Euro Update: Spanish Invasion at CDI Saumur
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
American dressage riders Leslie Morse and Catherine Haddad were competing for their country at the CDI Hagen, Germany, last weekend. In the Grand Prix, Morse placed thirteenth with 68.458 % aboard her Swedish warmblood stallion Tip Top (Master x Chagall).
"In the Grand Prix I had the best trot, piaffe-passage and walk I've had with Tip Top," Morse told Dressagedaily. "He was wonderful but then he lost his concentration in canter. The audience was filled and he just needs to get used to it. We're practicing our craft as we go."
In the Kur to Music, the duo shifted into a higher gear and ranked second with an impressive 73.71 %. Catherine Haddad and her Maximus landed a seventeenth place in the Grand Prix (67.333 %) and a fifth in the Grand Prix Kur (69.46 %).
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the General Assembly of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) elected HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan as the 13th FEI President. The other contenders for the position were HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Freddy Serpieri (GRE). The voting took place over two rounds; Princess Haya received 82 votes in the 2nd round.
“I promise to do everything in my power and to work tirelessly to serve the institution and the people who have done me the honour of placing their trust and belief in me. Our beautiful, noble sport is seeped in tradition, history and grace. I will do all I can to protect and advance it, in all its forms,” HRH Princess Haya said.
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