Oct. 10, 2018 A new Grand Prix test estimated to be shorter by about 45 seconds and designed to make dressage more interesting to a wider audience was released Wednesday ahead of its debut performance at the London Olympia World Cup in December. The new test has 30 movements plus a collective mark performed over about five minutes compared with the c ...
The West Coast Dressage Festival that debuted with a circuit of four shows in California this year has scheduled a similar circuit for next winter and added two late-year CDIs in 2019. The winter-long Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. has shuffled its six international big money events in a move to boost participation in the only Nations Cup offered outside Europe.
Global is expected to remain at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Festival Stadium complex where it has been based since 2012, and not move to nearby International Polo Club where planned new facilities were held up as organizers focused on the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
The West Coast Dressage Festival of four shows in winter and spring and two in November will be staged entirely at Temecula, California in 2019 which was the venue of its first competition in 2018 before moving to Del Mar for three shows.
The preliminary 2019 North American schedule of 28 CDIs–24 in the United States and four in Canada–has been published by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Some changes are expected throughout the year. No CDIs are listed for the Colorado Horse Park or Central Park in New York or for the western provinces of Canada.
The Pan American Games, staged once every four years and in Lima, Peru next year–dressage at the end of July–at which two countries can qualify teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics–one from North America and one from Central and South America. The United States qualified for Tokyo with its team silver medal performance at the WEG in Tryon last month.
Pan Am dressage is mixed big and small tour combinations.
The schedule shows four World Cup events during the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington and three in Temecula as qualifiers for the championship final in Gothenberg, Sweden in April.
The World Cup Final returns to Las Vegas in April, 2020 which means CDI-Ws after the end of March next year will be qualifiers for 2020.
Global, in addition to its four World Cup shows for the 2019 final, is also staging as it has since its founding in 2012 the only CDIO3* Nations Cup in the Americas as well the only top rated CDI5* and a CDI4* competitions.
However, the Nations Cup has been moved to mid-March from its usual end of circuit date in March in an effort to increase participation, especially from European countries that often return home before the end of March to prepare for the outdoor season.
Tryon has also restored its two CDIs–cut back to one in 2018 as the facility hosted the combined world championships in September.
SCHENEFELD, Germany, Oct. 7, 2018–Harmony’s Eclectisch was ridden by Great Britain’s Susan Pape to capture the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal Prix St. Georges Special Sunday and earn a start at the December finale of the German small tour series.
Susan and the nine-year-old KWPN stallion (Zenon- Olivi) owned by Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado were awarded 73.756 per cent for the victory. Susan competed Eclectisch at last winter’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.
As the winner, the pair became the 11th combination to qualify for the final of seven-to-nine-year-old horses in Frankfurt Dec. 13-16. Faszination Pferd in Nürnberg Oct. 30-Nov. 4 is the only remaining qualifier in the series that began in 1992.
German Olympic and World Games team rider Dorothee Schneider placed second on Smirnoff on 71.415 per cent with Nicole Kirschnick on Dr. Best third on 70.512 per cent.
The lineup of series winners so far:
Friederike Hahn/Die Fürstin 73.927%
Dorothee Schneider/First Romance 73.659%
Kira Wulferding/Brianna 76.171%
Annabel Frenzen/Silber Stern 72.756%
Hubertus Schmidt/Bonamour 73.372%
Kira Wulferding/Bohemian Rhapsodie 75.927%
Ann-Christin Wienkamp/Daley Thompson 72.780%
Thomas Wagner/QC Fillipo Niro 72.122%
Ingrid Klimke/Bluetooth 74.707%
Isabell Werth/Descolari 74.488%
Susan Pape/Harmony’s Eclectisch 73.756%
Faszination Pferd Oct. 30-Nov. 4
Finale Frankfurt Dec. 13-16
NICE, France, Oct. 7, 2018–Remy Bastings of the Netherlands and Dior won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday on a score of 72.875 per cent. Great Britain’s Emme Hindle, winner of the Grand Prix and Special on Romy del Sol, was second on Diesel on 66.152 per cent with Russia’s Veronika Topol on Don la Carlos third on 64.525 per ce ...
NICE, France, Oct. 6, 2018–Emma Hindle and Romy del Sol won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday with a personal best score as the British pair did in the Grand Prix a day earlier for the first double victory in the pair’s Big Tour career.
Emma and the 12-year-old Westfalen mare scored 72.660 per cent for the win that is their third straight, having been victorious in Belgium three weeks earlier. The string of wins comes after 18 months at Big Tour that has included being on British Nations Cup teams in 2018 and 2017.
Russia’s Tatiana Miloserdova on Florento Fortuna placed second on 70.000 per cent.
Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath, in his first CDI Grand Prix show in three years, was third with 67.383 per cent on Foundation. The pair were second Friday. This competition was the Big Tour debut for the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion.
CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Judges-E: Thomas Lang-AUT H: Alban Tissot-FRA C: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode M: Maria Colliander-FIN B: Magnus Ringmark-SWE
TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 6, 2018–Sweden’s Natalie Oldfors and Mickey M captured the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with a personal best score to repeat their performance a day earlier in the Grand Prix. Natalie and the 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding scored 74.585 per cent for the win to make it the first two victories in nine starts at ...
