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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero


It's that time! 3,000 volunteers are being sought out for the 2014 World Equestrin Games in Normandy France! Check out how to take part in the biggest equestrain event and make part of history! The FEI Sports Forum took place in Lausanne and the dressage round table discussion proposed a Medium Tour - check out what that means. Robert Dover has been choosen as the new Chef d' Equipe/Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team. While the Florida season may be winding down, the action in Ohio is heating up with a $30,000 Triple Crown Grand Prix Series! A new study in Germany show that horses may be more unaffected by their riders state of mind when under saddle.As spring is still struggling in some areas of the country shows are cropping up across the nation, not just the winter playgrounds! Starting in the north we have the Fidler Run Dressage Spring in Woodbine, NJ and the Mystic Valley Hunt Club , Inc. Dressage in Gales Ferry, CT. The south has the Dressage at Greystone in Fayetteville, TN, the Blue Angel Dressage in Pensacola, FL, Williamston Spring Dressage in Williamstown, NC and the Poplar Place Farm April Dressage Show in Hamilton, GA. The mid-west will host the Dressage at Albion College in Albion, MI and the William Woods Spring Dressage I and II in Fulton, MO. Colorado rounds out this weekend with two competitions - the Dressage at the Peak Warm Up and the Dressage for the Cure at the Peak both taking place in Parker.

The United States Federation's Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Dover as the next Chef d' Equipe/Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team. The position is pending a successful negotiation of a contract. Robert says he is "thrilled and honored to have been selected to lead out great U.S. Dressage Team". Read more of the story here!

Volunteers are being sought for the biggest equestrian event - the 2014 World Equestrian Games that will take place in Normandy, France August 25 through September 7, 2013. On APril 10, 2013 - the door opens for 3,000 slots for people from around the world who want to help to make the 2014 WEG a success. Check out more of the story on Eurodressage.com on what requirements and what positions are needed and where you can apply!

The FEI Sport Forum held in Lausanne hosted a miraid of topics with round table discussions being held for multiple disciplines and multiple topics. In the dressage round table discussions the idea of a medium tour was introduced to bridge the gap between Intermediare I and II which would alow more benefit to show organizers to get more top riders competing and open the sport to new faces. See what this means and what the Medium Tour would be.

One can certainly say that dressage is definetly gaining momentum of popularity in the US! More europeans are starting to come to south Florida to enjoy the sunshine and outstanding array of top competitions. Now that the Florida season is winding down, Majestic Farm in Batavia, OH is pulling out the stops by offering a $30,000 Triple Crown Grand Prix Challenge! The challenge was created to promote recognition of the competitor, and their horses, by winning the Grand Prix Level at three designated Majestic Farm competitions: Ride for the Roses I on May 4, Majestic View I on May 18, and Majestic View II on June 8th. Check out more here and find out how to participate in the outstanding opprotunity!

A new study published in The Horse that was conducted at Germany's Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science has shown an interesting twist that horses do not seem to be effected by the rider's state of mind. The study showed that green horses showed no more stress than older horses when schooling a course of fences even with riders of varying degrees. Check out just how they measure the level of stress in both the horses and riders to come to their findings.