With just a week before the WEG gets underway I’ve been checking out the numbers in the GDA database to see how things might pan out in the Team and Individual competitions. The goal is not to make the actual competition uninteresting but to make it even more exciting by pointing out the possibilities and perhaps where the surprises might come. To do this I analyze the history of all the combinations and for the top combinations their strengths and weaknesses and their progression over the year in the principle movements.
Danish Sandra Aagaard Hyrm and her German Riding Pony stallion Der Harlekin B won the 2014 Danish FEI Pony Championships held in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark on 14 - 17 August 2014. The silver medal went to Sara van Deurs Petersen, the bronze to Anne Sophie Sorensen.
FEI press release -- The crackle of electricity is in the air ahead of the much-anticipated opening to the Dressage discipline at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, Normandy (FRA) on 25 August. In the history of this exacting sport there has never been a more fascinating contest in prospect for both the team and individual medals, and some very big questions will be answered over the coming days.
The United State WEG short listed riders have been building up towards team selection for the 2014 World Equestrian Games at Rob van Puijenbroek's gorgeous brood farm De Begijnhoeve in Belgium right after the 2014 U.S. Dressage Championships in June. With the U.S. WEG team announced on 14 August the group of riders has slimmed down from 8 to 5, the 4 team members and traveling reserve. Time for us to pay a visit to Retie, Belgium, a stone's throw away from Eurodressage head quarters.
The 2014 U.S. Young Horse Championships are set to take place at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, on 20 - 24 August 2014. The fifteen top ranked 4, 5 and 6-year olds are eligible to compete at the Nationals. The event also hosts the Developing Horse Championships for 7 - 9-year-olds competing at Prix St. Georges level and for 8-10 year old horses competing at Grand Prix level.
No less than 103 riders have been definitively entered to compete at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France, on 25 - 29 August 2014. The FEI reported that the number of entries is exceptionally high and breaks the previous participation records. Dressage has increased from the record numbers set at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen.
Our guest columnist of the week is Colonel Christian Carde, retired French I-judge, former French national coach and former chief rider of the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France. The recent CDIO Aachen classes prompted Col. Carde to share a few thoughts and his doubts on the judging of the...