What's Happening: June 2011 - Part 1

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 09:02
What's Happening in the Dressage World?

We absolutely love photos like these. Check out French young rider Helene Legallais on her 10-year old Dutch warmblood gelding Unique (by Olivi x Jetset D). After a successful weekend at the CDI Compiegne, the pair decided to have some fun on the beach. Thumbs up to you!

2010 European Young Rider bronze medallist Danielle van Mierlo has received the ride on Coby van Baalen's 15-year old Grand Prix horse Ojay (by Jazz x Formateur). Van Mierlo has been riding the black gelding for the past two months and will be competing in the Future Tests (Under 25 Grand Prix) soon so that she can gain her first show experience at the highest dressage level aboard a schoolmaster.

Kelly 'o Leary passed us the sad news that JB Andrew passed away on 11 May 2011. The rescued Mustang gone dressage horse was in his mid twenties. "His passing was very peaceful;  he was ready to go," 'o Leary told Eurodressage. Check out the amazing story of Jailbird Andrew in this article.

Kathleen Keller has won the Hamburg Dressage Derby and at age 21 has become the youngster dressage rider to ever accomplish this feat. Her father, renowned dressage trainer Dolf Dietram Keller, was the 2003 Hamburg Dressage Derby winner. Congratulations!

2007 British team rider Anna Ross-Davies has been hired as head trainer at Jill & Jules Walker's Southern Cross Stud.  Based in rural North Kent, Southern Cross Stud specialise in producing world class dressage horses by working closely with their German partners like Wolfram Wittig.

British Dressage Northern Region announced the details for their 2011 forum on Saturday 2 July. Held at Ledston Equine, Castleford, the forum will take us ‘Through the Eye of the Judge’ and speakers include Olympic Judge Stephen Clarke and Jo Graham, a List 1 International Judge. The day-long event offers anyone involved in the sport of Dressage an insight into how, when and where judges’ marks are gained in dressage at all levels. Plus, we’ll provide an expert insight at the horses’ way of going and test riding.

Swedish equestrian website Hastmagazinet reported that Swedish Young Rider Champion Sara Henrietta Bergstrom Kallstrom has retired her second ride Garcia. The Swedish bred Bernstein x Brisad offspring will become a brood mare and has been inseminated with the KWPN stallion Ampere (by Rousseau) who's standing at stud at Jan Brink's Tullstorp Stables.

American judge Janet Foy is calling out to dressage fans to help her find a good title for the book she's working on about training 'exotic' or imperfect horses. "In other words giving exercises to all of the evasions our little darlings pull on us moving up the ladder. Training the ???," she wonders. Foy said that if she ends up using your title, she'll send a free autographed copy. Send in your suggestions and we'll forward them to Janet.

Horse and Hound reported that professor Barrie Edwards, veterinary professor at Leahurst Equine Hospital, University of
Liverpool, died on 16 May, aged 72. Edwards was one of the top equine
abdominal surgeons in the world and was at the forefront of developing
colic surgery for more than 30 years. He was awarded a CBE in 2002 in
recognition of his services to equine surgery.