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Friday, May 31, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro to return Valegro to Return to Show Ring at 2013 CDIO Rotterdam (Photo:
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro to return Valegro to Return to Show Ring at 2013 CDIO Rotterdam (Photo:

German rider Kristina Sprehe and Despardos will be out for the 201The 3 German Championships which is a selection trail for the 2013 European Championships. The West Coast Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial is over and there was some outstanding results with one yougn up and coming superstar earned a 9.19! Riders4Helmets has announced the dates for it's 3rd International Helmet Awareness Day that will allow the purchase of discounted helmets as well as a streamed day of eductaion - check out the line up. Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Tomlinson (Bechtolscheimer) will team up to perform a Pas de Deux in London - that would be fun to see! Valegro is headed back out into the spotligh when he shows again for the second time since the 2012 Olympic Games! Check out when and what this means for her chance at the European Championships!

California is cranking this weekend with four competitions around the state. We start in Temecula with the Dressage in June show, then there is the Dressage at "The Gaits" in Hollister, the Dressage at Spirit Equestrian in Somis and the Shelly Siegel Dressage in Santa Rosa. Heading to the mid section we have the High Prairie Dressage I, II and III in Parker, CO, the Dressage at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT, the Houston Dressage Society Summer Show I and II in Bryan, TX. In the mid-west we have the Kansas Dressage & Eventing Association Spring I in Hutchinson, KS, the St. Croix Classic in Lake Elmo, MN, the Dressage at Waterloo Spring Classic I and II in Grass Lake, MI, the Silverwood Dressage in Camp Lake, WI and the Summer Festival I and II in Lake Saint Louis, MO. The northern region has the R Folly Farm Spring Show in Morris, CT, the Good Times Farm Dressage Show in Freehold, NJ and the NC PAHA Dressage Show in Hughesville, PA. The south has the Capital Dressage Classic in Raleigh, NC and the Dressage by the River in New Market, TN. Outside the continental U.S. we have the Aloha State Dressage Society (ASDS) III and IV in Waimanalo, HI and the ADA Spring Festival I and II in Anchorage, AK.

Kristina Sprehe and Despardos are unable to compete at the 2013 German Dressage Championships June 6-9, 2013 in Balve, Germany. Despardos sustained a minor injury schooling at the 2013 World Cup Finals in April and while he is back in work it was felt that it was in his best interest to not push him too hard in order to be ready for the competition. The selection committee has given the duo a bye for Balve as it is a mandatory selection trail for the European Championships. Read More Here

The West Coast Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial at Dressage at Flintridge CDI*/Y/J is over and two of the youngsters earned big wins! In the 6-Year-Old Division "Vitalis" (Vivaldi x D-Day, bred in the Netherlands by A.J.W. Th. de Crom) emerged not only the victor but something to behold with a two test score of a whopping 9.19! DG Bar Ranch took both the Championship and Reserve Championship in the 5-Year-Old Division with "DG Dancing Queen" (Jazz x Junior) and "Dalina DG" (Jazz x Contango)! Check out the scores and read more form the show! 

Riders4Helmets is pleased to announce its 3rd annual International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 on June 22, 2013! This event will allow riders an opprotunity to purchase helmets at a discount from participating dealers (10 helmet manufacturers and 600 retailers in 4 countries participated in 2012!). Riders4Helmets will also be streaming a live event with a variety of speakers on topics like (but not limited to) Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychology (why equestrians choose not to wear a helmet) and Neuro Physiotherapy. Check out the website for details

Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Tomlinson (formerly Bechtolscheimer) will excite the crowds at the Global Champions Tour event in London. The superstar pair will perform a specially prepared Pas de Deux as part of the "Evening of Dressage" on June 8th! Hopefully we will find out closer to the event if it will be streamed if not look out for the ride on YouTube (surely someon will have out their smartphone!) Check out more and Horse and Country online! 

Speaking of Charlotte - Valegro will once again return to the show arena (YEAH!) at Rotterdam, The Netherlands on June 19-23, 2013! It will be his second outing since winning Gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Charlotte will also compete Uthopia at Compiegne, France May 31-June2, 2013 and if she obtains the scores needed, she will have qualified two superstar mounts for the European Championships, if selected! Go Charlotte! Read more on the story here!