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Thursday, June 7, 2012
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This week's New Notes brougth to you by Back on Track are for the week of June 4-8, 2012! The German Dressage Championships are on the books and a new queen has risen to the top - check out who it is! The U.S. continues its "star search" with the East Coast selection trial for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships! The U.S. National Championships are quickly approaching with National titles on the line as well and Olympic Hopes and Dreams for both our USET High Performance and Paralympic athletes! The 144th Belmont Stakes goes off this Saturday with  Triple Crown hopes flying high - can I'll Have Another be the first horse in 34 years to win the title? In a sweet story out of Illinois, the Make-A-Wish foundation took a 7-year-old boy on a dream tour of Kentucky's racing industry with a highlight visit to his hero Secretariat's home...This weekend proves to be a very busy one as there are a ton of shows coming up! The mid west will host several shows across their region starting with three competitions in Ohio - the WPDA Summer Dressage Classic in Jefferson, the Majestic View II and III - USDFBC Series Qualifier in Batavia and the Dressage At Grand Haven in Jefferson. Elsewhere across the mid west we have the Silverwood Dressage and Silverwood Dressage June in Camp Lake, WI, the Cooler by the Lake I and II in Iron River, WI and the Dressage at Alpine I and II in Long Lake, MN. The north has the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Dressage in Gales Ferry, CT, the Ten Broeck Farm Breed Sporthorse Show 1 and 2 in Pepperell, MA and the Windy Hollow Hunt Dressage June I and II in Augusta, NJ. The south will host the Suncoast Sunburn Classic I and II in Tampa, FL, the White Fences at Palm Beach Equine I in Wellington, FL, the VADA/NOVA Summer June in Leesburg, VA, Dressage by the River in New Market, TN and the The Good Horseman/Massey Ferguson Annual Dressage Show in Conyers, GA. Texas has the one lone show in the southwest with the Houston Dressage Society Summer Show I in Katy, TX. Heading towards the west coast we have the RMDS Winter Wake-Up in Greeley, CO, the Dressage at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT and the Franktown Meadows June Dressage Classic in Carson City, NV. On the west coast itself we have the Whidbey Equestrian Center "Benefit" Dressage in Coupeville, WA, the Central Oregon Dressage Classic and II in Powell Butte, OR and California has the Central Coast Dressage Show in Paso Robles, the Dressage in the Redwoods - June in Santa Cruz, Dressage in the Valley I in Clovis and the Spirit Equestrian Dressage in Somis. What a busy weekend!


This weekend the 2012 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection
for the 2012 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses will take place at Morven Park, VA. The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program is for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses promotes selective breeding and correct training of young horses in the United States. This program helps to indentify up and coming young talent and international caliber horses to help prepare these youngsters for a future career in FEI. This competition is the last of three and then the qualified horses will go on to compete at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships. DressageDaily's Mary Phelps who is an insurance agent for Markel Insurance Company will be on the scene!

The German Dressage Championships were held in Balve, Germany with torrential downpours on three of the four days of competition but this could not stop Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill (Donnerhall x Rubinstein I) on her march to the title and launching herself into an Olympic hopeful spotlight. Totilas (Gribaldi x Glendale) and Matthias Rath were strong in the Grnad Prix but after everything was finished the pair had to settle in the Silver medal position. Rising star Kristina Sprehe took home Bronze with her father's Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II). The Championships porved a very disapointing outing for German dressage veteran Isabell Werth with both her mounts. Check out the detailed story on Eurodressage.com!

The entry list for the 2012 Dressage Festival of Champions has been released and the top 15 combinations will go head to head for the Dressage National Championships as well as contention for a spot on the London Olympic Games! Steffen Peters and Ravel will not be attending as they were granted a bye. However, Peters will be bringing his new up and coming Legolas, who has taken the west coast by storm, in hopes of defending his title. he competition will be held over two weekends - June 8-10 and June 14-17. Six championships are being contested in the Grand Prix, I-I, Bentina Cup for young adults, Young Riders, Junior and Pony Riders! Check out the list of who will be in the Grand Prix here!

The Paralympian list has also been announced for the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships to also be held at the USET Team Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ form June 10-13. Twenty four combinations will compete each hoping to earn one of the 4 slots to represent the USA at the 2012 London Paralympic Games! Check out the list and more details here! http://www.dressagedaily.com/article/announcing-riders-2012-usef-para-equestrian-dressage-paralympic-selection-trials-and-nationa

Well it is almost here! The 144th Belmont Stakes will run this Saturday June 9, 2012 in New York. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another will contest the race trying to become the 12th winner of the elusive Triple Crown. The last winner of this prestigious title was Affirmed who won it in 1978. Twelve 3-year-old colts will run the 1 1/2 mile race (the longest any of the colts have run in their careers) that has been dubbed the "Test of Champions" at post time 6:40 p.m., race coverage will be on NBC 4:30- 7 p.m. Since I'll Have Another finished both the Derby and the Preakness running down the leader it will be interesting to see if there is enough in the tank to pull out the victory! Check it out!

BND.com out of Illinois reports on a very special story when the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked 7-year-old Austin Grover (who is terminally ill) to "think big" when he was asked what his wish would be. It took no time for him to reveal his huge love of horses! Austin asked to visit a racetrack and the Kentucky Horse Park. The foundation also made a trip to Ashford Stue and Claiborne Farm. It turns out that Austin is a HUGE fan of Claiborne Farms super stud Secretariat - even sleeping with the movie DVD until it finally broke. Check out the full heartwarming story here!