This week's News Notes for the week of May 21-25th brought to you by Back on Track. Riders4Helmets has announced its International Helmet Awareness Day where retailers around the world will sell their helmets at a discount. COutrney King-Dye is up for the FEI "Against All Odds" award which seems quite fitting when you look at how far and how much she has done for the equestrian community since her accident. Eurodressage.com has a fun article on tailoring your training schedule to your horse. Going to London? Hope you already have tickets to the Equestrian event because they are sold out! Dresage Trail Class? You bet - chaeck it out! Can we really have a legit shot at our first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978? Keep your fingers crossed - it couls actually happen this year if the same I'll Have Another comes out to play!
Another busy weekend is coming our way with a lot of show action across the nation! Starting in the north this week, we have the ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage in Allentown, NJ, Dressage at Saratoga in Saratoga, NY, Dressage at Heavenly Waters in Bel Air, MD and the Beland Stables Spring Dressage in Lakeville, MA. The south has the May Day Dressage in Aiken, SC, the Chattahoochee Hills Dressage in Fairburn, GA, KDA 26th Annual Dressage Show in Lexington, KY and the GSEC Diamond Classic I and II in Katy, TX. In the mid-west we have the Silverwood Dressage in Camp Lake, WI and the Bara Trac I Dressage and Bara Trac I Too in Mason CIty, IA. We also have the Dressage in the Plains I and II in Peyton, CO, the Magic City All-Breed Dressage I and II in Billings, MT and the Horses Unlimited Dressage Challenge I and II in Albuquerque, NM. Rounding out the week we have the west coast with the Dressage Derby I and II in Vacaville, CA, Dressage at Flintridge in La Canada Flintridge, CA, 17th Annual Spokane Sport Horse Spring Dressage Show in Spokane, WA and Fort Vancouver Dressage in Ridgefield, WA.
With the Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day set to take place on June 9th (where participating retailers all over the world will be offering discounts on helmets to equestrians on this day) we should all be grateful for the good that has come out of Olympian Courtney King-Dye's riding accident that nearly took her life. The head injury that she sustained after a horse simply tripped at the walk (Courtney was not wearing a helmet) changed the course of history for riders around the world when new helmet rules were put in place as as well as people making personal decisions to wear them for their own safety. Courtney is now up for the FEI "Against All Odds" award and it would be great if everyone reading this could vote and give back to this outstanding lady who continues to this day to give back to the sport in so many ways! Read more on Courtney and how to vote here!
The Olympic Games are marching ever closer with only 65 days to the Opening Ceremony! More tickets will be going on sale today, Wednesday May 23, 2012 to the general public. It is amazing the popularity that the equestrian sports have in Europe and this is shown by dressage, eventing and showjumping being completly SOLD OUT! While I cannot speak for the other disciplines, dressage competition is going to be so exciting and outrageous (in a great way!) at these Games as several powerhouses have emerged and competition will be electrifying! Check out the full ticket story here!
Eurodressage.com has presented a piece written by Sarah Warne about "Adapting the Training Once You Start Competing". Sarah presents some interesting insight into how she views each of her horses training schedules and why she chooses each style for that particular horse. Most of us are lucky enough to be able to tailor our training schedule to the needs of our horses since a vast majority own only one or two horses. Heck, even some of our horses schedules actually reflect the time constraints of our everyday non-horsey chores! Check out the story here!
Horse Junkies United had a recent story of a show that held a Dressage Trail Class! There were obsticals to manuever through, around and over and there was even a duck toss and egg and spoon element to the class! 9 people entered to compete (and have fun!) and the event was well attended by over 50 spectators who cheered the competitors on! There are several videos of the class posted so be sure to check out the fun!
Well after this weekend's Preakness Stakes it seems that we may have a legitimate shot at the first winner of a Triple Crown since 1978! It was a great race with a repeat of the Derby where I'll Have Another took over Bodemeister in a late charge to the finish. The Belmont is a mile and a half, a distance that these 3 year olds have never attempted (and will never again), and with Bodemeister heading home and out of the Belmont - will we see the coveted Triple Crown finally come to current times? Check out the story here!