The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships kicks off tomorrow in Lexington, KY on the heals of the completion of the FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors in Denmark. Great Britain is on a roll with a strong field expected at the European Championships - some people even they may be the ones to beat. Laura Bectolsheimer of Great Britain will trade in her top hat for jockey silks! The UAE's Farah Al Khojai is in serious training at Germany's Hof Kassleman hoping for a shot at the Pan Arab Games! And lastly, the Grade 1B WEG silver medalist Ricky Balshaw fractured his back sidelining him for 10 weeks....
Lots of big things going on in the competition world. While Aachen and the the FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors has concluded, the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will begin tomorrow in Lexington, KY. Other shows across the country include the Raleigh Summer Dressage I and II in Raleigh, NC, the VADA/Nova Summer Breed Show I and II in Leesburg, VA and The Good Horseman/Massey Ferguson Summer Dressage Show and Breed Show in Conyers, GA. Texas has the Lemonade Daze I and II in Irving, TX and the north will host the Bucks County Dressage Breed Show and Dressage At The Bucks County Horse Park IV in Revere, PA and Puckerbrush Farm Dressage I, II and III in Newburg, ME. Action in the mid-west will include the NODA Dressage 2011 in Jefferson, OH, Silverwood Dressage July II in Camp Lake, MI and Summer Dressage At Copper Creek I and II in Williamston, MI. Donida Farm Dressage Festival I and II will be held in Auburn, WA. California will host the Golden State Warm-Up Dressage in Elk Grove, CA, the Mid Summer Dressage At El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis, CA and the San Francisco Penninsula 44th Annual Show in Menlo Park, CA.
With top class competition for the world's elite in Aachen on the books for 2011, the dressage world turns it eye to the future in sport. The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Presented by Gotham North July 27-31, 2011 is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington KY. Competitiors have arrived from the U.S., Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to contest for team and individual FEI Medals in showjumping, dressage and eventing as well as reining and endurance. Check out the Coverage!
The FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2011 at Broholm Castle in Denmark took place July 19-24, 2011. Germany wa on top claiming both the Young Rider and Junior team titles as well as three individual gold medals as well. Denmark proved themselves a force to be reckoned with coming a close second in both team events. Read more about the wrap up here!
So it seems that some people are looking at Great Britain as the team to beat at the European Championships in August. Even Matthias Rath commented after Aachen that Britain had the strongest team. While Germany has dominated the top spot in International dressage with the Netherlands close behind, Great Britain has grown in the international ring with Laura Bectolsheimer leading the charge! Read more here!
Speaking of Laura Bectolsheimer, she will be trading in the traditional dressage attire for a pari of racing silks for a charity celebrity race in Thursday July 28, 2011! The six furlongs race will be held at the Goodwood's five-day festival and benefit the Great Ormond Street Hospital. See who else will take part in the race and who will be grooming for them!
Farah Al Khojai, the UAE's first equestrienne to represent her country in the Asian Games has set her sites on excellence. Al Khojai has made the move to Germany for intense training at Hof Kasselmann. She has set her goal of competing at the Pan Arab Games 2011 held in December. She is also looking for a 2nd horse for the Asian Games 2014. Read more about it here!
Horse & Hound reports that Para-Equestrian Ricky Balshaw, a Grade 1B rider who won an individual silver medal at the World Equestrian Games, fractured two vertebrae in a schooling accident on July 22. Balshaw who has Cerebral Palsy was cooling out his horse when he spooked for an unknown reason. Ricky hopes to be back in the saddle in about 10 weeks time. Read more about what happened!