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On to Rio: Equestrian Australia Reviews London Successes and Failures, Edits Plans for Rio (Document Download)

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@FranJurga writes: Transparency personified from Equestrian Australia allows the rest of the world to see the thinking that goes into planning for international sport results. If you're interested in how sports and teams are managed, this document will give you insight into goal-setting and resetting. Thanks to Equestrian Australia for sharing this with their riders and the world.

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Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Foldager Win CDI 4* Grand Prix at Hagen on First Try; Steffen Peters + Legolas 2nd for USA

Video: Akeem Foldager and Andreas Helgtrand at a demonstration last week. The pair have only been together for three weeks.


Something special happened at "Horses and Dreams" today in Germany. The CDI4* was won by Denmark's Andreas Helgstrand riding his new mount Akeem Foldager. It was the pair's first competition and they have only been together for three weeks.


This video shows them a week ago doing a demonstration ride.


The goal is for Akeem to be Helgstrand's mount to represent Denmark in the European Champions this summer. They're off to a great start and will presumably be competing in the freestyle tomorrow. 


Steffen Peters and Legolas were second at Hagen and will also be in the freestyle tomorrow.


Fran Jurga's insight:


That's fast work, to take over a horse and have a freestyle ready in three weeks? This horse is impressive! Fast forward to around the 8 minute mark and watch this horse work to rock music. Thanks to the Dutch horse magazine "Hoefslag" for finding this great video.

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David Marcus: Weathering The Perfect (Olympic Dressage) Storm

David Marcus: Weathering The Perfect (Olympic Dressage) Storm | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"For those who aren’t aware, I was eliminated in my Olympic debut in London this past year. Chrevi’s Capital and I were performing our grand prix test in the Olympic stadium during a horrific downpour.


"Unfortunately, Capital spooked and I was eliminated when we were not able to continue our test within in the 20-second time allowed.


"As there are only three riders per team and all three scores counted for a team result, my individual elimination meant that the Canadian Team was automatically eliminated as well..."


@FranJurga writes: So begins this compelling first-person account of Canadian dressage rider David Marcus's experience at the 2012 Olympics.


I think this is an excellent article and hope that everyone will take a moment to read it. It's about a lot more than dressage, or the Olympics.


The photo is not fuzzy--it was pouring rain!


Click on the headline or image to read the full article.

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FEI Horses Pass Jog for Florida's International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W; Konyot and Brooks Scratch -- Phelps Media Group

FEI Horses Pass Jog for Florida's International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W; Konyot and Brooks Scratch -- Phelps Media Group | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Cup CDI-W hit the ground running both literally and figuratively with all the horses passing the FEI jog on the beautiful International Horse Sport Showgrounds in Loxahatchee, FL. 


The horses and competitors settled into the comfortable surroundings featuring plenty of green spaces and a convivial atmosphere on the historic grounds that also play host to the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.


Competitors chatted amiably as they waited for the jog, which all the FEI horses passed.


Noticeably missing were USA’s Tina Konyot and Calecto V and Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, who scratched from the competition. Just six days ago, Konyot said she was going to step it up a notch in the Champions Cup’s Saturday afternoon Grand Prix Freestyle.


Konyot and Calectov V needed one more qualifying score to be eligible for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup in April in Gothenburg, Sweden.


This weekend’s IHS Champions Cup was to be the pair’s last chance to qualify as the show serves as the final North American League World Cup qualifying event.


Click on the headline or image of David Marcus and Don Kontes to read the complete article on the Phelps Media Group website

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How It's Done: The Last Freestyle of Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero Caps Stellar Dressage Career

How It's Done: The Last Freestyle of Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero Caps Stellar Dressage Career | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

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Take 13 minutes out of your life and watch the farewell performance of Anky van Grunsven's Salinero. The two-time Olympic gold medal winning horse was retired tonight in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.


(So sorry, the headline link is not correct; the site has a cookie popup so the correct link is:

http://nos.nl/video/485338-laatste-kur-salinero-en-anky.html


And yes, the announcer is speaking in Dutch but once the pianist starts, you won't hear anything else!)


I've never retired a dressage horse, but I think this is how we'd all like to do it: as a performance in a spotlight, with a sound horse going out to a standing ovation...not just a press release, never to be seen again.


Anky enjoyed enormous success with the 19-year-old Hannoverian.


As the FEI's Louise Parkes writes:  "(Salinero's) career might well have been overshadowed by the memory of his revered predecessor, Bonfire who, together with van Grunsven, first brought Freestyle Dressage to center stage. 


