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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero


News Notes for the week of January 16-20, 2012! This was a week of big awards and Steffen Peters was one of the big winners! Steffen pulled out an unprecedented third win as the 2011 USEF Equestrian of the Year and his small tour horse Weltino's Magic was the USEF Dressage Horse of the Year winner! The overall USEF co-Horse of the Year is the eventing star Neville Bardos who only less than a year ago was in a horrible barn fire and had a grim prognosis at that time, amazing. The California Dressage Society will host its Annual Meeting and Symposium this weekend featuring Shannon Peters. Thinking of buying a new horse? Check out the article on equine law and the rights of buyers and sellers from Eurodressage.com.As the winter marches on for most of the country there are still a few place wiling and able to hold a few select dressage shows. We of course have Florida with the Gold Coast Opener in West Palm Beach and California will host the Yarra Yarra Dressage January in Pleasanton. Texas and Arizona are in the mix this weekend with the HDS Winter Show I and II in Katy, TX and the Tucson Dressage Club Winter Heat I and II in Tucson, AZ.

Steffen Peters did it again! He has become the unprecedented three time recipient of the USEF Equestrian of the Year. Having already earned the distinqused honor in 2008 and 2009 due largely to his success on Akiko Yamazaki's Ravel, he roared back in 2011 with both Ravel and Jen and Bruce Hlavacek's Weltino's Magic. Peters has since acquired two more potential superstars to his impressive stable. He just finished second to Ravel (80.42%) with his new Grand Prix mount Legolas 92 (80.21%) in Thermal, CA after only about 20 rides on Legolas. Check out more on Steffen and see who else was honored at the USEF Pegasus Awards. 

Speaking of Weltino's Magic....he too won the honor of becoming the USEF Dressage Horse of the Year. "Magic" was undefeated in 2011 with highlights that include wins at Intermediare-I at the Festival of the Horse and Del Mar National CDI, the CHIO Aachen and the USEF National Intermediare-I Dressage Championships at the Collecting Gaits/USEF Festival of Champions! All this and Individual and Team Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Impressive horse don't you think...? Read More Here!

Although not dressage news, this is a truly awesome story of triumph! The United States Equestrian Federation co-Horse of the Year Neville's Bardos is a come back kid to rival most! The Thoroughbred gelding was already a survivor. Boyd Martin originally bought for $850.00 in Australia after he had an unsuccessful racing career and was headed to fate unknown. After much training and upper level eventing success, he then went on to the biggest fight of his life when he was in the barn fire that swept through Martin's barn last spring. After a unpromising prognosis who knew that his spirit would get him back to the top. Read the inspiring story here!

The California Dressage Society will host their Annual Meeting and Symposium in Rancho Murieta, CA January 20-22 where Shannon Peters will headline! In addition to all of the neccesary business of annual reports  and meetings there will be a full slate of learning opprotunities and fun for members! Shannon will be focusing on saddle position and it promises to be a great weekend for those lucky enough to attend. Check it out!

Eurodressage.com presented a very interesting article on the responsibilities of buyer and seller when purchasing a new horse. The Dutch equine lawyer Stephan Wensing writes about "The law states that, in principle, the seller of a horse has to mention everything s/he knows about the condition and specific habits of the horse. On the other hand the buyer has a duty to investigate and scrutinize the horse he's about to buy. The obligation of the seller, however, legally prevails over the obligation of the buyer." Read more of this informative article here!