This week's News Notes are brough to you by Back On Track! It looks as if Totilas fans will not get to see Toto shoot for a spot on the German Olympic team at Aachen as he and Matthias Rath have withdrawn from the competition. The FEI announced the launch of an incredible Olympic website that takes you back through 100 years of Olympic equestrian sport as well as modern day news and results. USDF will also have a blog about all things Olympic! The North County Times has a nice article about Steffen Peters and how he has evolved into who he is today. With record heat across the nation read about a vet from New Bolton Center's top ten recommendations for keeping your horse cool in the heat. The USEF is asking people to give to the Equine Disaster Relief Fund to aid in the care of the horses that have been displaced due to the Colorado fires. Find out how you can help.
With Independence Day celebrations at an end time to get back to the 2012 show season. There are several shows across the nation starting in the north with Dressage at the Park in Allentown, NJ, Fidler Run Dressage Summer in Woodbine, NJ, Dressage at Blue Goose II in Cochranville, PA, PVDA Summer Showdown and Region 1 Adult Team Championship in Hughesville, MD and Dressage at Stanhope in Huntington, NY. The mid west has the North Woods Dressage Summer Show in Iron River, WI, the Dressage at Alpine I and II in Long Lake, MN and the Magic Valley Dressage Show in Jerome, ID. The south has only one this week with the Summer Sizzler 1 in Newberry, FL. Moving towards the west there is the PDE Summer Fun Classic in Missoula, MT, the Fiesta De Dressage in Albuquerque, NM and the Rocky Mountain Dressage III and IV in Longmont, CO. On the west coast we wrap up the list with the Whidbey Equestrian Center July Dressage in Coupeville, WA, the Pebble Beach Dressage in Pebble Beach, CA, the L.A. Chapter Dressage in Burbank, CA and the PEC Dressage Show in Wilton, CA.
Horse & Hound is reporting that the German team of Matthias Rath and Totilas have withdrawn from the CHIO Aachen. Matthias Rath has been battling gladular fever and is still unable to compete. Aachen doubles as the offical selection trial for the London Olympics and it is likely that the selection requirements will be altered if Matthias is fit to compete to allow the duo a place on the team. Check out the story.
The FEI has launched their offical London Olympic website that is "dedicated to all things Olympic and Paralympic". Not only does the site contain FEI Olympic news, technical information and links to schedules and results but it also contains a new section dedicated to the last 100 years of Olympic equestrian competition. There are summaries, complete results and photos of horses, riders and past venues. Check it out!
The USDF has also started an Olympic blog on their website featuring United States Dressage Federation and USDF Connection editor Jennifer Bryant for her insights of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games equestrian events. Follow Jennifer throughout the games for articles, photos and more!
The North County Times has a nice piece today showcasing Steffen Peters. The article touches on how it was that Steffen came to America and pursued his dream of working with horses in spite of the fact that he was in line to take over the family retail business in Germany. Thank goodness for the U.S. Olympic Team that he had understanding parents! Check out the full story here...
With the record heat that is sweeping the nation it is important to take it into consideration when it comes to your equine partner. Heat can be a major factor in dehydration, lethary and colic among other issues. Janet Johnston DVM is a critical care veterinarian at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center and she has created an article with ten tips to keeping your horse cool. This info can be vital to surviving that summer months. Check out Dr. Johnston's article at DressageDaily.com.
Speaking of heat - the fires in Colorado rage on destroying more than 100,000 acres including homes and farms. While several Equestrain Centers, horse parks and Fairgrounds have taken in displaced horses the cost to care for these horses is a difficult undertaking in these economic times. The United States Equestrian Federation ask for support by making a donation to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund. Read more here about the Fund and find out how to donate inthis time of great need.