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  • 1 September 2014 at 15 : 58 PM

    It was a “Family Affair” at the Lamplight Dressage Show in Chicago Last Week

    It was a “Family Affair” at the Lamplight Dressage Show in Chicago Last Week

    By: Libbie Johnson The show is host to the USEF Markel National FEI Young Horse Championships.Only the top 15 horses will get an invitation. Marydell Farm had two 6 year olds qualify throughout the year and received their invitations to compete at this prestigious event. Duet MF (Don Principe/EM Rotina) ridden by Brendan Curtis of SIlver Spring.MD and Doctor Wendell MF (Don Principe/Stellar Hit MF) ridden by Jim Koford of Lexington,KY, traveled to the competition and put in top quality performances over two grueling days of high heat, torrential downpours and severe lightning. Duet MF finished 13th and Doctor Wendell MF finished in fifth overall. Making a return to the show ...

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  • 1 September 2014 at 12 : 27 PM

    U.S. Para-Dressage Is Really Cooking Officials are creating a recipe for success at the 2016 Rio Paralympics

    U.S. Para-Dressage Is Really Cooking Officials are creating a recipe for success at the 2016 Rio Paralympics

    By Jennifer O. Bryant In the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Great Britain poured £264 million into training programs for elite sports, about 60 percent of which came from National Lottery proceeds. (Source: BBC.com) The results were indisputable: 63 medals, five of which were in the equestrian disciplines, three of those gold. No matter how talented the athletes, the chances of stepping onto the medal podium are slim without sufficient training and competition opportunities. And that goes double for the equestrian sports, with the high costs of acquiring, maintaining, training, and transporting top horses. Unlike in Great Britain, equestrian sports in the U.S. ...

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  • 31 August 2014 at 16 : 02 PM

    Para-Equestrian Dressage in Normandy Hits Highest Notes

    Para-Equestrian Dressage in Normandy Hits Highest Notes

    FEI FEI President HRH Princess Haya celebrates freestyle medal day at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) with triple gold medallists Zion and Lee Pearson (GBR), the world’s most successful Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete. (Leanjo de Koster/FEI) Normandy (FRA), 29 August 2014 – The sun shone, the crowds came, and the horses dazzled at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen today, as the Para-Equestrian Dressage riders at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) took to the arena for individual freestyle medals. The Grade Ia title was won by Italy’s Sara Morganti with Royal Delight. She scored 78.800% to beat the reigning European ...

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  • 30 August 2014 at 16 : 46 PM

    Personal Best for Graves Produces Top Five Finish in Freestyle at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

    Personal Best for Graves Produces Top Five Finish in Freestyle at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

    By Helen Murray Caen, France - The U.S. Dressage Team closed out an extremely successful 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with two top 10 finishes in Friday's Freestyle. Fifteen of the world's best combinations headed into the d'Ornano Stadium to stake their claim on the final medals of the FEI World Dressage Championships. Laura Graves continued her meteoric rise to the top level of the sport by earning a fifth place finish on Friday afternoon, while Steffen Peters once again demonstrated why he is so highly regarded with a 10th place finish. Laura Graves & Verdades. (SusanJStickle.com) Graves (Geneva, FL) and her own Verdades were welcomed into the d'Ornano Stadium by ...

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  • 30 August 2014 at 12 : 23 PM

    Hart, Trunnell Contest Freestyle Finals at World Equestrian Games

    Hart, Trunnell Contest Freestyle Finals at World Equestrian Games

    CAEN, NORMANDY, August 29, 2014 - To be selected to represent one's country at a world championships is an honor that few riders ever experience. To not only compete but to perform well enough to advance through the rounds of competition to qualify for the finals is a rare achievement, indeed. Not one but two U.S. representatives in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ para-equestrian dressage competition claimed that achievement today: Roxanne Trunnell, Grade Ia rider; and her WEG teammate Rebecca Hart, Grade II. For Trunnell, 29, of Rowlett, Tex., today's freestyle aboard the nineteen-year-old Dutch Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch. Photo copyright ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 19 : 37 PM

    Dujardin and Valegro Weave Their Magic to Win Freestyle Gold!!!

