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

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Wakeup and Emily Wagner stormed to victory in the 2013 Markel/USEF Developing Horse Dressage National Championship for Prix St Georges (Photo: Mary Phelps)
Wakeup and Emily Wagner stormed to victory in the 2013 Markel/USEF Developing Horse Dressage National Championship for Prix St Georges (Photo: Mary Phelps)

The Markel/USEF National Young and Developing Horse Championships 2014 is, without a doubt, the cream of the crop when it comes to competitions this weekend! Who will emerge as "the best of the best" of the U.S.'s young, brightest talent? Coming on the heels of the YH Championships will be the International Jewel of the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France but two power house teams are already out - see who it is! Germany's Helen Langehanenberg is wihtout question a brilliant rider but she will now get the chance to show of her teaching style at the British National Convention. Two studies have come out exploring two interesting topics - does your horse prefer a pat on the neck or a scratch on the whithers for a job well done and does shoeing your dressage partner really make a difference in gaits?This week all eyes are in Illinois with the Markel/USEF National Young and Developing Horse Championships 2014 held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne. The show will be held in conjunction with the Dressage at Lamplight August I and II. Elsewhere in the mid west, we have the Dressage at Waterloo Summer Finale I and II in Grass Lake, MI, the Indiana Dressage Festival I in Edinburgh, IN, the Centerline Dressage Classic I and II in Springfield, IL, the Madison County Dressage Classic I
and II in Cumming, IA, the Northern Lights Dressage in Lake Elmo, MN and The Kirkwood Show in Lake Saint Louis, MO. In the south we have the White Fences Summer Fun III and IV in Loxahatchee, FL, the Fall Dressage Concours I and II in Venice, FL, the Labor's Reward in Aiken, SC and the Ole South Dressage in Murfreesboro, TN. Heading out west, we have the Utah Dressage Society Annual Show I and II in Heber, UT, the Cool August Nights Dressage in Burbank, CA and the SLO-CDS Fall Fling in Paso Robles, CA.

With the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014 just around the corner the US has the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships upon us! The competition will showcase some of the brightest talent in the U.S. with Championships on the line for 4, 5 and 6-year-old horses as well as Developing Prix St Georges and Grand Prix. The Dressage Seat Medal competition will also take place with two age divisions of 13 and under as well as 14-18. Check out coverage and follow up interest stories on DressageDaily!

Speaking of the WEG, two power house teams are out of the competition! The German Federation has announced the Matthias Rath and Totilas will not compete due to an agravation to an exsisting splint and the Dutch pair of Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover N.O.P. are out as well. See what happened to them and who will get the chance to "come up" to the big time and compete on their respective teams! Read More!

While Helen Langehanenberg has more than proven just how good of a rider she is with Olympic, World Cup and European medals, she will now have the chance to showcase her talents as a trainer by hosting the British National Convention at Hartpury International Arena in Gloucestershire! While Helen is a definite believer in the classic principles of dressage, she also believes in enjoyment in riding. It will be fun to see her translate her style in this wonderful convention.

Ever wondered what your horse thought about the "well done" pat on the neck? Perhaps he/she would prefer a nice whither scratch instead? Well British Researchers actually looked into this very question and presented their findings at the International Equitation Science Conferenc in Denmark. Check out how they did the study and just what conclusion they were able to come to at horsetalk.co.nz.

Also at horsetalk.co.nz is an interesting article exploring the long standing belief of shoeing dressage horses and whether shoeing affects the performance. This study was also presented in Denmark and while it was shown that shoeing can improve gait quality, it does not come without risk. Read how the carried out the study 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.