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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Upper Midwest seems to be dressage show central this coming weekend. And this past week, dressage riders made the news in local press across the U.S. and Canada. Included in this press attention was a pony club hosting its first dressage show, a New Jersey-based para-dressage rider and a leading para-dressage rider from Canada. And a South Dakota dressage show makes news and helps educate the West about the sport of dressage. British media report on the Man versus Horse race – the horse won. Malaysia’s young dressage riders have their chance to shine. And Courtney King-Dye says she’s looking forward to the day she can get back on a horse.

The Upper Midwest seems to be dressage show central this coming weekend. Dozens of shows are being held across the country, and this week we highlight the Midwest. The Sorensen Park Dressage and Sport Horse will be held in East Troy, Wisconsin (www.sorenspark.com) and next door in Minnesota, the Sun Dance Dressage will be held in Lake Elmo (651-770-8482). To the east in Michigan, the big Dressage at Waterloo will be taking place in Grass Lake, Michigan (www.horseshowoffice.com).  And in nearby Iowa, the Iowa Dressage Classic I is happening this weekend in Cumming, Iowa (http://iadcta.tripod.com). Out in California, two big shows will be Dressage at Del Mar (www.sandiegodressage.com) and the Golden State Classic in Rancho Murieta (www.goldenstatedressage.com). Check out the complete list of shows on the calendar at www.usef.org.

Articles about dressage riders filled the local press across the U.S. this past weekend. The Journal Times in Wisconsin wrote about the Racine County Pony Club’s first ever dressage show. The newspaper described dressage as initially a form of training for military horses that has now become a “test of precision and obedience” for both horse and rider. Highlighted in the article was 35-year-old rider Brooke Pape and her partner Punchinello and mother-and-daughter riders Kim Kind-Bauer and daughter Kailey. Kind-Bauer described dressage as the ultimate relationship between horse and rider.
Read more about the show and the riders.

And in South Dakota, dressage made the news in the Rapid City Journal which wrote about the South Dakota Dressage Society’s Black Hills Dressage competition held in Rapid City. It was not, however, the best of weather. Saturday was cold and damp and Sunday’s classes were cancelled due to muddy conditions. Still, it was a loyal group of riders who turned out, some traveling from as far away as Wyoming. Most important of all, the competition succeeded in getting some local press time and dressage supporters didn’t miss the chance to use the article to explain their sport. Shari Humble-Lamb, the technical delegate from the U.S. Equestrian Federation, provided a detailed overview of dressage for the uninitiated. Read the full  article.

September might be a good time for a trip to Europe. Horse and Hound reported this past week on The Royal Horse Gala, scheduled to be held in London September 11-12. The event will include performances by five of the world’s riding schools and will feature Lipizzaner, Lusitano, Andalusian, Arab and Friesian stallions. The participating riding schools include the Lipica Stud, Spanish Riding School of Samuel Lopez at Albecete, Cabalos Expanoles, the Royal Stud of the Netherlands and the Stud Farm of Ismer in Germany.
Learn more.

Courtney King-Dye continues to post updates on her website (www.courtneykingdressage.com). Courtney reports that she’s still struggling a bit with her right side and her speech, but she’s already beginning to think about riding again. She might be starting off in a therapeutic riding program, but she says being around horses will surely be her best therapy for a recovery. Courtney continues to work her way through all the emails she receives and says they are important to her, so keep them coming. We’re all looking forward to seeing her back, even if only ringside for awhile.

Dressage news out of Malaysia this week focused on the 13th SUKMA equestrian competition in which a team gold medal in dressage went to the Federal Territory equestrian squad. The competition at the Hang Jebat Equestrian Centre featured the country’s top young dressage riders and served as an opportunity to see the talent coming up the ranks. And many of the teenagers competing expressed their goal of one day representing Malaysia in international competition. You can read more from the Malaysian National News Agency.

EDP24 news service in Britain reported this week on the outcome of a case involving a top dressage show horse owned by British rider Liza McQuiston. Her nine-year-old horse Nigel was hit by a car last fall as he was being ridden on a country road by McQuiston’s friend, Natasha Wilson-Gotobed. The driver of the car was found guilty of reckless driving, but only received six penalty points and was order to pay a small fine and cover a small amount of Nigel’s recover costs. Nigel was hit from behind in the hind legs and then the front legs. Wilson-Gotobed was also injured in the incident. Liza expressed disgust at the mild penalty saying her horse will most likely never return to upper level competition. She is planning to pursue a civil case.  Liza is riding Nigel again but said he is “only a shadow of the horse he was.”
Read more.

In other news from Great Britain, the annual race between human and horse, held in the town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, was again won by the horse. News reports are that the fastest human runner came in 10 minutes behind the winning horse. The competition attracted nearly 300 human runners. The winning horse in what is called the Man versus Horse event was Sly Dai, ridden by Llinos Jones in a time of two hours and seven minutes for the 22-mile course.   

Para-dressage riders continue to make news in local press around the country. This past week, the New Jersey Herald wrote about rider Ashley Rosendale and her dream of competing in the upcoming Para-dressage competition at this year’s WEG. The teenager suffered a stroke at birth and has had partial use of her right arm and leg. She started riding for therapy and has morphed into a serious dressage competitor. This summer, she’ll be spending time in Indiana training with Linda Fritz as she begins preparing to win the right to represent the U.S. at the WEG in Kentucky this fall. After that, her goal is to earn a trip to the 2012 Paralympics in London.  Read more about Ashley.

And up north in Canada, the North Bay Nugget ran an article about one of Canada’s hopeful riders for this year’s WEG Para-dressage competition. Madison Lawson, 16, was this year’s bronze medal winner at the recent International Para-dressage competition at WindReach Farm in Ontario. The young rider suffered a spinal injury in 2007. At that time, she was an event rider, but since the injury, she has been working her way up the standings as a para-dressage rider. Her partner in the WEG Para-dressage run is McGuire. The 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse has qualified but Madison still needs more scores.  
Read more about Madison.