As the weather heats up across the country so to does the competitions! Two important competitions will take place on the East Coast. The VADA/Nova Summer Dressage Show and Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial Morven Park will take place in Leesburg, VA and CDI3*Y/J Capital Dressage Classic will go on in Raleigh, NC. The Northern part of the country will have the Houghton College Spring Dressage in Houghton, NY, Once Again Farm Dressage Series II in Meriden, CT and the Fidler Run Farm Dressage II - Woodbine, NJ. In Florida, White Fences will host the White Fences Summer Fun Show in Loxahatchee. In other areas of the country - Alaska will host the ADA Spring Festival in Anchorage and the Dressage At Waterloo Spring Classic takes place in Grass Lake, MI.
Eurodressage.com reports that the new combination of Matthias Rath and Totilas is indeed a force to be reckoned with. The pair scored a 76.78% and were the only combintaion to break over the 70% mark. Rath and Totilas had a clean, relaxed test and although the test lacked a bit of the polished performance of Totilas and Gal, they will be major players in the dressage world. Read the recap here!
Eurodressage.com also reports on the return to the Dressage Ring of Anky Van Grunsven and her long time partner, the double Olympic gold medal winning Salinero. While scoring an impressive 77.80% at the Grand Prix, Van Grunsven has stated that she has no intention of going for the Dutch Championships - "I had decided that the World Equestrian Games (in Kentucky) would have been his final big championship and I'm sticking to that. The only reason why I still want to do a few shows with him is because he's fit, he enjoys it and I have fun at it. I hope that there is a possibility to retire him next at Indoor Brabant." See more at Eurodressage.com!
Kassie Barteau has made the move to Southern California to join the power house team of Steffen and Shannon Peters Arroyo Del Mar. After enormous success as a Young Rider, Kassie has begun a position as a working student for the Peters and has been given the opprotunity of two stalls where she can bring in training horses under the Peters guidance. See more about Kassie's journey here!
Pan Am qualifying action is heating up and Jan Ebeling was all smiles at the Flintridge CDI* Y/J, May 26–29 after sweeping all three qualifying test. Ebeling scores in the 70's with the 10-year-old Rotspon daughter, Rosenzauber 8. See more of Jan's success!
Ruth MacCarthy, a Paralympic Dressage hopeful has had a bit of luck on her quest to the 2012 Paralympics. In January, her horse ruptered a tendon leaving her in a lurch, but David Marsh came through with a long term loan of his 12-year-old gelding, Conquestadore. "Carlos" has only been ridden by able bodied riders but is adapting well. See the full story and video here!
With high heat and humidity sweeping accross the country, it is very important to take precautions when hauling your horse, especially over long distances. Hauling at any distance is stressful and it is imperative that your trailer have enough ventilation and ample room for the size of the horse being hauled. Please check out this story form theHorse.com for some very important tips!
More and more "mature" riders are taking up the sport of Dressage. Not only is dressage a beautiful sprot but there are many physical benefits for both rider and horses. Riders are choosing to convert or take up dressage as mature riders for many reasons and have discovered the journey of discovery is of great benefit on many levels. Read More Here!