Dressage News Notes Brought to You by Back on Track Products

This week’s News Notes for November 17, 2011 is brought to you by Back on Track products, the natural way to good health. Dressage lost one of its bright stars this week when Catherine Haddad-Staller reported the loss of her beloved Grand Prix horse, Cadillac 34. On a brighter note, the 2011 FEI General Assembly was held this past week in the gorgeous city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. While many topics were discussed - proponets of protective head gear scored on a head gear ruling (well at least in time....). The 2018 World Equestrian Games is turning out to be a hot commodity! A record 7 National Federations turned in their "expression of interest" to host the 2018 Games.

Laura Bechtolsheimer, one of the stars of the 2010 WEG in Kentucky has earned the honor of being inducted into the British Horse Society’s Equestrian Hall of Fame! The Dutch star Adelinde Cornelissen was also recognized this week by being crowned the REEM Acra Best Athlete Award! And while not quite as high profile as the above mentioned, a Georgia woman is utilzing horse power by using her miniature horse as her seeing eye horse!

Coming into the Thanksgiving holiday there is a scattering of shows in the areas that still have weather that cooperates (Hopefully!) for showing. Florida will host the Dressage At The Holiday And Horses in Wellington, Georgia will have the Poplar Place Farm November Dressage Show in Hamilton, GA and Mississippi will have the Turkey Trot Dressage in Hernando, MS. Progressing across the country to the west, Arizona will have the Tucson Dressage Fall Festival in Tuscon and Vegas will host the Las Vegas Dressage Fall Fling in Nevada. California rounds out the action with the Thanksgiving Dressage at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace and the Dressage Getaway Inc. in Thermal, CA.

The horse world mourns the loss of yet another top athlete when Catherine Haddad-Staller reported that her beloved Grand Prix partner Cadillac 34 had to be humanly euthanized. Catherine explained what happened and thanked her supporters and friends for their outpouring of sympathy. Read her words here.

Dutch Dressage Star Adelinde Cornelissen earned high praise by becoming one of 5 women who were recognized for outstanding achievement by the FEI. Cornelissen was crowned the Reem Acra Best Athlete after her spectacular season with her partner Jerich Parzival. With here dedication and perseverance, she is the current leader in the World derssage rankings! Read More from dressagedirect!

Horse & Hound is reporting that Laura Bechtolsheimer has had the distiguised honor of being the latest equestrian star to be added to the British Horse Society’s (BHS) Equestrian Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on November 10th at the Household Cavalry’s Knightsbridge Barracks. Bechtolsheimer added that “I feel a little bit humbled,”. See the rest of the story and who else made the Hall of Fame.

The FEI is reporting that a record number of seven National Federations have sent in "expressions of interest" to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. An economic impact study that was commisioned by the FEI after the 2010 WEG in Kentucky showed a total economic impact of between US 373-396 Million! The seven interested nations will now reiceve full details of the bidding process. See the countries vying for the 2018 WEG here!

The 2011 FEI General Assembly Meeting took place this past week and the FEI ruled on Monday for mandatory protective head gear for all FEI govered sports. The new rule implementation, however, is being a delayed for one year after the United States Equestrian Federation requested time to allow vaulting and reining to come into line as they are two FEI disciplines that currently do not have helmet requirements. Read more about the decisions that effect dressage at eurodressage.com!

Renata di Pietro is legally blind and requires a service animal to help her through the day. She reflects on the fact that the she has enjoyed her past dogs in this role, they have a short working life. With her new partner however, she hope to have a more long term solution - her miniature horse! Angel has been di Pietro's guide for the past three years and draws attention wherever they go! See this amazing little horse and read more about her skills as a service animal.