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This week's News Notes for June 11-15th is brought to you by Back on Track! Wow, talk about an exciting week of world class competition! The USEF Dressage Festival of Champions took place last weekend as well as this coming one where more National titles will be awarded as well as the final selection of the U.S. Dressage Team for the London Olympic Games! The Para-Equestrians also hosted their National Championships and Paralympic Selction Trials at the USET Team Headquartesl! The Dutch National Championships took place with Edward Gal emerging on top with more top international quality horses. On a fun note, Charlotte Dujardin was interviewed about being a top contender for a spot on the British Olympic Squad and her level headed response was that the Olympics is "just another show". If only your typical riders could be so cool headed!{C}

Mega showing continues across the nation with the conclusion to the Grand Prix National Championship and U.S. Olympic Selction Trials in Gladstone, NJ! Elsewhere in the north there is the GMHA June Dressage Competition in South Woodstock, VT and the Cayuga Dressage and CT, Inc. in Horsehead, NY. Moving down to the south we have the Dressage at Greystone in Lynnville, TN, the Dressage at Camden in Camden, SC, The Surf's Up Cup in New Smyrna Beach, FL, the Poplar Place Farm June Dressage in Hamilton, GA, the Virginia Summer Dressage in Culpeper, VA and the Summertime Blues in Pinehurst, NC and the Green Country Dressage Classic I and II in Claremore, OK. The mid west has the C&M Farm Summer Dressage Show in Pocatello, ID, the Iowa Dressage Classic I and II in Cumming, IA, the Sun Dance Dressage Show I and II in Lake Elmo, MN, the SLADS Summer Dressage Festival I and II in Lake Saint Louis, MO, the Dressage Derby of Ohio I and II in Concord Twp, OH, the Sorensen Park Dressage & Sport Horse June I and II in East Troy, WI and the Dressage at Waterloo June I and II in Grass Lake, MI. the west will host the Sage Creek I and II in Heber City, UT, the Beaujolais Group - Chablis and Beaujolais in Auburn, WA, the 4th Annual Spokane Sport Horse Father's Day Dressage Classic II in Spokane, WA, the Dressage at Del Mar in Rancho Sante Fe, CA, the Golden State Dressage Classic in Rancho Murieta, CA, the Fairwind Farm June II in Santa Rosa, CA and the Dressage in the Almonds in Lodi, CA.


This past week we saw the first of two weekends that will decide six National Championships in the U.S.! As this competition also serves as the selection trial for the US Dressage Team for London all eyes are on Gladstone. Steffen Peters is currently standing in the top spot with his new mount Legolas 92 for the National Grand Prix title (Ravel was not required to attend the trials in NJ). THe National Young Rider Champion title was taken by Brandi Roenick and her own Pretty Lady and the National Junior Championship title went to Ayden Uhlir on Sjaepor. The Pony Rider Championship went to Barbara (Bebe) Davis on Poldy 10. Check out the latest from the Festival of Champions and be sure to catch Live streaming at the USEF Network this coming weekend!

This weekend the second leg of the Festival of Champions with the Intermediare-I Championships, the Young Adult Brentina Cup Championship as well as the conclusion to the Grand Prix National Championship. This will also decide who will represent the U.S. at the London Olympic Games. The jog for the I-I horses were held on Wednesday and all competitiors were deemed fit to compete. The jog for the Grand Prix horses will be held Thursday June 14, 2012 at 2 pm. Live Streaming of the competition can be seen on the USEF Network as well as live scoring!

The National Para-Equestrian Championships featuring the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials was held the 10th-13th. After the Freestyle, Rebecca Hart rose to the top to win her 5th USEF National Championship Title with Lord Luger. Jonathan Wentz took the reserve honors with NTEC Richter Scale and Donna Ponessa came a close 3rd on Western Rose. Check out the full story here!

The Dutch Dressage Championships took place in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands and Edward Gal emerged as victor aboard Austrian owned Undercover (Ferro x Donnerhall). The pair were the clear champions after winning all three test with scores of 75.766% in the Grand Prix, 76.422% in the Special and an 83.65% in the Kur. Gal was also successful aboard the Danish breeding stallion Romanov (Rohdiamant x Grundstein II) coming in second in the Grand Prix and the Special but was only allowed one mount in the Kur. With this strong showing Edward Gal and Undercover are in a very good position for a place on the Dutch Olympic Team for London! Read the full story at Eurodressage.com!

British Dressage Starlett Charlotte Dujardin and her superstar Valegro look to be poised to become part of the British Dressage Team in London that is expected to give Germany and Holland an run for its money! While Charlotte has made a metoric rise to the top, having just debuted at the Grand Prix level a little more thatn 15 months ago, says she will just be looking at the London Games as "just another show"! She talks about how important it is to not let the pre-Games hype take over and affect the way she trains and rides. While it has always been a dream to go to the Olympics, hers is the stuff great movies are made of. Read more from This is Gloucestshire about the amazing story!