LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 13, 2018–The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) reported Wednesday “very high” level of interest and quality of submissions two weeks ahead of the deadline to bid for world championships in 2022 of the eight international horse sports that for 28 years were combined into a single World Equestrian Games.
The FEI said it “has already received some exciting expressions of interest for 2022, with more submissions expected before the 28 February deadline.”
“I am delighted to say that the level of interest and the quality of submissions to host FEI World Championships in 2022 has been very high so far, and we are confident that we will have an interesting pool of candidates to choose from when the allocations are made later this year,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
The FEI gave no details of interest in any of the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para dressage or from which countries. The 2022 championships will be awarded in November after a workshof interested bidders in March.
“Equestrian sport has become increasingly globalized,” he said, “but there are relatively few countries that have the capacity to host world championships in all disciplines simultaneously.
“The new bid process allows for the sustainable and cost-effective use of existing equestrian sports facilities and for the FEI to partner with national federations that may have hesitated putting forward multi-discipline bids in the past. The door is now open for these Federations to consider submitting an expression of interest for an individual world championship in the discipline of their choice.”
A bid process for individual world championships of what the FEI previously listed as eight disciplines but has begun combining dressage and para dressage into a single sport to make it seven disciplines was begun late last year when no applicants for a combined 2022 WEG were received. The WEG was instituted in 1990 as the combined world championships of all horse sports governed by the FEI and staged once every four years midway between the summer Olympics schedule. An increase in the numer of sports–reining was not included until 2006 and para dressage in 2010–and increasingly greater costs of staging the event in a calendar already full of high quality regular annual competitions took its toll. More than 4,000 FEI events are organized globally every year, including annual World Cup Finals.
The FEI president, according to Wednesday’s news release, stressed that the individual world championships or smaller combinations “does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games concept,” and bids to host all disciplines together for 2022 will be considered.
Preference in the current round of bidding is being given to multi-discipline bids with emphasis on combining dressage and para bressage. The world championships for 2022 in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping and para dressage will be qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.
The FEI will host an interactive workshop in Lausanne at the end of March for all national federations/organizing committees that submit an expression of interest in the 2022 championships. After that, interested bidders will be invited to submit a formal bid, outlining their plans and visions.
“This interactive workshop is a key factor in ensuring that we adequately convey the structure, opportunities and minimum requirements of hosting the FEI World Championships 2022,” Ingmar De Vos said. “By working more closely with the national federations and organizing committees from the very start of the process we can ensure a unified vision and establish an achievable set of goals to work toward.”
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 11, 2019–Brittany Fraser began a break from competition to prepare for the birth of a baby with a big pay check for the Canadian’s victory on All In at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* that boosted the rider to the top of the prize money rankings after the third of seven weeks of international events over winter.
Victories for Brittany and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle of the CDI5*, the highest level of dressage competition and the only one outside Europe, earned the rider $38,800 and raised total earnings for the circuit to $42,200, according to calculations by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.
The 30-year-old Britanny and All In helped Canada capture team silver at the 2015 Pan American Games. and was on her nation’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last September. She expects to give birth to a boy in June and when she resumes riding will be focused on seeking a start for Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington, runner-up in the CDI5* competitions, ranked second on $29,000, with Canada’s Jill Irving third on $21,500, Christoph Koschel of Germany fourth on $20,275 and Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic in the fifth spot on $16,550.
Americans Adrienne Lyle with $15,750, Shelly Francis on $13,100, Jessica Jo Tate on $10,700 and Laura Graves with $8,300 along with Germany’s Michael Klimke on $11,290 make up the rest of the top 10.
The next Global competition starts Feb. 20, the first of two remaining World Cup qualifiers, with a CDIO3* Nations Cup scheduled for Mar. 12-17 and the wrap up CDI4* the last week of March.
