This week the focus in dressage will be on the CHIO Aachen which always has world class competition! Guenter Seidel will be competing for the U.S. at Aachen and Facebook fans recently got the chance to ask some questions to him through the USEF Facebook Page. Helmets are becoming very commonplace in dressage competitions and a great incentive is being offered to CDI riders at Centerline Events @ HITS, CDI Saugerties to wear them as well. Eurodressage.com reports the passing of another great German sire, Wolkenstein II. A remarkable woman competes in dressage..not so special you say...she's blind. A Shetland pony that was drug behind a pickup truck on Christmas Day makes his first public appearance at a dressage show. Greenwich Park held a test event at the venue of the 2012 Olympics and see what you can do to help prevent shipping fever in your horse.
The summer keeps on heating up and on the show scene all eyes will be on the CHIO Aachen 2011 being held July 8-17 in Aachen, Germany. Closer to home, there are quite a few shows going on this weekend as well. One of the highlights on the homefront will be Lendon'sYouth Dressage Festival July 8-10 at HITS on the Hudson, Saugerties, NY. Also in the north, we have the Dressage At Blue Goose II in Cochranville, PA and the Fidler Run Dressage Summer in Woodbine, NJ. The mid west has the Mid Ohio Classic I in Delaware, OH, Dressage In The Pines in Iron River, WI, the Silverwood Dressage in Camp Lake, WI and the Magic Valley Dressage Show in Jerome, ID. One lone show is being held in the south at the Summer Sizzler I in Newberry, FL. Out west, we have the Rocky Mountain Dressage III and IV in Longmont, CO, and the Whidbey Equestrian Center July Dressage in Coupeville, WA and California has Pebble Beach Dressage in Pebble Beach, L.A. Chapter Dressage in
Burbank and the PEC Dressage & Breed Show Extravaganza in Wilton, CA.
Guenter Seidel may be a native to Germany but he is all American now. Geunter represented the U.S.in Olympic and other international competitions but had a major setback when he was throw from his horse UII while training in Europe. Now recovered, he is having great success in European shows winning in CDI events and will represent the US at the upcoming CHIO Aachen. Read what the UESF Facebook Fans most wanted to ask Guenter!
By now we all know the new rules that have been implemented for the wearing of helmets in USEF dressage competitons in the US. Taking this rule one step further is Courtney King-Dye and her long time friend and sponsor are sweetening the deal by offering $1,000 in prize money to the high scoring CDI rider who wears their helmet throughout the competition. Read more about this great incentive!
Eurodressage.com has reported on the passing of yet another great Stallion in Germany. The Weltmeyer son Wolkenstein II. Wolkenstein II was the reserve champion at his licensing in 1992 going on to win his Stallion performance test in 1993. He was a notable sire with 160 States Premium Mares/Candidates and 46 licensed sons. Read more about this outstanding stallion here.
Mandy Schofield started riding in 2002 on a friends recommendation and she even began competing in dressage. While this may seem like something we hear about all the time, the difference here is Mandy is totally blind. In fact, she struggles with hearing as well. Relying on her trainer to guide her, Mandy is in her 9th year of competition with titles in both disabled and able bodied competition! Read her full story at the Halifax Courier!
Although not a dressage competition, Greenwich Park held a test event at the Olympic Equestrian venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The test was a Three Day Event and 39 riders took part. The competitiors were impressed with the venue, both in atmosphere and facility with the footing getting special rave reviews! Read more here!
Shipping fever is a big risk of traveling to competitions with your dressage partner and one that can abruptly end your season should you horse succumb to the aliment. Horse by nature are designed to function with a frequent lowered head position and the way trailers are designed with ties and limited fresh air makes it difficult to provide for the lowered head. Find out some things you can do to help lower your horse's risk of shipping fever. See the story at TheHorse.com.
A little Shetland pony will make his first public appearance after sustaining multiple horrific and life threatening injuries after being drug behind a truck by two men on Christmas Day in Australia. Dr David Lovell, who treated littel "Elf", said he is the "toughest little horse I have seen". After recovering, Elf was taken in by the organization ELF who implements equine-based educational programmes for disadvantaged youths and children. Elf will make his appearance at the Mitavite Queensland Festival of Dressage. Read more about this courageous (not to mention super cute!) pony!