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Something good is coming to Tucson, Arizona this week after a rough news week in that city. Britain changes the way it runs its championship qualifications. Is Kyra Sweden’s new team trainer or not? A good read releases a second edition. A California paradressage rider earns a feature story. And Courtney King Dye reports a slight setback but is back on the road to recovery.
It’s been a rough news week for the Tucson, Arizona area but here’s something good coming up in that town this weekend. The SAAHA Open Breed Dressage Show will be held over the weekend in Tucson (www.saaha.org). Also out west in the desert near the Palm Springs region, the Dressage Getaway will be held this weekend in Thermal, California (www.dressagegetaway.com). Two other shows scheduled for this weekend will be on the East Coast in Florida. One is the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge (www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com) and the Ocala Winter Dressage (www.orlandodressage.com).
Britain’s Horse and Hound reported this week that British Dressage has a new points-based system for the country’s championship qualifications. The reason given for the change is a good one. It’s an effort to ensure that riders and horses that consistently score well are placed ahead of those who win, but do so in small classes and with low scores. You can read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/article.php?aid=304832.
Is she or isn’t she? News reports that Kyra Kyrklund was taking over as Sweden’s dressage team trainer are now being disputed by Kyra herself. Kyra told Horse and Hound this week that she will help train Swedish riders but that she is not taking any official position as coach. Earlier, it had been reported in the news that Kyra was taking the trainer job and would work with Swedish riders until the 2012 London Olympics. Current chef d’equipe for Sweden is Bo Jena. The team trainer had been Hubertus Schmidt but he resigned this winter so that he could focus on helping is wife, Doris, in her battle with cancer.
Yes, this is a plug for a book. The title is Playing with Lukas and a second edition was recently released. The book chronicles the relationship of Lukas and his trainer Karen Murdock. Lukas is an off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding that was made famous on YouTube and now has been profiled on several major television stations. The book has been hailed as a great story of two beings searching for their place in life and finding it by working together. Karen is also a dressage trainer who incorporated what she has learned in dressage in working with the 17-year-old Lukas, who was nominated for the 2010 Equine Vision Award sponsored by Pfizer and American Horse Publications. He has also been invited to participate in the Wounded Warriors program.
Paradressage rider Susan Treabess earned a profile in the Vacaville, California paper The Reporter. Susan competed in the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games but that success wasn’t the sole focus of the feature. Instead, it discussed her future target of making the team for the 2010 London Paralympics. Susan competed in the WEG with the Dutch Warmblood mare Moneypenny. She was born without a left hand and started riding at age five. Susan has come a long way since her pony lesson days. Currently she trains with Steffen Peters. You can read all about her at
Courtney King-Dye reported this week that she had a slight setback when she suffered a seizure early Saturday morning. She spent a bit of time in the hospital over the weekend but is recovering just fine. On her website (www.courtneykingdressage.com) she notes that it was a reminder to her to slow down and give her body the time it needs to heal. Since hitting Florida this winter, Courtney has been busy teaching and making the dressage rounds and says it may have been a bit much. We wish her a continued recovery.