1. Brittany Fraser CAN $42,200
2. Katherine Bateson-Chandler USA $29,000
3. Jill Irving CAN $21,500
4. Christoph Koschel GER $20,275
5.. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz DOM $16,550
6. Adrienne Lyle USA $15,750
7. Shelly Francis USA $13,100
8. Michael Klimke GER $11,290
9. Jessica Jo Tate USA $10,700
10. Laura Graves USA $8,300
11. Joanne Vaughn GEO $5,500
12. Devon Kane USA $4,700
13. Kasey Perry-Glass USA $3,400
14. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén SWE $3,250
15.Tina Irwin CAN $3,105
16. Ashley Holzer USA $2,900
17 Belinda Trussell CAN $2,145
18. P.J. Rizvi USA $2,100
19. Diane Creech CAN $1,910
20. Susan Pape GBR $1,885
21. Jennifer Baumert USA $1,880
22. Jan Ebeling USA $1,655
23. Megan Lane CAN $1,625
24. Leida Collins-Strijk NED $1,510
25. Ariana Chia CAN $1,440
T-26. Codi Harrison USA $1,300
T-26James Koford USA $1,300
28. Bent Jensen USA $1,200
29. Heather Boo USA $1,175
30. Signe Kirk Kristiansen DEN $1,050
31. Meagan Davis USA $1,040
32. Alexandra Dominguez GUA $1,000
Judy Reynolds is The Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year for 2018, the sixth annual title awarded to the Olympic four-time World Equestrian Games competitor.
Judy, 37 years old, in Tryon, North Carolina last September became the first ever Irish dressage rider to qualify for the Grand Prix Freestyle at a WEG. The final was canceled because of adverse weather.
Judy and Vancouver K, her 2016 Olympic and 2018 WEG mount, a 17-year-old KWPN gelding, are ranked 35th in the world.
SOPOT, Poland, Feb. 10, 2019–Sweden’s Minna Telde on Isac won the CDI3* Grand Prix and the Special while fellow Swede Märit Olofsson Nääs on Strolchi captured the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Minna, who competed for Sweden at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2015 European Championships, rode the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding to a score of 71.913 per cent in the Grand Prix.
Poland’s Katarzyna Milczarek on Dzeko placed second on 68.652 per cent with Märit and Strolchi third on 67.435 per cent.
Minna and Isac were awarded 69.894 per cent to win the Special with Katarzyna on Dzeko second on 68.511 per cent and Grmany’s Alina Röhricht on Atlantis third on 66.191 per cent.
Marit and Strolchi won the Freestyle on a score of 69.665 per cent, with Clara Espinosa also of Sweden on Gordon second with 68.155 per cent and Italy’s Silvia Rizzo on Ducati third on 67.385 per cent.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 10, 2019–Ashley Holzer swept the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Small Rour with a victory on Valentine in the Intermediate 1 Freestyle Sunday, just four days before the celebration for which the horse was re-named to honor the gift from her husband.
Their first musical performance together using music that Ashley had competed Pop Art to 14 years ago because she hadn’t yet had one made for Valentine earned the American team partnership of Ashley and the nine-year-old Oldenburg mare a score of 76.917 per cent. The win gave the four-time Olympian for Canada before switching to compete for the U.S. an undefeated string of seven victories since starting CDIs this year.
It was enough to squeak by Tina Irwin on Laurencio that were were awarded 76.750 per cent and to make the pair a leading contender for Canada’s Pan American Games which will decide whether the nation’s dressage team gets a start at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Netherlands’ Leida Collins-Streijk on Fellini was third on 72.833 per cent.
The 55-year-old Ashley who is based full-time in Wellington said after the ride, the last of the day: “I think my mare had a very tricky warm-up. She was so tense in the warm-up because she’s never done a freestyle before with the music. We actually had to run and grab a bonnet because she was unfortunately upset by the noise.
“What is amazing to me is that I trot off, and right away she is looking, she’s attentive, but she’s so trying her very hardest. When I’m in that trot tour I feel like I’m floating. She floats through the trot tour without hardly any aid whatsoever. So I think for me, sort of feeling a horse dance underneath you like that so easily, that’s a thrill no matter what class you’re in.”
