This weekend wraps up the Global Dressage Festival's inagural season with the only CDIO Nations Cup to be held in the Northern Hemisphere (non championship). Germany's young up and coming Kristina Sprehe has surged in the latest FEI Riders ranking list after her show stopping performance at the CDI Dortmund. Morocco has qualified the first ever Arab national that will compete in an Olympic dressage event. The officials for the 2014 WEF in Normandy have been announced. With the Olympics rapidly approaching, Bloomberg.com has a very interesting story on the animal air-cargo industry. On a final note, the warm winter was nice where you got it, but oh, will our poor horses ever pay for it with the bugs!
Spring fever is in full swing with shows exploding across the entire nation! There is a lot of action and this week not just in Florida and California!! The south has many upcoming events with Florida still in the mix. We have the WEF Wellington Dressage Nation Cup in Wellington and the Gold Coast Dressage Finale I and II in West Palm Beach. The Carolinas have the Williamston Spring Dressage in Wiliamston, NC, the Bloomin' Dressage in Tryon, NC and South Carolina has the Spring Fling in Aiken. Rounding out the south is Tennessee with the Tennessean Dressage in Mufreesboro and the Meadow Lake Spring Classic I and II will take place in Bryantsville, KY. Ohio will have the Majestic Farm April Adventures Dressage in Batavia. Heading out toward the west we have the Tucson Dressage Club Spring Fling in Tucson, AZ, CTDS Bluebonnet Classic I and II in Manor, TX and the Las Vegas Dressage Spring Fling II in Las Vegas, NV. All the way over to the west coast there is more action with California hosting several events - The CDS East Bay Chapter Dressage April in Pleasanton, the Spring Dressage in Somis and April Madness in Temecula. Washington has the Chardonnay in Kirkland and in paradise - Hawaii will have the Aloha State Dressage Society I and II in Waimanalo!
This weekend, the last event of the inagural Global Dressage Festival will take place with the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3* April 13-14. It is the only non championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Northern Hemisphere. There are eight teams that will compete for the Gold in head to head competition. The Prix St Georges will be ridden to determine the top 5 teams that will move on to compete in the I-I Freestyle which will determine the champions! Read more on how the competition will work here and view a list of the teams here!
The young German Kristina Sprehe and her Hanoverain stallion Desperados have made a giant leap up the latest 2012 FEI Riders Ranking list climbing from 125th to 17th! This spike in her ranking is due to incredible success at the CDI Dortmund where she obtained the top score of 81.978%! Check out the rest of the list and see where you favorite stars are ranked! See the list at Eurodressage.com!
Yasser Rahmouni has made history by becoming the first Moroccan to qualify to participate in dressage at an Olympic Games. Rahmouni was actually born in the Netherlands but had the great fortune of meeting King Mohammed VI while on vacation in Morocco. When the King realised the talent of the young rider, he ordered the Moroccan Royal Equestrian Federation to finacially fund Rahmouni in all his training and qualification process. Talk about a full "ride" scholarship! Read the rest of the story here!
The officals for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, to be held in Normandy, France, have announced the officals that will be in charge of the eight equestrian diciplines that will take place at the competition. See who they are and learn about the roles they will be tackling during this prestigious event. Read More Here!
Bloomberg.com has a really cool story on animal air transport. Air cargo is a $66 billion dollar industry and animal transport is a very specialized part with everything from Pandas, rhinos, lizards to our beloved pets and horses are flown around the world. Lufthansa is one of the companies who specialize in this field and their annual haul includes 14,000 dogs and cats, 8,000 pigs, 2,000 horses and approximatley 150 zoo animals. Check out the story here.
Horse owners especially in the southern region of the US may have enjoyed a mild winter season but with the good comes the bad...the warmer weather this winter combined with recent rains have created the perfect storm for a wicked bug season! Mosquito eggs can lay dormant for some time waiting for conditions to become ideal to hatch. Ticks are also a viable threat and should be regularly checked for on your horse. Talk to your vet to be sure that your horse is protected now. Read more here!