News Notes for November 3, 2011 - This week’s News Notes is brought to you by Back on Track, the natural way to good health. There are several Euro news stories this week in dressage starting with the Global Dressage Forum that took place this past weekend. The second leg of the REEM/ACRA World Dressage Masters saw German domination with Ulla Salzgeber/Herzruf's Erbe, Isabell Werth/Warum Nicht and Monica Theodorescu/Whisper taking the top three spots in the competition. In Olympic news, New Zealand made history by qualifying its first ever dressage team and several riders trying to train in the UK are having a hard time getting the necessary visas to continue. On the home front, dressage fans are trying to raise more than 1 million dollars to improve the Dressage Center at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Two USDF Regional Championships are taking place this weekend wrapping up the season for much of the US. The GAIG/USDF Region 5 Dressage Championships Recognized By United States Equestrian Federation, Inc And ADA Fall Fiesta will take place in Scottsdale, AZ and the GAIG/USDF Region 9 and Southwest Dressage Championships & HDS Autumn Classic will take place in Katy, TX. Other competitions will be held at the NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage in Williamston, NC and the Dressage In The Redwoods in Santa Cruz, CA.
This past weekend the Global Dressage Forum was held in Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands and there was both harmony and discord among the attendees that included professionals, judges, journalist, riders and fans of dressage.Carl Hester, Kyra Kyrklund and Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein led this years dressage demonstrations which were "Beautiful, light and sensible work with work-in-progress horses stood testimony for the great training philosophy and horsemanship". Visit Eurodressage.com for much more coverage of the forum.
Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf's Erbe emerged as the winner of the 2nd leg of the REEM/ACRA World Dressage Master's competition in Lyon, France. This leg of the competition was German dominated with Isabell Werth/Warum Nicht taking second and Monica Theodorescu coming in 3rd with Whisper. Check out more on this story and the current Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 - Standings after Round 2 at DressageDaily.com!
Dressage fans are trying to raise more than 1 million dollars by June 1, 2012 to "renovate the existing dressage complex at the front of the Lexington park next summer." Supporters would like the facility, while already good, to receive improved drainage, footing and arena usage which would put the venue on par with the Alltech Arena and the Rolex Stadium. Check out the full story here!
New Zealand has made Olypmic History by qualifying it's first ever Dressage Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games! While the teams that accomplished this historical event should be proud, they are not neccessarily the combinations that will represent New Zealand at the actual Olympic Games. Read more of the story to see what this means....
Horse & Hound has reported that there seems to be much confusion over obtaining a visa that would allow Olympic hopefuls to train in the UK. The home office has created a new Olympic Games Vista Visa last summer which allows multiple visits of up to six months until Novemebr 8, 2012 yet ine rider is now stranded in France trying to obtain the new visa. Read more about that this means for hopefuls training from other countries.