The CDI Warm-up often has as many spectators as the competition arena itself. At the Dressage Affaire in Del Mar, California, top US dressage riders such as Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel and Beth Ball wore highly protective GPA helmets in the warm-up in response to the recent [#24554 override="tragic accident of Courtney King Dye" title="tragic accident of Courtney King Dye"]. Their example was noted and appreciated by spectators and by those who had have loved ones involved in similar accidents. Although it is unusual to see GPA helmets on dressage riders, after Courtney’s unfortunate accident, hopefully, their presence will become permanent and integral equipment for each rider. Akiko Yamazaki, owner of Ravel, wore her GPA helmet in the competition arena as well. In addition, Shannon and Steffen Peters’ barn made green lapel ribbons as a show of solidarity and prayer for Courtney King. The ribbons were worn by spectators, riders and show staff.
[#24521 override="Results for the Dressage Affaire, March 12-14, 2010" title="Results for the Dressage Affaire, March 12-14, 2010"]