She made a last-minute change to her music and choreography, and luckily her student Brittany Fraser had kept the freestyle from 2005 that Ashley rode to on Pop Art that went to become her 2008 Olympic mount, one of the four Games she competed on the Canadian team before switching to ride for the United States.
“I had a bit of a different pattern with different music,” she said, “which we realized was too bold. So luckily Brittany is quite a hoarder, and she actually found my Pop Art small tour freestyle and brought it. It’s got a nice flowing trot tour, and I rode Poppy’s freestyle!”
Ashley doesn’t plan to compete Valentine again until March by which time she intends for the horse to have hwer own freestyle.
She plans to take Valentine to compete in Europe this summer–she intends to go with her Grand Prix mounts–and is not eyeing a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, being staged one week after the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany in July.
The mare (Sir Donnerhall x Ragazzo) was a Valentine’s Day gift as a four-year-old from her husband, Rusty, and re-named the horse from FN Sensation.
LE MANS, France, Feb. 10, 2019–The Netherlands’ Diederik van Silfhout and Expression won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday in the debut Special for the 10-year-old KWPN stallion.
Diederik and Expression (Vivaldi x Vincent) scored 71.617 per cent for the first win for the pair in 10 months at Big Tour. Diederik competed Expression at the World Young Horse Championships as both a five-year-old and six-year old.
Germany’s Marcus Hernes on Zinq Abegglen FH placed second on 71.298 per cent with Nicholas Wagner of Luxembourg on Quater Back Junior, winner of the Grand Prix Friday, third on 70.936 per cent.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 9, 2019–Florida-based Australian Kelly Layne and Livio Felluga won the Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series third round Saturday in the eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding’s debut performance at Prix St. Georges level.
Kelly, who is a U.S. citizen but remains Australian and continues to ride as an Aussie as she did at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, scored 69.563 per cent in the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges that is the qualifying level for the new series at the Global Dressage Festival and based on the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal German Small Tour championships.
Megan Davis and Damocles HLF, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding, placed second on 67.813 per cent to become the first American combination to earn an invitation to the $10,000 final of the series sponsored by Iron Spring Farm of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock insurance of Goshen, New York and supported by Legacy Farm of Melissa Taylor and Lars Petersen.
Kelly on Livio Felluga and Megan on Damocles, based in Loxahatchee, Florida in winter and Stone Ridge, New York in summer, join Christoph Koschel of Germany on Shakespeare, Canada’s Diane Creech on Dublin L and Germany’s Marc Stanuschewski on Graciella to earn a start at the final in Global’s centerpiece international arena in the winter circuit finale at the end of March.
Kelly Layne’s training of Livio Felluga was a totally unexpected outcome of the rider’s campaign to make the Australian team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Although Kelly’s was unsuccessful in that effort, she was based in Germany for three months and connected with Ellen Trouille whose breeding center was nearby at Bienen Buttel.
Ellen later decided to send some horses to Kelly to train and compete in Wellington, where she has been based for most of the decade in which she has lived in the U.S. with her American husband. Among the horses that came to Kelly a year ago was Livio Felluga (Le Rouge x De Niro) that Ellen had bred.
“He’s got super character,” Kelly said, “always forward thinking, always willing. He’s electric to ride but you can put anybody on him; he doesn’t have any weak points.
“It was the first time going out at this level. We hoped for a score that we could qualify for this series that is absolutely amazing thanks to Iron Spring, Cunningham & Cunningham and Legacy Farm and the Global organizers that is giving us this opportunity.
“It was a big step up to this level from where we were at Fourth Level; I think it’s actually more difficult than the Prix St. Georges.
“I wanted to have a go today knowing we had few more chances if we needed them. Now I can relax as far as qualifying.
“I can’t wait to ride him in the main stadium, put him in front of top judges at the final.
“And it’s very cool to have an Australian riding a German-bred and owned horse in Wellington, Florida.”
