Another bumper episode with British Chef d’Mission Will Connell, Kim Severson, Amy Tryon, and Karen O’Connor, plus Pippa Funnell makes her return to the British squad and her debut on the show. Tune in right here.
Edwina Alexander is writing a diary for horsesinthesouth.com as she prepares for the 2010 Global Champions Tour (GCT) and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Here is Edwina’s fifth entry…
Events since Aachen…
Since the CHIO Aachen, I have been focusing on getting my horses more organised. I took my new mare (Ciske van Overis) to Valkenswaard to compete in the CSI2*. She was very good, placing third in the first Grand Prix and in the second Grand Prix, she had one fence down. I also took my new six-year-old horse (Quimono de la Roque) to Valkenswaard and I’m now preparing him for Lanaken. He did exceptionally well there, placing in every class over the two shows. Itot has also been on a programme – in Chantilly, straight after Aachen, he jumped very well with three clear rounds but I slipped a bit in the jump-off and we ended up third. In Valkenswaard, I went for a good time and unfortunately, he knocked a couple down in the second round.
10 September 2010 – Following the success of last month’s FEI Congress on the in-competition use of NSAIDs, free-to-view videos of the entire event are now available on the FEI website here.
The Congress, which received widespread acclaim for the high calibre of speakers and the level of debate, was held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland on 16/17 August and attracted over 200 delegates from 29 countries.
Presentations on both the scientific and non-scientific data available on NSAID usage and medication in the equine athlete featured at the Congress, generating lively debate during the panel sessions. The video coverage of the Congress now provides a valuable tool for all those interested in this debate – particularly those who were unable to attend the Congress – to access the most up-to-date information on the issue.
8 September 2010 – Following the FEI Dressage Committee meeting in Mannheim (GER) on 27 and 28 August, the Committee has put forward proposed changes for the judging system to be presented at the upcoming FEI General Assembly in Taipei (1-6 November).
The proposals are based on several pilot studies that took place during the 2010 season and feedback from within the sport. They are the result of detailed analysis of the fitness for purpose of current judging methods in Dressage with the aim of achieving maximum transparency and fairness and, as a consequence, trust in the sport.
The proposed changes are as follows:
Seven judges (instead of five) for defined events such as Olympic Games, FEI World Equestrian Games, FEI Continental Championships on Grand Prix level as well as FEI World Cup Finals.
BIG HAUL OF GOLD FOR TURKEY AND GREECE, BUT VALEV WINS SENIOR TITLE FOR BULGARIA
Historic result for Croatia
8 September – Turkey and Greece divided the majority of the gold medals between them at the 2010 FEI Balkan Jumping Championships staged at the Voivodinovo Equestrian Centre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where the host nation’s Ivelin Valev claimed the Senior Individual title.
Underlining the increasing development of the sport in this region, the 36th Balkan Championship attracted a bigger entry than ever before with 139 riders from six nations, including Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. And it was an historic moment for the Croation athletes, as they marked their debut in these Championships by securing their nation’s first-ever medals in equestrian sport, including individual gold in the Ladies division and team bronze and individual silver in the Children’s section.
The final countdown begins as more teams are announced. Plus, we catch up with two more of our spotlight athletes as they prepare to leave for Kentucky, and speak with world famous trainer Pat Parelli about his appearances at WEG. Listen in.
2010 Radio Show Episode 108 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:
Green Cove Springs, FL – September 7, 2010 – Seventeen-year-old Molly Braswell, of Ocala, FL, celebrated her birthday this weekend with an exciting victory in the ASPCA Maclay Southeast Regional Championship. Competing at the 2010 North Florida Hunter Jumper Association’s Labor Day Horse Show in Green Cove Springs, FL, Braswell topped 44 competitors to earn the Region 3 title for the 2010 season. Region 3 includes riders from the Southeastern states of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland.
The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. From each Regional Final a percentage of all winners will advance to the year-end National Championships. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2008 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ, and in 2009 Zazou Hoffman, of Santa Monica, CA, was named the winner.
Morton, IL (September 8, 2010) – Fans of Shetland Ponies and Miniature Horses recently had the chance to listen to some small talk about their favorite small equines on the Stable Scoop Radio Show. Hosts Glenn the Geek and Helena Bee welcomed three Shetland Pony and Miniature Horse experts to the Stable Scoop show, where they talked about the benefits of owning small equines and the fact that the American Shetland Pony Club and American Miniature Horse Registry (ASPC/AMHR) has partnered with the American Driving Society (ADS).
Larry Parnell, the President of the Board of ASPC/AMHR, kicked off the show by sharing the good news that children and adults of all ages love Shetland Ponies and Miniature Horses. Parnell, who is a trainer and competitor of small equines, explained that Shetlands and minis are very well rounded and versatile. Small equine breeds not only make good family pets, but are also serious competitors that compete in halter, jumping, driving, costume and youth classes on the national level.
8 September 2010 – Following a meeting of the FEI Eventing Committee evaluating the potential of air vests in overall rider safety on the Cross-Country phase, the Committee has recommended National Federations and riders to keep themselves informed of all the latest developments and to consider the potential benefits of their use.
The Eventing Committee will continue to monitor the evolution of this equipment, for which there are currently no internationally recognised industry standards. As part of its FEI Eventing Risk Management Policy and Action Plan, the Eventing Committee is fully committed to continuing the collection of data on all aspects of safety in the sport. Specific data on air vests will need to be evaluated in detail before any further advice on their use is issued.
“There is no doubt that air vests represent an important development in rider protection, but protective clothing is not the magic solution to rider safety. It needs to be considered in combination with active measures such as correct training, responsible riding, course design and fence construction,” Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, said.