should provide liability coverage for injuries incurred by others on your residential property. Homeowners policies may or may not cover injury or damages caused by your hobby horses, so be sure to get specific information on this from your insurer, even if you keep your horses at home. If damage done by your horses is not covered, talk to an equine insurer about additional specific coverage.

Commercial liability policies cover damage and injury which arises in the course of your business and should be tailored to the nature of your business. The easy part of the liability insurance decision is that everyone needs coverage for the activities in which they are involved. The hard part is how much. It is impossible to predict what might happen to someone else or their property or how great the damage might be. This said; remember that should a judgment against you exceed the amount of your liability insurance coverage, the difference comes out of your personal assets. Make sure you have coverage adequate to protect your assets in case of a large judgment against you. The more you have at stake, the more coverage you should consider.

DressageDaily's Mary Phelps (mary@horsesdaily.com) is a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist and CSR Tracey Scharf (tracey@horsesdaily.com) provide the personal attention needed to help make the lives of their clients smooth and easy when it comes to the process of insuring your Farm, business and equine mortality needs. While Mary travels to the shows and barns, you can count on Tracey in the office to be available to answer questions and manage the details with ease. 1-800-572-3286.

 

 

Insurance Coverages

  Markel has specially designed an affordable Farrier’s Insurance Program just for you. Rated “A Excellent” by A.M. Best, Markel has provided insurance coverage for horses and horse related risks for over 50 years. As an Equine Insurance Specialist for Markel, we are available at the Mary Phelps Markel Agency (800-572-3286) insurance @...
 
"Mary Phelps and Markel have insured my horses, including my beloved Manhatten. Mary was there when I bought him in Holland as a 4-year-old and has been with us thoroughout our entire career. We also carry all our liability coverage, and recommend Mary and Markel to all our clients." Jodie Kelly Dressage, Destin, Florida For a horse owner, the...
 
  Markel is the innovator of horse farm insurance. Ever since Markel brought our first package to market about 50 years ago, we’ve enhanced our products and services to meet your changing needs. Markel offers you more than superlative protection; you can depend on an unmatched record of experience, expertise and commitment that have made us the...
 
Imagine if my ponies got loose? Yikes, damage to vehicles, injuries to spectators, even if one should bite the finger of a child trying to pat them. Your horse may be one of your most important possessions, but it can also be your biggest liability. Individual horse owners place themselves and their assets at risk every time their horse comes...
 
When your business is the target of a lawsuit, money isn’t the only thing that’s at stake. Your reputation is on the line, too. Markel insurance professionals have years of experience handling equine liability claims. They’ll ensure that a claim against you is resolved fairly, with consideration for all parties involved. Equine liability...
 
Medical Surgical options are available when purchasing a mortality policy on the actual cash value of your horse. There are several options and limits to choose from. This coverage is provided for clients as a means to help with the costly expenses of medical surgical treatments due to accident, sickness or injury. Emergency Colic Surgery...
 
Special Discount for member of the American Association of Professional Farriers Mary Phelps - Markel Equine, Farm, Ranch and Liability Specialist 800-572-3286, insurance@horsesdaily.comMarkel has specially designed an...
 
Air TransitCoverage is available for horses up to 30 days while awaiting transit/air transit to the USA and to extend Mortality coverage to include new territorial limits. Full details of the facility and information on who has care, custody and control are required. Contact our office for more information.Limited Permanent Disability (Loss of...
 
Markel is the innovator of horse farm insurance. Ever since Markel brought our first package to market about 50 years ago, we’ve enhanced our products and services to meet your changing needs. Markel offers you more than superlative protection; you can depend on an unmatched record of experience, expertise and commitment that have made us the...
 
"Mary Phelps and Markel have insured my horses, including my beloved Manhatten. Mary was there when I bought him in Holland as a 4-year-old and has been with us thoroughout our entire career. We also carry all our liability coverage, and recommend Mary and Markel to all our clients." Jodie Kelly Dressage, Destin, Florida For a horse owner, the...
 

What Markel Clients Say

I have had my horses insured with Mary Phelps/Markel for years. As an Amateur competing up to Grand Prix, at the same time as having a professional career, the personal service provided by her office, availability and superior support from Markel, have provided me with peace of mind.
 
It was easy and helpful working with my long time friend Mary and her assistant Tracey when I got my equine liability coverage with Markel.
 
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What You Need To Know

  This is the third article on a new series that Markel is working on; Guidelines to follow when you own or operate an Equestrian Farm Property. For every threat of a mishap, there’s usually a simple safety measure that you can apply to eliminate or drastically reduce the possibility of an accident. However, you have to make sure you are looking...
 
Mary Phelps and Tracey Scharf provide the personal service and attention needed to guide you thorugh the insurance process. "We make it easy" A lifelong equestrian, equine photographer, journalist, founder and COO of two leading equine news and information websites, competitor at the Intermediate level in Combined Driving, and farm owner, Mary...
 
