[rep6]This week has so many great stories from Totilas' camp announcing that his debut will now take place in Munich in June to a heart inspiring story of an Oldenburg mare fighting back from 70 per cent burns on her body suffered during a barn fire. Paul Schockemöhle recently purchased a new super horse during the Horses and Dreams Show! IMG Worldwide and the FEI have anonounced a deal to bring more horse sport to the TV and things are in full swing for the 2012 London Olympics interviewing for volunteers. And finally, a retiring Mounted Police Officer gets a dresage dream, a Fiesta of Spanish horses raises money for a worthy cause and the American Morgan Horse Association promote Western Dressage!
The show season continues to build momentum with many shows being held across the country. While "the Season" may have wound down for all the transplants in Florida, the year round residents continue on with their own spring/summer season. Newberry, FL has the Canterbury May Days Qualifier and West Palm Beach will host the Gold Coast May Dressage. The rest of the South has action in Memphis, TN at the Memphis In Springtime I and Alabama has the Dressage at the Ridge in Tuskegee. In other areas of the country, NEDA will host the NEDA Spring Dressage in Marshfield, MA, Fidler Run Farm Dressage I will be held in Woodbine, NJ and Irving, TX will have the Dallas Dressage Club Spring Show. In the Mid-West Wisconsin has the Silverwood Dressage Show and Williamston, MI has the Spring Dressage At Copper Creek. California has the largest amount of shows with 5 recognized competitions including, but not limited to, the Starr Vaughn Dressage I in Elk Grove, CHR May Days Dressage in Ramona, CA and Summer Dressage I in Somis, CA.
Paul Schockemöhle recently aquired another super horse, but unlike the fabulous Totilas, this one is super because it benefits a worthy cause."The Red Horse", a bright red horse statue is auctioned off every year for "A Heart for Children Charity" and this year Schockemöhle decided he wanted "to have a turn". "The Red Horse" was purchased for €23,000 and benefits the charity that is supported the Bild and the auction was held during the Horses and Dreams show held in Hagen this past weekend. See the photo and story here!
Speaking of Totilas... the much anticipated debut with new rider Matthias Rath was cancelled this past weekend in Hagen with much disappointment due to a minor hoof abscess. However, it has been announced that the pair will be hitting the spotlight in Munich June 2-5 and then Totilas will be aimed for the CDI Weisbaden.
From Pennsylvania comes a story of a courageous 11-year-old Oldenburg mare showed a great will to live after being caught in a barn fire that resulted in 70 per cent burns over her entire body. While all odds were against survival, this former Champion dressage horse had a will to live that her owner could not deny. Suki underwent two years of skin grafts and treatment totaling over $18,000 in vet bills. Suki's story has inspired and her owner reports that "She has been invited to visit children burn survivors at Camp Susquehanna in central Pennsylvania this summer. I may never ride her again, but that's okay. She is her perfect diva self, scars and all." Read about this remarkable mare that did not wnat to die and the owner that would not let her!
IMG Worldwide has announced that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has signed a new four-year contract with IMG Media that runs through 2014 and will ensure that the major FEI equestrain events will be available to television audiences worldwide. IMG announced that some of the competitions that will be covered under the agreement are the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, the FEI European Championships 2011 and 2013 in the Olympic Disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Finals of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage through 2014 outside EBU territories. Read all about it here!!
7000 horse crazy volunteers have applied for a chance to work at the 2012 London Olympic Games. There are 450 roles up for grabs with jobs ranging from clerical staff to fence judges and everything in between. On April 26th, 300 people were interviewed in London with more rounds to be held in other areas of Great Britain. The applicants are of "fantastic quality" with people ranging form past volunteers at Badminton to rookie volunteers looking to make a difference. See more here!
The Fiesta of the Spanish Horse was held May 4-8 at the LA Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. It is a show that brings together different Spanish breeds such as the Lusitano and Andalusian every year and it organized to raise money for cancer research. The Fiesta is in it ninth year and has raised more than $100,000 over the life of the event. Check it out!
PC Allen, a mounted policeman from the Nottinghamshire section of the mounted police unit got the retirement present of a lifetime - a one on one lesson with six-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund! PC Allen has used Kyra's vast knowledge through her informative books and videos, even using them in training sessions with the mounted section. The highlight of the experience was no doubt the ride on Kyra's former champion, Max. Check out the Horse & Hound story here!
The American Morgan Horse Association has signed a new deal promoting Western Dressage when it joined the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA). AMHA Executive Director Julie Broadway states "Western Dressage combines the suppleness and harmony of classical dressage with the spirit of the western horse, making the Morgan ideally suited for this new discipline. In addition, AMHA has long been known for new and progressive programs and initiatives, so WDAA is a great way to continue that tradition." Learn more about the Morgan breed and Western Dressage!