Dressage competitions are scattered about the country this week so check out the list here in News Notes. And the Platinum Performance/USDF Adult Clinic series with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker continues in Maryland this weekend. A financial backer stepped in to save this year’s Dressage at Hickstead. Namibia holds its first-ever national equestrian awards. In Southern California, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is on the hunt for riders willing to spend their days riding county trails on crime prevention missions. And in Kentucky, a new documentary film premiered on the life of the great racehorse John Henry.
Dressage shows abound this coming week, which means that no matter where in the U.S. you are, you’ll find a show. In Burbank, California there is the Fiesta Dressage show (www.fiestaspanishhorse.com). And also in California this weekend is the CDS Shasta Chapter show in Cottonwood (530-277-0820), the CDS Temecula Valley Spring show (951-201-0686), the GEAHS Spring Open Dressage (661-303-9219) in Bakersfield, Dressage in the Almonds (www.marvalstables.com) in Lodi and the Dressage at Mission Pacific show in Somis, California (www.barronsgateevents.com). Further north, in Coupeville, Washington, this weekend is the Whidbey Equestrian Center Spring Dressage (www.ridewec.com) and in neighboring Idaho will be the Idaho Dressage Festival in Nampa (www.idahodressageandeventing.org). The ZIA Classic Arabian Horse show (www.nmarab.org) is taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dressage in the Sandhills (www.carolinadressage.com) will be held in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In East Troy, Wisconsin this weekend there is the Sorensen Park Dressage and Sport Horse show (www.sorensenpark.com) and also in Wisconsin is the May Flower I Dressage Show (www.ottercreekfarm.com) in Wheeler. Grand Valley Dressage Spring Show (www.gvds.org) is taking place in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dressage at Lamplight (www.dressageshowinfo.com) will be in Wayne, Illinois this weekend. And there is still action in Florida with the Canterbury May Days Qualifier in Newberry (www.canterburyshowplace.com). In Bellville, Texas this weekend is the Dressage in the Pines (www.reiterhof.us).
Also on tap for this coming weekend is the continuation of the Platinum Performance/USDF Adult Clinic series with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. USDF Region 1 will play host this time and the clinic will be held at Hassler Dressage in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Walk-ins are welcome and you can learn more by visiting the USDF website at www.usdf.org.
And a head’s up for next week, running from May 13-16 will be the big Cincinnati Dressage Tradition Breed and Performance show. The breed show portion runs Thursday and Friday and the performance divisions start on Friday. The show serves as a qualifier for numerous awards, including the regional championships. The competition also includes para-equestrian classes and Pony Cup competition. More information is available at www.cincinnatidressagetradition.com
Horse and Hound reported this past week that Craig Rawlins, brother of Dane Rawlins, the founder of Dressage at Hickstead, has stepped forward to help the financially troubled show get back on its feet. Craig Rawlins runs Equine Elite, an auction company based in the Netherlands and which will now sponsor the prestigious show for at least the next three years. Without that funding, Hickstead would have been a no-show this year. Now, it’ll run as planned from July 29 through August 1 and will serve as the final selection trials for the Dutch team for the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. Hickstead will also be host this year for the final for the Dressage Masters Championship and the British Young Horse Championships.
Equestrian sports really are growing all over the world. In Africa this past week, the Namibia Equestrian Federation held its first-ever awards ceremony in Windhoek. Dressage was one of 10 equestrian disciplines recognized during the awards ceremony. Among recipients in the dressage category was Susanne Hoff for judging in the 2009 season. Laura Pflippen and Claratal Bardolino were the most successful rider and horse combination in children’s dressage and the most successful for the junior/adult category was the pair of Stephanie Rexrodt and Dynamite Dane.
If you live in Southern California’s San Bernardino County and you’re looking for more trail riding opportunities, then the county Sheriff’s Department has a job for you – citizen’s patrol by horseback. The Sheriff’s Department is seeking riders interested in joining its Rancho Cucamonga Equestrian Patrol Unit. Members are volunteers, but you’ll get 40 hours of Sheriff’s Department academy training that includes crime prevention, CPR, first aid, introduction to law, driver awareness and patrol procedures. The next academy class starts in September but you’ll have to provide your own uniform, horse and equipment. The job requires 12 hours a month of donated time and in the previous year, horse patrol members racked up 6,234 hours of time. Aside from patrolling city trails, members of the horse unit also represent the Sheriff’s Department at local events and in parades. Learn more at www.rcep.org.
And in Kentucky last week, a new movie – “John Henry: A Steel Driving Racehorse” – premiered at the Kentucky Horse Park Theater. Produced by Open Sky’s Glenn Garland and Christopher Duddy, the documentary film chronicles the life of the great racehorse that lived from 1975 to 2007. During his career, he earned more than $6.5 million and won 30 stakes, races, was voted “Horse of the Year” in both 1981 and 1984 and was People Magazine’s “Top People” roundup story in 1984. The documentary film includes footage and interviews. You can learn more at www.johnhenrymovie.com.
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