Both California and Florida played host to CDI-W competition as qualifying is still well under way for the World Cup (April) and the London Olympic Games. Para Equestrians also continue on their journey to find a place in London as well. In some Olympic news - While Great Britain has the young up and coming Charlotte Dujardin, seems Germany has a young gun of its own and she is already on the German A-list and looking toward London! Ingrid Klimke was featured on CNN recently talking about her famous family and looking ahead to her next Olympic Games and NBC and You Tube will be teaming up to bring you live streaming of all the events of the entire games....for free!
Holland has had an outbreak of EHV-I which is the neurological form of the disease. Voluntary containment seems to be keeping things under control. In a couple of happy stories - Boris the ploice horse was honored for his service during the London riots last August and if iPad fever isn't big enough - now there is a "commercial" for an iPad for your equine!
More and more of our country is waking up from the cocoon of winter and shows are starting to scatter all across the nation instead of being concentrated in on the two coast. Florida is still in full swing with the WEF Dressage Classic and the GDF National Classic in Wellington and South Carolina has the Southern Comfort Show in Aiken. The mid west has two competitions in Ohio with the Majestic Farm March Madness Dressage III in Batavia and the Lake Erie College Dressage March in Concord Twp. Texas will have one lone show with the WKF Spring Show I and II in Magnolia. Out west, the Tucson Dressage Club March Madness I and II will be held in Tucson, AZ and Vegas will host the Las Vegas Dressage Spring Fling I. California rounds out the action with the Golden State Dressage in Rancho Murieta and the Spring Dressage At Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace.
Olympic and World Cup Qualifying competitions were held this past weekend with CDI-W shows in both Wellington, Fl and Del Mar, CA. Paralympians also went head to head at the Rancho Valencia CPEDI*** in Del Mar. Both shows were very successful and the competition was exciting! It will be interesting to see how things continue to shake out and watch as the team starts to take shape as the REEM ACRA FEI World Cup Dressage Final is just around the corner taking place during the entire competition April 18-22, 2012 in s’Hertogenbosch (NED).
Does Germany have another rising young gun? Seems so when 25-year-old Kristina Sprehe and her stallion Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II) made her Big League Grand Prix debut at The CDI Dortmund coming second in the Grand Prix behind Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris (Michellino x Ibsen). While that was impressive enough...Kristina did herself one better and WON the Grand Prix Special with an outstanding 81.978% to Laura and Alf's 81.044%! Kistina and Desperados had previously been ruling the 25 under circuit and this was their big time debut. Kristina has been submitted to the German A-team list with Olympic potential. Check out the full story from CDI Dortmund at Eurodressage.com.
Are you a fan of some of the lesser sports that take place at the summer Olympic games? It appears that NBC and You Tube have struck an agreement where the 2012 London Olympic Games will be streamed online in its entirety and yes folks, absolutley free. The Official Olympic Channel can be found on You Tube and this is great news as fans of non high profile sports will be able to watch their Olympic heros duel it out for medals. Stay tuned for more info, but in the meantime, visit here for more....
Ingrid Klimke was recently featured on CNN's show Human to Hero where they talked to the German Olympic rider on her quest to ride in her fourth Olympic Games this summer. The piece also highlighted how Ingrid has followed in her famous father, Reiner Klimke, footsteps. As most of us know, Reiner earned 6 Gold Medals at various Olympic Games from 1964 and 1988 before his death in 1999. Ingrid is an avid competitor but is slightly unusual as she competes at both the highest levels of eventing and dressage. Check her out!
People in Holland have had a recent scare with the outbreak of the neurological form of the equine herpesvirus (EHV) where some horses have died. The Dutch Federation has called for horse owners not move their horses unless absolutly neccessary to help control the outbreak. While several horses have been effected, there has been a slowing of the virus as no new cases have recently been reported. Read more here!
I love a happy story and from Great Britain we get just that! Boris, a large gray police horse, was recently honored for his bravery during the August riots that took place in Tottenham, a borough of London. As one of the first mounted horses on the scene "He was met with a sea of hostile crowds, burning buildings, and faced an onslaught of improvised and dangerous missiles." However frightening the scence was, Boris "did not flinch." Due to strong nerves, other less brave horses followed him into the crowd which allowed officers to reach people in need. Read more about this fantastic horse and the awards ceremony here!
Now, just for laughs, check out a video that "Advertises" for the next iPad, but this one is strictly for our four legged equines - silly, yes but whats life without a little humor?