This week's News Notes for October 7, 2011 is brought to you by Back on Track. More big competitions are here and on the way! Dressage at Devon is a wrap and what a great show it was again (as usual)! This weekend the 44th Annual California Dressage Society Championship Show presented by HorseShow.com is going strong and the countdown to both the 2011 Pan-American Games quickly approaching on October 16th and the 2012 London Olympic Games in the not too distant future. Hans Peter Mindehoud not to be outdone by partner Edward Gal in super star new horses has gotten the ride on the Westfalian reserve licensing stallion Vitalis (Vivaldi x D-Day). And on the not so glitzy side of horses we have the real life book release (with photos) of the World War I War horses that suffered along with their soldier/riders and then a heart warming story of a 15-year-old girl who rescued a mare with a hole in her head!
It is clear with Fall upon us and temperatures starting to cool down that the shows in many regions are winding down for the season. California Dressage Society is hosting its own Championships that are being held with the GAIG/USDF Region 7 Championships in Rancho Murieta. The south still has several show with the Meadow Lake Fall Classic I and II in Bryantsville, KY, Dressage at Greystone Farms in Lynnville, TN and the Blues City Dressage in Memphis, TN. The remaining shows are a bit scattered around the country with the SLADS Fall Dressage Classic in Lake Saint Loius, MO, Connecticut DCTA & Carbery Fields Dressage in Lebanon, CT and the GSEC Platinum Classic I and II in Katy, TX.
While the Dressage at Devon competition has come to a conclusion, the 44th Annual California Dressage Society Championship Show presented by HorseShow.com
is well underway in Rancho Murieta, CA with more than $29,000 in prize money drawing top quality riders/horses to the competition. There are many championships within the championship show including the Region 7 Championships, the CDS Young Horse Futurity and the Breeders Championship series West Coast final. Read more about these exciting championships here!
Record breaking entries have been reported for the 2011 Pan-American games to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The games, which begin Sunday October the 16th and last for two weeks is the worlds largest multi-sport event held except for the summer Olympic Games. More than 5,000 athletes will take part with aproximatley 157 equine/human partnerships taling part in the three equestrai disciplines. Check it out!
294 days until the commencement of the 2012 London Olympic Games "where equestrian sport will celebrate its centenary on the Olympic Programme." 18 nations have qualified so far to compete in the sports of dressage, eventing and show jumping. Check out the teams that are qualified to date!
Eurodressage.com reports that Hans Peter Minderhoud has a new mount in the Westfalian reserve licensing stallion Vitalis (Vivaldi x D-Day). The Dutch bred Vitalis was bred by Mr De Crom's stable in The Netherlands, and is owned by Eugene Reesink and Willeke Bos. Vitalis stood at the Westfalian State Stud for two years and while in training with Hans Peter, will still be avaliable at stud through the 2012 season. Check him out!
With the release of Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film of Michael Morpurgo’s bestselling novel, War Horse, many people across the world will learn about Joey and his plight as a World War I war horse. However a new book, by author Simon Butler, has been released telling the stories of many true forgotten war horses and their not so happy endings. The book has many photos of solidiers with their horses that span the bond that many had as well as the devistation that war wrought upon them. See the story here!
A brave mare with a golf ball sized hole in her head found her "forever Home" in Shelby Gross, a 15-year-old young lady whose is not new to the rescue scene. Shelby was working in a western clothing store and a customer was talking about a group of rescue horses and Pearl in particular. Once Shelpby saw the mares "kins eyes" she had to save her. Read Pearl and Shelby's story posted on the Edmonton Journal online.