The World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany is here and the CDIO competition starts today with the vet inspection and concludes with the Freestyle on Sunday. Anky van Grunsven came out to show with her Olympic partner Salinero at Flasterbo WDM. The Totilas machine keeps going with a feature on the Wall Street Journal online. Ever wanted to have a comprehensive view of your show history...look no more! And while the test event at Greenwich (London's 2012 Olympic venue) was a success for the eventers maybe not so much for showjumping and dressage - see why.
This upcoming weekend looks to be a very busy one with lots of competitions across the country! In the steamy south, we have the Rise 'N Shine in Raeford, NC, Dressage at Greystone Farms in Lynnville, TN, Deep South Dressage and Combined Training and Northwest Florida Classic II in Cottondale, FL and Dressage At Lexington in Lexington, VA. The north is kind of quiet this week with Dressage At The Park in Allentown, NJ and the King Oak Dressage Days in Southhampton, MA. The mid-west has Dressage At Waterloo July in Grass Lake, MI and the Midsummer Dressage Show in Lake Elmo, MN. Augusta, KS will host the Briar Fox Farm Summer Dressage Augusta, KS. The western states will have Wasatch Back Dressage Festival I and II in South Jordan, UT, Dressage At The Peak Summer Warm-Up and Show in Colorado Springs, CO and the Dakota Horse Fest I and II in Huron, SD. Washington has a couple to offer with the Spokane Sport Horse Casual Qualifier I/II and 6th Annual Breeders Classic in Spokane and the Summer Champagne Classic - Crystal and Magnum in Auburn, WA. California tops the list with the number of competitions. They will have Woodside Summer Dressage in Woodside, CA, Summer Dressage III in Somis, CA, CHR July Jubilee Dressage in Ramona, CA, Dressage In The Almonds July in Lodi, CA and Fieldstone Farm Dressage July in Santa Rosa, CA.
Aachen is here! The World Equestrian Festival is arguably one of the best shows in the World with Top Class competition. The jog for the CDIO combinations is taking place today, Thursday July 13, and competition will be as follows - Thursday July 14th the Grand Prix CDIO, Saturday July 16th is the Grand Prix Special CDIO and Sunday, July 17th the Freestyle will take place. Aachen will also host a CDI and Small Tour competition which starts today and runs through Saturday. Check out coverage here!
Speaking of showing....have you ever muddled through the web and written test to try and figure out your past show history or tried to look at a potential coach or trainer's history to see if they would be a good fit. Well look no further! CenterlineScores.com is a cool new site that takes publicly available data and organizes it in a comprehensive way so you can see a rider or horse's history. Check it out!!
Well the Totilas machine pushes on with the brilliant stallion racking up thousands of Facebook fans to date. The Wall Street Journal (online) has done a very nice video story on the stallion. Always fun to check out superstars schooling! Check it out here!
Anky van Grunsven "dove into the deep end of the pool" with her return to the Dressage World stage at Falsterbo WDM. Anky and her super star Salinero made their comeback after almost a year off when Salinero sustained an injury to his whithers. Anky placed second to Sweden's Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic. Later she summed up her feelings after "only" scoring a 71.29%. She what she had to say.
The Assateague ponies made famous in the children's book “Misty of Chincoteague" are proving to be a bit mischievous. It seems they have figured out how to mooch food, turn on water spigots and ransack campsites. People that visit the island have lost site that the ponies are truly wild and have begun trying to have more interaction with them. Find out what the "pony patrol" are doing to help!
After a successful test event at Greenwich with the Three Day Eventers giving the venue much praise, a group of world class showjumpers took a spin around the main arena and to them the test was "unacceptable". The surfaces seem to lack "energy-return" which is vital to both showjumping and dressage which will spend a great deal of time on the surface. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and everybody agrees that the rest of the venue is spectacular! Read more about what everyone has to say!