The 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach brought some drama and disappointment for several competitors as well as for the spectators who missed seeing some of their favorite horse and rider combos. In the CDI5* division current World Champion Edward Gal of the Netherlands stepped off the plane feeling ill, was diagnosed with the flu and was unable to compete. Another rider expected to compete, Nicholas Fyffe of Australia, had to stay home because his horse was being treated for a skin condition and was not eligible due to the FEI drugs and medication rules.
Tina Konyot of the U.S., who rode her 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V in the WDM CDI5* Grand Prix, was eliminated by the Ground Jury after completion of their test. The official statement issued by the show management regarding Tina’s elimination: “Upon review of the process and after consultation with the FEI, it has been confirmed that the current rules regarding the elimination process were followed to the letter. Before she left the official equipment check area ringside, the rider was informed by the FEI Chief Steward that the Judge at C had made the decision based on Article 428.8 and Article 430.7.6 that the horse must be eliminated due to the evidence of fresh blood.”
What a great gift for Panther Ridge Conservation Center! Panther Ridge Conservation Center has received a new Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV through Toyota’s program, 100 Cars for Good, a philanthropic program which awards 100 cars to 100 nonprofits across the country. This much needed vehicle was arranged for by Carol Cohen, a member of the Advisory Board of theToyota program. Panther Ridge thanks Carol for her ongoing support and philanthropic spirit. This vehicle will be used for essential services for theConservationCenter. Panther Ridge provides an intimate educational experience for people of all ages about their exotic feline inhabitants, many of which are on the brink of extinction.
Laramie, Wyominghas a new recognized dressage club “On The Bit” through Rocky Mountain Dressage Association. The club is excited to build membership and share new ideas with each other in order to expand their learning opportunities. Their tentative schedule includes: a six week Pilates course, every Sunday afternoon; a Frances Carbonnel Clinic, March 16 -17 and a Kristi Wysocki clinic/schooling show May 10, 11 and 12. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact the President Jessica Ford at email@example.com.
Party, Party, Party! Tis the season for the Wellingtondressage gang to let down there braids and have some fun. The Players Club was the place to be for the Dressage Competitors Kick-off Bash celebrating the Gold Coast Wellington Classic and International Sport Horse show seasons. It was a who’s who from around the globe and the deejay had more than one rider piaffing to the beat well into the wee hours.
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