Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Posted by Elizabeth Ruggiero
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!
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