Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Back On Track

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero



Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)
Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU (Photo: Phelpsphotos.com)

This week’s News Notes for the week of Nevember 26-December 1, 2012 is brought to you by Back on Track, the natural way to good health. The rumors of Totilas not standing at stud for the 2013 breeding season have turned out to be false however, he will be limited so that the focus can go into the training. Carl Hester spoke at the British Dressage National Convention and gave great insight into his training methods. Our own Lisa Wilcox will return to Germany to train with Ernst Hoyos with Pikko del Cerro HU. A 3-year-old Danish Warmblood colt acheieved an unbelieveable record test score when he scored an incredible 987.5 out of 1000 points!! There is an experimental drug that is being tested for a treatment for laminitis - lets hope that it will become successful. There is a second chance out there for inmates and it involves Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that need a helping hand too!Everyone seems to be taking time out from showing with the weather turning colder and the Holiday season upon us! The south continues to squeeze out a few competitions this weekend with Florida leading the way with the Dressage on the First Coast Fall in Jacksonville and the Dressage at the Holiday and Horses in Wellington. South Carolina has one show with the Holiday on Horse in Aiken. The Holiday Dressage Fest in Litchfield Park, AZ.


Seems Totilas is once again in the news. It was first reported that Totilas would not be available for breeding in the 2013 season but now it seems that his co-owner Paul Schockemohle (who owns the breeding rights) has said "It's all nonsense". Totilas has a very high demand on him as a breeding stallion but it was tough to breed in the am and take him to a show in the afternoon so it was decided to breed him less so that he will be able to focus on training and competition. Controversy continues to surround Totilas as the pending abuse charges from the German PETA organization against his owners is in review at the Frankfurt Court House and the decision to train with Sjef Janssen stirs many feeling on training with the LDR method. Read more at Eurodressage.com!

Carl Hester spoke this past weekend at the British Dressage National Convention at Hartpury and proved that he is a super communicator with clear and easy to understand advice. Horse & Hound had a reporter on the scene and was Tweeting some of the nuggets of advice that Carl had to offer. You can check out some of the Tweets at the Horse & Hound as well as the Dressage Editor Alice Collin's blog from the convention. Check it out here!

The Dressage Foundation has awarded Lisa Wilcox of Loxahatchee, FL, and Horses Unlimited's Pikko del Cerro HU this year's Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant. This Grant is given to American bred horses ridden by American citizens to go over to Europe to train. "Cerro" and Lisa will be headed to Europe to train with Ernst Hoyos in Germany for 2013. It is Lisa's intention to compete Cerro at major CDI's in Europe including the CHIO Aachen. Cerro was bred and is currentlly owned by Anne Sparks of Horses Unlimited in Albuquerque, NM. See the full story at the Dressage Foundation's site!

Wow! A unbelievable record stallion test score was awarded to the 3-year-old Danish Warmblood colt Sezuan (Blue Hors Zack/Blue Hors Don Schufro) when he recieved a remarkable 987.5 points out of a possible 1000! The acheievment was made at the 35 day stallion test in Denmark where Sezuan was awarded a score of 10.0 ten times - canter, walk, temperament and rideability and the judges as well as test riders awarded 9.5 for his trot. After the colt was licensed in 2012 in Denmark, spectators were "electrified" and everyone is waiting for the first foal crop in 2013 to see what this wonderful stallions prodegy! Read more about his breeding and what Andreas Helgstrand said about him!

A new experimental anit-inflammatory drug is showing promise in helping to manage pain in horses suffering from laminitis. A small group of 4 horses was treated by veterinarians with the investigational drug with one experiencing remmision for over a year and the other 3 are showing "some improvement". The professors at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is planning on starting a clinical trial in the spring to study the safety and to find a tolerable dsoage level. Good luck to these researches as the survival rate for horses with laminitis is a meek 25%. Read more about the study here at The Horse!

The Second Chances program at the James River Correctional Center near Richmond, Va. is a program that also gives others that are in need of a second chance - Thoroughbreds ex-racehorses. The programs which started in 2007 is run in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The inmates not only feed, groom and excercise their charges but also take classes on horse care and management. Some even have gone on to have successful careers working with horses! The program is only open to non-violent offenders and helps restor self worth to these men. Read more about the program at the Chronicle of the Horse website!



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