Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero
In an effort to equalize the U.S. international teams, the FEI has a proposal on the table that will be presented at the FEI Sports Forum next month in Switzerland. The proposal is to have fewer eventers which in the London Games was at 5 (while the dressage team had only 3). The number of eventers and dressage riders will become 4 for each allowing for a drop score. Check out more here....
Hampton Green Farm's homebred Encanto XI is on his way back to the US after a successful career in Europe. Competed from 2007 by Spain's Jose Daniel Martin Dockx the gorgeous gelding sired by Evento had much success with a Reserve Championship Developing horse in 2009 then moved to Grand Prix at 9-years-old. Check out more about Encanto at Eurodressage.com.
No matter how you feel about it, Western Dressage continues to gain momentum and a strong fan base. The Western States Cowboy Dressage Weekend was held in February in Medford Oregon presented by the Oregon Western Dressage Association. The event had informative talks and some of the topics touched on are some of the same things we think about in traditional dressage - the dangers of hyperflexion, not being afraid of the contact and getting some life in the gaits to allow for engagement. Read more here to see what the sport is about.
Miniature Horses continue to gain respect as service animals when a bill was recently introduced in the Arizona Legislature. The bill allows the mini's to be added into the state law that would allow them to be treated the same as service dogs. House Bill 2401 passed the AZ House of Representatives on February 26 and was apporved by the Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee on March 13. Check out what this means for the new members of the service animals.
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