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2014 CDI-W Stuttgart

Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino headed a German whitewash as home riders claimed the top four, and five of the top six places, at the third leg of the World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Stuttgart on Saturday 22 November 2014.



The dressage world is filled with riders, judges, trainers, and “critical eyes” who can tell you all about the correct way to ride and train. They will post articles on self carriage, read books on classical training, sprout in-depth conversations about the feeling of lightness and harmony, attend courses with the world's classical masters, and boast about the health and happiness of their philosophy and their horse. It is difficult to learn if you take an attitude that decides "this is the perfect circle, watch me do it I’m awesome at it."


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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