    Dujardin and Valegro Weave Their Magic to Win Freestyle Gold!!!

    FEI PRESS RELEASE Normandy (FRA), 29 August 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy – Dressage Freestyle On the podium for the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, L to R: Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg (silver), Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (gold) and The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen (bronze). (Dirk Caremans/FEI) By Louise Parkes Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were the stars of the show once again today when collecting their second gold medal of the week in the Dressage Freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy. The pair now hold the full ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 18 : 53 PM

    World Equestrian Games Dressage Team Gold to Great Britain!

    World Equestrian Games Dressage Team Gold to Great Britain!

    From British Dressage: Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester & Roly Luard's Valegro are now Olympic, European and World Championships after taking Freestyle Gold today with a performance which reduced many to tears (of joy) to score 92.161%. Germany's Helen Langenhanenberg was in Silver with Adelinde Cornelissen in Bronze for the ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 18 : 37 PM

    WEG 2014: Triple gold for Lee

    WEG 2014: Triple gold for Lee

    From British Dressage: WEG 2014: Triple gold for Lee The paras had a great dancing day at La Prairie racecourse with Lee Pearson claiming his third world championship gold medal in the Grade Ib. Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6 added a Grade Ia silver to their impressive tally while Sophie Wells and Valerius also finished in silver in the Grade ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 18 : 54 PM

    Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin Have Done it Again: Gold in Freestyle

    Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin Have Done it Again: Gold in Freestyle

    Friday 29 August 2014 British dressage wonders Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin have added the second world championship title to their collection, making the gelding a true one-and-only Number 1 dressage horse of the world, holding every possible title at the same time. On a score of 92.161 the pair won the Freestyle of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin have done it again: gold in Freestyle © PSV Photos German Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill secured silver on 88.286 over Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (85.714). Petite Langehanenberg hugged her big dark chestnut “Dami” and blew kisses in every direction after her ride that she ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 18 : 22 PM

    Sydney Collier Carries the Para-Equestrian Torch

    Sydney Collier Carries the Para-Equestrian Torch

    The young WEG newcomer is determined to continue the legacy of her mentor, the late Paralympian Jonathan Wentz By Jennifer O. Bryant They say some living things are "old souls." If that's true, then Sydney Collier is one of them. With her huge, earnest, round blue eyes and round rosy cheeks, the pint-sized Collier bears a certain resemblance to an oversized Raggedy Ann doll. (She even has the reddish hair, although hers is cropped close.) But the sixteen-year-old para-equestrian dressage rider's articulate speech and positive, thoughtful nature belie her young age. Sydney Collier and her dog Journey at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 16 : 21 PM

    WEG Freestyle PM

    WEG  Freestyle PM

    Written by: Lita Dove The final 7 horses came in, one more magnificent than the last. In normal competition, any one of them could easily have won. But in the end, only Desperados and Parzival switched places. A better Parzival appeared today, the easy, beautiful changes in place and showcased. The rhythmic active piaffe on the spot, only the left pirouette a minor blip. At the final halt, when Dutch team rider Adelinde Cornelissen bent over to give him a hug, the whole stadium hugged with her. 85.71 Helen Langehanenberg and her partner, the stallion Damon Hill, entered in full power mode and did not let up. Some of his best piaffe work, beautiful extension and ...

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  • 29 August 2014 at 15 : 58 PM

    USEF Announces Second USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic of 2014

    Lexington, KY - The USEF is pleased to announce the dates and location for the second USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic. This clinic, which is made possible through a gift from USET Foundation Trustee, Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm, will be held October 11-12, at Epona Farm in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The purpose of the USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic is to showcase the U.S. dressage pipeline of athletes and horses in one clinic with the USEF Dressage Coaches including; Robert Dover, USEF Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor, Debbie McDonald, USEF Developing Coach, and Scott Hassler, USEF Young Horse Coach. With all of the coaches working together, the clinics will ...

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