DressageDaily will be catching up with Robert Dover this week in Gladstone, one week before heads for Ohio for his Dover'sWorld.com. Here is Robert with judge and former USET Dressage Chef d'equipe, Jessic Ransehousen.. Be sure to follow his insights on
"This week begins The Festival Of Champions on Wednesday with the Vet Check and Thursday with the competition. And what am I hope for, most of all? Plain and simple - TO HAVE MY SOCKS KNOCKED RIGHT OFF ME!"
The field in the Grand Prix will be missing our top pair right now, Steffen Peters and Ravel. They will be showing along with Kathrine Haddad inand we wish them both the very best of luck and know they will be awesome. Still, we will have Olympic reserve rider from Hong Kong, Micheal Barizone and Neruda, as well as Leslie Morse and Tip Top who have also represented the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games, and Tuny Page and Wild One, past World Cup competitors.
Oh, and never count out my old teammate, Shelly Francis who, at a WEG trials we did together, she had a little statue of a fat lady singing on top of her trunk to reming her that it’s never over until ….. well, you know. And guess who made the team that year! I am looking forward to seeing the up and coming pair of Lauren Sammis and Segacious since they have continued their rise to fame under the very knowledgeable eye of trainer, Ashley Holzer. I am also anxious to see how the pair of Shawna Harding and Come Back have progressed under the tutelage of Olympic rider Michelle Gibson. And I was wowed by Adrienne Lyle who, under the amazing guidance of Debbie McDonald, has skyrocketed to the top of our American leaderboards several times already.
In all, there should be some wonderful rides also at the Prix St. George level, with hot competition between front runners, Jan Brons and Katherine Bateson Chandler. Tuny Page will have her new mare Alina there as well and there are quite a few others who look quite strong, so it should be a lot of fun to watch.
So I say LET THE GAMES BEGIN! And, to the riders, I wish them all the best of luck and hope they ride every movement for a 10! No holding back.