Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero
It's here! The inagural US National Dressage Finals starts tomorrow with over 300 combinations competing for 24 Championship titles! Competitiors are coming from far and wide with riders from all 9 Regions arriving in Lexington, Kentucky to compete head to head for top honors. Everyone from Adult Amateurs, professionals and High Performance riders have qualified and hope to get that title of being the first National Champions. Along with the Finals, there will be an outstanding Trade Fair and opprotunities to tour areas of Kentucky. Be sure to check out coverage on the USEF Network Friday and Saturday evening and follow coverage at DressageDaily.com!
The Dressage Festival of Champions, presented by Dutta Corp, is going "home" when it returns to Gladstone, NJ in 2014! The historical venue is a gorgeous backdrop and intimate setting where many top riders have ridden down centerline. What makes next year's Festival even sweeter is that it will host the short list for the Alltech FEI World Equestrain Games! Read More Here!
German dressage superstar Isabell Werth has received a six month suspension following the case where her horse El Santo tested positive for the FN prohibited medication cimetidine at the Rheinlander Regional Championship. The drug is used for the treatment of stomach ulcers and his stablemate in the stall next to him was reciveing the medication. Even though it was determined that he got it through the bars of the stall she was still sentenced for poor stable management...Read More at Eurodressage.com.
This has been a very tough time in the dressage world with not one, but three legends of the sport (whether competition or breeding) passing away. Anky van Grunsven's legendary Bonfire passed away after a great long life at 30. The Hanoverian breeding superstar Laurie's Crusador xx passed from colic/spleen issues at 28 years old and the Trakehner breeding stallion Kostolany (sire of Gribaldi) also passed at 28 from old age. They will all be sadly missed.
TheHorse.com has a useful article about making the most of winter horse management. The article has several points that it touches on such as setting up alternate water supplies, controlling erosion, gathering a hay supply, updating footing, manure management and more. In the words of the author - "This list of preparations can help carry you through months ahead when you least want to deal with winter's surprises." Read all the great tips here!
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