What's Happening: May 2017 - Part 1

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 20:23
What's Happening in the Dressage World?

Diana Porsche's Di Sandro (by De Niro) and Charlotte Rummenigge's Fidelio B (by Fürst Heinrich) were honored for their victories in 2016 and awarded with “OLD” suffix at the 2017 Oldenburg Dressage Symposium at Gut Ising in Bavaria.

From now on the horses are called Di Sandro OLD and Fidelio B OLD. Wilhelm Strohm, president of the Verein zur Förderung des Oldenburger Pferdesports, handed a special award certificate to Diana Porsche and Charlotte Rummenigge at Gut Ising.

Dr. Evi Eisenhardt and Sonja Ellerbrock were honoured with a special medal following the 2017 Preis der Besten qualifier in Kronberg, Germany, on 22 April. Eisenhardt, who is a 5* judge and a medical doctor by profession, received the German Rider's Cross in Silver for his commitment to the development of dressage in Germany and especially in the youth division. Sonja Ellerbrock received the German Rider's Cross in Bronze. She chairs the Federal Youth Management committee and has shown major commitment to the improvement of the sport in the youth categories. Fn representative Heidi von Thiel handed the medals to both in Kronberg.

Beatriz Ferrer-Salat celebrated Beauvalais' 30th birthday in style. The 30-year old Hanoverian gelding (by Bolero x Grande) is born on 27 April 1987 and bred by Friederike Schulz-Stellenfleth. Under Spanish Beatriz Ferrer-Salat he won individual silver and team bronze at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, individual bronze at the 2003 European Championships in Hickstead, individual bronze and team silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and team bronze at the 2005 European Championships. He was retired from competition in 2006. 

The 13-year old American Grand Prix horse Highlife K (by Hohenstein x Donnerhall) passed away from complications due to colic surgery. The bay Hanoverian gelding was born in 2004, bred by Ulrich Kriebel,  and was competed at the 2007 Bundeschampionate by Hans-Jurgen Armbrust, where he finished 12th in the 3-year old riding horse class. In the winter of 2007 he was imported into the U.S.A. by owner Danielle Gavriluk and became a multiple Regional Champion across the levels (Region 8). 

Diana Louise Dillingham passed away unexpectedly on April 23 at the age of 62.A passionate horsewoman, Dillingham was a fixture on the Canadian equestrian scene. From her early start as a competitor in jumping and eventing, through her transition to a highly respected and sought-after dressage steward, she proved a dedicated advocate for all aspects of the sport. Actively devoted to her work as an FEI Level 1 and EC Senior Dressage Steward, Dillingham had a rich history of overseeing some of the top competitions in Canada, and on the international stage. One of her biggest career highlights was taking on the role of FEI Steward at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON.  Dillingham is survived by her brother Charles and her sister Leslie ‘Desi’. She was predeceased by her sister Shirley of Hudson, QC, and her parents Franklin and Pamela (née Kemp).

American Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass has retired her Grand Prix schoolmaster, the now 18-year old Danish Warmblood mare Trøstruplund's Scarlet (by Don Schufro x Romancier). Perry acquired the sassy chestnut mare in Denmark in 2013 and made her CDI show debut at Grand prix level in 2014. The pair's last show was in March 2016 at the CDI 3 in Wellington, where they finished 8th in the Grand Prix (67.620%) and third in the Special (69.078). Scarlet is already dam to American Chris Hickey's Grand Prix horse Ronaldo (by Romanov) and now being retired, will return to brood mare duty. "We are but still looking for a stallion," Kasey Perry told Eurodressage. 'She is so special. We just retired her and she is in California."

De Hoefslag reported that the Adelinde Training Centre (ATC) has ceased to exist. Three years ago Adelinde Cornelissen founded the ATC three years ago to promote rider fitness. ATC gave several clinics and demonstrations at events and exhibitions, including at the Horse Event. There was a paid online training platform on the website as well. Adelinde's wingman for the project, Romy Frema, was continue independently.

Geert-Jan Raateland's former Prix St Georges horse TC Beau Deux has been euthanized after the mare broke her leg in the field. The 11-year old was retired from sport and had a foal on the ground, named Maxima who is now with a foster mom. TC Beau Deux (by Ravel x Gouverneur) won the 2010 Dutch Young Horse Championships as a 4-year old. She was 8th in the 2011 Pavo Cup Finals and 5th in the consolation finals at the 2011 World Young Horse Championships in Verden. 

British Grand Prix rider Matt Frost had to say goodbye to his small tour horse, the 11-year old Westfalian Don Havidoff (by Don Schufro x Havidoff), on Monday 1 May. The bay gelding suffered from recurring colic attacks and the last one was fatal. Don Havidoff was bred by Annebeth Reesink-Brouwer in The Netherlands and was owned by Debbie Sharp. Frost and Don Havidoff competed at one CDI in their career, the CDI Hartpury in July 2016. They were 26th in the Prix St Georges and got eliminated in the Inter I. "He has had issues with this (colic) in the past but unfortunately this time the team at B&W were unable to save him," said Frost. "He was one of the most talented horses I have ever had the pleasure of riding and tried his heart out every day. The yard feels so empty without his cheeky head looking over the door."

Horses.nl reported that former Dutch team veterinarian Jan Greve has married his girlfriend of twenty years, Anneke Vellekoop, on her 50th birthday on 4 May 2017. The couple manages the equine clinic and their stallion station De Watermolen. They have a 12-year old son Kees together. 

Greve and co-owner Nico Witte have recently reallocated the ride on their 5-year old German bred stallion Daily Diamond (by Daily Deal) to Bart Veeze. The talented young stallion is now at its fourth rider after Demy Kurstjens, Dana van Lierop, and Kirsten Brouwer.