Qualifying Future Stars Performance Series competitions remaining for this winter circuit are scheduled for:
-GDF6 Feb. 15-16
-GDF7 Feb. 20-24
-GDF8 Feb. 27-Mar. 3
-GDF9 Mar. 7-10
-GDF10 Mar. 13-17
Final: GDF12 Mar. 27-31-International Arena, Global Dressage Festival
LE MANS, France, Feb. 9, 2019–France’s Morgan Barbançon Mestre and Bolero posted a personal best score to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, the first musical performance victory for the pair since beginning Big Tour nine months ago.
Morgan, who took over the rider from her sister, Alexandra who competed the 13-year-old in the Under-25 division, scored 75.235 per cent for the win.
Spain’s Borja Carrascosa on Ein Traum was second on 74.230 per cent with the Netherlands’ Marlies van Baalen on Ben Johnson third on 73.825 per cent.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 9, 2019–P.J. Rizvi, recovering from a torn calf muscle, and Breaking Dawn won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday in the first musical performance victory for the pair that competed for the time in 11 months. Adrienne Lyle on Harmony’s Duval won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle.
P.J. and the 18-year-old KWPN gelding that her coach, Ashley Holzer, rode for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, scored 74.030 per cent for the win that kicked off the eighth year of Big Tour competition.
P.J., of Greenwich, Connecticut, joked that she dusted off the moth balls to return to competition and was thankful that Breaking Dawn was a forward moving horse because of her calf issue.
James Koford of North Carolina the Friesen Adiah HP, whose coloring grabs attention wherever he competes, placed second on 70.000 per cent. Jacqueline MacDonald Cuddy on Malcarat was third on 67.040 per cent.
Adrienne Lyle on Harmony’s Duval pulled off a narrow win in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special to give the all-American partnership a double victory and to add to a pair of wins on Salvino on the top rated CDI5* competition.
Adrienne and Duval, 11-year-old KWPN gelding, were awarded 72.851 per cent for the win, a day after taking the Grand Prix in the initial Big Tour outing for the gray. The horse was discovered at Harmony Sporthorses and is owned by a syndicate of supporters of Adrienne. Duval was bred by Leslie Malone’s Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado.
Great Britain’s Susan Pape on Harmony’s Don Noblesse was awarded 72.213 per cent for second place. Don Noblesse, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, is owned by Harmony and Susan. This is the fourth year that Susan has shown Don Noblesse at Global in Wellington.
Canada’s Jill Irving on Arthur was third on 70.064 per cent.
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 8, 2019–Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu rode All In to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle under lights Friday night, to complete a double Big Tour victory in what she said may be the last competitions for Canada’s top ranked pair before taking a baby break. Adrienne Lyle, Olympic and double World Games rider for the United States, rode Salvino to win the CDI5* Grand Prix Special.
Brittany and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 76.520 per cent in the freestyle, a day after capturing the Grand Prix in the highest ranked competition in North America.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington and Alcazar were second in the freestyle on 75.705, the same placing as the Grand Prix.
Christoph Koschel riding the 11-year-old Ballentines in the pair’s first Grand Prix Freestile was third on 73.780 per cent.
In the Grand Prix Special, Adrienne, based in Wellington in winter, and Salvino, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, scored 73.574 per cent.
Shelly Francis of neighboring Loxahatchee and Danilo were second on 70.468 per cent with Joanne Vaughan of Georgia on Elmegardens Marquis third on 66.511 per cent.
Adrienne said it was first time she had ever ridden a Special under the lights.
“I’m so happy with Salvino and his attitude,” she said, “going out there and enjoying every minute of it.”
Brittany, who is expecting her first child, that she said is a boy, in mid-June, said this probably was her last competition until September.
“I couldn’t ask for a better night,” she said. “It was probably one of the best feelings I’ve hads out there.”
Christoph, a regular competitor on the Florida winter circuit, rode Ballentines under lights for the first time as well as the first freestyle.
“I’m over the moon,” said Christoph who is based in Hagen, Germany and used the music he rode Donnperignon at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. “He behaved so well with me. I think he has a lot of potential for the future.”
Ballentines went to him near the end of his fifth year–“quite wild as a young horse; nobody wanted to ride him. Tonight was the first step into the future.”