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Chris Stafford Radio: Catherine Haddad Goes Native...

Chris Stafford Radio: Catherine Haddad Goes Native... | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

U.S. dressage rider Catherine Haddad tells us how much she is enjoying her return to the U.S. after 20 years in Germany. Catherine also has an update on the Global Dressage Forum that took place in The Netherlands last week as well as other international dressage news. You can comment on this episode at http://chrisstafford.podbean.com and on the Chris Stafford Radio Facebook Page. Follow us on Twitter @CatherineHaddad and @chrisestafford.


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American Dressage: Four Ways Forward, Part I | The Chronicle of the Horse

American Dressage: Four Ways Forward, Part I | The Chronicle of the Horse | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

Very interesting reading (and listening) - Catherine Haddad's Four Point Plan as a way forward for U.S. dressage begins right here.  And you can hear Catherine on Chris Stafford Radio sharing her thoughts with Heather Blitz here... http://chrisstafford.podbean.com/2012/09/17/us-dressage-a-way-forward/


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SouthWest Horse Trader, September 2012 Issue

Check out the photos and article about Region 9's North American Junior Rider Champion, Ayden Uhlir!  So proud of her!

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Dressage: DuJardin laments ‘heart-wrenching’ sale of gold-medal wonder horse Valegro

Dressage: DuJardin laments ‘heart-wrenching’ sale of gold-medal wonder horse Valegro | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

"Equestrian star Charlotte Dujardin today said the sale of the horse that carried her to two Olympic golds was 'heart-wrenching'.

 

"Valegro, on which she won the London 2012 individual and team dressage, is to be sold along with team-mate Carl Hester’s mount Uthopia.

 

"The horses have attracted a record price tag of £20 million — with an Arabian royal rumoured to be first in line to buy."

 

@FranJurga writes: And so life goes on. Charlotte has no doubt secured herself a place in the fast lane of equestrian sports and the horses will come easily but it does seem like she and Valegro had the very special kind of relationship that makes a true partnership--something that the judges can't see to mark on their scorecards, but we all know it is there.

 

And that it is what makes the performance spark in our hearts.

 

Hopefully more details will be available soon.

 

CLICK ON THE BIG BOLD HEADLINE OR PHOTO TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE. It has some charming quotes.


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Olympic Equestrian Preview - Practical Horseman Magazine

Olympic Equestrian Preview - Practical Horseman Magazine | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
Olympic Equestrian PreviewPractical Horseman MagazineRead this preview of Olympic dressage, Olympic eventing and Olympic show jumping to find out the favorites, the dark horses and interesting news about each discipline.
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2012 Summer Olympics | Video, Schedules, Results, TV | NBC Olympics

2012 Summer Olympics | Video, Schedules, Results, TV | NBC Olympics | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
Coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games from NBCOlympics.com includes live video, highlights, results, schedules, TV Listings, medals, news, photos & more.
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How the Romneys put USA Olympic equestrian team on the map - The Guardian

How the Romneys put USA Olympic equestrian team on the map - The Guardian | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

I don't really know how I feel about this - but as they say, any publicity is good publicity.

 

"The GuardianHow the Romneys put USA Olympic equestrian team on the mapThe GuardianCapitalising on the timing, the United States Equestrian Federation swiftly procured "Dressage Is #1" red foam fingers and cases of beer and filmed a video response..."

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The Olympics: American Athletes Over Age 44 (SLIDESHOW ...

Hard to believe that Sally O'Connor is America's oldest Olympian at only 54.

 

Dressage - Sally's Horse World. Dressage ... Karen has been married to equestrian David O'Connor since 1993; they operate the O'Connor Event Team in The Plains, VA, where they train new horses and promising riders.

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If Wishes Were Horses | Wicked Good Life

If Wishes Were Horses | Wicked Good Life | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

Who knew Ann Leary rides horses? I didn't - but now I'm going to read her blog...

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How to watch the equestrian Olympics on TV - Horse & Hound

How to watch the equestrian Olympics on TV - Horse & Hound | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
A 1st class equestrian site with everything for horse enthusiasts from equestrian news, equestrian disciplines such as show jumping, dressage, eventing, horse racing, hunting, showing, carriage driving, endurance riding and classified listings of...
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Ride Backwards, But Ride Effectively!

Ride Backwards, But Ride Effectively! | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
Standing at the sidelines of a dressage show, I was watching riders as they warmed up their horses for their next classes. They were riding at all different levels – from the most basic level... (Ride Backwards, But Ride Effectively!
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Mary King's former ride Apache Sauce put down after injury at Weston Park - Horse & Hound

Mary King's former ride Apache Sauce put down after injury at Weston Park - Horse & Hound | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

Horse and Hound: "Apache Sauce, who completed 10 four-stars with Mary King, has been put down after injuring himself at Weston Park while being ridden by Mary's daughter Emily..."

