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The dynamic duo of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Photo: Mary Phelps)
The dynamic duo of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Photo: Mary Phelps)

With the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy now on the books it is time to once again congratulate Great Britain's Dream Team of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro! Continuing their reign of dominance the dup has now added two gold individual gold along with one team silver from the WEG! A shout out to American rider Laura Graves and her own Verdades on becoming a rising star in American dressage coming from a virtual unknown to 5th in the World at the WEG! World Equestrian team gold winner Fabienne Lütkemeier and her mom, Gina Capellmann have been confirmed to be among some of the top dressage stars at the Global Dressage Forum to be held October 20-21, 2014 at the Blue Hors stud in Denmark. Are the rumors true? Is superstar stallion Damon Hill for sale? See what the owner has to say...Six European candidates have thrown their names in the hats for the presidency of the FEI - see who they are. Is your horse stressed? Found out from the study to see if your horse has too much going on!{C}

This week there is a little slow down across the country as people prepare for the many upcoming Regional Championships. Kicking off the Regionals we have the USDF Region 4 Dressage Championships Licensed by United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. & Midwest Regional Championship and Open Show in Mason City, IA. Also in the mid west is the Majestic Farm Championships North Central Finals in Batavia, OH. In the south, we have the Cool Down Dressage in Pinehurst, NC, the MSEDA Dressage at the Park I and II in Lexington, KY, the Dressage at Greystone in Fayetteville, TN and the Poplar Place Farm September Dressage in Hamilton, GA. Out on the west coast, we have the Oregon Dressage Society Open and Championship in Sherwood, OR, the 17th Annual DASC Championship Show  in Somis, CA and the Yarra Yarra Dressage September in Pleasanton, CA.

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro continue their reign of international dominance earning two gold individual medals and team silver at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy! Charlotte and Valegro now have acheived gold at the Olympics, European Championships and now the World Equestrian Games! DressageDaily.com has extensive coverage of the WEG as well as a wonderful Image Gallery of the Freestyle and Charlotte Dujardin.

A shout out should also go to American rider Laura Graves and her own Verdades climbing the ladder of a virtually unknown horse/rider duo to 5th in the world at the World Equestrian Games. Not only was this Laura's first WEG, it was her first time showing on European soil! See more about their story and see a beautiful image gallery here!

World Equestrian team gold winner Fabienne Lütkemeier and her mom, Gina Capellmann have been confirmed to be among some of the top dressage stars at the Global Dressage Forum to be held October 20-21, 2014 at the Blue Hors stud in Denmark. The pair will be interviewed by Britain's Richard Davison on how the duo inspire one another as well as their path to the top. Check out more about this impressive duo here!
 
Germany's magazine St. Georg has published a statement from Christian Becks, the owner of the Westfalian licesed stallion Damon Hill addressing the rumor that the stallion is for sale and that the ride was secure until after the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. While the rumor has been floating for about a year, rider Helen Langehanenberg and the owner's wife refused to address the rumor with the press. See the full story at Eurodressage.com.
 
Six European candidates have throw their name into the hat to run for the presidency of the FEI after the current incumbent, Princess Haya, steps down at the General Assemly in Baku, Azerbaijian. At the end of her tenor, Princes Haya will end the reign of royal leadership that has been in place for 60 years! Each of the six candidates has been nominated by their national governing body and the election is set for December 14th at the General Assembly. See who is in the running here!

Is your horse stressed? thehorse.com has an article from Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS looking at this very quesiton. Because the term "stress" is used for so many common conditions it is first to identify the factors then objectively study these factors. The article explores what is a normal response to stimulus in the enviroment vs when a horse does not cope with this outside stimulus. See the entire article here to see if you think your equine partner is stressed!




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