This week, without a doubt had the dressage world's eyes focused on the 2011 CHIO Aachen which is arguably the number one horse show in the world! Totilas once again reigned supreme with his new German rider Matthias Rath, but Steffen Peters and Ravel won the Germans heart in the Freestyle! While Rath was the Grand Prix king, Peter's was the clear winner in the small tour with Weltino's Magic, placing him in a superb spot for earning a spot at the Pan Am Games. Falsterbo WDM was in Sweden and Partik Kittel and Watermill's Scandic HBC came out the convincing winner. Who else was there? - Salinero! Dressage at Devon is coming up at the end of September but plannig is in full swing! On a sad note, Australia lost the 12-year-old Lusitano stallion the represented them at the WEG and on the flip side, a horse in Colorado that fell into her owner's basement came out just fine (not sure about the house though!).
The show season rolls on here at the home front! In the north we have the Windy Hollow Hunt Dressage July in Augusta, NJ, LIDCTA Summer Classic in Setauket, NY, the WNYDA Summer Dressage Festival I in Houghton, NY, ERAHC Region 6 Open Dressage in South Hadley, MA and the GMHA Dressage Days in South Woodstock, VT. The mid west has Dressage At Wisconsin Equestrian Center in De Pere, WI, Dressage At Lamplight July in Wayne, IL and Sorensen Equestrian Park Dressage July II in East Troy, WI. The south has the Wellington Classic Dressage In The Tropics I in West Palm Beach, FL and the WKF Summer Show I in Magnolia, TX. The west has Autumn Hill Dressage Festival III in Longmont, CO. California has the Capistrano Summer Series in San Juan Capistrano, CA, the Coastal Classic I and II in Watsonville, CA and Dressage In June in Temecula, CA. Oregon has Dressage At Devonwood in Sherwood, OR and Alaska has the William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center Dressage Show II in Anchorage, AK.
In international show news - Hickstead, Great Britian will host the World Dressage Masters CDI 5* competition (July 30 and July 31st) as well as a CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ and the International British Young Horse Championships 5-year-old finals. Also be sure to check in with Eurodressage.com to follow coverage of the 2011 European Junior and Young Riders Championships.
Well the dressage portion of the CDIO Aachen is over and no doubt that Totilas and Matthias Rath were victorious in sll three test - the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle....but in the Freestyle, Germany seemed to be behind the American combination of Steffen Peters and Ravel. The largely German crowd expressed their displeasure with a loud reaction after their score of 82.000 was announced (Totilas scored a 82.825 with mistakes). Read more about it and more behind the scenes coverage here!
Speaking of Steffen Peters and Aachen - Peter's also conquered the "small tour" with Jen Hlavacek's Westfalen gelding Weltino’s Magic (Weltino X Diamond Boy). The pair bested an international field of entries that out he and "Magic" in solid standing for the Collecting Gaits Farm/ USEF National Championships in September, which will act as the selection trials for Team USA for the Pan American Games in Mexico in October. Read More Here!
In other Euro News - Flasterbo saw a new Swedish record score when Patrik Kittel and the Dutch approved stallion Watermill Scandic HBC earned an 82,775% in the Freestyle. The pair were also victorious in the Grand Prix earning a score of 75,19%. The same show saw the return of the Netherland's dressage queen, Anky van Grunsven and her star Salinero. Read about it here and see how Anky did!
The helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 2nd Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium on July 23rd, 2011, at the Kentucky Horse Park (theater room), Lexington, KY, from 8.30am to 5pm. There will be several lectures and panel discussions held as well as notable speakers. Read more details here!
Dressage at Devon, while not being held until the end of September, is in full steam ahead planning! New footing has been installed to the Gold Ring which now mathces it to the same
standards set last year in the Dixon Oval. Expert commentary will be offered by top names in the sport including Kathy Connelly, Natalie Lamping and Kem Barbosa to name just a few, will be offered as well as other educational opprotunities! Check out the prize list and more info on Dressage at Devon!
On a sad note, our hearts go out to Australian Hayley Beresford on the loss of Relampago do Retiro, a 12-year-old Lusitano stallion that she competed on at the WEG in Kentucky. On a return trip from a check up at the vet, a car cut in front of them and caused the trailer to tip. The stallion had to be euthanized at the site of the accident. Hayley has also recently found out that breast cancer that she has fought against for 7 years has returned. We wish the her and the stallions owner our condolenses and Hayley in her continued fight against cancer.
Talk about a surprise! When owner Alice Golter came out of her house to check on her horse, Summer, she only saw half a horse! It seems that Summer had gotten a little too close to Alice's basement window and the basement is where she landed! After being checked out by a veterinarian rescue efforts went into action. After the stairs were deemed too weak to hold her weight, plan B went into action. See photos and video of the rescue here!