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This weeks News Notes for September 28th are brought to you by Back on Track...The 37th annual Dressage at Devon is in full swing with exciting competition taking place in both Breed Show and performance divisions through October 2. The Florida Winter Circuit is just aroud the corner and the World Dressage Masters CDI5* is secured through 2013. THe Global Dressage Forum in the Netherlands is just around the corner and British dressage stars will be the headliners. Want your pet blessed? You can send their photos to St. Peter church in Austria and they will get just that at the annual blessing of the animals. In health news check out a new ID system that scans your horse's eyes, a study on colic and news on the EEE outbreak in central Wisconsin.

The 2011 Dressage at Devon's Breed Show is underway at the historic Dixon Oval in Devon, PA with the performance division set to begin Thursday, September 28. The USDF Regional Championships are winding down with only three regions left to contest their championships later this month. Across the nation, things are relatively quiet with a minimal amount of competitions being held. Texas will have two of those competitions with the Texas Rose Dressage Classic in Tyler and Reiterhof's Dressage at the Palace III and IV in San Antonio and  Lexington, KY will play host to the Arabian & Half Arabian Sport Horse Nationals.

Dressage at Devon is here! The 37th annual DAD Breed show is underway and it is the largest dressage/sport horse breed show outside of Europe. Thursday is the beginning of the performance classes that runs through October 2. The event brings together over 700 horses and 35,000+ spectators to the historic Dixon Oval. Check out their website for more info of class schedules, events and ticket sales!

With the U.S. National Championships, the Para Dressage National Championships and the British National Championships over, the world is ready to turn their attention to the 2011 Pan American Games in October and for the long view - the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This has been a year of big things and new stars in international dressage and anything can (and will!) happen leading up to and including the Olympic Games. The Florida Winter Circuit is about to begin and The Wellington Classic Dressage will continue to host the World Dressage Masters CDI5*. Read More..

Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin will be giving a masterclass at the 2011 Global Dressage Forum in the Netherlands. Charlotte will be riding Valegro with Carl training her and Carl will also bring on of his current top horses. This year, more the 350 riders, trainers and other spectators from 25 different countries are expected to attend. Visit Eurodressage.com for more information on the Global Dressage Forum...

St. Peter church in Linz, Austria Will offer it's traditional Animal Blessing on October 2, 2011. The blessing is offered the day before World Animal Day (World Animal Day marks the commemoration of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals). The church will offer individual blessing to each animal in attendance but also offers blessings to animals whose owners send a photo to them via email. Check out how you can take part and have your pet blessed!

In central Wisconsin, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has reared its ugly head with more than 25+ confirmed cases. EEE can look like several central nervous system diseases such as depression, loss of appetite, dropping eyslids or mouth, etc. Veterinarians are urging owners to eliminate standing water and other sources for mosquitos to reproduce and to evaluate your horse's immunizations. Read more of the story here....

New steps are being taken in identifying horses by using a new technology of scanning a horse's iris. The eyeD system works by takinga  digital photo of a horse's eye using a special camera that converts the info into a unique eyeprint that can be stored with other information supplied by the owner. Check out the technology here!

A research team from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, in Leicestershire has doen a study on colic and the differences in the risk to stabled horses vs horses with regular turn out. Two groups of horses were studied - one being stabled with grain/hay diets and controlled excercise while the other was initally turned out 24 hourse a day. See what the findings were and what we might learn to help aviod the 'C' word...