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

The Challenge of the Americas is returning to the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to raise money for Breast Cancer on March 9th - check out all the info! The Markel/USEF Young HOrse Training Sessions are underway with the first one taking place this past weekend in Alpharetta, GA. From young horse to retired horse - check out the video of Isabelle Werth schooling her retired Grand Prix horse Satchmo and see what is missing! It seems Western Dressage is on a rise in popularity after having attended the USEF conference in Kentucky. Did you check out the 2013 Superbowl? What did you think of the wonderful Budweiser commercial? If you haven't seen it scroll down and check it out!

Florida's winter circuit marches on this weekend with the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge in West Palm Beach and the Sweetheart Cup in Apopka. Arizona has the Fun in February in Litchfield Park and California will host the CDS San Diego Mid-Winter Show in Del Mar as well as the Yarra Yarra Dressage February I in Pleasanton.

The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) returns for its 11th anniversary at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in beautiful West Palm Beach, FL - Saturday, March 9, 2013! The "Who's Who" of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe will be "competing" in Reining Freestyles, Pas de Deuxs and the Quadrille Team Challenge. The competition is for Play for P.I.N.K.® (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge)"is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events including men's and women's golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, card games, equestrian events and shopping benefits." Check out all the info on how to get tickets and check out more about the competition!

The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of 2013 was held this past weekend at Shannondale Farm in Alpharetta, GA with a wide and varied group of horse and riders. The two day clinic conducted by USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach, Scott Hassler, had mounted sessions, lectures and a video review Saturday night were well attended by breeders, riders and trainers. The good news for US breeders? Eight out of ten of the horses in the session were bred in the USA! See who participated!

How fun is this!? Eurodressage.com has a piece on Isabelle Werth and her retired Grand Prix horse Satchmo having a grand time schooling through the movements. WHy is this a big deal? Isabelle is doing all of this without the benefit of a saddle OR bridle! It is so nice to see just how "on the seat" the 19-year-old Satchmo if and how he stays "on the bit" without a bit! Check out the video...almost make me want to try it out myself but I might not even stay in the arena (hehe!)! Check it out!

Well it looks like the popularity of Western Dressage is on the rise as the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) was active at the recently held United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Convention in Kentucky. Western Dressage will be included in the Morgan Horse section of the USEF rulebook and the test which the WDAA created is also available on the USEF website. It is going to be interesting to see how the sport develops and if any "traditional" dressage riders give it a spin. Read more here!
You would pretty much have to have no heart or had been going back for seconds of those yummmy snacks to not have enjoyed the 2013 Budweiser commercial titled "Brotherhood". It highlights the bond between a young Clydesdale and it's trainer until it is time for the horse to go out and take it's rightful spot in front of the famous wagon. The very young foal in the ad stole the show and became the subject of a naming contest (the foal was actually a filly!). Check out the ad and what moniker was the winning name!

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.