  We are going to run a new series that Markel is working on; Guidelines to follow when you own or operate an Equestrian Farm Property. For every threat of a mishap, there’s usually a simple safety measure that you can apply to eliminate or drastically reduce the possibility of an accident. However, you have to make sure you are looking in all...
 
  Horse owners place themselves and their assets at risk every time their horse comes in contact with people or property. Equine-related lawsuits occur more frequently than one may expect, and many homeowners' policies limit equine liability coverage, or many exclude it altogether. Many times we are asked "My state has an Equine Activity...
 

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

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...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:55
Written By: Mary Phelps
The billboard leads the way to the MGM Grand Hotel host of the Welcome Party and draw for today's competition. Photo: Mary Phelps While Charlotte Dujardin does admit Valegro seems a bit jet lagged, and "felt a little flat today" in the warm up, day five of the long trip is predictably the toughest day for the horses who have travelled so far, and are in an environment even Valegro in all of his travels has never seen. That said the number on dressage horse of all time, is the poster child of the Las Vegas promotion for the Reem Acra/FEY World Cup Final, Las Vegas. Dujardin's long time coach and mentor Carl Hester described a nightmarish flight in April 14, where many flights trying to land in Vegas were sent away, due to a freakish dust storm. After being sent to the Ontario Airport, sou...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:20
Written By: Mary Phelps
Laura Graves and Verdades Photo: Mary Phelps The stands were packed for the warm up at the Thomas...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:19
Written By: Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Conducting the draw for tomorrow’s opening competition of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015 Final at the Hakkasan nightclub at the MGM hotel in Las Vegas: (L to R) defending champion Germany’s Daniel Deusser, 2012 champion America’s Beezie Madden and commentator Peter Doubleday. (FEI/Dirk Caremans) Russia’s Inessa Merkulova will lead the way in Dressage and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy will be  the first Jumping rider into the ring when the much-anticipated FEI World Cup™ Finals 2015 begin at the Thomas...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 22:16
Reigning FEI World Cup™ Dressage Champions Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro - (c) McCool Photography Las Vegas, NV. - The world's best horses and riders set to compete at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final took advantage of the schooling session held in the main arena on Wednesday afternoon, which gave them the opportunity to acclimate their horses to the atmosphere and practice in the dressage arena. The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final is being held concurrently with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final at the Thomas...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 05:27
Olympian Steaffen Peters who rides in Custom Saddlery Saddles will be available to take selfies with fans at the 2015 FEI World Cup Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV - Custom Saddlery, the official saddle of the United States Dressage Team, will co-host a memory-making experience at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals on April 15-19, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bringing the centuries-old tradition of dressage distinctly into the 21st century, Custom Saddlery will offer autograph-signing and photo-taking 'selfie' opportunities with U.S. Olympian, 2009 World Cup Champion, and Custom Saddlery ambassador Steffen Peters on Thursday April 16th at the USEF Booth - following his performances with partner Legolas 92, owned by Four Winds Farm. “Custom Saddlery will...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 05:11
Laura King the certified sports hypnotist and author will be at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a sure bet - even in the city of Las Vegas - that meeting Laura King, known as the “secret weapon of competitive dressage riders,” will change how you think and train as an equestrian athlete. The certified sports hypnotist and author will be on hand at booth #726 throughout the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals. King will be bringing a new audio edition of her series, The Power to Win, and meeting with equestrians about performance coaching using hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). “I work with all levels of equestrians to improve their performance, so...
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 14:46
Written By: Marty Bauman - Classic Communications
  "Watching this video still makes me cry." Mary Phelps, DressageDaily.com. As we approach the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals, I want to flashback to the 2005 Finals in Las Vegas and remember the mesmerizing performance by U.S. rider Debbie McDonald and her superstar mare, Brentina, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas, for whom Las Vegas’s Thomas...

