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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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The Global Dressage Festival is well under way in South Florida as the second competition of the series will take place beginning tomorrow, February 16 and run through the 19th! Competition is fierce as riders go for their World Cup and Olympic dreams! In euro news - Sweden seems to be headed (no pun intended!) to a more wide spread use of helmets in competitions! Patrik Kittel has announced that his #1 Grand Prix horse, Scandic is out for the rest of the World Cup season - see what this means. This week, we lost a great man who was deeply involved in equestrian endeavors from the USET to the USDF - John Fritz. In a feel good moment - read about an ex-racehorse that went from rags to dressage show riches!The are a few shows going on this weekend with more CDI-W action in south Florida. The Global Dressage Festival's Florida Dressage Classic has its Grand Prix classes totally filled with 34 riders set to contest the Grand Prix! Elsewhere in the country, the action is out west with the 57th Annual Scottsdale Arabian in Scottsdale, AZ, Las Vegas Dressage Winter Fling II in Las Vegas, NV and the Dressage At El Sueno in Somis, CA.

The Global Dressage Festival kicked off the season with the  Wellington Dressage CDI-W and National Show which was their inaugural event held February 3-5. The show was very successful and now the attention turns to their next competition - the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W this weekend from February 16-19 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The CDI classes are filled to capacity featuring international and national riders and there are 34 horses contesting the Grand Prix. Only 15 will move on to the Special and 15 to the Freestyle! Very exciting to see the competition heating up in Florida with so much top notch action!

Riders4Helmets reports that Sweden is starting to get on the helmet "band wagon" after Swedish Young Rider Louise Lindström announced that she will now be wearing a helmet in competitions. Now the Swedish National Publication "Ridsport" did a story on the progress of helmet wearing where Wiveca Lundh, the director of Sports for the equestian federation, said “I would hope that developments will continue to be a positive and that means wearing a helmet”. Good for Sweden! Read more here!

Eurodressage.com reports that Patik Kottel's fabulous stallion Scandic has sustained a small injury that will sideline him for the indoor World CUp season. Patik says that he is showing "no signs of lameness" but the decision was made in his best interest to give him a break to rest. The move is also based on the fact that Kittel is aiming his partner for the 2012 London Olympic Games! Read more about it here!

The The United States Equestrian Team Foundation lost one of its pivotal members, John H. Fritz, 87, of Rockford, IL when he passed away. John was a recipient of the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, among numerous other honors after dedicating his life equestrian interest. He was a founding member of the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) as well as the USCTA (United States Combined Training Association) and also had deep involvement with the US Pony Club, the USEF (formerly the American Horse Show Association) and the USET. He will be greatly missed by many. Read much more about this remarkabel man.

In a feel good story, Crewezando, an ex-racehorse that was destined for the slaughterhouse after a failed attempt at a racing career, found his saviour in Kellie Watkins when she purchased him for £400 (about $627.41!). He then went on to break his leg in two places endangering his life once again! After a remarkable recovery, Kellie began taking dressage lessons with "Zando" and the pair has never looked back becoming quite accomplished! Read more on this touching story here!