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Riders Prepare for Final HSBC Countdown at Schenefeld

26 August 2010 – The HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing for 2010 climaxes at Schenefeld in Germany this weekend (August 27-29) as riders bid to boost their rankings in this valuable US$180,000 series.

The world-beating German squad will be at Schenefeld in their entirety, as it is a compulsory selection trial before they head to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky to defend their Eventing team gold medal won at the 2006 Games in Aachen.

Michael Jung (GER), who heads the HSBC FEI World Cup leaderboard with two victories, at Marbach (GER) and Strzegom (POL), is a definite starter, as are compatriots Andreas Dibowski, Kai Rüder and Kai-Steffen Meier, all of whom are in the current top 10 of the rankings, plus Ingrid Klimke, Frank Ostholt, Dirk Schrade, Simone Deitermann and Anna Warnecke.

Six other nations are represented – Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Spain and Sweden – and riders such as Viachaslau Poita (BLR) and Aliaksandr Faminou (BLR), first and third at Minsk (BLR), have a good chance of enhancing their status in the HSBC rankings.

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Dressage Radio Episode 65 – Tina Konyot and Toni Venhaus

U.S. WEG team member, Tina Konyot, fresh from her winning streak at the Selection Trials and Toni Venhaus from NSW dressage tells us how the sport is developing Down Under. Listen in right here.
Dressage Radio Episode 65 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Co-Hosts: Chris Stafford
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  • Guest: Tina Konyot
  • Guest: Toni Venhaus
  • News: U.S. Names WEG Dressage Short List/Nominated Entry
  • News: New Ride for U.S. Para-Equestrian The United States Equestrian Federation has announced that US Para-Equestrian rider Jennifer Baker has had to withdraw the horse on which she was selected for the Short List/Nominated Entry for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Duel was withdrawn because of veterinary issues and has been replaced per the USEF Selection Procedures with Kranak. Owned by Akiko Yamazaki (who is a steadfast supporter of the sport of dressage including as the owner of Ravel – Steffen Peters’ superstar and 2009 FEI World Cup Champion) Kranak was made available to Baker without hesitation. The 18-year-old Dutch gelding has been showing successfully at the Grand Prix level with both Yamazaki and Peters’ wife Shannon.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 105 – WEG News & Pierre St Jacques

We discuss the US Dressage Selection Trials in detail with our spotlight rider Pierre St Jacques, who finished fifth, earning himself a place on the short list with his beautiful horse, Lucky Tiger. And of course the WEG news keeps on coming, including a chat with Dr Jennifer Feiner of Hagyard’s Equine Medical Institute who’ll be in charge of the quarantine facility for all the horses shipping in from Europe, and why Nicole Simpson-Shahinian isn’t on the USEF show-jumping short list for WEG with Tristan. Listen in.

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Eventing Radio Episode 94 – Phillip Dutton and Will Faudree

Will Faudree and Phillip Dutton join us this week while they were on the road and on their journey to the final selection trials for WEG. Take a listen…

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Dressage Radio Episode 64 – Carol Lavell & Gifted

Carol Lavell is our special guest this week as we learn about a generous gift to the Dressage Foundation as Carol also reminisces about Gifted in our Great Partnership Series. Listen right here.

Dressage Radio Episode 64 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Co-Hosts: Chris Stafford and Catherine Haddad
  • Photo Credit: Phelps Photo
  • Guest: Carol Lavell
  • Guest: Anita Minks, USDF Sport Programs Coordinator
  • News: U.S. Selection Trials Get Underway – for results
  • News: Britain Names Dressage Riders for WEG Team –
    • Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Dr & Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s and her own Mistral Hojris (with Andretti H as her reserve horse)
    • Fiona Bigwood riding her own Wie Atlantico
    • Maria Eilberg riding Mr Ferdi Eilberg’s Two Sox
    • Carl Hester riding Ms Cheryl Meisner’s Liebling II
    • Non-traveling reserves: Henriette Andersen (Louis D’Or III) and Emile Faurie (Elmegardens Marquis)
  • News: Canada Announces WEG Dressage Squad
    • Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON and Pop Art, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, earned an average qualifying score of 72.329%.
    • Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, ON and Anton, a 10-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames, earned an average qualifying score of 69.595%.
    • Bonny Bonnello, of Calgary AB, and Pikardi, a 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding co-owned by Bonnello and Jean Bell, earned an average qualifying score of 66.932%.
    • Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON, and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurttemburger gelding owned by Cindy Ishoy, earned an average qualifying score of 66.745%
  • News: The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announces deadlines for Youth Scholarship and Award.Contact: Erica Minks, USDF Sport Programs Coordinator:


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Motivation from Moshi no. 31, by Jane Savoie

When I see the new foals running around, I realize that I’m not a baby anymore. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take baby steps now and then.

Sometimes a job is just too big and overwhelming to figure out exactly how to get it all done. When that’s the case, baby steps is the way to go. It’s like when my stall gets dirty. Someone has to clean it out one scoop at a time. You may not notice one scoop being removed. But when you remove ten scoops, it really makes a big difference!

What do you have to do, or want to accomplish, that seems too big for you to achieve right now? Can you break it down into little parts? Can you take baby steps? Can you accept slow progress over no progress at all?

