This weeks News Notes are brought to you by YS Nutrition! The German duo of Matthias Rath and the superstar stallion Totilas have been taken off the German A team. The PSI auction produced a record price of 2.3 million, yes million, euro for a spectacular Sir Donnerhall gelding. Speaking of big money, the FN has released its top 20 money earners for 2012 - check out the list to see who came out on top. Some lucky Amateurs recently received Grant money from the Dressage Foundation to allow them to take time to work with the trainer of their choice. A new career is beginning for the "greatest National Hunt horse" in England as he closes his jump racing career and embarks on dressage, but not without controversy! This week is a quiet one with only two shows taking place, one on each coast. Florida will have the White Fences Polar Express in Loxahatchee and California with host the Holiday Dressage in Somis.
Matthias Rath and Totilas have been removed off of the German A team due to basic lack of activity. The German duo have not been in the show arena since June 2012 missing out on the CHIO Aachen and the London Olympic Games due to the health of the rider. Since switching to Dutch trainer Sjef Janssen it was announced that Totilas would not show in the 2012 indoor circuit and no 2013 dates are targeted at this time. It is possible that the pair will be reinstated once the big picture is revealed. Check out the full story at Eurodressage.com.
When the PSI auction happens it is always interesting to see what emerges as a potential future star but when that horse also smashes auction records - one can only say 'Wow'! Sa coeur (by Sir Donnerhall I x Don Davidoff) did just that with the unbelievable price of 2.3+ million Euro! And this was for a gelding! The stunning movemer will be taking up residence in Great Britain. One can hope that he will be ridden to superstardom in the future. The second highest price horse was nothing to sneeze at with a 1.2+ million Euro and this one sold to an American! See the full story here!
Big money is the name of the game at the top of the sport and the Germany has released its top 20 list of top money earners for 2012. Christian Beck's Damon Hill (Donnerhall x Rubinstein), ridden by Helen Langehanenberg, is the undisputed champ with a whopping 138,505 euro to his credit just for 2012 alone! Isabell Werth was the second place finisher with Madelinde Winter-Schulze's El Santo (Ehrentusch x Rhytmus) with winnings totaling 94,825 euro. Check out the complete list here!
The Dressage Foundation has announced its receipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. Up to nine (one or each USDF Region) $1,000 scholarships are available per year that allows for Amateur riders to train on a horse they own with their trainer of choice. There are also two wild cards that can be awarded in any region. Check out who the lucky riders are!
The "greatest National Hunt horse" in England - Kauto Star - was the five King Georges and two Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and now he has offically retired from racing. He has not fully retired however....seems he will trying his hand at dressage. This decision is also causing a riff between his former trainer Paul Nicholls and his owner Clive Smith. The trainer and his staff were under the impression that he would live out his life with the team that cared for him for 9 years, but the owner feels that he should, at 12, keep going and try out the new career....Check it out here!
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