Euro Update: End of the Year Interview with Riders, Judges, Trainers, Professionals

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Posted by Christy

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Eurodressage has launched its famous "End of the Year Questions" series in which we  asked several international riders, trainers, judges and journalists to review their year and highlight what they considered the most important evolutions and happenings in their personal and professional life.

Monica  Theodorescu, for instance, would like to see the prize money for  dressage changed in 2009. "the  prize money in dressage competitions  should be the same as in jumping competitions, which will be even  harder to ask for this in times of a financial crisis," she said.  European Young Rider champion wants people to have a more positive  views of the different training methods: "Instead of deriding each  other's riding style, I wish that people would look more positively to  one other and use and respect the positive sides of certain training  methods." Dr. Ulf Möller considers live streaming of equestrian events  on the Internet the most important evolution of 2008. "The development  of "Live Streaming" of horse shows on the internet and especially the  efforts of CP Medien for the Median Cup are very important," Moller  said. "This makes us independent from television." DressageDaily's Mary  Phelps-Hathaway was asked to participate, and see what she considered  to be her favorite competition of 2008. See the full "End of the Year" Interview on Eurodressage

Canadian Evi Strasser Competing in the European World Cup Qualifiers

Canadian  Olympian Evi Strasser has concluded the 2008 equestrian year with much  success. Most recently she finished eleventh in the Grand Prix Kur to  Music at the World Cup Qualifier in London, Great Britain. Better known  as the Olympia Horse Show, the CDI-W London served as the third World  Cup Qualifier event for the Western European World Cup Dressage League.

Aboard  her 13-year old Oldenburg gelding Quantum Tyme (by Quattro B x  Argentinus), Strasser rode her old Lion King freestyle and scored  69,350% in the Kur, a great result considering they had the  disadvantage of being the first combination into the ring.

"Olympia  was absolutely fantastic. Quantum felt super and I'm sure I will get  even higher scores in the future. He's in top form, totally  concentrated on me and careless of what's happening around him. He's so  willing to perform," said an enthusiastic Strasser. "It was also great  to see Foto Tyme compete there. I sold him to last year as a rising  Grand Prix horse to the Countess of Derby and John Dodd and Richard  Davison is now showing him. He's been renamed Artemis and finished  sixth in the kur. Hopefully he'll be a team horse for Britain at next  year's European Championships."

Strasser  has pulled herself up to a sixth provisional place with 29 points in  the Western European League Standing. The Canadian rider has chosen to  earn her World Cup points in the Western and Central European League to  to secure an entry in the 2009 World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas,  U.S.A. April 15-19, 2009. Her points will be transferred to the North  American League ranking at the end of the season.

"We've  been working hard to improve and be more consistent. I really feel  Quantum is gaining strength and confidence in the ring and we are now  much more tuned into each other," Strasser admitted. "I'm excited about  having a new freestyle made by Cees Slings for Las Vegas. He's such a  knowledgeable kur composer and has created all of Anky van Grunsven's  winning freestyles. Everyone remembers Anky's music and can sing along  to it and that's the goal of a good kur. It has to capture the audience  and the judges!" Read More

What's Happening in the Dressage World?

News  on Emma Hindle's stallion Lancet winning the British Horse of the Year  Award, Anky van Grunsven Nominated for Dutch Sportswoman of the Year  2008, Bettina Hoy looking stunning at the PSI Gala Ball, Heath and  Rozzie Ryan moving house, Jan Peeters to judge one more year, KWPN  licensing champion Ampere to stay in Holland, Dietrich Schulze passed  away, and Ferdi Eilberg appointed as Irish Eventing Team trainer. Read More

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