Dressage News Notes - Brought to you by Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (Photo: Eurodressage.com)
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (Photo: Eurodressage.com)

The second leg of the REEM Acra FEI World Cup went off in Lyon, France and it was a handy win for Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival whos training style has changed and it is certainly paying off! Speaking of Adelinde, she was a key speaker at the Global Dressage Forum in the Netherlands where a star studded lineup gave a series of outstanding seminars. Dominican Republic lost its dressage star Yvonne Losos de Muniz when she announced that she is quitting dressage after the "fiasco" with her case leading into the Olympic Games. Two European greats are done in international competition when Warum Nicht and Sunrise will no longer step foot in the FEI arenas.

Canada has now lost its Technical leader of their high performance riders when Marcus Gribbe announced that he wanted to pursue his own goals. In non dressage news - thoroughbred racing's 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace sold at public auction for an astouding cool $10 million!

The show season is very quiet after the Regional Championships have played out with only a handful of competitions taking place this weekend. The south is leading the way with the Dressage at Greystone in Lynnville, TN, the Low Country Fall Dressage Classic in Johns Island, SC, the Blue Angel Dressage in Pensacola, FL and the Gold Coast Fall Dressage in West Palm Beach, FL. California rounds out the weekend with the Starr Vaughn Dressage II in Elk Grove, CA and the CHR Fall Festival Dressage in Ramona, CA.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival claimed the second leg of the REEM Acra FEI World Cup with a convincing wins in Lyon, France. The duo scored an incrdible 89.375% placing them well ahead of Italy's Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno. After changing her training style by lightening her riding, it was clear that Parzival is coming to understand the new aids that he is receiving from his rider and responding well with more clean transitions and relaxation. Check out the rest of the line up and how the rest of the group faired at DressageDaily.com.

The Global Dressage Forum was held in Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands October 29-30, 2012 and it had a star studded line up and great programs! Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen demonstarted her new fitness program that includes boxing, juggling and ballet! Patrik Kittel held a talk on 'finding and training a future top horse', Helen Langehanenberg & Jonny Hilberath gave a demonstration on 'the German system' and Stephen Clarke spoke about 'the perfect 10' in judging just to name a few. Visit the Global Dressage Forum website for a synopsis on the event and check back as more photos are supposed to be added!

The Dominican Republic has lost one of its top international competitors when Yvonne Losos de Muniz announced that she would be quitting dressage after she lost her case with the Court of Arbitration of Sport, blaming the FEI for it becoming a "fiasco". Muniz states that the decision was not a direct result of her losing the case but rather the way in which she was treated by the FEI during her protest. To read the full story here and learn more about the case and the resulting finds - click here!

Isabell Werth has announced that Warum Nicht FRH will not be returning to the show ring. "Hannes" was found injured in his stall at morning check by barn staff and during the vet exam he was found to have a fractured pelvis. While Hannes is recovering well from the injury Isabell stated - "I think he won't return to competition sport. He has already achieved so much in his career and I don't want to train him to the top again at any cost." Hannes was one of Isabell's most winning horses and will be missed in the show ring. Check out the full story at Eurodressage.com.

Imke Schellekens-Bartels' 18-year-old Grand Prix horse Sunrise is now offically retired. After her 2010 injury, she never returned to international competition. She will now be used as a broodmare. Interestingly, Sunrise will be put in foal with the traditional method and carry the foal herself. She will remain with the Bartels and is still regularly ridden 5 days a week and thoroughly enjoys hacks outside two days a week! Check out more at Eurodressage.com!

German dressage trainer Marcus Gribbe has resigned as the Technical leader of the Canadian High Performance program. Gribbe sites the desire to move forward in developing his own training facility and training his own horses. The position requires an enoromous amount of time having to travel to major international competitions so Gribbe stated “The position of Technical Leader is too time consuming. To do both, I strongly feel that in order to give 100% I have to regretfully choose,” Gribbe said. Read more from Horsetalk,co.nz...

In non-dressage news - Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, sold for an astouding $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton Novemebr sale becoming the highest sale priced horse at public auction since 2008. The lovely mare earned nearly $2.6 million with more than $1.6 in 2011. The new owners had to stretch the budget to claim the mare as their own but will be breeding her with the aim to sell the foals to help her pay for herself before enjoying some for themselves. Read the full story here at the Boston Herald online!

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