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

Tolegro (Totilas x Krack C x Ferro) stands at Böckmann Horses in Germany
Tolegro (Totilas x Krack C x Ferro) stands at Böckmann Horses in Germany

Dreaming of a Totilas foal cantering around your field? Don't have 8,000 Euro? Then consider the (so far) only licensed son of the great one to stand at stud for 2014 - Tolegro! The 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions which is the qualifier for the Alltech World Equestrian Games will be returning to its roots. The cloning debate continues with court battles still going on and now several breed registries are coming out voicing opinions about the debate. It was certainly unexpected when a dressage horse and his owner were walking on frozen ground and he went down. Who ya gonna call? A tow truck! The disciplines of dressage and show jumping are now officially tied for Equestrian of the Year...find out if we might have a chance to break the tie in 2014!

With cold gripping much of the nation it seems that the show season is a bit on the downlow! There are just 4 USDF recognized competitions this upcoming weekend. The very brave souls in Illinois will compete at the Fields & Fences January Dressage in Gurnee. California will have two this weekend with the Dressage in the Desert January in Rancho Mirage and the Los Angeles Winter Dressage in Burbank. Chilly Florida will continue the season with the Global Dressage Festival 3 in Wellington.

Ever dreamed of breeding that favorite mare to the very famous Totilas until you see that 8,000 Euro stud fee? Well Stallion Station Bockmann in Germany is here to help. Tolegro (Totilas x Krack C x Ferro) is a drop dead gorgeous son of the superstar Totilas and will be the only licensed son that is so far being offered at stud for 2014. He looks much like his father and impressed the crowds with his charisma and movement at his licensing. All this is offered this season for a very reasonable 850 Euro! Check him out at Eurodressage.com.

The 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp will be returning to the beautiful Hamilton Farm, the location for the United States Equestrian Team Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. While the Festival hit the road last year taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park, it is coming "home" in June to Gladstone and serve as the selection trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Read more and check past coverage!

The cloning debate continues to push forward with the ongoing lawsuit between the American Quarter Horse Association and two of it's members. After it was ruled that the AQHA must accept cloned horses that it had previously banned, the association decided to appeal the decision and now other breed registeries are coming out in support of the AQHA. Check out more of the story as many breed registries watch this story carefully to see the outcome.....

"It takes a village" has a whole new meaning for one very lucky dressage horse and his owner. While taking a morning walk on a snowy day in early January in the Town of Chenango in New York, the Lusitano gelding slipped on ice and was unable to get back up. After many hours of attempted rescue by neighbors and firefighters it was a tow truck driver that came out and saved the day! Read the full story here and check out the video!

Showjumping superstar Margie Goldstein was announced as the 2013 U.S. Equestrian Federation Equestrian of the Year at the Pegasus Awards dinner in January. What is fun about this is the fact that she has now tied with Dressage rider Steffen Peters for the number of times the title has been won! Check out how the prestigious award is earned and what the chances of a Dressage rider are for reclaiming the title in 2014!

Mary Phelps (mary@horsesdaily.com) is a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist and CSR Tracey Scharf (tracey@horsesdaily.com) provide the personal attention needed to help make the lives of their clients smooth and easy when it comes to the process of insuring your Farm, business and equine mortality needs. While Mary travels to the shows and barns, you can count on Tracey in the office to be available to answer questions and manage the details with ease. 1-800-572-3286.