Huge competitions took place this past weekend with the Markel/USEF Developing Horse National Championships was at the Lamplight Equestrian Center with top quality horses going head to head from 4-Year-Old to Developing Grand Prix. In Herning, Denmark the Blue Hors FEI European Championships took place with record breaking scores, drama and some awesome competition! The JYSK FEI European Para-Dressage Championships took place as well with Great Britain continuing to shine. The U.S. star mare Brentina had to undergo another colic surgery at 22 -years-old - here is to a speedy recovery! Lutipold hopes to have its supply of Adequan back on track. Lastly, TheHorse.com did a study on playfulness in horses - check it out!
Relatively speaking, this is a quiet weekend after so many with cram packed schedules. Lets start out west in California with the Woodbridge Farm Fall Classic in Petaluma, the Fall Frolic Dressage in Temecula and the Dressage at Spirit Equestrian in Somis. Also out west we have the Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Classic I and II in Auburn, WA. Heading toward the east coast, we have the Great Plains Chapter Of ODS Summer Show in Stillwater, OK and the Houston Dressage Society, Inc. Laborious Day Show I and II in Katy, TX. In the south we have the Labor Day Dressage Classic I, II and III in Conyers, GA and the NCDCTA Labor of Love in Raleigh, NC. In the mid west has the Silverwood Dressage September in Camp Lake, WI. Up north we have the Dressage at Stone Tavern in Allentown, NJ, the PVDA at Loch Moy in Adamstown, MD and the Beland Stables Fall Dressage in Lakeville, MA.
The Markel/USEF Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by HorseShow.com was held this past weekend with the top 4, 5 and 6-Year-Olds as well as Developing Prix St Georges and Grand Prix going head to head to claim to be the best Young horse in the U.S. for 2013! There was an extremely high quality group of youngsters and many have come up through the program from the beginning. Read extensive coverage of the Championships at DressageDaily.com!
Also this past weekend was highly anticipated Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championship in Herning, Denmark. With the medals up for grabs from so many worthy combinations it was anyones guess who would come out on top! The Grand Prix record was broken, the Special had drama galore and the Freestyle was top notch, quality competition and super high scores with the top 8 all scoring over 80%, but the ultimate Kur winner brok 90%!! Check out all the action here from this exciting event!
The JYSK FEI European Para-Dressage Championships were also held in Herning this past weekend and Great Britain once again proved to be a force to be reckond with in Para-Dressage compeition. Great Britain took three gold and two silver medals across 5 grades in the individual Freestyle. Austria and the Netherlands were the two nations that blocked Great Britain from a sweep. Read more here and see the top three for each division.
Brentina, one of the United States most successful dressage horses, has undergone a second surgery for a bout of colic. Brentina, along with her rider Debbie McDonald, brought the U.S. a World Cup Championship in 2003 and represented us in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games where they lead the U.S.Team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Athnes Games. Read more about what happened to lead to the surgery at Eurodressage.com. Check it out!
Lutipold Animal Health has announced that it expects to release Adequan products once again in late August. The production of Adequan® IM, Adequan® IA, and Adequan® Canine was unable to happen due to the renovation and upgrades being made to its New York manufacturing facility. Get more information here.
TheHorse.com has a fun story about a study that was done to test the youthful playfulness of horses. They studied a group of 46 adult horses aged 3-29 after evaluating each horses sociability rating. Then they placed the horses in their home pens with three different objects to see what each horse would do and how they reacted to each object. Check out the rest of the study and see what conclusions they reached.
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