Newsletter - Week 51 - 2016

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Happy Holidays everyone !! May this Christmas period be filled with a lot of warmth, love, and companionship. With the new year approaching, I always get in a pensive mood and take stock of my life and what happened the past year. One has to keep changing, adapting and facing the challenges that come our way and with the New Year around the corner it's time for making resolutions that are realistic and feasible.

I have always set high standards in my life: in my professional life with Eurodressage (the quality of the articles, photos and coverage as well in service to my clients) but also in my personal life I set the bar very high. This has not made my life easier and the past few years I've had more than a few hurdles to jump but I think I kept developing as a person.

I wish all Eurodressage readers and fans a very healthy, happy and fulfiling New Year !  

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-- Astrid Appels


Top Stories of the Week


Matthias Rath Working on Grand Prix Come Back with Foundation

Former German team rider Matthias Rath swept the board in the small tour division at the 2017 CDI Valencia in Spain with Foundation and Sir Picardi. After the retirement of Totilas, the 32-year old rider has not been seen in the Grand Prix ring since August 2015. Rath disclosed to Eurodressage that his ambitions for top level sport have not waned.


Where are They Now? Floricello

In 2013 the Oldenburg reserve licensing champion Floricello made a splash by winning the silver medal at the 2013 World Young Horse Championships in Verden under Andreas Helgstrand. At the same time the liver chestnut stallion was beginning to prove his worth as a breeding stallion and a sale to Sara Marburg from Munich soon followed. Since then Floricello has disappeared from the scene. Where is he now?


Pia Fortmuller To Return Home to Canada after Wellington Layover

Canadian Grand Prix rider Pia Fortmuller is returning home to Canada after seven years of training in Germany. The 31-year old Canadian had a stellar rise on the international Grand Prix scene in Europe with Orion, but after the untimely passing of her horse, she had to take a major step back. With a string of four talented horses in tow, Fortmuller will now set up her own business at the family yard in Calgary.


Ashley Holzer Back at Grand Prix with New Ride, Sir Caramello

U.S based Canadian Ashley Holzer continues to compete one Grand Prix horse after another even though her last major championship as a Canadian team rider was the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With a solid base of wealthy and loyal clients, Holzer helps them pave their way to be successful at Grand Prix level.


Hof Kasselmann Hosts Second Educational Clinic for Japanese Junior and Young Riders

Four Japanese junior and young riders had the exclusive opportunity to participate in a dressage clinic organized at by Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany, on 12 - 16 March 2017. This is the second time that Hof Kasselmann hosts a Japanese youth riders' clinic.


Joao Marcari Oliva and Mai Tofte Olesen are Heading to Omaha

Brazilian Joao Marcari Oliva and Danish Mai Tofte Olesen have received the good news that they have been accepted to compete at the 2017 World Cup Finals in Omaha, NE, U.S.A. on 29 March - 2 April 2017. Marcari Oliva received an "extra starting place", while Tofte Olesen got her spot after several riders dropped out.


Sonke Rothenberger and Cosmo Make Come Back in the Sun at 2017 CDI Valencia

Far away from all the hustle and bustle on the Western European dressage scene, German Olympian Sönke Rothenberger made his show come back on Cosmo in the 30° C sun at the 2017 CDI Valencia, Spain. With no crowds to scrutinize the ride nor able to raise an electric atmosphere, Rothenberger easily ruled a field that provided no competition.


Dimitroff and Villeneuve, High Scorers at the 2017 German Stallion Sport Test in Munich

The 4-year old Dimitroff and 5-year old Villeneuve became the high scoring colts at the first 2017 German Stallion Sport Test held in the south of Germany, in Munich, on 10 - 12 March 2017.


Verden Auctions: Top Seller for More Than 60 Years or "Tradition is Always Up-To-Date"

There is excitement in the air and this excitement is reflected on visitors’ faces all over the stands: their eyes follow the auctioneer, the bidders and the horse that is trotting relaxed rounds in the auction ring of the Niedersachsenhalle, not knowing that it is the main actor of a thrilling show. And then: the gavel falls! The horse is sold, the new owners are happy, the audience applauds. Scenes like this one happen almost every month in Verden. Each auction has its own and special dynamic, each auction is different, but the basics are always the same.


Fredensdal Fifty Cent, Favourite of the 2017 Danish Warmblood Stallion Licensing

Fredensdal Fifty Cent became the favourite colt of the 2017 Danish warmblood Stallion Licensing in Herning, Denmark, on 8 - 12 March 2017, where 18 dressage colts were approved and 5 were named premium stallion.


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Young Horse Rider Wanted at Gestut Brune

German B-team listed Grand Prix rider Bernadette Brune is looking for a professional young horse rider to strengthen her team at her brand new equestrian and breeding centre Gestüt Brune in Bad Zwischenhahn, Germany.

Carl Hester's British Small Tour Champion T.Movistar at Stud at The Dressage Company

Carl Hester's former international small tour champion T.Movistar has returned to his stud duties, now standing at Mark and Liz Mills' The Dressage Company in Fersfield, Norfolk, Great Britain. The stunning KWPN bred stallion is a major asset to the British dressage horse breeding scene with his proven show record and offspring.

Groom Wanted at Private Dressage Yard in Switzerland

A private dressage yard is looking for a professional groom with HGV License to join a dressage team in Switzerland. Beautifully located in Gstaad in the Swiss Alps, this yard offers an amazing opportunity for a dedicated groom.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Why Not

Internationally competed 14-year old Dutch warmblood mare Why Not. Experienced small tour horse, confirmed at Intermediaire I level and schooling some piaffe and passage. Wonderful schoolmaster.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Sandro's Welt

SOLD - Internationally competed 14-year old Hanoverian gelding Sandro's Welt.  Outstanding small tour schoolmaster, schooling the Grand Prix level movements.

FEI Dressage Pony for Sale: Dirla

Exciting 7-year old FEI Dressage Pony Dirla (by Djibouti x Texas du Reumont). This German Riding Pony bred palomino is ready to make her break through at international FEI Pony level.

FEI Dressage Horse for Sale: Woodstock de la Guiche

12-year old Hanoverian gelding Woodstock de la Guiche. Internationally competed small tour horse. Represented France at the 2015 and 2016 European Young Riders Championships. Super schoolmaster.

Youngstock for Sale: Colt by For Romance x Don Ricoss

Stunning British bred Oldenburg colt by For Romance x Don Ricoss. Fantastic confirmation and impressive uphill gaits. A clear dressage and stallion prospect.

Stallion at Stud: Tolegro

The gorgeous, black Dutch warmblood Tolegro is one of the first fully licensed and performance tested Totilas' sons available to mare owners on the breeding market! Sired by the legendary Totilas out of the same dam line as the sire of world record holder Valegro, Tolegro offers unique DNA to dressage breeders in Europe!