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It’s the season for Regional Dressage Championships and this weekend the Region 5 championships will take place in Parker, Colorado. A town on Martha’s Vineyard grapples with the question of whether or not horse farms are agricultural enterprises. Anky van Grunsven is going to the WEG as a reining competitor for the Netherlands. Canadian dressage rider Leslie Reid adds a retired racehorse to her stable. Eastern equine encephalitis took the lives of two horses in New York State recently. And a horse with no name lands in jail for apple stealing in British Columbia.
It’s that time of year for USDF regional championships and this Labor Day weekend the GAIG/USDF Region 5 Dressage Championships will be taking place in Parker, Colorado (www.rmds.org). This also seems to be the weekend for honoring specific breeds with breed-focused shows going on across the U.S. On the West Coast in Rancho Murieta, California, the Mother Lode All Morgan dressage show is happening this weekend(www.svmhc.com). Moving eastward into Nevada, the PRE takes center stage in Las Vegas for the $5,000 Freestyle Dressage Challenge (www.yourandalusianorganization.org). In the east, the Arabian Fall Classic will be taking place in Lexington, Virginia (www.horsecenter.org). And the all-is-welcome Open All Breed Dressage Show will be in Augusta, New Jersey (www.carouselfarms1.com).
From Martha’s Vineyard comes a story on whether riding stables really fit the definition of agriculture. In 2002, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank acquired an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) on property now owned by a New York City financier and seasonal resident. Steven Rattner has been working to turn Crow Hollow Farm into a serious horse farm and that has included undertaking major improvements on paddocks, clearing land, moving soil and building new riding rings. His attorneys say the work is consistent with the agreements of the APR. The Land Bank isn’t so sure. The question is whether Rattner’s use of the property constitutes an agricultural use. It’s a rather important question considering that in many states, horse farms have been granted the same agricultural rights as other forms of agriculture. You can read more at http://www.mvgazette.com/article.php?27171.
The Daily Racing Forum reported this week that top Canadian rider Leslie Reid has a new mount – a retired racehorse. The five-year-old Krazy Koffee ended his racing career in August in British Columbia, earning nearly a half million Canadian dollars. Krazy Koffee, trained by Cindy Krasner and owned and bred by Butch Goertzen, has been a winner since he was two. He’s no longer capable of staying at the top of the racing game, and so, his owner decided to retire him now and give him a chance at another career. Both Goertzen and Krasner think he just might become Reid’s next Olympic partner.
Well, it has finally happened. Top Dutch dressage rider Anky van Grunsven is venturing into another sport at the international level. She’ll be at the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky later this month as a member of the Dutch reining team. She is stepping in for Jurgen Pouls who withdrew due to injury to his horse. Anky, who has been training in reining for a number of years, will be competing with her Quarter Horse Whizashiningwalla BB.
Late-comers to the WEG are beginning to fill up hotels in the Lexington area, according to Kentucky media. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that some hotels are now completely booked up. Especially popular is the second week, which includes the jumping finals, vaulting, driving and para-dressage. Apparently, last-minute ticket sales are also on the rise.
Here’s an important news note for New York horse owners. New York media reported this week on cases of Eastern equine encephalitis. Two horses have already died in Oswego County. Veterinarians recommend that horses be vaccinated and farm owners do what they can to keep down the mosquito population.
BCLocalNews in British Columbia reported this week on the arrest of a Quarter Horse for thievery. As of this writing, he had not yet given police his name, nor had his owners ventured forward to claim him. The male horse was “arrested” on September 1 on a charge of stealing apples from a backyard. In addition to stealing apples, he was caught very close to, and making eyes at, a female horse on the property. In a statement released to the media, police Sgt. Dean Jantzen reported that “the horse is in a safe place and being investigated for stealing apples.” No court date has been set.