"Salinero however followed faithfully in those very famous hoofprints to become a star in his own right, taking Olympic individual gold in Athens in 2004 and again at the equestrian events of the Beijing Olympic Games in Hong Kong four years later. 


"And he helped van Grunsven to become the most prolific winner of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage title - she won it nine times over a 13-year period between 1995 and 2008.


"Salinero first came to prominence in 2003 with victory in the Dutch National Championship and was part of the Dutch bronze medal winning team at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park last summer which brought his spectacular career to a fitting conclusion."


Anky and Salinero gave me ten years of thrilling performance and amazingly close competition. They helped bring artistic expression into the sport of dressage and Anky's not done yet.


Salinero always seemed to enjoy leaving the arena more than entering it, so tonight was his night, in a very big way. He never has to go in there again, but the dressage world will be a little empty without him.


Archival photo from The Jurga Report files.

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Global Dressage Festival: USA's Tina Konyot and Calecto V Win FEI Grand Prix 3* Freestyle

Global Dressage Festival: USA's Tina Konyot and Calecto V Win FEI Grand Prix 3* Freestyle | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

photo © Susan J. Stickle, courtesy of the event


The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) hosted an entertaining night of equestrian sport at the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today's Equestrian & Fellows on Friday.


The night's schedule included an opening $10,000 Puissance won by Great Britain's Tim Gredley and Unex Valente, which led into the highlight class of the week, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle sponsored by Horseware Ireland.


The winning freestyle score of 74.625% was put up by Tina Konyot (USA) and Calecto V for their second freestyle win (74.625%) in a row at the AGDF.


The CDI 3* continues through Sunday, March 17.

 

Jacquline Brooks of Canada and her D Niro had a spectacular freestyle to a cheering crowd for second place (71.425%); Mikala Munter Gundersen of Denmark and My Lady were third with a score of 69.800%.


Check the event web site for more details; just click on the image or headline to visit the festival's site.


(text edited from a longer press release)

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Royals celebrate dressage/polo champions' wedding in Swiss Alps - Telegraph

Royals celebrate dressage/polo champions' wedding in Swiss Alps - Telegraph | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the wedding of close friends with raclette and confetti at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps on Saturday.


@FranJurga wrote: Yes, that is Olympic dressage gold medalist Laura Bechtolsheimer leaving her wedding ceremony this weekend. She married polo player Mark Tomlinson.


Most of the news has been about the fact that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (Prince Harry, too) were there but leave it to The Telegraph to include some details about Laura for those of us who are interested in her.


Fluff? Sure! But congratulations to Laura!

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Ultimate ex-racehorse? Jump racing superhero Kauto Star makes dressage debut with eventer Laura Collett -- BBC

Ultimate ex-racehorse? Jump racing superhero Kauto Star makes dressage debut with eventer Laura Collett -- BBC | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star has shown off his new dressage skills at Newbury racecourse.


The five-time King George VI Chase winner went around the parade ring for eventing rider Laura Collett.


Collett told BBC Sport: "It was encouraging. He was excited by the crowd but managed to contain himself."


Click on the headline or image to read the full story.


@FranJurga writes: Doesn't he look great!

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Show? Go! Palm Beach Int'l Equestrian Center's FEI Stabling Quarantine Cleared; FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup Tomorrow

Show? Go! Palm Beach Int'l Equestrian Center's FEI Stabling Quarantine Cleared; FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup Tomorrow | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Tests Found Negative for Horses, Quarantine Cleared  
at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

 

For Immediate Release

 

Wellington, FL - February 28, 2013 - Equestrian Sport Productions announces that the two horses tested for EHV-1 that were in "FEI Stabling" at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were found negative.


The quarantine on FEI Stabling, which was set by the State of Florida Department of Agriculture in collaboration with Equestrian Sport Productions, has been lifted.


Competition will continue as scheduled for the CSIO classes. All other competition for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has been running as scheduled.

 

The $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 is scheduled to start at 4 pm today.

 

The previous biosecurity protocols that were enacted on February 22 have still been in place and will remain until further notice. ESP is asking all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts.


Please visit 
www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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Two South Jersey Horse Farms Quarantined After Horse Tests Positive for Neurologic Equine Herpes -- The Jurga Report

Two South Jersey Horse Farms Quarantined After Horse Tests Positive for Neurologic Equine Herpes -- The Jurga Report | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

New Jersey has issued a state information bulletin warning of EHV in that state. Horse owners, transporters and horse care professionals should be aware of states where EHV is active and anticipate possible effects to movement of and access to horses, farms, showgrounds and racetracks.


Read the official statement from New Jersey on the Jurga Report; just click on the headline or image to read the news.