Eventing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:31
Equine Canada
Ottawa, Ont., April 15, 2015 - Canadian Eventing riders took the competition by storm at the Ocala Horse Properties International Festival of Eventing, held April 8-12 in Ocala, FL. Kyle Carter,  a Canadian Olympian who grew up in Calgary, Alta. and currently resides in Sparr, Fla., put in a spectacular performance in the CCI2* division, which...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:43
Land Rover North America today announced they are returning as presenting sponsor of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and continuing their longstanding support of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and equestrian sports. The event will run April 23-26th, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Throughout the weekend,...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:00
Four riders representing the Professional Riders Organization (PRO) who are in town to compete in the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, and one rider that will be competing in the Kentucky Reining Cup, will be making a special trip to Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington on Tuesday, April 21, prior to the start of...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 13:17
Samantha Clark
While many of the Rolex-bound competitors were getting their final run in at The Fork in North Carolina under sunny skies this weekend, closer to home Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state-wide emergency after torrential rainfall on Thursday and Friday left much of Lexington and especially the Kentucky Horse Park under water. Mick...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 09:30
Leslie Threlkeld for Eventing Nation
The competition isn’t over until the final fence is jumped, and Kyle Carter and FR’s Trust Fund put in a cracking show jumping round in the final phase of the Ocala Horse Properties International Festival of Eventing CCI2* before they dropped out of the lead when the last fence on course came down. Kyle and “Finn” got lucky when they rubbed the...
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 21:20
Lexington, USA, 13 April 2015 – The sport of three-day eventing is considered to be the ultimate test of horse and rider. To win, the combination must endeavour to succeed faultless performances in the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. All three elements requiring a unique range of skills; precision, elegance, harmony...
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 20:59
British rider Zara Phillips, granddaughter of the Queen, will be making her debut appearance at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover.  Phillips has entered High Kingdom, the horse on whom she won a Team Silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and also at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France....

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:24
The field of 190 Open Level 4 riders at the 2015 National Reining Breeders Classic was cut to the top 33 following the second section of preliminary competition that came to a close Thursday evening. The NRBC pays big money in the preliminary round, and Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas, piloted Magnum Starlights to the high score – a 224.5. The...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:28
The largest Non Pro class in National Reining Breeders Classic history is in the books, and the field is set for the finals on Friday evening. Marc Gordon 2015 NRBC Topping the leaderboard of the Non Pro Level 4, as well as Non Pro Levels 2 and 3 and the Non Pro Prime Time, is Marc Gordon of Elgin, Illinois. Gordon piloted his 6-year-old...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:59
For the first time, the prestigious Kentucky Reining Cup has added high-dollar NRHA classes to its schedule of events offering riders of all types the chance to compete at the Rolex weekend in Lexington, Kentucky; truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We are very excited to partner with NRHA and add $15,000 to NRHA approved classes to this year...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:44
The National Reining Breeders Classic Open competition began Wednesday, April 15, with the first of two sections of Open Preliminaries. The second section will run Thursday with the remaining 94 of 189 Open entries at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Tom McCutcheon (2015 NRBC Former NRBC Champion Tom McCutcheon), from Aubrey...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:25
“We are thrilled to partner with such an outstanding organization and very happy that Horses and Hope might benefit from the donation we intend to give in partnership with our friends at Paul Miller Ford”, said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. “Horses and Hope is already the official charity of our sister event, the Rolex Kentucky...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:36
For the second year, Cargill's Nutrena® brand Para-Reining Event will be part of the Kentucky Reining Cup, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. on April 24-25.
 
"We are thrilled to once again host Para-Reining at the Kentucky Reining Cup," said Brad Ettleman, president of HorsePower, Inc., producer of the Kentucky Reining...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 22:01
Robin Glenn Pedigrees
March 31, 2015 - Robin Glenn Pedigrees is excited to announce that the RGP database has reached $1 billion in horse earnings. The 32-year-old performance-horse database focuses on American Quarter Horses, but also documents major accomplishments of horses from other breeds that cross onto American Quarter Horses. Purchased by the American Quarter...

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

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:14
Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.
Traverse City, MI - April 17, 2015 - Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc., producers of Horse Shows by the Bay, is pleased to announce that Stadium Jumping, Inc., has acquired the United States Equestrian Federation licenses to produce horse shows in Traverse City from July 1-26 that will be called the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Alex Rheinheimer,...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:07
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY -  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the United States on the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO4* Coapexpan, in Coapexpan, Mexico, April 23-26, 2015. The following athletes will represent the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:52
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Ireland’s Bertram Allen and the brilliant grey mare, Molly Malone, won the opening Speed competition of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015 Final at the Thomas...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:46
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
A Fierce Fight for First in Thursday's Round Against the Clock Las Vegas, Nevada - April 16, 2015 - Back in the U.S.A., the 2015 LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final I speed round lit up the Thomas...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:25
Xavier Boudon
The European Champions are back! The 15-year Bonneau International Pony (BIP) will be celebrated with dignity. Against Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, France aligns one of its finest teams. France is represented by 24 riders and ponies on CSIOP, competing at the highest level of the weekend....
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:19
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Russia’s Inessa Merkulova will lead the way in Dressage and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy will be  the first Jumping rider into the ring when the much-anticipated FEI World Cup™ Finals 2015 begin at the Thomas...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:09
Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Ten days of competition, top riders from up and down the East Coast, more than $100,000 in prize money up for grabs and exciting grand prix and hunter derby events - the Lexington Spring Premiere and Spring Encore horse shows have it all! The 'AA' rated Lexington Spring Premiere kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and continues through Sunday, April...

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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