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FEI to Review Dressage Judging

London Olympic Games - Day 7

The FEI is holding a “test event” to review judging procedures for dressage freestyle competitions. Designed to increase consistency and accuracy in judging, this special event will take place on the premises of the German Equestrian Federation at Warendorf on Sept. 24. The event will be held at grand prix level and will feature 20 […]

U.S. Dressage Third in Aachen

Tina Konyot and Calecto V perform their dressage test.

The U.S. Dressage Team marked their resurgence with a third-place finish in the Lambertz FEI Nations Cup at the Aachen CDIO5* in Germany on June 26. The team of Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Jan Ebeling and Shelly Francis had a team total of 217.298. Grmany took home top honors with a score of 232.150, led […]

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 […]

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German dressage rider Matthias Rath has withdrawn himself and his champion mount Totilas from consideration for the 2012 Olympics.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 […]

Flettrich Withdraws Otto

Heather Blitz puts Paragon through an extended trot.

Owner Cherry Knoll Farm and rider Todd Flettrich made the decision to withdraw Otto from the selection process and no longer wish to have him considered for the team. As a result, Heather Blitz and Paragon move up into Flettrich’s sixth place slot. The updated ranked order of eligible combinations is as follows:   1/3. […]

Olympic Dressage Shapes Up

Steffen Peters and Ravel in an extended trot.

With the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions Grand Prix tests concluding today in Gladstone, N.J., it appears the four combinations that will travel to London to compete for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics are: Steffen Peters/Ravel, Tina Konyot/Calecto V, Jan Ebeling and Rafalca and Adrienne Lyle/Wizard. Legolas 92, with whom Peters won the National […]

German Dressage Coach dies unexpectedly

Headshot of Holger Schmezer looking dapper in a red jacket.

Holger Schmezer, national coach of the German Dressage team since 2001, died unexpectedly in his hotel room in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands during the night of April 19. The 65-year-old coach had traveled to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals three German riders competing in the event. Schmezer was born in 1947, the son […]

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