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Protective Headgear Rule Change for USEF Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013

Protective Headgear Rule Change for USEF Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013 | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

(via press release)


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) wishes to remind all dressage competitors of the rule change to DR120.


This change goes into effect on April 1, 2013 and necessitates the usage of protective headgear by anyone mounted on the grounds at all USEF dressage competitions.

 

DR120 has been amended to require protective headgear as follows:

 

From the time horses are officially admitted to the competition grounds by competition management, anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds including non-competing riders, riders on non-competing horses, and those competing in all classes and tests, including Para-Equestrian tests must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801.


Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place. Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI(Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. The harness must be secured and properly fitted.

 

If there are questions regarding this rule or the use of protective headgear at USEF dressage competitions please contact Hallye Griffin by email at hgriffin@usef.org or by phone (859) 225-6918.

Fran Jurga's insight:


@FranJurga writes: April Fools? I don't think so.


I can hear equestrian photographers groaning or cheering all across the land. The bad news: All those photos of riders in top hats will look dated.


The good news: All the riders will need new photos for their web sites and press kits showing them in regulation headgear.


And all across the land, photographers will need to become very proficient at capturing riders looking their best while wearing a helmet. 


If you read the USEF rule carefully, it seems to imply that riders in entertainment categories who perform during breaks would have to wear helmets as well.

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How can you ignore the studies?  Helmets save lives!

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Irish rider unseated in UAE desert endurance race

Irish rider unseated in UAE desert endurance race | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

In the CEI 3* President of the UAE Cup 160km endurace race at Wathbo in the UAE this week, Ireland's Amy McAuley, riding Hurstiglen Horizon for Seeh Al Salam Endurance of Dubai, started the 160km and was in good position after the first loop of 34 km and good to go out for the second loop.


Unfortunately towards the end of the second loop Amy was unseated, remounted and continued the last few kilometres to the end of the loop. Her horse passed the vet check with flying colours but Amy was not well enough to continue and so retired.


Fortunately, Amy was fine after a check up and some rest.


--via Team Ireland Equestrian

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Totilas “Slightly Injured” and on Break from Training–No Decision Yet on 2013 Competitions  -- Dressage News

Totilas “Slightly Injured” and on Break from Training–No Decision Yet on 2013 Competitions  -- Dressage News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Totilas, the superstar stallion ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany is taking a break from training and breeding, the rider told Ridehesten.com...

 

Click on the headline or image to read about what's gone wrong now. 

 

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So glad he's finally getting a rest. I think a lot of us have been concerned for quite a while now.
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FEI Video: Germany's Langehanenberg and Damon Hill Won the Grand Prix at Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final 2013

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@FranJurga writes: Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and her stallion Damon Hill won today's Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final 2013 Grand Prix--an event that was marked by several uncharacteristic spooks from the finalists, including defending champions Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival of The Netherlands.


Can Helen continue her form and become the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Champion of 2013? It's an exciting finale as the top riders finally ride against each other in the same event.

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Global Champions Tour Announces 5* International Showjumping Event for London's Olympic Park in June

Global Champions Tour Announces 5* International Showjumping Event for London's Olympic Park in June | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

via press release (edited 2 April 2013)


The world’s leading show jumping championships will be staged at The International Quarter, adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, cementing the extraordinary equestrian legacy from the London Olympic Games.


Global Champions Tour will bring world class 5* show jumping to the capital from June 6 - 9 2013 with the full support of Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his Chief of Staff Sir Edward Lister. It will be one of the first international sporting events in the Olympic Park since the London Games and comes only weeks before the site opens fully to the public.


Britain’s Olympic show jumping gold medallists will be competing in the Global Champions Tour event along with the world’s Top 30 riders. Record prize money of around €750,000 will be on offer during the four days of the event.


Swiss watchmaker Longines is the main partner and official timekeeper and Eurosport will broadcast the GCT Grand Prix on Saturday worldwide.


The high profile international event will be staged next to the world famous Olympic Stadium and other state-of-the-art Olympic venues like the aquatics centre. An application to stage the event at Kensington Gardens was turned down by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.


The Olympic venue will be a major visitor attraction and a stunning addition to the prestigious Global Champions Tour circuit. 


Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping, commented: “We applaud the commitment and proactivity Peter (Phillips) and his team have shown in identifying such a prestigious venue.  By identifying the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, they have not only found a superb venue to showcase our sport, but a venue which can only serve to reignite the enthusiasm the Nation embraced us with when Great Britain won Team Gold.  One of our Legacy hopes was that we would be able to bring world class Showjumping back into the heart of the city where so many Olympic dreams were made; we feel extremely fortunate to see these hopes realised.”


