What's Happening: October 2011

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 12:05
What's Happening in the Dressage World?

Louise Davies of Platinum Stud in the United Kingdom is ecstatic to report that her Platinum San Tiano (by San Amour x ) sold to Kelly Roetto who sponsors American junior rider Julia Burtt. Davies' other colt Totil Platinum (by Totilas x Rotspon) sold to Swiss Young rider Dominique Tardin. "I am very excited about Julia and Kelly buying James and know they will take him to the top of his game," Davies told Eurodressage.  "To sell both my colts to two top International young riders in my first year of breeding is awesome. In addition both buyers are exactly the type of people I wanted my horses to go to: they both have the same ethics where horses are concerned and I know they will be very well looked after."

Horses.nl reported that the 10-year old KWPN licensed stallion Upper Class (by Polansky x Doruto x Heidelberg) sold to a British young rider. The stallion was owned by Lauw van Vliet and Bert Poppelaars and competed under a string of riders at national level in The Netherlands.

German dressage rider Bernadette Brune of Domain Equestre des Grands Pins in Vidauban, France, has bought herself an amazing, brand new golden Ketterer lorry for five horses. Check out her new wheels here.

After a 3-year break international dressage competition resumed at the Ratomka Equestrian Center, where the 2011 CDI-W Minsk took place on 23 - 25 September 2011. Set in a brand new indoor arena, the CDI-W Minsk took place in a modern equestrian centre surrounded by lots of green paddocks and pastures. A large delegation of Russian and Belarussian dressage riders gathered for the World Cup Qualifier. "Because it's so difficult to cross the borders from the European union to Belarus due to too much bureaucratic formalities, most European riders don't go to Minsk," Polish judge Wojtek Markowski explained, adding that "the distance" is also a big factor of course.

American dressage Olympian Gwen Stockebrand, who competed Bao in the 1980 alternate Olympic Games, is being investigated by Sonoma County Animal Control and Care (ACC) for allegedly neglecting two of her horses. Read the full article here

Italian dressage and eventing rider Ester Soldi captured the 2011 Italian Military Dressage Champion’s title at the Nationals held at Montelibretti in Rome, Italy, on 15-16 September 2011. Aboard Wiena’s Dream, a 1999 born mare by Weltmeyer x Lanthan, she won both rounds scoring 73.833 % and 69,551%. The Eventing dressage championship consists of two small M-level tests assessed by eventing judges.  "I’m very happy with my title," said Soldi, who is a penitentiary police by profession. "My horse Wiena was so good, so light, so well balanced. There was only a very little problem because the footing was too deep and because I was stung twice by a hornet! But, in the end, everything ended well for me and my horse."

Hannah Allescher became the winner of the "Win a Ride on Lingh" contest hosted by St. Georg magazine and during the last week of September that special day had come so Hannah travelled to Gestut Birkhof in Donzdorf, Germany, for her amazing ride on the former international Grand Prix stallion Lingh.

American owner Karin Offield flew over for the day and helped Hannah ride the wonderful KWPN stallion. Offield sent Eurodressage her impressions of the day: "The astonishing Lingh continues to amaze Me. Joining up with Lingh in Southern Germany after a very successful first season of breeding at Gestüt Birkhof in the Baden-Wurttemberg region was a dream come true for me. I have always hoped that I can share and write about the gentle personality of this great dressage competing stallion. Working with ST.GEORG magazine we held a contest and a young girl (13) with great ambition won a ‘Ride on Lingh’. Hannah Allescher was fantastic – she arrived prepared, happy and with instructions from her coach." St. Georg will save the story and the Jacques Toffi photo impressions of the 'Ride on Lingh' until the 2011 December Christmas Issue of ST.GEORG. "I personally want to thank ST.GEORG Magazine and Gestüt Birkhof and Nicole and Thomas Casper for creating this fine opportunity for Lingh and a lovely young rider," writes Karin. "After a short time in which Lingh and Hannah got to know each other a little bit, she was able to perfom beautiful half passes and finally eben 1-tempis and a piaffe."

American photographer Sheryl L Ross made this nice panorama compilation of photos of a spooky Marron at the 2011 CDIO Aachen