Reports Index


2014 CDN Werribee

Taking home two thirds at the 2014 Werribee National Dressage Festival in Australia on 11 - 14 December 2014, Holly Cutler and her 8-year old Don Schufro x Sevillano xx mare Diva Royale certainly turned heads. With scores of  67.456% and 69.210% in the small tour and two third places Holly is excited for her Grand Prix debut early in 2015.


Training Your Horse

Don’t be afraid to fail. We have been to competitions where we watch riders hold the horse up, clamp their legs on and pray that nothing goes wrong. That is not really riding, that is error prevention, and it is neither pretty nor good for the horse's health. The key in being able to ride and then relax requires one element which riders must learn to work with in training. The ability to let the mistake happen.


A Walk on the Premises

Coby and Marlies van Baalen's "Dressage Stable Van Baalen" is nested in the flat, rural countryside in Brakel, The Netherlands, located in between the rivers Maas and Waal. Based on fertile farmer land with fields stretching as far as eyes can reach, this quiet dressage yard has been a centre for cultivating young dressage talent from grassroots level up to Grand Prix. The training centre was proclaimed "Dutch Equestrian Entrepreneur of the Year" at the 2014 Horse Event in Deurne, The Netherlands, rewarding Team Van Baalen for its professional and successful management of their thriving dressage business.


Young Guns in Dressage

For German junior rider Lucas Alecco Roy his dressage career is one juggling multiple duties and learning from the "words of wisdom" he gets at school, from his trainers and from his horse. At the 2014 CDI-PJYR in Babenhausen on 11 - 14 September, 17-year old Roy and his Hanoverian stallion Wisdom finished third in the Kur to Music finals with an international personal best score.


Greatest Oldies

None who witnessed one of the worst torrential downpours the Aachen show grounds had ever seen will forget that day. The heavens opened and changed a well looked after dressage arena into a lake. Fortunate were those sitting under the roof of the grandstand, less lucky were the horses who had to perform in this deluge.

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