A grandstand for 3,000 spectators, paying between £10 and £50, will be erected around the arena with corporate hospitality marquees for 700 people alongside. A shopping village and a giant TV screen will also be available for the public. 


News provided by @FranJurga (Fran Jurga News and Media Projects).


On Facebook:  www.facebook.com/franjurga


Fran Jurga is a freelance writer/editor and web news specialist in the field of equestrianism and horse health.

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Devon Horse Show to increase prize money for Saddlebred and Hackney /Harness divisions

Devon Horse Show to increase prize money for Saddlebred and Hackney /Harness divisions | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

via press release


The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has added prize money and local pleasure classes to an all star line up of Saddlebred and Hackney/Harness divisions.

The 117th edition of Devon runs from May 23 through June 2 and benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital.


Saddlebreds, Friesians, Hackney/Harness Ponies and Road Horses compete Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday evening, June 1, with their Stake/Championship classes Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening, culminating in the grand finale of this year’s Devon show, the Five Gaited Stake.


Prize money was increased in five classes, and the addition of a local English Country Pleasure class and a local Show Pleasure class compliment the initial schedule.


Also, new this year will be a Five Gaited Special/Challenge on Wednesday night with five or six top hunter/jumper riders showing a Gaited horse. This new format will hopefully be enjoyed by all who love a good horse, no matter what breed or discipline they come from.

The Carriage Pleasure Drive begins at noon, Sunday May 26, at St. David’s Church on South Valley Forge Road and proceeds through the neighboring streets, eventually arriving at the Devon Show Grounds for the final judging and Championship Drive-off.

Four-in-Hand Coaching is competed Monday through Friday.


Click on the headline or image to read the full two-page release about the show.

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It's a look: USEF's Protective Headgear Rule Change for Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013

It's a look: USEF's Protective Headgear Rule Change for Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013 | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

photo by GinFox via Flickr


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) wishes to remind all dressage competitors of the rule change to DR120. This change goes into effect on April 1, 2013 and necessitates the usage of protective headgear by anyone mounted on the grounds at all USEF dressage competitions.

DR120 has been amended to require protective headgear as follows:

From the time horses are officially admitted to the competition grounds by competition management, anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds including non-competing riders, riders on non-competing horses, and those competing in all classes and tests, including Para-Equestrian tests must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801.


Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place.


Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI(Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. The harness must be secured and properly fitted.

If there are questions regarding this rule or the use of protective headgear at USEF dressage competitions please contact Hallye Griffin by email at hgriffin@usef.org or by phone (859) 225-6918.
 

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Adelinde Cornelissen Scores World Cup Dressage Freestyle Win with Piaffe-Perfected New Routine --FEI video

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@FranJurga writes: Adelinde Corneilissen and Jerich Parzival (85.90%) debuted their new Grand Prix Freestyle in front of the home crowd in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today. 


The biggest part of the story--and the entire three days of competition--may have been how closely Edward Gal and Undercover (85.1%) were on their heels. 


Germany's Isabell Werth was third, and compiled sufficient points to be declared the series winner for the Western Europe World Cup League. 


The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals will be held next month in Gothernburg, Sweden.


The FEI video shows highlights from Cornelissen's new routine.

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Peter Phillips wants to bring equestrian sport 'to the people' with urban park showjumping in London-- Marketing magazine

Peter Phillips wants to bring equestrian sport 'to the people' with urban park showjumping in London-- Marketing magazine | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Equestrianism can boost its popularity and pull in more brand sponsorship by 'bringing the sport to the people', according to Princes Anne's equestrian-loving son Peter Phillips.


"Phillips is organising this year’s Global Champions Tour equestrian event, which is being held in the UK for the first time, in Kensington Gardens, London


"Sponsors for the event include Longines, Gucci and Eurosport, although Phillips is in the market for more sponsors, for an event he is pitching as a London 2012 legacy event."


CLICK ON THE HEADLINE OR IMAGE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.



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Imagine showjumping in New York's Central Park. It would be grand. Great Britain's Peter Phillips is launching something like that in London.

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Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report

Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Forget about EHV, shedding horses, snowstorms and The Sequester. Come with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas as she explores the quiet intimacy of sleeping horses in an exhibit currently running in New York City.


We all know the peace of a late night in a barn full of horses. Many of us can find out way around our barns without turning the lights on. The sounds, the smells and now the sight of sleeping, dozing horses are part of bonding in our roles as caregivers.


Charlotte goes there, takes us with her, and stuns us with her proximity to some of the most important horses in the USA: The caisson horses--mostly Lipizzaners--used for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC.


