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Axel Steiner is retiring from International Judging in 2013 (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)
Axel Steiner is retiring from International Judging in 2013 (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)

This week's NewsNotes are brought to you by HorseShow.com. This past weekend the 30th Anniversary of one of the US's most historic shows took place at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Along with the Derby, the 5th Annual Fundraiser for the Equestrian Aid Foundation went off with much success! EHV-1 is still on the radar of people attending the Florida show circuit with outbreak's in the Ocala and Wellington areas  - check with any venue you plan to attend to see what is happening. The USEF is still seeking aplications for the new Dressage Technical Advisor. Axel Steiner will retire fro International judging at the end of 2013 - what will he be up to? In Euro news - the Royals of Great Britain attended the wedding of one of Dressage's top riders - see who it is and Totilas took another "step back" check out what happened to the down on his luck stallion now.

This weekend things are heating up with two CDI's - one on each coast. California leads the way with the most competitions, one being The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-YJ3* in Del Mar, CA. Other shows include the Golden State Dressage in Rancho Murieta and the Spring Forward Dressage in Somis. Oregon has the Spring into Dressage in Boring and New Mexico has the Dances with Horses 1 and 2 in Albuquerque. THe south rounds out this weekend with the Poplar Place Farm March Dressage Show in Hamilton, GA and the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II CDI-W/NAJYRC in West Palm Beach, FL.

The 30th Anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby was held this past weekend and Lars Peterson and Mette Rosencrantz both proved very successful in the Grand Prix CDI-W division. Lars was not only the victor in the Grand Prix, but he took the blue in the CDI-w Grand Prix Freestyle. Mette emerged on top in the CDI-W Grand Prix Special. Along with the Derby, the 5th annual Equestrian Aid Foundation's Fundraiser hosted by DressageDaily was held after the jog on Thursday with a very successful turnout! Check out the coverage at DressageDaily.com!

EHV-1 continues to be on everyone's radar as another of the horses associated with the Ocala outbreak began to show neurological signs. As of Wednesday, March 6th - 14 facilites had at least a partial quarantine (including the HITS Showgrounds). All the horses in the HITS Showgrounds are quarantined and biosecurity measures are in place. However horses already on the grounds are allowed to continue to compete. It is recommended that you call ahead to any venue that you are traveling to in order to inquire about the status and any restrictions that may be in place. The Florida Department of Agriculture  is updating the report on a regular basis here.

The United States Equestrian Federation has put out a reminder that it is still accepting applications for the position of Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe until Friday, March 15, 2013. Job description and application can be found at the USEF website...

Eurodressage has some fun news! Seems that Laura Bectolsheimer got married this weekend on March 2nd and her now husband is actually good friends with British Royalty. In attendance at the 250 guest strong wedding was Prince Wiliam, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry! The wedding took place in Arosa, Switzerland at the Tschuggen Hotel owned by her grandparents. Check out the venue and read more about Laura's thoughts on "growing up"!

Axel Steiner is set to end his FEI judging career this year with a "world tour" of sorts! THe FEI granted an extension to Axel allowing him to continue judging through the rest of 2013 as the FEI normally requires judges to retire after age 70. Axel will trun 72 in June. He is scheduled to do his last US FEI International competition at the Dressage at Devon show. He will continue to judge nationally. Read more from the Chronicle of the Horse....

Poor Totilas! Seems that since his purchase by Germany's Paul Schockemohle and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff he has been plauged with problems and controversy. While not a super major thing, Totilas sustained a slight injury in the breeding shed when he injured his knee while mounting the breeding phantom. He will need hand walking for a couple of weeks but should be good to go after that time. Check out more here!


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