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The 2011 Pan-American games are here starting October 16th! In Euro news, an American owned PRE stallion has won the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix National Championships and Edward Gal has scored again with a top new ride. Down under, Australia's 2012 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars has announced that Emile Faurie will give a Master class. Do you want to really know what you spend on your dressage horse? Nah! - well maybe...check it out! And while not "real" horses, rare sea horses have been found in the River Thames.

Well it is finally here! The 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. Equestrian competition kicks off October 16 and ends on October 29th with over 157 athletes taking part at the Guadalajara Country Club. Closer to home, this weekend brings two more Championships with the Region 3 Dressage Championship being held in sunny Ocala, FL and up the east coast in Allentown, NJ the 29th Annual Col. Bengt Liungquist Memorial Championships are taking place. Both of these show have an open competition as well - the Deep South Dressage & Combined Training Association Open and the ESDCTA Garden State Classic Dressage show. Elsewhere in the nation we have the KDA Fall Classic I and II in Lexington, KY, the Silverwood Dressage October in Camp Lake, WI, the Harvest Fling in Albuquerque, NM and the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Inc. Fall Dressage Show in Gales Ferry, CT.

The 2011 Pan American Games are looming just around the corner with the beginning of equestrian competition on October 16. 157 partnerships are expected to participate in Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping from North America and Central/South America. The competition also serves as an Olympic qualifier for riders from these regions as well. Check it out and follow coverage here!

American owned Grandioso III (Hampton Green Farm) has topped the field at the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix National Championships! While having only been paired with his rider, Jose Daniel Martin Dockx since February after he took over the ride from injured U.S. Rider Courtney King-Dye, the pair shined brightly and reigned supreme! See this magnificent stallion here!

Eurodressage.com reports that Edward Gal has yet again acquired a young dynamo in the 3-year-old stallion Tailormade Ralph Lauren (Skovens Rafael x A-Dur). Gal was in Oslo, Norway for a competition and clinic and it was at the clinic that Gal saw Ralph Lauren and got the ride! Read how things played out!

The London Evening Standard has done what most of us horse owners don't dare do and that is put on paper a breakdown of the cost of owning (and competing) a dressage horse! In this entertaining article, the horses needs, rider show needs (including that Otto Schumacher diamanté show belt) and all the extras are broken down. While most of us probably do not have a Cyclo-Massage Equine Massage Rug for our beloved horses, much of the list does ring true! Check it out - unless you don't want to know!

Australia's 2012 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars has announced that Emile Faurie, a member of the Gold medal 2011 European Dressage Team, will be attending. Emile will guest ride the young horse finalist and give a Dressage Masterclass. Check it out!

While not "technically " horses (but totally cute!), there is a story out of Britain about a colony of rare sea horses being found in the River Thames. Normally found in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, the discovery of the short-snouted seahorse in the river by the Enviromental Agency suggest that the population may be increasing. See the adorable seahorse here!




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