Click on the headline to read the full article, including a video of the original, larger exhibit, on The Jurga Report.

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Video: Laura Kraut and Cedric's Gamemaker Jumping Round at Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2013 in Wellington

@FranJurga writes: Were you there? Or did you watch the livestream of the Nation's Cup from the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida last night? It was streamed lived, for free, on the USEFNetwork.com web site.


In case you missed the live action, the FEI has provided this video recap of the USA's Laura Kraut's second round ride on her gray Cedric. She sewed up the USA victory for teammates Farrington, Kessler and Maddie, so that team anchor Beezie Madden and Simon did not have to do a second round. 


Just click the "play" icon on the screen to watch the video right here in the Scoop.It window.

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Team GB's Breisner: Kauto Star 'too old for Rio 2016' -- BBC

Team GB's Breisner: Kauto Star 'too old for Rio 2016' -- BBC | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Kauto Star will not compete in the Olympics dressage at Rio, says British Eventing performance manager Yogi Breisner, who claims he'll be too old.


@FranJurga writes: With all respect to Yogi Breisner, has there ever been a racehorse like Kauto Star who attempted the switch from racing to dressage?


The answer is no.


Personally, I wouldn't put ANYTHING past this horse. I hope that the BBC Radio feature on his new career with eventer Laura Collett will be available to the US audience. 


Click on the image or headline to read the full coverage on the BBC web site.

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Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013, North American Edition, Comes to Wellington, Florida

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013, North American Edition, Comes to Wellington, Florida | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

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@FranEI Nations Cup™ Jumping went global this week, when the inaugural leg of the new series running under the Furusiyya banner took place in the United Arab Emirates.


The what? The FEI tells us: "Furusiyya" (Arabic: فروسيه): this single Arabic word conveys so much, embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry, and equestrian knowledge in general. The term comes from faris, or horseman, and faras, a horse."


A four-year gobal Furusiyya Nations Cup series is planned and it's coming to Wellington, Florida. next weekend, when the Palm Beach International Equestrian Club will host some of the best horses and riders from across the globe in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm.


Today, the US Equestrian Federation announced the team that would represent the USA:


.Kent Farrington (Wellington, FL) on R.C.G. Farm’s Uceko
Uceko is a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Reed Kessler (Lexington, KY) on her own Cylana
Cylana is an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, FL) on Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric
Cedric is a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) on Abigail Wexner’s Simon
Simon is a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Robert Ridland will serve as Chef d’Equipe for the Senior Rider team.


Spectators and fans in attendance at the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm are invited to a Team USA Nations Cup Pep Rally Reception hosted by the USET Foundation and the USEF from 6-7pm on Friday evening.


@FranJurga writes: Elements of press releases from the FEI and USEF were resourced for this article.


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British Olympic Riders Take Ambassadorial Reins of New 4x4s for Badminton Sponsor

British Olympic Riders Take Ambassadorial Reins of New 4x4s for Badminton Sponsor | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

(via press release, courtesy of Fran Jurga)


BADMINTON, UK – Two of the equestrian world’s biggest stars are among the first drivers in the UK to take delivery of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander.


Eventer Mary King MBE and dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin OBE – both members of Team GB’s triumphant equestrian squad at London 2012 – were presented with their stunning new cars after joining the carmaker as its new brand ambassadors.


Mary, who has represented Great Britain at six Olympic Games, winning two silver medals and one bronze, and Charlotte, a double gold medallist at London, will both represent the brand at a number of events throughout the year, including the world renowned Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.


In the meantime, they will both put their striking new 4x4s to good use as they crisscross the country competing at the highest level, teaching the next generation of talent and gearing up for their own discipline’s forthcoming European Championships and, of course, the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Click on the headline or image of Mary and Charlotte with their new cars in front of Badminton House to read the full release. There's a QR code too!
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Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse

Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

It was a long-kept secret between Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth and the German Equestrian Federation that Werth’s ride El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships, held at Langenfeld (Germany), June 21-24.

 

But the secret came out on Feb. 8 in the online edition of the leading German equestrian magazine St. Georg, after the disciplinary commission of the German FN had its most recent meeting on the case about three weeks ago.

 

The result of the A sample was made known to the rider a short time after the Rhineland Championships. Later, the B sample also tested positive.

 

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@FranJurga writes: The dressage star is caught in a no man's land between FEI and German national regulations. The medication is allowed, with restrictions, by the FEI, but she was showing at a German national event, so she is in the hot seat (again).

 

You should read this article, if for no other reason, to hear the complicated barn water system malfunction explanation for how a medication given to one of her horses ended up in another's system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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