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


Graves to Give Werth a Run for her Money at 2017 CDIO Aachen

America's number one Grand Prix rider and the 2017 World Cup Finals number two, Laura Graves, will be giving Isabell Werth a run for the money at the 2017 CDIO Aachen on 19 - 23 July 2017.


Mount St. John Celebrates Increased International Attendance to Its Annual Open Day

The sun was shining over the beautiful village of Felixkirk, North Yorkshire on Saturday 17 June 2017 as Mount St John opened its doors to welcome international visitors to its annual Open Day. Visitors from countries as far as Korea, India, Canada, USA, and Australia descended on the stunning breeding facility to view this year’s crop of 2017 foals, alongside their dams and some of their key broodmares, ridden or expertly commented on by Charlotte Dujardin, Emile Faurie and Arie Hamoen.


American Grand Prix Rider Ed Borresen Died Unexpectedly

American Grand Prix rider Ed Borresen died unexpectedly in his Florida home on Sunday 25 June 2017. He was 62 and passed of an apparent massive heart attack.


Vuitton, Top Seller of 2017 PS Online Foal Auction

The chestnut colt Vuitton became the top seller of the 2017 PS Online Foal Auction, the first auction organized by Paul Schockemohle where the bidding took place online. The final bidding concluded on 25 June 2017 at 17h00.


Eremo Sale Sparks Open Letter Debate between Da Rocha and Truppa on Ethics

On 19 June 2017 numerous major equestrian media outlets received an open letter from Brazilian Grand Prix rider Dr. Jorge Da Rocha in which he expressed unethical and misleading behaviour from Italian 5* judge Enzo Truppa in the sale of Eremo del Castegno. Truppa replied with an open letter a day later.


Mark Your Calendars for the 23rd Manfred & Hilde Swarovski Memorial Show at 2017 CDI Fritzens

Mark your calendar for the 23rd Manfred & Hilde Swarovski Memorial Show which is scheduled to take place at the Schindlhof in Fritzens, Austria, on 30 June - 2 July 2017. This year the 4* CDI Fritzens is all about the European Championships in Gothenburg as the event will be an important qualification and observation event for European dressage and para dressage riders.


Emmelie Scholtens and Apache Take First Stand in 2017 CDIO Rotterdam 3* Grand Prix

Emmelie Scholtens and Apache have taken a first stand in the Dutch team selection process for the 2017 European Championships by winning the 3* Grand Prix class at the 2017 CDIO Rotterdam on Friday 23 June 2017. The 3* Grand Prix class had all Dutch team candidates lined up with three Americans, a French, a Finnish, a Belgian and a Spanish rider.


Laura Graves Shines In Tropical Grand Prix Thriller at 2017 CDIO Rotterdam

With none of the German mega stars attending the 2017 CDIO Rotterdam, the road was clear for America's sweetheart Laura Graves to capture the trophy in the 5* Grand Prix on Thursday 22 June 2017. The Nations' Cup Grand Prix in Rotterdam became a tropical thriller with all the ingredients for an entertaining and interesting, top level competition: high quality horses, atypical performances due to the heat, wind picking up, objects flying away, and weird scoring.


Barnestam Olssen Wins 2017 Swedish Pony Championships

Amanda Barnestam Olsson and the 16-year old Swedish bred pony Jarno became the winners of the 2017 Swedish Pony Championships held in Hammarö, Sweden, on 17 - 19 June. The Swedis pony riders had their own private national Championships, instead of joining the other FEI level categories at the Nationals which took place in Stromsholm on 3 - 6 June 2017. 


For Romance I OLD Offspring Set the Standard at 7th Lodbergen Foal Championship

Offspring by For Romance I OLD set the standard at the 7th Lodbergen Foal Championship hosted at the Dressage Performance Centre (DLZ) in Lodbergen, Germany, on 17 June 2017. Twenty times the judging panel awarded the dream score of 10 at this foal show, which also served as a qualifier for the 2017 German Foal Championship.


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Experienced Groom Wanted at Gestut Nymphenburg

The prestigious dressage breeding farm and stallion station Gestut Nymphenburg is looking for one or two grooms to strengthen the young team at the yard in Bad Zwischahn, Germany

Youngstock for Sale: Colt by Don Juan de Hus x Sandro Hit

Superb quality colt from brilliant dam who has already produced FEI Small Tour horse (Figaro de Hus) and the Vechta licensed stallion Hot Story.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Balbina Lerup

Charming and talented young FEI horse, 7-year old Hanoverian mare Balbina Lerup (by Belissimo M x Lauries Crusador xx). Trained and confirmed at M-level, Balbina makes an excellent junior rider' horse with her great character.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Furstenglanz

Gorgeous 11-year old Oldenburg gelding by Fürstenreich x Diamond Hit. Successfully competed and highly placed at Grand Prix level at national shows in Germany. Outstanding Grand Prix horse, confirmed in the movements and with room to grow.

FEI Dressage Pony for Sale: Gee Gee

Internationally competed FEI Dressage Pony mare Gee Gee. Stunning 14-year old eye catcher with a proven show record. Outstanding schoolmaster

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Kalhave's De Nora

10-year old Danish warmblood mare Kalhave's De Nora. Successfully competed up to Prix St Georges level with victories and schooling Intermediaire I.

Stallion at Stud: Valverde

Valverde (by Vitalis x Ampere) is the 2016 Westfalian Licensing Champion and has been impressing breeders and dressage fans with his looks and stunning basic gaits.

Stallion at Stud: For Emotion

For Emotion is a smashing 4-year old Oldenburg stallion by Foundation out of Bundeschampion Samira (by Sandro Hit). Impressive mover with great rideability.

Inspiring Tuscan Villa with Stunning Views, Unique Countryside Retreat

NEW PHOTOS ADDED - 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.