What's Happening: January 2012 - Part 1

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 10:42
What's Happening in the Dressage World?

Dutch kur composer Cees Slings has released a third teaser about his new freestyle project with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven. After a taste of Favourite's "It's Broadway" freestyle and a "in-the-saddle" camera view of Tinne riding her horse, the third video shows footage

of the Lövsta Stuteri accommodation and detailed info on three specific choreography elements with new saddle-cam shots. See the video embedded in the upper right corner of this page.

Canada based Mexican small tour rider Elizabeth Monaghan has acquired another Prix St Georges horse in Europe. After purchasing Wonja in The Netherlands, she has now bought Siebenstein at Fabian Scholz' stable in Warendorf, Germany. The 11-year-old Oldenburger Siebenstein has been successfully competed up to Inter-II level by Jessica Süss. Monoghan hopes to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games which are held in Toronto, Canada.

Three well known dressage riders celebrated their birthday on 2 January 2011: Danish European young rider silver medal winning Cathrine Dufour, Danish olympic team bronze winning Andreas Helgstrand and triple Olympic gold medallist Anky van Grunsven.

We already featured a photo of him from the prize giving at the 2011 CDI-W Mechelen. Adelinde Cornelissen has acquired a brand new Grand Prix horse which will be her 2016 Olympic hopeful. Together with her life partner Sjaak van der Lei, Cornelissen bought Molenkoning's Travers, a Dutch warmblood gelding by Jazz x Blanc Rivage xx. Adelinde discovered the chestnut at her own stable as rider Kirsten Brouwer came to train the horse with her. When European Champion heard that Travers was offered for sale, she hesitated not to buy him. Travers has been renamed Galahad, another knight of King Arthur's Round Table like Parzival.

In an interview with Radio 1, Adelinde was asked what a horse like Galahad costs. The assertive Dutch replied, "my savings' account."

Two dressage stallions successfully completed the NRPS Stallion Performance Testing on 5 January 2012. They are the long legged bay So You Know (by Scandic), which received four times a "very good" including for trot and general impression, and Chapter Leatherdale (by Lord Leatherdale x Negro) which scored a "very good" for willingness to work and general impression.

Three dressage riders have been nominated to become "Westfalian Sport Athlete of the Year 2011". Anabel Balkenhol, Helen Langehanenberg and Ingrid Klimke are the nominated riders and the title will be won by the person who gets the most public votes. The voting finishes on 31 January 2012.

American Grand Prix rider Susan Dutta received a special birthday present from her husband Tim. He acquired the 4-year old Westfalian mare Saphira (by St. Moritz x Ehrentusch) for his wife at the 2011 PSI Auction for 160,000 euro. The chestnut mare is still in Germany being trained by Ulf Möller and according to Dressage-News, Dutta will try to qualify the horse in Germany for the 2012 World Young Horse Championships in Verden (which unfortunately take place at the same time as the 2012 Olympics).

Berlin based French Pony dressage rider Joy Albeck has called her dressage career quits. The 2010 and 2011 French pony champion has decided to say goodbye to horses completely. Albeck, whose father Jacques is a French Grand Prix rider and former treasurer of the IDRC, had three top FEI ponies to ride: Tim, Wimbledon and Day of Whisper. When asked to comment on this decision, Joy told Eurodressage: "I don't want to talk about my decision."

Michelle Gibson, a 1996 American Olympic team bronze medallist, is engaged to be married. The Florida based dressage rider will be marrying Nicolas Hernandez, who has been the stable manager at the Kane family's Diamante Farm (where Gibson is based) for one year. Hernandez proposed begin October 2011.  See a photo of the happy couple here. A date for the wedding has not yet been set.

The KWPN reserve licensing champion Zhivago (by Krack C x Jazz) has become the eighth "foreign" bred dressage stallion to be approved for the Holsteiner Society.  Eight dressage stallions from external populations are available for Holsteiner breeding (Ampere, Belissimo, Damon Hill, Krack C, Lissaro Van de Helle, Quaterback, Totilas, De Niro). Zhivago passed the approval in Elmshorn on 10 January 2012.

Rudolf Zeilinger has been invited as keynote speaker for a masterclass at the 2012 CDI Boneo Park on Saturday 28 January 2012. During the class he will be riding some Revelwood dresage stallions as well as coaching Danish rider Lone Jorgensen in a Grand Prix lesson.