Two USDF regional championships are going on this weekend – Region 8 in the East and Region 6 out West. Kyra Kyrklund moves from vice president to president of the International Dressage Riders Club. An Oregon woman dedicates her life to giving racehorses second careers. A Florida equestrian couple gets profiled in the local press. Horses are arriving from around the world for the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. You can read all about a 70-year-old endurance rider who could be the oldest competitor at this year’s WEG. New Zealand is gathering data on the economic benefits of the horse industry. And an Ohio stable combines horses and ghost hunting this weekend.
It’s a big weekend in the dressage world with two USDF Regional Championships taking place, one on each coast. On the East Coast, the New England Dressage Association’s Fall Festival Breed and Performance show is being held at the HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds in Saugerties, New York. The event is also hosting the USDF Region 8 Championships and a CDI competition. And, on the West Coast, the USDF Region 6 Championships are taking place in Auburn, Washington alongside the Northwest Dressage Championships. In the mid-section of the U.S., the big Cincinnati Dressage Tradition Breed and Performance show is taking place in Wilmington, Ohio. Down south, the Good Horseman Foundation/Collecting Gaits Farm Fall Dressage and DSHB show is going on in Conyers, Georgia. And way down south in West Palm Beach, Florida, Wellington Classic Dressage is holding its Fall Challenge. For a complete list of shows this weekend, visit the calendar section of www.usef.org.
News is that top Finnish rider Kyra Kyrklund is the new president of the International Dressage Riders Club, taking over from Margit Otto-Crepin. Ott-Crepin had served as president for the past 12 years. Kyrklund, who lives in England, will serve a four-year term. Prior to becoming president, she served as vice-president. Said Kyrklund of her new position, “With 200 active members, 295 web members and 4000 supporters, the IDRC has a strong base from which to develop. I hope to grow the IDRC into an even stronger representative body with global influence in our sport at all levels. I believe that by consulting with judges, trainers, National Federations, competition organizers and, of course, the FEI, we can actively seek to influence the direction of our sport for the longer term. I am looking forward to representing all our members in this key role.”
Florida equestrian couple Steve Di Carlo and Tania Siniard made the local press this past week when Naplesnews.com did a feature on the couple and their marital plans. The two have been trainers and competitors in the Naples, Florida area and met through the horse show world. Both originally moved to southwest Florida in 2004 and at the time, Siniard was dating someone else. Friendship on the show circuit blossomed into romance and the rest seems to be history. You can read more about this couple Here!
And here’s a nice story this past week from Oregonlive.com about an Oregon woman who has dedicated her life to giving Thoroughbred racehorses a second chance. Amy Templeton spends many a day at racetracks watching for the ones that are in the back of the pack –a clear hint that they are likely to be cast aside. Quite a number of horses have already passed through her Sweet Home Farm going from the racetrack to new owners and new careers, including as dressage competitors. Templeton says she’s on a mission to prove that Thoroughbreds off the track are not the “crazy and wild-eyed” horses many believe. You can read more about her at Here!
News reports out of Kentucky this past week report that horses are pouring into the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. The first to arrive was a horse from Colombia competing in endurance. That horse was followed by eight other endurance horses arriving from Chile and Guatemala. More are pouring in from Europe, Latin America and Asia for the WEG, which kicks off September 25.
New Zealand is looking to learn just how much the horse industry contributes to the national economy. New Zealand Horse Recreation is conducting a survey of horse owners all across the country. Initial responses from the survey indicate that the country’s horse owners outside of the racing industry contribute over $1 billion (New Zealand dollars) to the country’s economy. If this is right, it’s even more than New Zealand’s racing industry. The goal of the survey is to put some hard data behind the equestrian industry’s claims that it is an important economic sector. This could help New Zealand equestrians in their battle for access to public lands and for government policies that would help support the growth of equestrian sports.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported this past week on Jan Worthington, a 70-year-old endurance rider who, if she makes it onto America’s endurance team, will be the oldest competitor at this year’s WEG. The mother of three and grandmother of four was short-listed for the U.S. team. She’s been a competitive endurance rider for 38 years and has competed around the world. You can read a great profile of her Here.
Halloween is just around the corner and if you live in the Ohio area, this just might be the perfect event for you this weekend. Hunting Valley Stables, along with In the Woods Barn and Garden Center, are hosting an event with HauntedClevelandTours.com called Nightmare in the Woods at a Haunted Horse Farm. It all takes place this Saturday from 4-9:30 p.m. It may be at a horse farm, but it’s not just about horses. A focus of the event is to scare up real ghosts with the help of professional ghost hunters. The event includes instruction on how to find ghosts and the tools of the trade. But ghost-hunting isn’t all that will happen. There will also be a trail ride, a cowboy-style campfire dinner and a late-night wagon ride. For more information, visit www.HorsesintheWoods.com.