 

It is with great sadness for Emily, Mary, David and all the connections of this great horse that I learn of his death today. My heart goes out to Emily - @emilykingg_ - at the young age of 16 to experience the loss of a horse she was riding. 


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In Memorium: Team USA Paralympic Equestrian Jonathan Wentz

In Memorium: Team USA Paralympic Equestrian Jonathan Wentz | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

Jonathan Wentz

1990-2012

From the USEF Communications Department


Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of a great competitor and advocate for para-equestrian sport. Jonathan Wentz passed away September 30, 2012.

Wentz had recently returned from London where he was a member of the U.S. Team that earned seventh place at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

At those Games, Wentz also finished fourth in the Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle Test in Grade 1b competition riding Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale. These strong results earned Wentz the distinction of being the highest-placed American equestrian at either the London Olympic or Paralympic Games.

 

Wentz enjoyed an extremely successful career with NTEC Richter Scale a horse that carried him to the World Championships, Paralympic Games and a National Title. In 2010, the pair represented the U.S. for the first time at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the following year they claimed the USEF 2011 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship.

 

In 2012, the combination earned Reserve Champion honors at the 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials prior to travelling to London. Wentz also finished in sixth place with Silvano at the 2012 National Championship.

 

As well as competing at the highest level, Wentz was a tireless advocate for his sport. He served on the USEF Youth Council representing para-equestrian and was a member of the USEF Para Equestrian Technical Committee. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and para-equestrian dressage from an early age.

 

Wentz was also a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a keen interest in political science, history and the law.

 

"The Federation sends our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wentz family. Jonathan was great competitor and outstanding role model for all in equestrian sport. He will be greatly missed," said John Long, USEF CEO.

 

Photo of Jonathan and NTEC Richter Scale: JonathanWentz.org


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Protecting Horses from West Nile Virus | SouthWest Horse Trader

Protecting Horses from West Nile Virus | SouthWest Horse Trader | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
The West Nile Virus cases in humans and horses have been on the rise in 2012, and, according to the CDC, human cases are at their highest levels since West...
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Pedigree, training (and watermelon) bring Rafalca to first Olympic Games

Pedigree, training (and watermelon) bring Rafalca to first Olympic Games | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

How often do you read about the pedigree and training of a dressage horse in the New York Times?

 

Rafalca, a 15-year-old mare, will make her Olympic debut next week for Team USA in dressage. She is co-owned by Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann.

 

Mary Pilon of The New York Times, details Rafalca's powerful pedigree, early years, training and partnership with rider Jan Ebeling, in her article "Behind a Gifted Horse, a Powerful Part-Owner."

 

Photo: Victor J. Blue for The New York Times / Rafalca is a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare with rich bloodlines. Jan Ebeling, above, has trained the horse for six years.


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U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Settles in at Layham Hall near London | eurodressage

U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Settles in at Layham Hall near London | eurodressage | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
2012 Olympic Games, The United States Olympic Dressage Team has arrived in England and are settled into Jack and Linda Keenan’s Layham Hall Farm in Suffolk, England just a one-hour drive from London. U.S.
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Horses prove to be mysterious miracle workers for disabled - Houston Chronicle

Horses prove to be mysterious miracle workers for disabled - Houston Chronicle | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
Horses prove to be mysterious miracle workers for disabledHouston ChronicleOf all the unusual Olympic events, from table tennis to synchronized swimming, the equestrian sport with the funny French name - dressage - stands alone.
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The Olympics: American Athletes Over Age 44 (SLIDESHOW) - Huffington Post

The Olympics: American Athletes Over Age 44 (SLIDESHOW) - Huffington Post | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
The Olympics: American Athletes Over Age 44 (SLIDESHOW)Huffington PostHe rode with the U.S. Olympic dressage team and won a team bronze in the 1996 Games in Atlanta, and competed again in 2008 in Beijing, placing fourth individually.
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The Horse, Explained

The Horse, Explained | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it

I came across this as a link from Ann Leary's blog. Ain't it the truth? "You may or may not be familiar with The Horse. Perhaps as a child, you had many Marguerite Henry books, or you watched National Velvet every day after school for four months, or you pretended to be taking jumps over fences during long car rides."

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Para-Equestrian Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan Leaves Lasting ...

Para-Equestrian Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan Leaves Lasting ... | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
On June 29, 2012, the Official USA Olympic Day occurred where hundreds of Olympians and Paralympians participated around the country in interactive and informat.
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Knight Armor Detail, Horses New York Met

Knight Armor Detail, Horses New York Met | Cowtown Dressage | Scoop.it
Knight Armor Detail, Horses New York Met (Knight Armor Detail, Horses / Photo: http://t.co/WEpXFs8U...)...
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