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  • 26 November 2016 at 23 : 22 PM

    Madrid Horse Week 2016: Rikke Svane and Finckenstein TSF Top CDI4* Grand Prix

    Madrid Horse Week 2016: Rikke Svane and Finckenstein TSF Top CDI4* Grand Prix

    Madrid Horse Week 2016 saw three top European combinations battling it out for top placings in the CDI4* Grand Prix, with Denmark's Rikke Svane from Denmark and the 14-year-old stallion Finckenstein TSF taking top honors.  The pair finished on a score of of 72.920, with Isabelle Steidle of Germany and Long Drink in second with a 70.900 and Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Sir Radjah in third with 70.400. Svane is based in Luxembourg and came to Madrid's 2016 Horse Week with her trainer Sascha Schulz, who finished fourth in today's Grand Prix with Luizao.  For both Schulz and Svane this was their first every competition in Spain, and both were very satisfied with Rikke's accurate ride ...

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  • 23 November 2016 at 16 : 51 PM

    FEI President Focuses on Unique Qualities of Equestrian Sport at FEI General Assembly

    FEI President Focuses on Unique Qualities of Equestrian Sport at FEI General Assembly

    FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the FEI General Assembly in the Japanese capital Tokyo today, delivering the keynote address to almost 300 delegates and focusing on the unique qualities of equestrian sport. “We all agree that we have the greatest sport on earth and this is for many reasons”, the FEI President said. “We excel when it comes to gender equality, but what makes our sport so great is the unique bond between human and animal, between man and horse. But it is this same unique value which makes our sport vulnerable. “With the growth of our sport grows also our responsibility to continuously ensure the welfare of our athletes in order to safeguard the integrity of ...

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  • 23 November 2016 at 16 : 34 PM

    FEI General Assembly Votes in Favour of Olympic and Paralympic Rule Changes

    FEI General Assembly Votes in Favour of Olympic and Paralympic Rule Changes

    The FEI General Assembly has today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed format changes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, which will now go to the IOC Executive Board for final approval in 2017. Under the new proposals, the number of athletes in national teams will be reduced to three, and the drop score, which previously allowed for a team’s worst score to be discarded, will be removed. The use of a reserve combination for teams will remain in place, but will be even more important and will be a key element in ensuring horse welfare. A total of 11 of National Federations, out of 107 represented, voted against the proposal – Albania, Bulgaria, France, ...

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  • 22 November 2016 at 16 : 28 PM

    Equitana Australia: Dressage Takes Center Stage on Day 3

    Equitana Australia: Dressage Takes Center Stage on Day 3

    Warm weather welcomed day three of EQUITANA Melbourne as crowds flocked to the showgrounds for another jam-packed day of equestrian action. Saturday, or as it has been referred to in recent years as “Dressage Day”, continued the form of EQUITANA’s previous two days by showcasing a program that was bursting at the seams with talent, education and elite competition. Australian Olympian Mary Hanna dominated in her first outing since the 2016 Rio Olympics at the CDI-W Melbourne, waltzing to success in the World Cup Qualifier held November 19, 2016.  Her 2014 WEG Team Mount Sancette has not been to competition since their World Games performance, but took the win in both the Grand ...

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  • 19 November 2016 at 20 : 17 PM

    FEI World Cup Dressage: Werth Makes It a Double as She Leads German Whitewash at Stuttgart

    FEI World Cup Dressage: Werth Makes It a Double as She Leads German Whitewash at Stuttgart

    Germany’s Isabell Werth and the lovely mare Weihegold showed exactly why they are the no. 1 partnership in the world rankings when sweeping to their second consecutive victory in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016/2017 Western European League on home turf at Stuttgart today. This third leg attracted 15 riders from eight nations but the host country completely dominated the podium, with world no. 2 Kristina Broring-Sprehe slotting into runner-up spot with Desperados FRH ahead of Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino in third.   Werth produced a personal best Freestyle score of 90.09 when topping the previous leg at Lyon, France last month and today’s winning mark of 89.416 was ...

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  • 19 November 2016 at 20 : 09 PM

    US, Swedish, and Dutch Cities Win Hosting Rights to Major FEI Events

    US, Swedish, and Dutch Cities Win Hosting Rights to Major FEI Events

    The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals for the years 2020 and 2021 and the FEI European Championships 2019 in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage were among the key events allocated by the FEI Bureau in Tokyo (JPN) today. Following the success of the 2015 Finals, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals will return to Las Vegas (USA) in 2020 when the Finals will be hosted at a new venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena from 15 to 19 April. Las Vegas has previously hosted six FEI World Cup™ Finals, two in Jumping and four combined Jumping and Dressage Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center (2000, 2003, 2005, ...

