Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival (Photo © Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com)
Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival (Photo © Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com)
Dutch team Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival are back after Parzival's sujury for a cardiac arrhyhtmia and taking a stab at earning a spot on the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Horses International has reported on the most recent rankings for the top studbooks in dressage and showjumping. See which breed regestries took top honors! Great Britain continues to make history this time see what they have been able to do that no other country has acheived since the FEI rankings list began in 2002. Have you ever boarded at a really nice barn but your horse just doesn't seem happy? See the article that may offer insight into why this may occur. Remember the case where a 5-year-old boy was bitten and the court ruled that horses are "inherently dangerous" well see what Conneticut has to say about the matter.Lots going on this week with several shows across the country so lets get started! Int he south we have the Dressage in the Sandhills in Pinehurst, NC, the Dressage on the Mountain 1 and 2 in Rainsville, AL, the Memphis in Springtime in Hernando, MS and the May Days Qualifier in Ocala, FL. Up north we have the NEDA Spring Dressage in Marshfield, MA and the Fidler Run Farm Dressage I in Woodbine, NJ. The mid west has the Silverwood Dressage May I in Camp Lake, WI and the south west has the Dallas Dressage Club Spring I and II in Irving, TX and the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring I and II in Shawnee, OK. Heading further west we have the Rocky Mountain Dressage I and II in Longmont, CO. The pacific north west has the Donida Farm Dressage and Derby #1 and #2 in Auburn, WA and the Heart of the Valley Dressage I and II in Sherwood, OR. California rounds out the weekend shows with the Starr Vaughn Dressage I in Elk Grove, the Galway Downs Spring Dressage in Temecula and the Summer Dressage I in Somis.

Adelinde Cornelissen and her Grand Prix horse Parzival are making a come back after a 9 month show break following an operation for a cardiac arrhyhtmia which took a little time to recover. Parzival began fitness training with a heart monitor once cleared to train and Adelinde chose to bypass the indoor and World Cup circuit to take her time so that she could go for a spot on the Dutch Team for the Alltech/FEI World Cup Final 2014 in Normandy. The now 17-year-old Parzival (Jazz x Ulft) continues to "imporve" according to Adelinde. Good luck to the pair on making the team. It will be fun to see how they do! Read more at Eurodressage.com.

Horses International recently reported that the KWPN studbook remains at the top of the FEI WBFSH World Ranking List in dressage based on the hihgly ranked Glock's Undercover (Ferro) and World Cup Champion Valegro (Negro). The Hanoverian studbook is in a solid second place however Helen Langehangenburg's Damon's Design is at the top of the individual list. Check out the rest of the dressage rankings as well as the list for Showjumping!

The British equestrians have once again made history by simultaneously occupying the FEI top ranking in all three Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing! The FEI rankings list began in 2002 and this is ther first time that any country has held number 1 in all three list! Congratulations to Great Britain whose FEI teams have become a very dominate force to be reckoned with! Read More here!

TheHorse.com had a question posed to it asking if any studies had been done to see why a horse may be happy in one barn but then become more upset, nervous or show un characteristic behaviour when at a different barn. While no studies are immediately known, they offer great things to consider based on some ideas and observations. One interesting note they made on "unhappy" horses that have been donated to their teaching behaviour herd has been "cured" with a turnout in their "E-field". Check out what that is and see the suggestions here!

Good news for us horse owners when Connecticut passed a law that was introduced by Governor Dannel Molloy stating that horses are not inherently dangerous. The bill introduced following a court ruling where a horse named Scuppy bit a 5-year-old boy while being held by the boy's father. Horse owners had shown great concern after the ruling because it had great potential to cause issues such as higher insurance cost to owners. The law would allow for a case by case review if issues arise and woud factor in past history of the horse. Read more info here about this new Connecticut law.

Mary Phelps (mary@horsesdaily.com) is a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist and CSR Tracey Scharf (tracey@horsesdaily.com) provide the personal attention needed to help make the lives of their clients smooth and easy when it comes to the process of insuring your Farm, business and equine mortality needs. While Mary travels to the shows and barns, you can count on Tracey in the office to be available to answer questions and manage the details with ease. 1-800-572-3286.