Euro Update: Madeleine Winter-Schulze and Christoph Hess, Recipients of the 2007 Reiter-Forum Award

Madeleine Winter-Schulze and Christoph Hess were the recipients of the Reiter Forum Award, presented by Frank Henning on Monday April 16, 2007. The award ceremony took place at the private house of Ullrich Kasselmann at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany, and was attended by the entire German Who's Who.

Winter-Schulze was honoured for being the long-time sponsor of World Champion Isabell Werth and of German team jumping rider Ludger Beerbaum. She received a standing ovation at the presentation. Madeleine was moved to tears because, "she received this award for something that gives so much back to me every single day."

Team rider Heike Kemmer took the microphone and spoke about how much she owed to Winter-Schulze as well. "I've had so much bad luck with my horses these past few years - one had to be put down - and I was contemplating to quit riding. In that phase, it was Madeleine who pushed me onwards by offering me a horse to ride and by believing in me. Her willingness to help and dedication are extraordinary," Kemmer said.

Christoph Hess, director of the training department of the German Equestrian Federation, also received the Reiter Forum Award. He was honoured for laying the foundation for the successful seminar series "Better Riding". "I accept this award in representation of all the trainers who dedicate their lives to the equestrian sport 365 days a year," Hess said. (View more photos)

Yvette Truesdale Wins 2007 Dressage Ireland Winter Finals

Yvette Truesdale was the big winner at the 2007 Dressage Ireland National Winter Finals at Coilog Equestrian Centre, Allenwood, County Kildare on Sunday 22nd April 2007, when she scored 71.25% with the ten year old bay gelding Has to be Fun, owned by Jim Burgess, to take first place in the Intermediaire I Winter Final.

Kate Dwyer and Reve D’Or were second ahead of Marguerite McSweeney and Squire Tuc third. Kate Dwyer and Reve D’Or won the Prix St Georges Final with Marguerite McSweeney and Squire Tuc in second place and Yvette Truesdale and Has to be Fun slotted into third. Laragh Hamilton and Claggan Roxy Music were unopposed when scoring 62.39% in the Grand Prix Final.(View Scores)

Frank Lamontagne's Duphar Passed Away

Frank Lamontagne's international Grand Prix horse Duphar has passed away on April 18, 2007. The dark bay gelding suffered from a severe colic attack and could not be saved. He was humanely put down. The Dutch warmblood gelding Duphar, by Pion x Le Mexico, claimde his biggest international successes in Great Britain. He won his first international Prix St. Georges in Goodwood in 1993 and his first Grand Prix in Addington in 1995. Duphar spent the last ten years of his retiremen