This week's NewNotes are for the week of July 9-13th and brought to you by Back on Track! Things are heating up with the excitment of the London Olympic Games looming! Speaking of heat - Charlotte Dujardin and Valgero are on fire heading into these Games having breaking a British record scoring 90.65% - what a way to head into the competition! Germany has announced its team after a German dominated CHIO Aachen and Totilas and Matthias Rath are not part of it. In fun news building to the Olympics in London - there were stories this week with two glimpses into two Olympic horse's training, preperation and care. We get to go into the world of Adrienne Lyle (individual competitior for the US team on Wizard) and Heather Blitz (team alternate on Paragon). The FEI has reversed its ban on cloned horses competing in international competitions - including the Olympic Games.
Another busy weekend out there as the summer show season marches on! We start in the northeast this week with the lone show of the King Oak Dressage Days I and II in Southampton, MA. The mid-west is busy with the Midsummer Dressage Show in Lake Elmo, MN, the Silverwood Dressage July I in Camp Lake, WI, the Dressage at Waterloo July in Grass Lake, MI, KCDS Summer Dressage Classic at Longview Horse Park in Kansas City, MO and the Mid Ohio Classic I and II in Deleware, OH. The south is also another busy region with the Dressage at Lexington in Lexington, KY, the Rise 'n Shine in Pinehurst, NC, the Dressage at Greystone in Lynnville, TN and the Deep South Dressage & Combined Training Association Northwest Florida Classic III in Cottondale, FL. The middle part of the country has the Wasatch Back I and Wasatch Mountain Dressage in Heber City, UT, the Dressage at the Peak Summer in Colorado Springs, CO and the Sport Horse Summer Spectacular in Tucson, AZ. On the west coast we have the Dressage in the Almonds July in Lodi, CA, the CHR July Jubilee Dressage in Ramona, CA, the Summer Dressage III in Somis, CA, the Woodside Summer Dressage in Woodside, CA, the Champagne Classic Group - Crystal and Magnum in Auburn, WA and the 13th Annual Spokane Sport Horse Casual Qualifier I, II & Breed Show in Spokane, WA.
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have done it again!! After a little more than two months since breaking the Grand Prix Special World Record, the duo smashed the British Grand Prix Freestyle record with a 90.65%! Charlotte is the first British dressage rider to break the 90% barrier in international competition. The previous record of 87.6% was held by Laura Bechtolsheimer, the third member of the British Olympic Team. Check out more of the story here and watch the video!
The 2012 CHIO Aachen is over with the German ladies leading the charge to victory in all three events. Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill (Donnerhall/Rubinstein I) reigned supreme in the Grand Prix Freestyle while Kristina Sprehe and Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II) ruled the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special. Check out more stories and coverage from Eurodressage.com.
The German Federation dressage selection committee has announced that the German team will be without its Superstar stallion Totilas for the Olympic Games. His rider Matthias Rath is still ill with mononucleosis and cannot compete in the Games. The committee stressed that when Totilas was visited, he was found fit to compete when shown to them by Rath's father Klaus Martin Rath. The German team will now consist of Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill, Kristina Sprehe and Desperados and Dorothee Schneider and Diva Royal (Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino will be the individual) Check out the story at DressageDaily.com!
A interesting read for this week came from an article about the care and feeding of Paragon, the traveling reserve horse for the U.S. Olympic dressage squad. THe piece talks to his rider Heather Blitz about how she cares for the 9-year-old gelding from his training routine to his feeding regiment. Blitz has owned Paragon since he was a foal when she bought him as a resale horse. Once she began his triaining she realised what she had and the pair have had an impressive ride to the top! Read the story here!
Equisearch has another fun piece with a story about Adreinne Lyle (individual competitor for the US Team at the London Games with her horse Wizard) and her adventures after being named to the team! It is fun to get a glimpse into the lives of these riders and their horses when preparing for such a prestigious competition. It really gives you a feeling of "being there"! Read the story here!
The FEI has reversed its decision that had previously banned cloned horses from competition. After its June meeting in Switzerland, it was decided that cloned horses and any progeny will be allowed to compete in international competitions including the Olympic Games. Thoroughbred racing and the American Quarter Horse Association have continued to ban cloned horses for competition. No cloned horses are scheduled to compete in the London Olympic Games. Check out the full story here.