This week’s News Notes is sponsored by Back on Track – products that help you and your animals live a pain-free life. Tickets are nearly sold out for many WEG events, including the Individual Dressage Freestyle, so buy your tickets now. Courtney King-Dye sends out a message to her supporters via her website in a clear sign that she’s on the mend. Britain reports its first mare in foal by Moorlands Totilas. And there are dressage shows taking place in every region of the U.S. this week.Here’s what is coming up this week: Dressage at Blue Goose in Cochranville, Penn. (www.bluegoosestables.com); Dressage at Lamplight in Wayne, Ill. (www.dressageshowinfo.com); Sorensen Park Dressage May II in East Troy, Wisconsin (www.sorensenpark.com); Woodside Spring Dressage in Woodside, Calif. (818-679-1570); Cornhusker Classic I in Lincoln, Nebraska (www.nebraskadressage.org); CDS San Juan Capistrano Spring in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (949-677-8335); Potomac Valley Dressage Association Spring in Leesburg, Virginia (www.pvda.org); Centerline Events at Westbrook Hunt Club in Westbrook, Conn. (www.centerlineevents.com); Spring Dressage in Santa Barbara, Calif. (www.santabarbaracds.org); Dressage Across the Lake III in Folsom, Louisiana (504-390-5239); Fairwind Farm May in Santa Rosa, Calif. (www.fairwindfarm.com); Gold Coast May Dressage in Loxahatchee, Florida (www.gcdafl.org); Spring Dressage at Copper Creek in Williamston, Mich. (www.dressagesecretary.com); Harmony in the Park I in Edinburgh, Indiana (www.dressageshowinfo.com); Las Vegas Dressage Spring Fling III in Las Vegas (702-401-8292); CDS Marin Chapter in Santa Rosa, Calif. (www.marindressage.org); Equestrians Institute L’Aperitif in Kirkland, Washington (www.equestrianinstitute.org). In a clear sign that Courtney King-Dye is on the mend, she recently posted her first message on her website (www.courtneykingdressage.com) since her riding accident this past winter in Florida. In it she sends a big ‘thank you’ to all who have sent their get-well wishes and gifts and have provided financial support for her recovery. She reports that she is making progress on her recovery and keeping a positive attitude. We are all hoping that she’ll soon be home and out among the dressage community as quickly as possible. Visit her website to read her message and to keep track of her progress.
Tickets to the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games are now selling fast and some competitions will soon be sold out, Kentucky-based media outlets report. Just about sold-out is the Dressage Individual Freestyle. Also nearing sell-out is the Reining Individual Finals. There are only 400 tickets left for the Reining and less than 1,000 for the Dressage Freestyle. Just goes to show how popular are these two growing international sports. Among the other equestrian disciplines, Eventing and Driving are nearly 75 percent sold, about two-thirds of tickets for the Jumping Top Four remain and only 100 tickets are still available for Para Dressage. Tickets can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets, at www.ticketmaster.com, through the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.
Interest in the WEG is quite high among the world’s riders. Sixty countries have expressed an interest in competing in the upcoming Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park this fall. And the number of competitors is more than 800. How many of those riders will actually be able to travel to Kentucky and compete in the tight economy is difficult to say, organizers say. In addition, it’s not just the nations that are leaders in equestrian sports that have expressed an interest, but also nations less known such as Namibia and Paraguay.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal won the prestigious Exquis Dressage World Masters competition in Munich, Germany this past weekend. A packed crowd watched their Grand Prix Freestyle ride in which they scored an 88.45 percent. The other news of the week is that breeder Mitzi Stillebroer announced that she has the first mare in Britain to be in foal by Moorlands Totilas. Horse and Hound reports that the dam is her 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Mrs Rouse. The mare is one of 100 worldwide that allowed to breed to Totilas.
Walk around the grounds during any dressage show and you’re likely to see lots of unlocked trucks and trailers. That’s because equestrians have long had a sense of security when surrounded by their own. For one British dressage rider, leaving her tack unlocked at a show probably seems much safer than having it locked up at home. Horse and Hound recently reported that rider Amy Stovold had seven Bates saddles stolen at her farm. Mind you, they were not easy to snatch. The saddles were locked in a tack room that not only had an alarm system, but also video surveillance. The saddles were all less than two years old and altogether were worth more than $16,000.
It sounds like the burglary at Stovold’s home barn, located near Hickstead, might be an inside job considering that the thieves knew enough to break through metal grilles at the back of the tack room to avoid the cameras out front. They apparently loaded the saddles into wheelbarrows and rolled them across a field for their get-away. They left behind one saddle and the bridles so it’s assumed they might have been disturbed during the robbery. It’s had a negative impact on Stovold who was forced to pull out of competitions and stop riding while she worked with Bates, which sponsors her, to replace the saddles.
Alex Catalano may be a top lacrosse player for Pelham High School, but a feature on her in the Eagle Tribune newspaper in North Andover, Mass. reveals that her real love is riding dressage with her 10-year-old horse Jyote. Catalano is reportedly the second leading lacrosse scorer in the region with 55 goals in 10 games. But, she’s also been a competitive rider for nearly 14 years. Of dressage, this high school junior said that it’s like “ballet on horseback” that requires a real partnership between horse and rider. She credits her grandfather for getting her started in riding by taking her to farms and for pony rides when she was very young. "He really, really pushed me to just follow my dreams and that was my dream and it still is a big part of my life" When not busy with lacrosse, she works and rides at Jest-A-Bit Farm in Pepperell, Mass., which she calls her second home. This young rider hopes to be a veterinarian one day. Meanwhile, she’ll be out about the northeast this summer competing in dressage.