It’s the sunny states that are hosting this weekend’s dressage competition. In Florida, the American Dressage Concours will be held in Venice. And then heading westward to dry, sunny Arizona, dressage competitors will gather in Litchfield Park for the Fun in February Dressage Show. And out on the West Coast, the Golden State Dressage Premiere will take place in Rancho Murieta.
Dressage for racehorses? An Australian racehorse trainer seems convinced. The racing mare Cariad started out with a promising career but then became rather “erratic” in her performance. Trainer Steele Ryan attributed some of the problem to a lack of respect saying that Cariad performed well on the track when in training but on race day she essentially “blew off” the jockey. Saying that Cariad is the best horse he has ever trained, Steele decided that rather than giving up on her he would try a different approach. He turned to a dressage trainer and sent Cariad into the dressage ring for a bit of schooling. It seems to have worked. Since her venture into the dressage ring, the mare is beginning to turn in consistent wins. You can read more about her Here!
And also from Australia comes a great story of neighbor helping neighbor. Earlier it was reported that Australia’s 2011 Young Dressage Championships were in jeopardy because the tremendous flooding that has hit Australia this year destroyed the show grounds where the Championships were to be held. News this week reports that the event is back on because of a series of “working bees” that will rebuild the grounds. The working bees are groups of people of all ages who are showing up with shovels, wheel barrows, chainsaws and “heaps of energy” to repair the grounds so that dressage competition can start up again in March. Volunteers will be showing up dressed to work in order to get the dressage show season back on track. Read more Here!
Britain’s National Schools Equestrian Association recently held its championships and it drew a real crowd. NSEA reported that more than 600 competitors participated in competition, which included dressage. According to NSEA this was the biggest championships in the 15 years of the event. The championships had originally been scheduled for December but had to be pushed back to January because of a December snow storm.
This news came in from Oregon. KTVZ.com reported that Manna Pro Products has recalled one lot of Family Farm Complete Horse 10 feed because that lot might contain monensin sodium (Rumensin). The report stated that monensin sodium is a medication that can be used for some livestock and poultry but can be fatal to horses if fed in large enough doses. The lot number on the 40-pound bag is 1006. Anyone who has that should return the bag. That lot was distributed in California, Nevada and Oregon. Read more Here!
What do horses and casinos have in common? Not much, unless you’re in Kansas. Kansas Public Radio reported this week on a casino plan in the state that would include a 10,000-square-foot equestrian center. That now has Kansas horse enthusiasts jumping on the bandwagon to support the casino. It would be developed by Peninsula Gaming and would be located near Mulvane. One roadblock is that two top officials with the company are facing misdemeanor charges in Iowa for alleged campaign finance misconduct. The Kansas horse community says an equestrian center of that size is sorely needed and would prevent major equestrian events from leaving the state.