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News Notes for October 14, 2010

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The summer may have ended but there is still plenty of dressage show action around the country this weekend, including the USDF Region 3 Championships in Georgia. For those looking for some training advice, a number of clinics are also being held and auditors are welcome. A vote will soon be held on proposals for changes to judging at FEI competitions. Two riders in South Carolina make the news. And from down under, a horrible story of a dressage horse’s murder.


Well, the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games is now behind us but that’s not the end of the dressage show action. It’s a busy weekend around the U.S. In Conyers, Georgia, the Region 3 Dressage Championships are taking place during the Atlanta National Fall Dressage competition. Further up the coast in New Jersey, the popular Garden State Dressage Classic is being held in Allentown. Also in the Northeast, the Mystic Valley Hunt Club is holding its Fall Dressage Show. In the Midwest, Silverwood Dressage will be held in Camp Lake, Wisconsin. In the southwestern U.S., the hot, dry summer days have given way to perfect show weather and two big shows are taking place this weekend. The Tucson Dressage Fall Festival is being held in Arizona. And in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the Harvest Fling.

And if training, rather than showing, is on your schedule for the weekend, here are some clinics going on this weekend where auditors are welcome and much can be learned. In Massachusetts, Ten Broeck Farm is hosting California-based trainer Mette Rosencrantz. Mette is a native of Sweden and a top international competitor who was twice a member of the Swedish National Dressage team. The clinic will be held October 16-17 at Ten Broeck Farm. And nearby, in Medfield, Massachusetts, Cutler Farm is hosting German Olympian Heike Kemmer. Heike is one of Europe’s most successful international dressage competitors. The clinic will run from October 15-17 at Cutler Farm Dressage. And in New York, Maplewood Warmbloods will host a clinic with Michael Klimke, son of legendary rider and trainer Reiner Klimke, and with Monica Theodorescu. It will take place October 15-17 at Maplewood Warmbloods.

News has been coming out the past couple weeks on proposed changes to dressage judging from the FEI dressage committee. One proposal is to go from five judges to seven and add a supervisory panel to check for technical mistakes by judges. In addition, it’s been proposed that half marks be used in international competitions. The proposed changes will soon go to a vote when the FEI general assembly meets in Taipai from November 1-6. Stay tuned for the outcome. One thing is for sure, the changes could also add to competition costs, particularly the addition of two more judges to the panel.

Dressage riders Heather Neubauer and Janet Tucker made the news in South Carolina when the local press reported on their success in earning their USDF Bronze Medals. Heather earned her medal with the help of Dukat. Dukat, affectionately referred to as “Ducky,” was imported from Europe. Heather had already earned her USDF Rider Award in Training, First and Second Levels. In 2009, she and Dukat won the S.C. Dressage Combined Training Association Second Level Reserve Champion.

Janet earned her medal with the help of Dreamaster. Dreamaster, also known as “Mac” and “Elvis,” is a homebred Fresian Quarterhorse cross and is registered with the Fresian Sporthorse. In 2009, Janet and Dreamaster were the USDF Adult Amateur All Breeds Champion and All Breeds Reserve Champion in both the Open and Vintage Cup for their breed. Dreamaster also has achieved the USDF Horse Performance Award in First and Second Levels and, in 2005,was the Intro Champion for the S.C. Dressage Combined Training Association and First Level Champion in 2008. In 2009, Janet and Dreamster were the First Level Reserve Champion for the USDF Shows. You can read more about both riders, who train with Diane Ritz, and their horses Here!

We end on a sad and horrible note from the past week with news of an Australian dressage horse that was brutally murdered in her field. The Daily Telegraph tells the story of Cachet who was found lying dead in her field by her owner Michelle Azzopardi. Police believe at least two attackers were involved. They stabbed the horse and scalped her – taking off her mane. Michelle, not surprisingly, was in shock at the sight. You can read more Here....




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