Olympic hopefuls Steffan Peters and Grandeur (shown here competing it Aachen, Germany last July), along with a field of 21 horses entered in the Grand Prix at the Pantano Dressage Olympic qualifier, were unable to compete after the show was cancelled due to a huge storm this past weekend. "It rained for over 48 hours," Peters told DressageDaily today.
Organizers, Ulrich and Dorie Schmitz had invited all the 2000 Olympic Judges to judge. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent in preparation for this show, an important USET Olympic qualifier. The footing is too unsafe and wet, and many of the stalls were flooded.
An urgent plea was sent by Janet Brown to spread the word of this unfortunate incident and ask for the support of our American Dressage community. "We must support organizer's like Dorie and Uli who put so much of their time and own money into this sport." Brown wrote. "We want to be sure they will continue to hold these great shows for all of us in the future.Please send a donation of any amount to help them out at this time. Thank you for your compassion and support."
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