Lausanne (SUI), 13 April 2012 – Amy Tryon, team bronze medallist for the USA at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, passed away yesterday (12 April).
Born in Redmond, Washington State on 24 February 1970, Amy and her older sister got their first pony when Amy was just one. She started competing at the age of five and rode at her first event when she was just eight.
She found her top horse, the former racehorse Poggio II, in a classified advertisement in the Seattle Times newspaper. Together Amy and Poggio represented the USA at two Olympic Games, Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, and two FEI World Equestrian Games, winning team gold in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002 and individual bronze in Aachen (GER) in 2006.
Wellington, FL – April 12, 2012 – All the horses passed the veterinary inspection for the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Thursday afternoon. Team spirit overflowed as the dressage riders representing eight teams from thirteen nations presented their horses for the prestigious competition that takes place April 13-14 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).
The Veterinary Commission, which consisted of three international veterinarians, inspected the horses in the stable and in the “trot-up” to ensure the welfare and health of all the horses competing in the CDIO. Dr. Shana Chase of the Veterinary Commission said, “The Horse inspection went quite well, as planned.”
The WEF Wellington Nations Cup is the first non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere. All of the CDIO competitors will participate in the FEI Prix St. Georges on Friday morning at 9:00 AM in GDF International Arena. The top five placed teams will move forward to the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle in two sessions on Saturday. The first session takes place in the afternoon, at 4:00 PM. The second session, which includes the GDF Parade of Champions for National High Score Circuit Winners, will be in the evening at 7:00 PM. The remaining riders will compete in the FEI Intermediaire I on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
Lexington, KY – U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe George Morris will be undergoing treatment for prostate cancer this spring.
Morris will remain in his position of Chef d’Equipe and will stay closely involved with the program, the selection process and the riders even though he will be unable to travel to the Observation Events.
Wellington, FL (April 12, 2012) – ShowChic, a premier dressage fashion boutique, recently hosted international dressage rider Shannon Dueck during the April 10th ShopTalk, where the top rider discussed everything from her beginnings in Pony Club to her time spent in training with Carl Hester. ShowChic holds the monthly Shop Talks to gather together the dressage community during informative social events. Guests also left with great prizes like gift certificates to ShowChic and products from Vita Flex’s line of equestrian supplements.
Dueck, who trains out of her own Dueck Dressage in Loxahatchee, Florida, told the gathered crowd about her days spent in England training her Grand Prix mare, Ayscha, with Hester. She detailed a day at the prestigious rider’s farm, as well as her experience viewing the grounds and arenas for the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London, where she and Ayscha hope to compete for Canada. “Carl’s training system is strongly based on doing what is right by the horse,” said Dueck. “Each ride starts out with fifteen to twenty minutes of stretching and loosening the horse’s back. Then Carl gets on and trains each horse for about twenty-five minutes. After that all of the horses, the babies and the stallions included, go out for a hack in the fields or on the roads. Carl really enjoys training and gives the horses tons of praise and breaks. It really makes a difference in the way they react to him.” Dueck herself focuses on preserving the horse’s natural joy in her training. “Only when a horse is happy in his work and willing to learn can you be truly successful in your riding.”
Camden, SC and Buffalo, NY – April 12, 2012 – SBS Farms moved into their spring calendar last week, rounding out their already phenomenal winter season with a series of wins at the Camden Spring Classic in Camden, SC. Professional rider Jennifer Alfano recently earned top finishes with mounts in the $50,000 Palm Beach USHJA International Hunter Derby, and securing the third place finish aboard Miss Lucy, and the fourth place prize with Jersey Boy in the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Challenge Derby Classic.
Alfano had an exceptional week in Camden, starting out at the top of the Derby with Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan, holding the third place position. Jersey Boy followed close behind with Alfano’s expert navigation, and they held solid with consistent rounds eventually moving into the fourth place position.
Lexington, KY – Less than four months before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Championships, planning is already well underway. Five disciplines (a total of 9 championships for juniors and young riders) will take part in the only FEI Championship to be held annually in North America. This year the event will run July 17-22, 2012.
The Tentative Competition Schedule for competitors is available here: http://www.youngriders.org/Schedule.aspx, and as soon as the Draft Schedules get approved by the FEI they will be posted. We have made some changes this year to the schedule, as we are sharing the Kentucky Horse Park with Breyerfest, not with the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
Lausanne (SUI), 12 April 2012 – Adelinde Cornelissen will be hoping to reclaim the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series title on home turf in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next week. This Dutch city, which played host to the very first FEI World Cup Dressage Final back in 1986, will welcome 18 competitors from 11 nations to the 2011/2012 finale which begins on Tuesday 18 April.
Historically, riders from The Netherlands have dominated this series, with 11 wins from 26 seasons, and Cornelissen is, undoubtedly, the one they all have to beat this time around. She has been all but untouchable since scooping the Reem Acra title in Leipzig (GER) 12 months ago, going on to claim Grand Prix Special and Freestyle gold, along with team bronze, at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam (NED), last August. And her equine partner, the big, bold chestnut Jerich Parzival, showed he has lost none of his edge when sweeping to victory on both of their appearances on the Reem Acra Western European League circuit over the winter months, swamping the opposition with strong scores at both Mechelen (BEL) in December and again in Amsterdam (NED) in January.