This week has been a mixed bag of happenings. On the downside, the eyes of the horse world are firmly planted on the news for updates on the recent outbreak of EHV-1 after a cutting horse show in Utah which has already proved fatal and the relief efforts continue for the victims of the tornado outbreak in the South. On a brighter note, Ground has been broken on a first class show facility in Wellington, but if virtual is your thing, you can now enter a show via online video with you own horse - check it out! Dressage Judging is still under scrutiny and a Young Rider has hopes of international competition in a once rouge warmblood. See if you can name famous Disney horse characters... and Bruce Springsteen's daughter wins at the Royal Windsor Show in Great Britain. On Saturday, don't miss the second leg of the Triple Crown, can Animal Kingdom pull it off?
The show season marches on with lots of competitions spread across the country! The very popular Dressage at Lamplight which is also a CDI*/Y/J will take place this weekend in Wayne, IL. In other areas of the Great Lakes Region, action includes the Sorensen Equestrian Park Dressage May II and Sport Horse Show in East Troy, WI and Harmony In The Park in Edinburgh, IN. In Lincoln, NE we have the 34Th Annual Cornhusker Classic. In the southeast there are several shows including The Potomac Valley Dressage Association Spring Show in Leesburg, VA, Poplar Place Farm May Dressage in Hamilton, GA, Dressage at Greystone Farms in Lynnville, TN, Deep South Dressage & Combined Training Association & Northwest Florida Classic I - Cottondale, FL and the Dressage Across the Lake in Folsom, LA. Up North, the Centerline Events @ Westbrook Hunt Club will take place in Westbrook, CT and on the West coast, there is competition in CA at the CDS San Juan Capistrano Spring in San Juan Capistrano, CA and the Marin Chapter Show in Santa Rosa, CA.
This week has seen a fatal outbreak of the Equine Herpes-1 which started at the April 29-May 8 National Cutting Horse Association's (NCHA) Western National Championship held in Odgen, Utah. Horses in Canada and at least four Western States in the US that had attended the national competition in Utah have contracted the virus. Two horses have been euthanized after contracting the EHV-1. Equine herpes virus is highly contagious and can cause a variety of ailments in horses. Read more about this troubling viral outbreak.
Anne Gribbons, the U.S. Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor for dressage, has written an interesting article for The Chronicle of the Horse about how "We Must Trust Our Judges". It is an insightful look at how things have (and are) evolving for today’s dressage judges. Many suggestions on how to "fix" the system are based on systems to monitor the process and don't take into account the human element of judging. Read Anne's article at [rep6]The Chronicle of the Horse!
Equestrian Sport Productions broke ground on the new site for the Global Dressage Festival last week. The new facility will be home to the Festival starting in December, but Equestrian Sport Productions has obtained a special use permit from the city of Wellington to host the dressage competition from November to April 2012. The project includes many amenities including, but not limited to - the dressage grounds and an exciting new Equestrian Village which includes a luxury condo/hotel complex. Read more about this exciting development for the sport of dressage!
In the Southern part of the US, the recovery from the horrific tornados that brought total destruction to areas of the region continues. Laurie Kelly, Mother of Dressage trainer/rider Jodie, reported on the devastation after her husband's company loaded up the family four horse trailer with relief supplies. “Brant is used to seeing hurricane devastation as you well know,” Laurie recently wrote to DressageDaily. “He said to see the degree of devastation in person is absolutely beyond your imagination... beyond any image you see on TV.” See what is needed and how you can help here...[rep6]
On a fun note - May 17, 2011 was the anniversary of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa which opened in 2004. It was inspired by Saratoga Springs, NY which is famous for horses and health spas. Disney Parks Blog's Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager, was researching the anniversary and noticed that the resort was decorated with famous artwork of Disney Horse Characters. Horse characters? But upon further investigation, she discovered a "whole stable" of horses! She goes on to name a few, but can you name more??? Check out the list and all the responses and see how many you knew!
18-year-old Young Rider Zara Myers has her eyes set on the big time and being able to compete at the highest levels of dressage and she hopes to do it on a once rank stallion that was on the verge of slaughter. Dangermouse is the hope of Zara and her trainer parents to help get her there "Mouse" has all the athleticism and talent to get there and now has someone who believes in him as well. Read about Zara and Mouse here! [rep6]
In today's economic situation, some people have had to cut way back on showing and some just do not have the means, i.e. a trailer, to get them there! Well HorseShow.com has an innovative solution by offering classes online! It is a super cost affordable was to compete your horse and actually be judged by an highly respected judges. The inaugural dressage show is the "Spring Dressage Festival" and it will be judged by the renowned USEF and FEI official Natalie Lamping. Read the details of this exciting new concept and enter today! [rep6]
In Celebrity news - Bruce Springsteen's 19-year-old daughter Jessica is turning heads in Great Britain by placing first at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this past weekend. While Jessica has only been riding for four years, she is a nationally ranked rider in show jumping. Read more about her success at this prestigious event! [rep6]
Even though not dressage related, the race for the Triple Crown continues this week with the running of the 136th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Track, Baltimore, MD. All eyes are on Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, to see if he can capture the second leg in a quest for the Triple Crown. Check out all the info and festivities surrounding the event!