Watch the Video! Glory in Gothenburg for Patrick Kittel and Toy Story at the Last Qualifying Leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 Western European League Series

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Written by Louise Parkes
Sweden's Patrik Kittel and Toy Story. Tonight's (Photo: FEI/Roland Thunholm)
Sweden's Patrik Kittel and Toy Story. Tonight's (Photo: FEI/Roland Thunholm)

Patrick Kittel was the crowd-pleaser on home ground in the Scandinavium Arena at Gothenburg, Sweden tonight when steering Toy Story to victory in. It was a nervous wait for the 35 year old Swede however, as the result was delayed due to an electrical fault that disrupted the scoring system. In the absence of his marks, it was Great Britain's Richard Davison and Hiscox Artemis who were heading the scoreboard in the closing stages, with Denmark's Lone Jorgensen and FBW de Vito close behind. But these two were relegated when Kittel's score of 78.525 was eventually confirmed, leaving him well clear of all challengers. Today's success brought Kittel's tally for the season to three, following previous wins at Stockholm, Sweden in November and at Mechelen, Belgium in December. He has pipped Germany's Helen Langehanenberg for the 2011/2012 league title - a first for Sweden according to the FEI's Director of Dressage, Trond Asmyr. "I'm really pleased about that, this has been a good day!" Kittel said tonight.

It was an excellent one for Joergensen too, as the 39 year old Dane was lying just outside a qualifying spot for the Final which will take place at 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands from 18-22 April. Her third-place finish today however moved her into ninth position on the league table from which the top-nine are automatically qualified. Once again tonight, her 10-year-old gelding showed maturity beyond his years as he coped admirably with the charged atmosphere of the packed Scandinavium Arena which put paid to the ambitions of many who had gone before.

Half-way Stage
It was another Danish duo, Sidsel Johansen and the 13 year old Schianto, who were leading the field at the half-way stage after posting a score of 70.825. They produced a lovely performance, filled with courage and flair - Schianto's extravagant trot extensions and lightness off the ground, and his rider's fearlessness when pushing for extended canter despite a glitch in the flying changes a moment beforehand, distinguished this partnership.

However they were demoted by the first pair in action after the break, as the evergreen 20-year-old Krawall belied his age when putting The Netherlands in front with a mark of 74.150 following a happy and harmonious programme. Joergensen then re-jigged the leaderboard again two horses later, when FBW de Vito showed wonderful balance in extended trot, nice pirouette and piaffe - as the rider said afterwards, this is a horse who has three great gaits, and it seems only a matter of time before the relatively novice horse becomes an even bigger threat to the biggest names in the sport. With 74.875 now the target-score, they held the lead as the penultimate partnership of Kittel and Toy Story came into the ring, but it was clear the Swedish rider would surpass them as the home runners, performing to a new "Romeo and Juliet" themed musical score, produced the piaffe that Kittel has become famous for, along with the firmest of passage in a truly rhythmical test.

No Easy Job
It was no easy job for the last-man-in, Davison, as the crammed stadium of spectators were still roaring their approval for their own hero as he entered the ring. Gothenburg presents a particularly tough test, as the dressage arena just squeezes inside the confines of the oval-shaped ice-rink, with the four corners touching the surrounding walls. Davison had to call on all his reserves of experience to steer Hiscox Artemis through their floor-plan, but the 56-year-old rider knows all there is to know about ring-craft and when 75.850 went up on the board it was clear he was well in the frame. Kittel's score, meanwhile, had been swallowed up by the electrical blackout, but it was eventually confirmed and the home crowd rose to their feet with delight during the prize-giving ceremony.

He admitted that the excitement of the spectators had affected his own performance. "Sometimes I didn't have 100% control, and we made a little mistake in the two-tempis" he pointed out, but he added "tonight will stay in my memory for a very long time - the reception I got from the crowd was incredible!"

Davison said "I had a good time and a great ride" and that it would have been "nice to win in Patrik Kittel fan-land", but, he joked, "did you notice I did a deliberate mistake for all of Sweden because I didn't think I'd get out of their alive if I won, and anyway they didn't want an old guy like me to come out on top!" he added.

Delighted
Joergensen was delighted with her third placing and with having qualified for the Final. "This was only his (FBW de Vito's) third Freestyle so I had no great expectations, I would have been happy if we had been fifth or sixth" said the Danish rider who finished individually seventh at the Olympic Games in Sydney 12 years ago. Talking about the unusually serene character of her horse who has exceptional stage-presence, she said "he was just born like that! I've had him since he was a foal, he was broken as a five-year-old and I often wondered if he would ever make it to the top so now, of course, I'm very happy with him! I've had so many hot horses in my time so it's a great pleasure to have one like this, especially at my age! He is very gentle and affectionate" she pointed out, adding, in a hushed voice, as if she can hardly believe it herself, "I think he might just be the best I've ever had..."

For now, like many of those competing in the Western European League Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, it is time for her "Hulle Pulle" as FBW de Vito is known at home, to have a rest before the final gets underway at 's-Hertogenbosch in eight weeks time. There Joergensen will join today's winner Kittel and fellow-Swede Tinne Vilhelmson-Tinne along with Davison, Germany's Helen Langehanenberg, Isabell Werth and Nadine Capellmann, Italy's Valentina Truppa and The Netherlands' Hans Peter Minderhoud.

Wild-cards may permit some of those further down the line to also make the cut, but the final line-up will not be decided until the US and Eastern European League series are completed over the next few weeks.

For further information on the ninth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series at Gothenburg, Sweden go to website www.goteborghorseshow.se. The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final will take place at 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands from 18-22 April.

Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 - Standings after Round 9 at Gothenburg, Sweden:
1. Patrik Kittel SWE - 73
2. Helen Langehanenberg GER- 70
3. Isabell Werth GER - 66
3. Valentina Truppa ITA - 66
5. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven SWE- 62
6. Hans Peter Minderhoud NED- 59
7. Richard Davison GBR - 55
8. Nadine Capellmann GER - 51
9. Lone Joergensen DEN - 48
10. Jeroen Devroe BEL - 43
11. Mikaela Lindh FIN - 41
12. Jenny Schreven NED - 39
13. Siril Helljesen NOR - 36
14. Cathrine Rasmussen NOR - 32
14. Monica Theodorescu GER - 32
16. Dorothee Schneider GER - 28
16. Sidsel Johansen DEN - 28
18. Aat Van Essen NED - 27
19. Catherine Haddad USA - 26
19. Edward Gal NED - 26    

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Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:30
Written By: Mary Phelps
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 22:00
Written By: Mary Phelps
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 07:19
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 08:11
Written By: Louise Parkes
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:42
Written By: Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:06
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:17
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:58
Written By: Louise Parkes
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:49
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:55
Written By: Mary Phelps
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Eventing

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 21:26
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 21:18
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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
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:04
Kate Green
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:47
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:03
FEI Communications
The FEI Tribunal has disqualified Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao des Mers from the Eventing competition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, following a positive for a Controlled Medication substance. Livio, fifth in the individual rankings, was also a member of the French team, which finished fourth in Normandy to secure qualification for the...

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 05:10
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 22:08
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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
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 18:48
Simona Diale
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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
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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
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:49
Leah Oliveto
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:40
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Show Jumping

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:39
HITS E-News
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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
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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.
 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:36
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:25
Niels Knippertz, Aachen
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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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