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

Patrik Kittel will represent Sweden (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)
Patrik Kittel will represent Sweden (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)

The Florida show season is beginning to heat up with excitment as the horse/rider combinations have been announced for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach that takes place January 23-27 - check it out! Guadalajara, Mexico has lost its bid to host the 2015 World Cup Finals - will it now head to the Las Vegas in the US? Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have once again become number 1 in the World rankings. Future stars come out at the 2013 CDI Drachten during the Prix St Georges. See who debuted and how they did! In the last News Notes, Gentle Carosel Mini's were headed to New Town, CT to offer comfort to the devistated town, now USA Today has a story about the little angels visit and how much they made a difference.

Once again we have another light weekend show schedule as people are still on the move and settling in before things really get cranking for the 2013 winter season! This week we have the International Horse Sport Dressage Premiere in Loxahatchee, FL and the Ocala Winter Dressage in Ocala, FL along with the Dressage Getaway Inc. in Thermal, CA.

The World Dressage Masters Palm Beach has announced its horse/rider combintaions for the January 23-27 event at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach County! The event boast a prize of about $131,850 (€100,000 (EUR)) and riders form the US and Europe will be going head to head for a piece of that pie. Top riders including (but not limited to) Steffen Peters, Heather Blitz, Edward Gal, Patrik Kittel, David Marcus and many more! Check out the story at DressageDaily.com and see the details of the event here!

Guadalajara, Mexico has lost the hosting rights to the 2015 World Cup Finals for both jumping and dressage. The organizers were unable to meet certain requirements set forth by the FEI in the time frame required so the FEI had no choice but to withdraw the finals. While Las Vegas had submitted a bid to host along with Guadalajara it is not automatic for the Finals to move to the US. The Vegas organizers have been contacted and no decision has yet been made. Check it out here!

Charlotte Dujardin is once again atop the leaderboard of the FEI World Dressage Rankings! The pair took over the top spot once again after their performance their outstanding performance at the fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup in their home town of London in December. Check out the list and see what other changes were in the top ten of the list! http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/01/11/olympic-champs-top-world-dressage-rank...

Future stars were shining at the 2013 CDI Drachten's small tour! Dutch riders Adelinde Cornelissen aboard her homebred Dutch gelding Zephyr (by Jazz x Farmer) and Edward Gal on the Dutch mare Asther de Jeu (by Contango x Jazz) made their debut at the international level showing solid work and promising futures. Emmelie Scholtens and the KWPN licensed stallion Apache (by UB40 x Inspekteur) showed great maturity and active, light movements to put together a test that was good enough to top the class and win with a score of 73.97%! Check out the full story at Eurodressage.com and read more about these new up and comers!

In my last News Notes I had written about the minis from Gentle Carousel heading to New Town, CT to help offer some comfort to the town after the Sandy Hook tradegy. USA Today online has a story about the actual visit (with pictures of the adorable horses). The minis were requested by several New Town residences. One of the horses, Majic was "voted one of Time Magazine's 10 most heroic animals of all time in 2011, based on her visit to a patient in an assisted-living facility who hadn't spoken in three years. Garcia-Bengochea says that moments after the horse came into the room, the woman spoke — she continues to speak to this day." Check them out - they are truly adorable and have so musch to offer!


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.




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