July International Dressage News

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Swiss National Championship Dressage Markus Graf is the winner of the Swiss national championship dressage. After two tests Grand Prix and Freestyle to music he became Swiss champion showing KWPN-gelding Ronaldo II (Gribaldi x Pion). Marcela Krinke-Susmelj won the Swiss silver medal showing Corinth while Hans Staub and Warbeau took the bronze. CDI 3* in Raleigh - Luis Reteguiz-Denizard was successful at the Capital Dressage Classic CDI 3* in Raleigh, North Carolina, showing his KWPN gelding Nalando and receiving the start of their FEI minimum eligibility standard (MES) scores that will be considered for the 2012 London Olympics in the FEI Grand Prix. Representing Puerto Rico both Denizard and Nalando earned a 65.3% from Elizabeth McMullen, an FEI 5* judge, and also received an overall average score of 64.3% from a panel of five judges. The pair will look to compete in additional CDI's that will assist in sending the hopeful pair to the 2012 Olympics in London next summer. "I was really pleased with both tests. Nalando felt terrific. These scores are what the Puerto Rican Equestrian Federation and Olympic Selection Committee base their selections on," said Denizard. Upcoming goals include the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara,Mexico, the 2012 London Olympics and possibly making a trip to Europewith Nalando to compete next spring.

CDI3* Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach CDI3* suffered from bad footing. Seven of eight rider and horse combinations withdrew from the Grand Prix at the Pebble Beach CDI3* last Friday in a protest by competitors over the quality of the footing. Riders complained before the competition started at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center that the sand ring was too deep, uneven and hard in the corners. A large amount of sand was removed but discussions between competitors, show management and a footing consultant failed to satisfy most of the riders.

Only one competitor showed. Cyndi Jackson on Strauss who scored 61.723 per cent. The Pebble Beach CDI was restored on the calendar this year after a two-year break, in 2009 because of economic problems and in 2010 because the U.S. Open golf tournament was held at PebbleBeach.

Vicci Max-Theurer in Hospital

Austrian Vicci Max-Theurer had to be brought to hospital last week because of an embolism of her lungs. The number five of the 2009 EC in Windsor and number six in de FEI World ranking list had her stallion Augustin in great form for Aachen, but cannot compete there. She hopes to be recovered in time to compete at the EC dressage in Rotterdam.

Werner Passed Away

Werner, the top horse of French dressage rider Stephanie Brieussel-Collier, an eight-year-old Dutch bred (by Krack C) has passed away during a training. The dissection showed an aneurysm (a widening of the vascular system in part) as the cause of death. The combination was in training with Dutch Hans Peter Minderhoud and was on the short list of the
French team. Brieussel said: "We just started the training for about 15 minutes. We know Werner had a small heart defect, but we always were very careful. At the time when it happened, he was in super condition. He was so gentle that he gave me all chances to get off him nicely before he passed away. His death makes me very sad, he was a fantastic stallion..."

Emma Hindle Pregnant

Emma Hindle can be congratulated as she is almost 5 months pregnant with her first child, due in November. "I will continue to compete at this level as long as I am healthy and happy and it feels right — and of course it's safe for the baby," said Emma, 36, who has been planning for a baby with her partner Tobias for a long time. "My mother said women used to stop work for just enough time to have the baby! I had more or less given up hope, so it wasn't scheduled for this moment, but it will work out well," commented Emma, whose primary aim remains the London 2012 Olympics.

Cesar Parra in Balve

Cesar Parra is one step closer to his goal of competing Grandioso, owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, in the Pan Am Games thanks to his successful show inBalve,Germany. Parra rode the ten-year-old Westphalian gelding in the Prix St. Georges class and the S3 class, winning both classes. Parra will stay in Europe throughout July, competing and training Grandioso as well as Dave and Taunia Reed's Agastrofos. "I believe our trips to Europe are super for many reasons. I love to keep my eye sharp and think it's critical to watch the best horses and riders in the world," Parra said. "I believe that when you surround yourself with the best, you push yourself to be better all the time." Parra is staying at Arnd Erben's stable in Iserlohn, Germany.

EC Rotterdam

EC Rotterdam is selling out quickly. All tickets for the closing day including the Freestyle Final were sold out in just a few weeks time. Visitors will be able to witness a new build grand stand at the known venue inRotterdam which will host permanent offices and educational possibilities. The Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS), City ofRotterdam, Rotterdam Topsport and the CHIO Rotterdam are the organizers of the FEI European Dressage Championships 2011, supported by main sponsor Rabobank.

With the Dutch defending their title on their home turf, the local interest for tickets has been enormous. However some tickets are still available online at www.ecdressage2011.com. Last deciders still have the possibility to order passe-partouts, including the Freestyle Final..