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 5, 2018–The ninth annual Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic will be staged in Wellington, Florida Jan. 3-6, aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of American equestrian team talent.
Twenty-four riders will be invited to participate in the clinic, US Equestrian announced Friday.
Training sessions will feature intense, mounted sessions led by internationally acclaimed American athletes and trainers and daily instruction on all facets of horsemanship from experts in their respective fields. Participants will hear lectures from veterinarians, saddle and tack specialists, farriers, dressage professionals, media staff, life coaches, and accredited judges.
–Highest-placed U.S. individual and freestyle young rider and junior medalists from the 2018 North American Youth Championships;
–Champion and reserve champions of 2018 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup,’ Young Rider, Junior Pony and Children national championships;
–Champion and Reserve Champion from the 2018 Medal Finals 14-18 and 13 and under divisions, and
–Up to four Wild Cards
Applicants for a Wild Card should contact Kristen Brett, US Equestrian Director of Dressage Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 14.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 5, 2018–The short list for FEI Awards was announced Friday for public voting on equestrians nominated.
Twenty equestrians in five categories were nominated for the awards with online voting open Oct. 5-15 and to count for 50 per cent with a panel of judges having the other 50 per cent. Winners will be announced at the FEI Awards 2018 Gala in Manama, Bahrain Nov. 20 and presented by youth dressage rider Juan Matute Guimón of Spain and five-time Paralympic gold medalist Natasha Baker of Great Britain.
Longines Rising Star – for the young stars aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent and commitment.
Esmee Donkers of the Netherlands, a 20-year-old dressage Young Rider. Esmee captured team silver and indiidual and freestyle gold at this year’s European Championships after earning bronze in 2017.
Victor Levecque of France, eventing
Felix Koller of Austria, jumping
Bunty Howard of Zamba, jumping
Best Athlete – paying tribute to some incredible performances during the year, notably at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon and the Asian Games, which took the sport to a new level.
Stinna Kaastrup of Denmark, para dressage
Simone Blum of Germany, jumping
Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan, eventing
Lambert Leclezio of France, vaulting
Best Groom – the behind-the-scenes equestrian who ensures the horses are given the best possible care.
Steffi Wiegard of Germany, head groom for Isabell Werth
Steffi always considers her horses first, day or night. Her love for the horses can be seen in how she cares for them–accompanying them everywhere, plane, ship or trailer, and at shows.
Lee McKeever of USA, jumping, groom for McLain Ward
Alex Tyler-Morris of Great Britain, jumping, groom for Harrie Smolders
Lucy Miles of New Zealand, eventing, groom for Jonelle and Tim Price
Against All Odds – for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.
Sammie Fritz of USA, dressage
Sammie of Plymouth, Minnesota started riding at the age 7. She was forced to sell her first horse, Rohanna, after parents divorced and her mother lost her life’s savings to financial fraud; she was then diagnosed with breast cancer. She later found another horse, Ferra, through a school friend that had never been in a show ring. In 2017, she competd Ferra for the first time and ended the season as Region 4 1st level Region 4 Championship Title. In 2018, Sammie made it to first alternate for the North American Championships in New York; created a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the trip and took team silver.
Kate Shoemaker of USA, para dressage
Leila Malki of Palestine, jumping
Sara Morganti of Italy, para dressage
FEI Solidarity – for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organzsation that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport.
Mercedes Campdera of Mexico
Mercedes has been involved in FEI World Dressage Challenge ground juries for about 20 years, one of a select few Technical Experts delivering Equestrian Sports Educative Events in Latin America. ESEE is an FEI Solidarity program aimed at educating and certifying officials in National Federations which have no education system in place. She is an FEI 4* dressage judge and 4* judge for Young Horses, 3* para dressage judge and Level 3 eventing dressage judge.
TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 5, 2018–Sweden’s Natalie Oldfors and Mickey M won the World Cup Grand Prix Friday with a personal best score for their first victory in five months at Big Tour. Natalie and the 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding scored 70.348 per cent for the first win in their eighth Big Tour start. Russia’s Stanislav Cher ...
NICE, France, Oct. 5, 2018–Emma Hindle rode Romy del Sol to a personal best score to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday for the second straight victory for the British team combination. Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath, in his first CDI Grand Prix in three years, rode Foundation to second place in the stallion’s Big Tour debut.
Emma and the 12-year-old Westfalen mare scored 71.522 per cent for the win that came three weeks after logging their first victory in 18 months at Grand Prix. The pair were on British teams at Nations Cups in 2018 and 2017.
Foundation was ridden by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath in the Big Tour debut for the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion to place second on 69.043 per cent.
The Grand Prix debut for Foundation came after Foundation’s record of 15 victories in 19 starts at small and medium tour CDIs over two years.
The ride on Foundation was also the first international Grand Prix for the 34-year-old Matthias since the European Championships in 2015 where he rode Totilas for Germany in a controversial competition that became the last CDI event for the stallion.
Russia’s Tatiana Miloserdova on Florento Fortuna was third on 68.522 per cent.
CDI3* Grand Prix
Judges-E: Thomas Lang-AUT H: Magnus Ringmark-SWE C: Maria Colliander-FIN M: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode-BEL B: Annick Dauban-FRA