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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Courtney King Dye's New book now available on Amazon!
Courtney King Dye's New book now available on Amazon!

Courtney King Dye has responded to many admirers and fans and has put her journey from Olympic rider to her accident and beyond into a wonderful book titled "Courtney's Quest". Grab a copy and ride along as Courtney tells us her lifestory. Adelinde Cornelissen and her long time partner Parzival have withdrawn from the 2014 Dutch Dressage Championships - will it effect her spot on the Team for the WEG. The Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 Normandy is fastly approaching and a record number of nominated entries are trying to get a coveted spot! Enjoy your horse? If not it may be time to move on...check out an article that explores the tough decision. Looking for a new place to board or redoing some fencing? Check out the article that dives into the pros and cons of different types of fencing.Another busy weekend in the show rings across the country and this week we will start out west about as far as you can get with the ADA Biggest Event in Anchorage, AK. On the continental west coast we have the Yarra Yarra Dressage August I and II in Pleasanton, CA, the Dressage at Mission Pacific August 2014 in Somis, CA, the Dressage at Lake Oswego Hunt in Lake Oswego, OR and the Summervale Dressage Festival I and II in Roy, WA. Heading out towards the east we have the Dressage in the Rockies #1, #2 and #3 in Parker, CO and the Powderhouse Dressage Explosion in Clinton, MT. In the mid-west we have the Bara Trac II Dressage in Mason City, IA, the Fields & Fences August Dressage Fest in Gurnee, IL, the Dressage at Waterloo August in Grass Lake, MI and the Sorensen Park Dressage August I and II in East Troy, WI. In the northeast we have the Dressage at Bucks County Horse Park IV in Revere, PA, the Fall Breed & Dressage Show @ Maplewood Warmbloods  in Middletown, NY, the Dressage at Stockade I and II in Glenville, NY, the Puckerbrush Farm Dressage I, II and III in Newburgh, ME, the Weatogue Stables Dressage in Salisbury, CT and the The Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational and Bear Spot Foundation Dressage Benefit in Concord, MA. We wrap up in the south with the Summer Sizzler 2 in Newberry, FL.

Courtney King Dye is many things to many people but arguably an inspiration to all. From the high of the Olympic Games to an terrible accident that changed not only Courtney's life but riders across the world when her tragedy changed the way we look at riding with a helmet forever! Courtney's numerous supporters were always in touch and it was through this contact that she realized that people wanted to hear her story through the new autobiography "Courtney's Quest". Read more about her journey and be prepared to be inspired!

Adelinde Cornelissen and her 17-year-old partner Parzival have withdrawn from the 2014 Dutch Dressage Championships in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. After competing in 3 CDI's - Arnheim, Rotterdam and Aachen - in a compact period of time of 6 weeks, it was decided that it was in Parzival's best interest to take a break. Not to worry, the duo's spot on the Team is not up for contention. Read the full story at Eurodressage.com.

The Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 Normandy is fastly approaching and for this years edition there is a 25% increase in the nominated entries. With 10 countries such as the U.S., Great Britain, Germany - to name a few - will be represented in all disciplines, 12 other countries will be making their WEG debut. August 14th is deadline for definite entries for Dressage, Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance and Reining while August 22nd is for Jumping, Driving and Vaulting. Read more about the process at horsetalk.co.nz!

Horse Junkies United has an interesting article asking if it is time to change horses? There are many reasons why this is a valid thought in a rider's head. He may be too hot, not like his job or even just not a personality that fits yours. The author goes into each question to help you puzzle out if it is time to "break up" with your current equine partner and why it is ok....Check out the full story here!

Whatever your situation, most horses enjoy a little relaxation in some kind of turnout. Whether you are looking to find a place to board or you have a farm of your own, fencing is one of the biggest considerations whether you have a paddock or acres of grass for your partner to roam. HorseChannel.com has an informative article discussing different types of fencing and the pros and cons. It also talks about what type is never ok for your horses to be enclosed with. Check out the entore article here!


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.