Newsletter - Week 1 - 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a more thrilling New Year's Eve celebration than I did. I spent it sleeping on a plane. What a disillusion. I always wondered what airline companies did to celebrate the turn of the year, and now I know: absolutely nothing! No count down, no glass of champagne, nothing! Feed the mob and put them to sleep. That was the NYE recipe.

Anyway, this lack of excitement on the plane was definitely made up for the first week of January with a load of work to be done. Sometimes I'm a little bit proud of what Eurodressage accomplishes and the trust that many of the readers, riders, and breeders give me. We picked up a ton of scoops this week, real genuine news with quotes from the those involved. It takes the best to be best! I admit I was gloating a bit in my office this week.

I'm so excited about 2017. I just feel that news things will come my way. I have planned on doing a set of shows this year I've never attended myself before and I want to bring something new to the plate.

I want to thank all my readers for their loyalty and confidence and especially those who have given me business, either by advertising their company, horse, pony or stallion for sale or at stud, or by buying photos. I'm very grateful to these benefactors, who ensure that I can continue to set the highest standard for the best dressage website on the internet!

-- Astrid Appels

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Top Stories of the Week


Werth and Weihegold Mesmerize in the 2017 CDI-W Amsterdam Grand Prix Kur

Isabell Werth and the 12-year old Weihegold were a league of their own in the Grand Prix kur to music at the 2017 CDI-W Amsterdam on Saturday noon 28 January 2017. With a career best score of 90.720% the pair mesmerized the judges and crowds which gave her a standing ovation upon them leaving the arena.


The Effect of a Saddle Positioned Laterally to the Equine Vertebrae on Rider Biomechanics

The influence of saddle position must be considered in order to improve rider balance and performance and optimise horse welfare. Research has shown that terms such as ‘collapsing of the right hip’ or the need to adjust one stirrup to ‘feel straight ’may be as a result of saddle positioning as opposed to rider mechanics.


Voglsang Makes Winning Debut on Royal Happiness at 2017 CDN Ebreichsdorf

Austrian A-team rider Renate Voglsang has taken over the ride on Dr. Stefanie Palm's Grand Prix horse Royal Happiness OLD and the new duo made a winning national show debut at the 2017 CDN Ebreichsdorf held at equestrian centre Magna Racino in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, on 20 - 22 January 2017. The brand new pair aced the Intermediaire II and Grand Prix.


FEI Tribunal Rejects Appeal of Dzhumadzuk, Shulga, Ukrainian Federation

The FEI Tribunal has rejected the appeal of Ukrainian judges Maria Dzhumadzuk and Iryna Shulga and the National Federation of Ukraine in the case of nationalistic judging at the 2016 CDI Lier in March. The Tribunal hearing took place on 25 October 2016.


Nilshagen and Dante Weltino OLD Getting Ready for 2017 Outdoor Show Season

For Swedish team newcomer Therese Nilshagen the 2016 Olympic Games were a dream come true that unfortunately came crashing down in Rio de Janeiro. Her horse Dante Weltino had to be withdrawn from competition as he was unlevel at the horse inspection. The initial diagnosis turned out to be more serious, but the licensed Oldenburg stallion is now recovered, back in training and ready to make a comeback during the 2017 outdoor show season.


Schockemohle Cleaning Up Stallion Roster for 2017

Paul Schockemöhle, one of the biggest stallion owners in Germany, has announced his stallion roster for 2017 and a certain amount of dressage stallions have been removed from his list.


Briana Burgess Ready for 2017 with New Website and Talented Horses

Australian Grand Prix rider Briana Burgess saw her 2016 Olympic campaign ended with the retirement of her top Grand Prix horse La Scala in March 2016. The set back gave 29-year old Briana even more determination to build her budding business in Germany, with new clients' horses, students eager to learn, and a new website.


Ground Jury for 2017 World Cup Finals Appointed

The FEI has appointed the ground jury that will be officiating at the 2017 World Cup Finals to be held at the Century Link exhibition centre in Omaha, Nebraska, on 29 March - 2 April 2017.  The 2017 World Cup Finals will be the highlight of the winter show season before the outdoor competitions begin in April.


Fuchur, Price Highlight of the 2017 Westfalian Winter Auction

The 5-year old chestnut gelding Fuchur became the price highlight of the 2017 Westfalian winter auction Handorf Extra in Munster, Germany on 22 January 2017.


Victoria Michalke's Wasabi Sold to Blue Hors

German Grand Prix rider Victoria Michalke has sold her Grand Prix horse Wasabi to Blue Hors stud in Denmark last December. Wasabi made his show debut under stable jockey Allan Gron at the 2017 CDN Esbjerg this weekend.


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Working Student Wanted at Dressurpferde Ludwig Kathmann in Vechta

Dressurpferde Ludwig Kathmann in Vechta, Germany, has a position available for a working student, who is motivated, dedicated and has a love for horses.

Inspiring Tuscan Villa with Stunning Views, Unique Countryside Retreat

Exclusive opportunity to buy an inspiring Tuscan countryside retreat with swimming pool and olive grove set on a hill overlooking the Appenines in between Arezzo and Cita di Castello. This gorgeous villa in authentic Casa Colonica style is completely renovated with high quality materials and equipped for all modern comfort.

FEI Dressage Pony for Sale: Turfhorst Pippin's Pride

Extremely talented and successful 7-year old FEI dressage pony. Turfhorst Pippin's Pirde is a Dutch Welsh pony licensed stallion, triple Dutch Young Horse Pony Champion and internationally competed, world class FEI pony.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Cerano Gold

Outstanding 11-year old chestnut Cerano Gold (by Serano Gold x Sandro Hit) with extraordinary movement. He is confirmed at Prix St Georges level and working Grand Prix.

Young Dressage Horse For Sale: Gladstone

Top Class young dressage horse: 6-year old Dutch warmblood stallion Gladstone (by Bodyguard x Sandro Hit), winner of young horse classes in Great Britain. Schooling M-level towards Prix St Georges.

FEI Dressage Horse For Sale: Burberry

High quality 11-year old Dutch Warmblood mare. A proven talent with outstanding results, Burberry is trustful horse with three excellent paces and a great potential for the future. Silver and bronze medal winner at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio!

Young Dressage Pony for Sale: Crown Charm of Royal

Smashing 6-year old licensed palomino pony stallion Crown Charm of Royal. Up and coming FEI Dressage pony with unlimited potential.

Youngstock For Sale: Yearling Colt by Bodyguard x Dimaggio

Impressive AES registered two-year old colt by Bodyguard x Dimaggio x Don Schufro x Sandro Hit. Exquisitely bred with great potential for dressage.