The competition season is in full swing with more than a dozen dressage shows scheduled for this upcoming weekend. And the Century Club has added a new horse/rider pair with a combined age of 100. Princess Haya has announced her intention to run again for FEI president. Trouble is brewing in the Philippines over that country’s recent election for president of the Equestrian Association. And new estimates indicate that the economic impacts of the upcoming Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games will be greater than first thought.
A super busy weekend is coming up in the dressage show world with more than a dozen dressage competitions on the schedule. Here’s the list: Golden State Dressage in Rancho Murieta, California; Lake Erie Dressage in Concord Township, Ohio; Greater Atlanta Dressage in Conyers, Georgia; VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage in Leesburg, Virginia; Dressage at Mission Pacific in Somis, California (818-865-0510); Aloha State Dressage Society in Waimanalo, Hawaii; Spring Dressage at Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, California: Dressage on the First Coast in Jacksonville, Florida; Welcome Back to White Fences in Loxahatchee, Florida; Las Vegas Spring Dressage Fling II in Las Vegas (702- 401-8292); Bunny Hop Dressage in Hernando, Mississippi ; Majestic Farm Dressage VI in Batavia, Ohio ; and Reiterhof Presents Spring Fling in Waco, Texas.
Congratulations to Lillian Floyd and her partner Dreamer on a successful outing in their first dressage competition at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center last month. The pair scored a very respectable 68.50 percent in Into A and made it as a feature story in the Palm Beach Post. What makes them so special is that Lillian is 72 and Dreamer, otherwise known as Law and Order, is 28. Their combined ages have earned them the right to be in the Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.
Lillian started riding dressage 20 years ago, but only recently got serious about her riding when she began taking lessons with Dru Nagle. And once she started serious training, she set the goal of competing to qualify for the Century Club. To be in the Club, riders and their equine partner must have a combined age of 100 or more so Lillian and Dreamer just made it. Dreamer, who is blind in one eye, is an experienced competitor and, in addition to his current dressage career, has competed in eventing and jumping. Said Lillian of her dream to be a dressage competitor – “Never give up on your dream.” Read more
The Associated Press reported this week that Jordan’s Princess Haya is going for a second and final four-year term as president of the International Equestrian Federation. In announcing her decision, the 35-year-old show jumping Olympian said she’d like to continue giving back to the sport. "It's been an honor to serve our sport and our federation over the last four years. I have loved the job," Princess Haya said. The election for FEI president will occur in November at the FEI’s annual assembly in Taiwan. Read more.
And speaking of equestrian organization presidencies, in the Philippines trouble is brewing over the recent election for president of the Equestrian Association of the Philippines. Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. is questioning the validity of the election that installed Carissa Coscolluela as president of the Equestrian Association last week. In a radio interview, Cojuangco said that procedures were not followed when Coscolluela’s group held their meeting at the Milky Way Restaurant in Makati City. He claimed that Coscolluela and her supporters proceeded with the meeting earlier than the scheduled 2 p.m. start time and that the election was over before it was even scheduled to begin. Coscolluela denied the charge. Read more .
With the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games only six months away, a University of Louisville economist predicts the economic impact of the WEG will be much greater than originally assumed. A study by economist Paul Coomes concludes that the WEG, being held in Kentucky from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, will have an economic impact of $167 million, a $17 million increase from earlier estimates. The new figure is based on ticket sales, hotel room bookings, vendor bookings and sponsorship contracts and it includes $96.5 million in direct spending as well as increased taxes and the multiplied effects of various industries. Ticket sales to date indicate that 87 percent of spectators will be from outside of Kentucky and that means lots of hotel room rentals. Read more.