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

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero



The USEF Festival of Champions kicks off this week with competitors from across the country converging on the Kentucky Horse Park for FEI bragging rights! Speaking of big equestrian events - the US is in the running for the right to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games! Euorpean Fall Auctions are raking on some incredible price highlights - check out what horse brought in a 300,000 euros! Canada has a new Chef d'Equipe for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy - check out who it is. The 2013 WBFSH held its annual meeting and the KWPN was the proud winner in both dressage and show jumping - see what other registries rounded out the top three.The show season is slowing down in many regions across the country with some areas having nothing left in 2013 on the USDF calendar. There are two Regional Championships this weekend with the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships and Atlanta National Fall Dressage in Conyers, GA and the GAIG/USDF Region 4 Championships/Fall Classic in Lake Saint Louis, MO. Elsewhere around the region we have in the north Garden State Dressage Classic in Allentown, NJ, and the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Inc. Fall Dressage Show in Gales Ferry, CT. The south has the KDA Fall Classic I and II in Lexington, KY and the mid west has the Silverwood Dressage October in Camp Lake, WI. Out west we have the Dressage in the State of Jefferson in Central Point, OR and the CHR Oktoberfest Dressage in Ramona, CA.

The USEF Dressage Festival of Champions kicks off this week running from October 8-12, 2013. This year the competition will take place at the spacious Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY! Competitiors from across the nation will come together to compete for all the FEI bragging rights that the Festival has to offer! Everything from Junior/Young riders to the Grand Prix ring will take place with a super fun Dressage Celebrity Mounted Games before Saturday's freestyle. Check it out!

Everybody root for the U.S.!! The FEI has announced that there has been "formal expressions of interest" from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games when bidding reopened. Wellington, FL and Lexington, KY are the two potential sites that the U.S. hopes to host the games. The host city will be announced at the FEI Buraeu's 2014 spring meeting. Read the full story here!

Fall auctions are one of the highlights of Europe and there are some impressive knock down prices! The Reserve 3-year-old Bundeschampionate mare Biscaya OLD (by Bordeaux x Quattro B x Grandeur) was the show topper at the 2013 Oldenburg Autumn Elite Auction for an amazing price of 300,000 euro (that is an estimated $407,000 US!). Not far behind was the 3-year-old Bundeschampion Damon's Dream (Damon Hill x Furst Heinrich) who sold for an equally impressive 270,000 euro at the 2013 Westfalian Autumn Elite Auction. Check out more auction news here!

Victoria Winter has taken on the role of the Canadian Team's Chef d'Equipe for Canada's 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. From humble beginnings as a groom for Cindy Ishoy to the International high of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Victoria has an impressive background and will bring valuable experience and talent to the role. Read more here about Victoria...

The 2013 WBFSH annual meeting held in Warsaw, Poland awarded the KWPN (Dutch Warmbloood) studbook the top honor as breed registry number on in both dressage and show jumping. With such heavy hitters as Valegro, Uthopia, Parzival (just to name a few) it is easily understood why the KWPN took the dressage top spot. The Irish Sport Horse took number one for the eventing. Read the full article and see who filled out the top three for dressage. Check it out!

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.