Lots of Euro news this week with the crowning of the new Dutch Grand Prix Champion, a new freestyle for Matthias Rath and Totilas that will debut this weekend and the unfortunate passing of the Elite Oldenburg stallion Rohdiamant. Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival will venture out to the Midwest for the first time at the beautiful Hampton Green Farm. War Horse, the critically acclaimed play on Broadway galloped to victory with 6 Tony Awards! On a more serious note, read some tips on what to do when you find yourself in the midst of a barn fire.
There is a lot of shows going on across the country with the mid west and the southern states leading the charge! We have the Sorensen Equestrian Park Dressage June East Troy, WI, Dressage At Waterloo June in Grass Lake, MI, Majestic Farm Breed Show Batavia, OH, Dressage Derby Of Ohio in Concord Twp, OH and the SLADS Summer Dressage Festival in Lake Saint Louis, MO. The south has The Surf's Up Cup in New Smyrna Beach, FL, Poplar Place Farm June Dressage in Hamilton, GA, Summertime Blues in Raeford, NC, Virginia Summer Dressage at the Meadow in Doswell, VA and Dressage At Camden in Camden, SC. California also has several shows this weekend including the Dressage At Del Mar in Del Mar, Summer Dressage II In Somis, CA and the Dressage In The Almonds in Lodi.
Hampton Green Farm will host the first Lendon Youth Dressage Festival to be held in the Midwest along with the "Section A" Clinic for the new Emerging Dressage Athlete Program. The Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest is a mini version of Lendon's program in New York that annually draws 250 youth riders! Special guest and judge will be Courtney King-Dye! Get more information here!
The Dutch National Championships took place June 9-12, 2011 and a new Dutch Grand Prix Champion emerged after all the scores were tallied. Hans Peter Minderhoud riding the Dutch stallion Tango (Jazz x Contango) had his hands full in the warm-up for the Kur to Music as the stallion had trouble focusing with the mares in the arena. However, once in the arena, Tango put in a nice ride that in the end was enough. Read More about the Championships here!
A new freestyle has been created for the combination of Matthias Rath and Totilas that will debut this weekend in Balve, Germany. The freestyle was created by the Grammy-nominated DJ Paul van Dyk. After observing Totilas and Rath in training, van Dyk spent a week in London producing the track with a final recording in Berlin. Read more and hear a clip of the music!
Eurodressage.com has reported that the Elite Oldenburg stallion Rohdiamant (Rubinstein x Inschallah AA) has been euthanized following a difficult recovery after surjury for a fractured pastern bone. Thankfully Rohdiamant left a large legacy with 50 licensed offspirng, almost 90 States Premium daughters and more than 100 offspring that have competed at S-level. Read More from Eurodressage.com.
War Horse, the critically acclaimed National Theatre's play (now on Broadway) galloped away with 6 Tony Awards including Best Play. The Handspring Puppet Company won one of those Tony's for the creation of the extraordinary horse puppets that never fail to steal the show and leave the audience in tears. Read more here!
With the news of the fire at the barn of international rider Boyd Martin on May 31st where 6 horses perished, much has been discussed about fire prevention but what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of a fire? Time is critical, especially with all of the highly combustable material inside a barn, and it is important to have a plan. Read more about what to do here!