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United States Para-Equestrian Association Recognizes Para-Equestrian Horse Owners of 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Rebecca Hart and Kazan. All photos were taken at USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games © 2010 Lindsay McCall/PMG.

Thousand Oaks, CA – August 23, 2010 – The United States Para-Equestrian Association would like to thank the owners of each horse that has been named to the nominated entry for the 2010 United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team.  These horses will have a chance to compete at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (2010 WEG).

As September approaches many equestrians are making their last preparations before their trip to Lexington, KY.  One of the Para-Equestrian Team members is Becca Hart who has been riding her own horse Norteassa and Kerri Sowers’ talented gelding Kazan over the last year.  Both horses have led Hart to the 2010 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and reserve championship titles.  At this point, the horse that Hart will be riding at the 2010 WEG has not been decided.  Hart and Kerri Sowers friendship began at Blue Hill Farm riding under Jessica and Missy Ransehousen.  Not long ago Hart was given the opportunity to ride Sowers’ horse Kazan while Norteassa was resting. Together Hart and Kazan have made a great team.  Sowers noted, “I have been very proud of Becca and Kazan.  Kazan has proven himself in competition time and time again over the years and always has his best performances when the competitive pressure is the greatest! I would like to wish Becca the best of luck competing at WEG regardless of which horse will be chosen.”

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FEI Junior European Eventing Championships 2010

The individual medal winners at the 2010 FEI Junior European Eventing Championships at Bad Segeberg, Germany - (L to R): Silver medallist Celina Nothofer (GER), gold medallist Alina Meister (GER) and bronze medallist Tim Rogers (GBR).


23 August 2010 – German youngsters continued their extraordinary run of form through the 2010 sub-senior FEI Championship calendar as the Junior squad claimed the team title as well as individual gold and silver at the FEI Junior European Eventing Championships in Bad Segeberg at the weekend.  In command from the outset, the winning team completed 15 points clear of the silver medallists from France, while Italy claimed bronze ahead of Ireland.  And in the individual rankings the formidable strength of the German challenge was set in stone as the home runners filled five of the top six placings.

A total of 74 competitors from 16 nations lined out at the German venue from 19 to 22 August, and 2009 bronze medallist, Celina Nothofer, demonstrated her determination to improve on her result of 12 months earlier when stamping her authority on the dressage arena with the leading score of 35.20. However time penalties on the cross-country course would rob her of the ultimate accolade and she had to settle for silver as team-member Alina Meister, lying second after dressage, overtook her when adding nothing to her first-phase score of 39.00.  Individual bronze went to Tim Rogers, the only member of the British team to escape penalty on cross-country day.

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Baldwin in HSBC Driving Seat at Haras du Pin

Emily Baldwin (GBR) and Drivetime in action en route to victory in the HSBC FEI World Cup event at Haras du Pin (FRA), the penultimate competition in the 2010 series. (Photo: Jehan de Monléon/FEI)

22 August 2010 – Britain’s Emily Baldwin spearheaded a competitive international field to win her first ever HSBC FEI World Cup event, at the inaugural Haras du Pin (FRA) CIC3*-W, the penultimate competition in the 2010 series.

Baldwin, 29, and her 14-year-old Dutch-bred Drivetime, are an experienced combination and are renowned for producing elegant, expressive Dressage tests, so it was no surprise to see them lead this phase.

They slipped to fourth with a handful of Cross-Country time penalties, but then regained the top spot with a clear Jumping round to finish just 2.2 penalties ahead of Belgium’s Karin Donckers on Lamicell Charizard.

Baldwin and Drivetime, by Zuidhorn, are now heading for the Pau CCI4* (FRA) in November, the last of the five 2010 HSBC Classics. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Baldwin. “It’s my biggest win to date. I have won a CIC3* before, but not an HSBC FEI World Cup event. My horse is quite a character in the stable yard anyway, and now he will be very pleased with himself!”

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Lauren Sammis and Charles Owen Team Up at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions to Raise Funds and Helmet Awareness

Crystal Gaskell (left) was awarded her Charles Owen Helmet by (from left to right) Lauren Sammis, Danielle Santos, and Al Guden. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Gladstone, NJ (August 19, 2010) – Dressage rider Lauren Sammis, who earned a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games, awarded fellow dressage rider Crystal Gaskell with a brand new Charles Owen helmet during the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Gaskell, of Cazenovia, New York, won the helmet through a Charles Owen Helmet raffle, in support of the Riders4Helmets campaign started by SUCCEED, with all the proceeds from the raffle going to the USET Foundation.

“I always ride in a helmet and I was looking for a new helmet so this works out great,” said Gaskell, adding that she was extremely excited about winning the raffle. “I have a 23-year-old Dutch horse that I ride named Figaro. He did his first grand prix with my daughter when he was 21.”

Sammis, who competed at the Dressage Festival of Champions on Sagacious HF, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Al Guden of Hyperion Farm, was pleased to award Gaskell with her new helmet. A strong supporter of all riders wearing helmets, Sammis wore a helmet during the Dressage Festival of Champions, as did competitor Sue Blinks.

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