Euro Update: Dr. Elena Petushkova Passed Away

Dr. Elena Petushkova (RUS), vice-president of the Russian National Federation and former Olympic gold medalist, passed away on 8 January after a hard and long illness.

Dr. Elena Petushkova’s devotion to equestrian sport and talent as a Dressage rider have been confirmed on many an occasion, with silver and gold medals at the Olympic Games of 1968 and 1972; gold, silver and bronze medals at the World and European Championships; as well as 13 times National Champion of former U.S.S.R.

Following her sporting career, Dr. Petushkova devoted much of her time to promoting and developing Dressage in Russia, working at all levels, as a member of the FEI Dressage Committee from 1978 – 1982, International FEI Dressage Judge from 1998-1999 and as FEI Bureau Member and Group III Chairman from 1995-2004. Her contributions to the sport both internationally and in Russia are immeasurable.

The commemorative ceremony will take place on 11 January in Moscow at 10.00

Welt Hit II Proclaimed Keur Stallion

The dark bay Oldenburg stallion Welt Hit II has been proclaimed Keur stallion by the KWPN society. The four licensing committees of the KWPN society met recently to review the achievements of the stallions with older offspring. The committee concluded that based on the performances of Welt Hit II's offspring, the Oldenburg branded sire earned the prestigious Keur title. He has 15 licensed sons.

The 14-year old Welt Hit II is by Weltmeyer out of Cileste (Hill Hawk xx x Harald) and is owned by the Dutch stallion station De Havikerwaard. In 1994, he was reserve champion of the Oldenburg Stallion Licensing and later on approved for the KWPN society in Holland. In 1995 Welt Hit II scored 141.74 points for dressage in his Stallion Performance Test at Medingen. In 1997 and 1998 he won the Zwolle International Stallion Show and in 1998 he placed sixth at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. Under Coby van Baalen, the stallion was successful at Prix St Georges level. A colic operation put his sport career on the back burner for a few years, but he is currently back in training and schooling Grand Prix.

Bjorsells Briar Proclaimed Horse of the Year at 2006 Swedish Riders' Gala

At the first ever Swedish Riders' Gala, Bjorsells Briar was proclaimed Horse of the Year 2006. A sell-out crowd attended this black tie affair in Sweden to witness the proclamation of Briar as Horse of the Year, and of Ann and Torsten Pehrsson as Breeders of the Year. Jan Brink lost the title of Rider of the Year 2006 from Rolf-Göran Bengtsson by a nose length.

The 15-year old Swedish warmblood stallion Briar (by Magini x Kroket) was the most successful Swedish warmblood horse competing internationally this year. Under Jan Brink, Briar placed 8th and 9th at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. At the Gala Evening, Brink thanked Briar and the team surrounding the stallion for their outstanding performances this year. He also expressed his special thanks to breeder and owner Hans-Yngve Goransson.

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