Dressage News Notes for February 24, 2011 - Brought to you by Back on Track Products
Friday, February 25, 2011
CDI action is on the West Coast this weekend but the East will also have its fair share of shows. The dressage world has lost one of its own. In Britain a very young dressage rider earns the right to compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Cowboys come to the rescue of a horse in Memphis. And one really tiny horse might make it big in the movies.
The West Coast’s top riders will be gathering in Burbank, California this weekend for the big Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI hosted by Cornerstone Events (www.cornerstonedressage.com). The middle section of the country is quiet this weekend, but the East Coast is hosting four dressage shows. In Johns Island, South Carolina there is the Low Country Dressage Classic (www.scdcta.com). And Florida has three shows taking place. The ever popular Welcome Back to White Fences series kicks off its first show in Loxahatchee (www.whitefencesflorida.com). The Florida Dressage Concours is in Venice (www.foxleafarm.com) and Twice as Nice Dressage II is being held in Newberry (www.canterburyshowplace.com).
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution in Georgia reported this week on the loss of dressage rider Dr. Nancy Ferebee. Nancy got into riding as a way to spend time with her daughter. The mother and daughter started riding lessons together when the family was living in Virginia. By the time they moved to Georgia, Nancy was truly bitten by the dressage bug. She began buying horses in Europe, including three top stallions – Benno’s Dream, FS Daily Hero and Chicco B, and that led to the creation of her Through Connection Ltd., a training and sales facility focused on German riding ponies. It was her mission to help introduce more children to riding through the ponies. Born in Chicago, Nancy had a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University and had a very successful career as a psychologist. Read more
And from the County Press in the United Kingdom comes the story of young Katie Gates who, at the tender age of 12, has qualified to compete in the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show. Her recent successes, which include big wins at last month’s Area Indoor Dressage at Castle Farm, has been with the help of her pony Tick Tock Tiger. Katie frequently wins against riders many years older than her. Her victories have qualified her for competition at the Royal in May and should she win there, she’ll be moving on to grand final competition. Katie has only been riding for four years but her talent is such that her parents have already bought her a young dressage horse that will be her future competitive partner. Read more
A group of cowboys became heroes in Memphis after saving a horse that fell in a manhole. WTKR TV reported this past week on a horse that slipped on manure and right into a big drain. The horse was stuck and a crowd had gathered trying to figure out how to rescue the poor horse when the five cowboys, in town for a roping competition, came on the scene. Working together, the cowboys managed to pull out the horse. They reported that they were helped by the fact that much of that manure had also slip under the horse, which made it seem like he was on grease. Read more
How small can a horse be? Really small. But being small might pay off for one New Hampshire mini. WHDH TV in New Hampshire reported on Einstein, a miniature horse that is already featured in a children’s book. Now, the six pound and 20-inch tall horse might be heading to Hollywood for his movie debut. See a video of Einstein
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