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Meagan Davis Rides to Historic Finish at the 2010 FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders

December 22, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

For Immediate Release – By Leah Oliveto

Courtesy of USEF

Lexington, KY – At the FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders, Meagan Davis and Bentley proved their mettle against 14 of the best Young Riders in the world and became the first U.S. pair to qualify for the Freestyle A-final.

Competition got underway on Thursday with the Young Rider Team test (Prix St. Georges), which served as a warm-up class. After a challenging warm-up, Davis rode into the arena with confidence and Bentley settled into the test to score a 63.368% for sixth place.

Meagan Davis and Bentley. Photo by Bill Davis

The following day all riders competed in the Young Rider Individual test which was a qualifier for the Freestyle finals. The pair improved on their performance from the day before and produced a smooth test to once again finish sixth with a score of 66.000%.

With the top seven riders for the individual test qualifying for the Freestyle A-final, Davis became the first rider to represent the U.S. in the Freestyle final that determines the FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders Champion. Despite battling a bad chest cold all week, Davis was calm and focused, but the atmosphere in the ring finally proved to overwhelm Bentley and the pair struggled through the pirouettes and had uncharacteristically weak flying changes. Davis finished seventh on a score of 63.600%.

It was a historic finish and great experience for Davis.”I am very excited to have represented the United States, although I know Bentley and I could have done better, I am very proud of our performances,” said Davis. “Bentley’s fatigue and my cold certainly worked against us, but we both put our hearts into it and tried our hardest. I am very glad to say that I left the competition with more than just some ribbons, but with new friends and a positive outlook on my future riding career. I would like to thank everyone in the U.S. who supported us. It was not an easy trip, but it was nice to know I had people back home rooting for us.”

The triple Gold-medalist from the 2010 European Young Riders Championships, Fabienne Lutkemeier of Germany, rode D’Agostino to the Championship title, scoring a 79.000% in the Freestyle.


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Robert Dover Rehired as Interim Dressage Canada Technical Coach/Advisor

December 17, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Ottawa, ON—Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the rehiring of Robert Dover as Technical Coach/Advisor on an interim basis, for the period of January 1 — April 1, 2011.

Robert Dover’s prior contract with Dressage Canada expired October 15, 2010. During his tenure and under his guidance, the Canadian Dressage Team achieved its highest placing at a world championships (seventh at the 2010 World Equestrian Games), and earned a bronze medal in the Nations Cup at CDIO5* Rotterdam.

“I am committed 100% between now and April to helping our Canadian riders and horses achieve the greatest results as we head toward the Pan American Games and the London Olympics,” said Dover.

While Dressage Canada has recently posted a search for a new Technical Leader, it is imperative that our high performance athletes receive the additional support they need during this Pan-American Games year and leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. Should a new Technical Leader be found during the period of this temporary contract, Dover will assist in the transition until April 1, 2011.

Dressage Canada wishes to acknowledge and thank the Government of Canada’s Own the Podium program, which has provided funding for Dover’s interim contract.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.

About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism.  A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.  Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.

Courtesy of

Julie Cull

Communications et Relations médias

Canada Hippique

Tél. (613) 248-3433 poste 136


Katie Monahan Prudent Elected to International Jumping Riders Club Board of Directors

December 14, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Katie Prudent has been elected to the board of directors of the International Jumping Riders Club. Ms. Prudent was nominated by the North American Riders Group.  NARG has charged Prudent with the task of unifying North American riders and International riders in their collective efforts to advance the sport of Show Jumping.

“We agree with the FEI that clean sport and fair play are essential to the future of Show Jumping.  But it is also critical that reason and common sense be applied to rule enforcement.  I am hopeful that the International Jumping Riders Club can contribute to a healthy future for Show Jumping world-wide” said Katie Monahan-Prudent.

Katie is uniquely qualified for this position due to her vast international show jumping experience.  She has lived and competed abroad for more than a decade.  Katie has represented the United States and France on many occasions and is a three-time American Grand Prix Association rider of the year.  Recently, Katie re-established her U.S. rider status for international competition.

NARG thanks Katie for her commitment to show jumping in North America and wishes her well in this endeavor.

-Courtesy of NARG www.narg.org

Champion Dressage Rider Kristina Harrison Featured on SoCal’s Best

December 13, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Time Warner Cable goes ‘Behind the Scenes’ with champion dressage rider and trainer Kristina Harrison this month  on SoCal’s Best

Santa Monica, CA – Time Warner Cable’s SoCal’s Best proudly presents a “Behind the Scenes” special on champion dressage rider and trainer, Kristina Harrison.  In her own words, Kristina describes the rewards of riding, training and the joy she derives from training her daughter Rison to ride and compete in dressage.

Kristina Harrison achieved renown as a dressage rider when she qualified for the 2003 Pan American Games on her horse “Kantor.”  As a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team she helped bring home the Team Gold Medal. 

In 2006, she won the U.S. Dressage Federation Intermediate 2 Horse of the Year, aboard “Rociero “, a white Andalusian stallion owned by Margret Carrera of Auburn, California.  The following year, she rode “Rociero” at the Grand Prix level, the highest level of dressage, where she placed third in the 2007 U.S. Equestrian Federation National Grand Prix Championships. 

Today, Kristina continues to compete and train other riders and horses in dressage.

The story was videotaped on location at Angele Farms, within the Paddock Riding Club in Los Angeles, CA.  Additional footage was recorded at the LA Equestrian Center during the 43rd CDS Championships, Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Kristina’s story can be seen on SoCal’s Best on Video on Demand. To view, customers can tune to channel 1 > Local > SoCal’s Best > Behind the Scenes > Dressage-K. Harrison. The story was produced by Allan G. Buller, a Time Warner Cable’s SoCal’s Best producer in Santa Monica, California.

Presented exclusively by Time Warner Cable, SoCal’s Best profiles the hottest topics touching Southern California today, ranging from food, fun and hobbies, to history, culture and characters.  SoCal’s Best segments are available for free on Video On Demand anytime on Channel 1, under the “Local” category. In addition, viewers can also view SoCal’s Best by tuning into Time Warner Cable Channel 101, or watching it daily at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour on CNN Headline News.

About Time Warner Cable

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