Euro Update: Windsor Announces Dates for 2009 FEI European Championships

The Organisers of the FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships 2009 have announced that they will be held from Tuesday 25 – Sunday 30 August. The event will be held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire (UK) only normally open to the public once a year for the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The championships will be run on the same site as Royal Windsor, but not in conjunction with it.

This is the first time that two Olympic equestrian disciplines have been run together at European Championship level and at the same venue and is made possible by generous National Lottery funding of almost £1million awarded by UK Sport. The last time that either took place in the UK was when Hickstead hosted The European Dressage Championships in 2003. The last European Show Jumping Championship held in the UK, was also at Hickstead, back in 1999.

The provisional programme will see dressage take place on Tuesday(25) and Wednesday(26) afternoon and evening, and Thursday(27) and Saturday(29) evenings, with show jumping on the afternoons of Tuesday(25) and Wednesday(26), and the afternoons of Thursday(27), Friday(28), Saturday(29) and Sunday(30).

Event Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “We are very much looking forward to running this prestigious event in the historic surroundings of Windsor and Windsor Castle. We have a busy and exciting two years ahead of us but I am sure we will produce memorable championships.”

Hubert Schmidt Passed Away

Hubert Schmidt, father of German team rider Hubertus Schmidt and founder of Schmidt's farm "Fleyenhof" in Borchen-Etteln, Germany, has passed away. Hubert died of old age in his sleep on Sunday August 5, 2007. Hubert was a great inspiration for Hubertus and will be greatly missed.

KWPN Stallion Gregor Passed Away

The Dutch magazine De Hoefslag reported that the 19-year old KWPN licensed stallion Gregor (by Uniform x Rinaldo) has passed away following a severe colic attack. The grey stallion stood up for stud in The Netherlands till 2000 and was then sold to Martijn and Sarah Schuurman in the United States. Hoefslag wrote that "the stallion seemed to carry a history due to a forced career in dressage. Sarah took on the Gregor project and via clicker training she was able to get good results from him." Schuurman tried everything to save the stallion, but there was too much damage to the intestines and too much pain. He was humanely put down.

Hanoverian Riding Horses Selected for the 2007 Bundeschampionate

Following the 2007 Hanoverian Riding Horse Championships in Verden, Germany, August 2-5, 2007, the Hanoverian Society was able to select the 3 and 4-year old riding horses which will represent the Hanoverian breed at the 2007 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf, August 30 - September 2, 2007.

The Hanoverian society selected the following youngsters:

4-year old Mares and Geldings

  • Dancing Elvis (Del Piero x Espri) - Insa Hansen
  • Donna Cortina (Don Frederico x Castro) - Jan-Dirk Giesselmann
  • Lennox (Londonderry x Wolkenstein II) - Eckard Wahlers
  • Donna de Luxe (Don Frederico x Werther) - Eckard Wahlers

4-year old Stallions

  • St. Moritz (Sandro Hit x De Niro) - Eckard Wahlers
  • Darc Desire (Don Frederico Weltmeyer) - Anna Fiebelkorn
  • Light and Easy (Laurentio x Weltmeyer) - Burkhard Wahler

3-year old Mares and Geldings

  • Rodrigo (Riverside x Hohenstein) - Tessa Frank
  • Stepdancer ( Sandro Hit x De Niro) - Holga Finken
  • Highlife (Hohenstein x Donnerhall) - Hans-Jürgen Armbrust
  • Darian (De Kooning x Brentano II) - Hella Kuntz
  • Ravella Laurie (Royal Diamond-Laur.Crusador xx) - Klarissa Liss

3-year old Stallions

  • Benetton (Brentano II x Rotspon) - Anna Fiebelkorn
  • Delatio ( De Niro x Rubinstein I) - Hannes Baumgart
  • Ricochet ( Romancero H x Wolkenstein II) - Jana Freund (pictured)
  • Hofgraf (Hofrat x Weltruhm) - Holga Finken

Reserve Horses

  • Davinio, 4-yo stallion by Der Lenz x Longchamp - Hans-Dieter Mangelsdorf
  • London, 4-yo stallion by Londonderry x Weltmeyer - Insa Hansen
  • La Contessa, 4-yo mare by Londonderry x Welt Hit I - Melanine Wiebe

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