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The FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series pilot program kicks off this weekend in Vidauban, France with teams from 5 countries going for the title at the CDIO3*! Catherine Haddad has settled back into the US and NJ.com has a nice article/interview on what she is up to and what she hope to achieve now that she is back on American soil. Eurodressage.com has a piece written about "letting go" when riders lose the ride and how they move on. Love your mare and considering breeding her via embryo transfer? Choose the recipient well. A study shows how the size matters in the outcome of your foal! Pull up and chair and tune in Saturday to the running of the 138th Preakness Cup where Orb will attempt to become the winner the first Triple Crown title since 1978.

Things are kicking into high gear this weekend! Lots of action is taking place as Spring has Sprung! We will kick things off in the Northern section of the country with the Dressage at Blue Goose in Cochranville, PA. The mid-west has the Majestic View I in Batavia, OH, the Sorensen Park Dressage May II in East Troy, WI, the Dressage at Lamplight in Wayne, IL, the Harmony in the Park I and II in Edinburg, IN, the ODS Down Centerline 1 and 2 in Delaware, OH and the Idaho Dressage Festival I and II in Nampa, ID. In the south Virginia has the PVDA Spring Show in Leesburg and the Lexington Spring Dressage in Lexington. Georgia has the Poplar Place Farm May Dressage in Hamilton and the Dressage at Greystone will take place in Fayetteville, TN. Florida rounds out the southern region with the Gold Coast May Dressage in West Palm Beach. Vegas has the Las Vegas Dressage Spring Fling III in Las Vegas. THe west coast has the Equestrians Institute L'Aperitif in Kirkland, WA and California competitions include the Woodside Spring Dressage in Woodside, the CDS San Juan Capistrano Spring in San Juan Capistrano, the Spring Dressage in Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara and the CDS Marin Chapter in Petaluma.


The FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series will kick off this Friday, May 17th in Vidauban, France. This compeition kicks off the FEI Nations Cup pilot series which promises much anticipation and excitement as 5 countries will field teams for this CDIO3*. The pilot series will have three additional competitions to assess the attractiveness of the event in order to establish whether the series would be carried on as a regular event after 2013. Check out how it all works here!

NJ.com is an online site that recently published a story on Catherine Haddad and her transition from her base in Northern Germany to Gladstone, New Jersey. Haddad is currently leases space at the USET Team Headquater's Hamilton Farms. Haddad talks about her time in Germany and what her goals are now that she is back in the U.S. both in the saddle and serving on committees and boards. She is becoming active in both Pony Club and Para Dressage. Read more about what's up with this top rider! Welcome home!

Eurodressage.com has a wonderful story on what it means to have a successful FEI horse, lose it for different circumstances and then have to move on. Whether from the loss of life or a horse simply being sold - the scenarios are visited with different outcomes and lessons learned. A lot of us have been there (maybe not with an FEI horse!) and it nice to see how these riders cope. Check out the story here!

TheHorse.com was asked by a reader if the use of a recipent mare for embryo transfer would influence the foal that she carries. Seems that the answer looks like a YES! When the recipent is the "wrong" size meaning that the mare does not match the egg donor that the size and growth rate of the foal. Studies were done doing pony to horse and horse to pony transfers and the results were quite interesting. Check out the story here and see what they found!

Whether you love horse racing or just the fun of the Triple Crown Quest - many folks will tune into the running of the 138th Preakness Stakes to be run in Maryland on Saturday May 18th. After Orb's more than convincing victory in the Kentucky Derby the question is once again will he pull of the three races neccessary to capture the Triple Crown. No horse, since Affirmed in 1978, has managed the daunting task and while Orb has a very good chance to take the Preakness he will not be without stiff competition. Check out this article (including videos) for a run down of Orb's running mates and why they just might stand a chance!