News Notes for August 27, 2010
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All eyes were on the competition in the East Coast the past few weeks, but this week, the West plays host to numerous competitions. Ticket sales are up in the final weeks leading up to the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games with the dressage freestyle nearly sold out. And it will be fierce competition for the Bronze Medal at WEG. An Australian dressage rider dies when her horse accidently tramples her. And inflatable vests for riders makes the national news.
With two weekends of National Dressage competition in New Jersey and an East Coast CDI now over, the West will be the location for much of the dressage action this weekend. In Burbank, California, Cornerstone Dressage will present Cool August Nights Dressage (www.cornerstonedressage.com). And taking place in San Juan Bautista, California will be the Gavilan Chapter Summer dressage (www.gavilanchaptercds.org). Fairwind Farm August dressage will be happening in Santa Rosa, California (www.fairwindfarm.com). In the northern Rocky Mountain area, the Missoula Dressage/MDS Championship show will be taking place in Missoula, Montana. And in Texas will be the San Antonio Fall Dressage II (www.alamodressage.org). For a complete list of shows this weekend, check out the calendar section of www.usef.org.
Here’s some tragic news this week from down under. An Australian dressage rider was killed when she fell from her horse while preparing for a dressage competition and got trampled. Gemma Barnett, 30, was riding her dressage horse, Baz, at home when he lost his footing and fell off. Her mother, Mary, placed no blame on the horse. “He tried to miss her with his feet. There was no malice. He just unfortunately got her and she died from her injuries,” she was quoted as saying in The West Australian. You can read more Here!
Kentucky news media reported this week that ticket sales for the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games are on the rise and among the events that are almost sold out is the dressage freestyle competition. Only 1,000 tickets remain in a stadium that holds 25,000. Also almost sold out is the individual reining final. Only 150 tickets are left for that event in a stadium that holds 7,000. Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear reports that Kentucky and the Kentucky Horse Park are ready. You can read more Here!
Helmets are becoming increasingly popular in the Grand Prix dressage ring as riders begin to put safety ahead of appearance. And, this week, the New York Times reported on the increasing use of inflatable riding vests. The article focused on eventers in particular, thousands of whom have begun to wear the inflatable vests when riding cross country. Motorcyclists have had a version of air bag vest for a decade, but it’s only recently that equestrian versions have been highly marketed. There are two main companies producing them. One is Point Two Air Jackets in Great Britain and the other is Hit Air in Japan. The vests have a cord that is attached to the saddle and when a rider falls, the cored is yanked and that inflates the vest within one-tenth to one-quarter of a second. The vests cost from about $390 to $700. It’s a bit pricey, but they are selling well. You can read the New York Times Story Here!
The World Equestrian Games is drawing closer and the real battle in dressage will be for the Bronze Medal. At the recent selection trials at Gladstone, New Jersey to pick the U.S. dressage team for the WEG, newly appointed team members Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Todd Flettrich and Katherine Bateson-Chandler all expressed optimism that the U.S. had a good chance to earn the Bronze Medal. In international news this week, the same sentiment was expressed by the teams of Britain, Sweden and Denmark. The competition at the WEG will clearly be fierce.