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  • 16 November 2016 at 13 : 59 PM

    The Show Must Go On at the 2016 US Dressage Finals

    The Show Must Go On at the 2016 US Dressage Finals

    Debbie Hill comes to Kentucky every year for the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, and has gone home to Gurley, Ala. (Region 3) with her share of championship titles. But this year, much to her dismay, uncharacteristic mistakes by each of her three mounts had so far kept her out of the winner’s circle. She was down to her last ride Sunday afternoon in the Fourth Level Open Freestyle on a horse she’d already had a disappointing performance with earlier in the week. And then the lights went out. “I came into the arena and just thought, ‘oh no’,” said Hill. A blown transformer just after 2pm ET had utility crews scrambling and left the Alltech Arena shrouded with only ...

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  • 15 November 2016 at 13 : 50 PM

    Featured Product: Young Dressage Rising Stars Join the Tota Comfort System Revolution

    Featured Product: Young Dressage Rising Stars Join the Tota Comfort System Revolution

    In 2016, the Tota Comfort System made its Olympic debut, and was the choice of top dressage riders around the world to keep their horses comfortable and performing at their best. The patent pending, revolutionary bridle design has now begun to influence a new generation of dressage riders, who are quickly discovering how comfort for the horse translates to better performance. Three of the top US Juniors and Young Riders have discovered the Tota Comfort System and its benefits to their horses as they set the standard for the future of dressage competition. Juliet Hess, a member of the 2016 USDF Region 3 NAJYRC Gold Medal Team, fitted her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Diano in the ...

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  • 11 November 2016 at 20 : 08 PM

    Leach and Mason Earn the First Two Championship Titles Presented at 2016 US Dressage Finals

    Leach and Mason Earn the First Two Championship Titles Presented at 2016 US Dressage Finals

    Five months ago, the last thing on Amy Leach’s mind was returning to the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® to defend her 2015 Intermediate II Adult Amateur Championship title. She just wanted her horse Radcliffe to be healthy again.   “It’s been a very difficult year for us. He had some serious health issues and was off from last December until June. We’ve had some very long days, but he’s my family and I fought hard for him,” she explained. “When he finally started feeling better, we started back to work just for fun and he felt really good. So we went to a few shows in August, and Regionals was just his fourth time down centerline where we qualified to come ...

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  • 9 November 2016 at 13 : 41 PM

    From Coast to Coast, Nearly 400 Competitors Converge on Kentucky for The 2016 US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®

    From Coast to Coast, Nearly 400 Competitors Converge on Kentucky for The 2016 US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®

    She’s literally been driving across the country for four days, but Morgan Barrows of Monroe, Wash. wasn’t going to let a little distance stop her from attending this week’s US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® where she will join nearly 400 other competitors representing all nine United States Dressage Federation (USDF) regions in head-to-head competition for national titles across 30 different Open and Adult Amateur divisions.   Barrows knew what she was in for when she loaded her partner San Corazon on the trailer, since the pair made the same trek to Lexington, Ky. in 2014. Then the pair’s long journey proved worthwhile, as Barrows and Janice Davis’ Oldenburg ...

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  • 9 November 2016 at 13 : 26 PM

    USEF Announces HITS-on-the-Hudson as Proposed Location for 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, and Para-Dressage

    USEF Announces HITS-on-the-Hudson as Proposed Location for 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, and Para-Dressage

    Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, Ny., as the proposed location for the 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) hosting the disciplines of dressage, jumping, and para-dressage, pending approval from the FEI. The event will be held July 18-23, 2017. The FEI will review the proposal at the FEI General Assembly, November 19-22, 2016. The USEF is working alongside discipline affiliates to select the host venues for the 2017 endurance and eventing championships.    

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  • 9 November 2016 at 13 : 34 PM

    Iberia in England: Great Britain PRE and Lusitano Championships

    Iberia in England: Great Britain PRE and Lusitano Championships

    Back for the second year running the GBPRE and Lusitano Championships took place this weekend at Keysoe, Bedfordshire (Sunday 6 November 2016). Twenty-four-year-old Jade Clark dominated the Lusitano Championships taking home three of the six titles available. Jade, who only took up competitive riding in 2010, is a director at Brennan Equestrian where she produces and competes horses and ponies under the direction of trainer Sue Brennan. With Helen Dolisznyj’s seven-year-old grey stallion, Evangelico, Jade won the Elementary Championship class with 71.09% to finish nearly 10% ahead of the field. The eye-catching combination went on to take first in the Medium Championship class with ...

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