Category archives for: Dressage

FEI Considers 2015 World Cup Return to Vegas

Debbie McDonald rides an exhibition in Spanish costume.

The FEI Bureau has withdrawn hosting rights for the 2015 FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals from Guadalajara, citing the Mexican organizers’  inability to meet in full the requirements imposed by the FEI Bureau when the Finals were allocated in June of last year. “The FEI truly appreciates the efforts that the Guadalajara organizers […]

Dujardin No. 1 in World Ranking

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro perform the extended trot.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medalists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings and are the first British combination ever to top the world rankings. With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place […]

Wentz Olympic High for US

Jonathan Wentz and Richter Scale perform their Freestyle.

Jonathan Wentz wound up the highest-placed U.S. contender at the Paralympics, placing fourth at the Sept. 1 Grade 1b Individual Para-Dressage Championship by riding NTEC Richter Scale to a 70.348. Wentz (Richardson, TX) drew the second slot in the order, and his score of 70.348 kept him in medal contention until the second-to-last rider, Pepo […]

US Riders Para-Ready

Bonifatius at the 2012 Paralympics vet check.

The four American horses presented before the Para-Equestrian Dressage Ground Jury today in the main arena at the 2012 Olympic Games were deemed sound and fit to compete at the horse inspection on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The U.S. will be represented in London by two veteran riders and two rising stars, when competition begins Thursday […]

Dujardin Doubles in Olympic Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin, individual dressage gold medalists, poses before her nation's British flag.

It was a great week in Olympic dressage for Great Britain, which days after winning team Gold took in two more individual medals at the Aug. 9 Grand Prix Freestyle. Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro brought the crowd to its feet with her record-breaking ride to Gold, while Laura Bechtolsheimer, also 27, claimed Bronze on […]

Brits Power Team Dressage

Charlotte DUJARDIN riding VALEGRO in a pirouette.

Team Britain maintains its dressage lead, while Steffen Peters and Ravel powered the U.S. team into seventh place with 77.705 as the first phase of  dressage competition, the Grand Prix test, concluded on Aug. 3. Scores from the Grand Prix Special, to be held Aug. 7, will combine with the Grand Prix scores to determine […]

UK Takes Lead in Olympic Dressage

Carl Hester and Uthopia piaffe.

Dressage riders Carl Hester and Laurel Bechtolscheimer chalked up two for the home team, taking the top slots in the Grand Prix test on the first day of 2012 Olympic dressage competition Aug. 2. The lone U.S. rider among the 25 to enter the arena on this day was Jan Ebeling, on Rafalca, who hovered […]

Dressage Gets in Olympic Groove

Steffen Peters leads a bridled but saddleless Ravel.

The four American horses presented before the Dressage Ground Jury in the main arena at the 2012 Olympic Games painted a picture of healthy composure. A mixture of experience and youth will represent the United States when the Dressage competition gets underway on Thursday with the Grand Prix. Ten teams and 20 individuals will be […]

Rath withdraws Totilas from Olympics

Totilas and Matthias Rath

German dressage rider Matthias Rath has withdrawn himself and his champion mount Totilas from consideration for the 2012 Olympics. The announcement was made today at the CDIO Aachen, where the duo missed its second Olympic selection trial. Rath, 27, has been suffering from mononucleosis. Totilas was the 2010 Reem Acra World Cup Dressage winner with […]

Hafner Scores Brentina Cup

Brian Hafner cuts an elegant figure on his fancy chestnut horse, which has four white socks and four black knees.

Brian Hafner of Penngrove, CA, claimed the National Young Adult Brentina Cup Dressage Championship at the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ, on June 17. The event marked the 23-year-old’s first National Championship. He closed the deal Sunday riding his own and Rebecca Hafner’s Lombardo LHF to a score of 69.860% in the FEI Young […]

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