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Blood rule to be voted on this weekend…

November 9th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

The FEI’s proposed blood rule will be voted on this weekend at the FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There has been public outcry and heated debate about the proposed rule, which was released in June, with cries of animal cruelty and labelling of dressage as a ‘Blood Sport’. There are a number…[More]

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Ashlea has her Day

November 7th, 2011 at 2:52 am

Ashlea Day has been chosen by the EA to represent Australia at the 2011 Young Rider World Cup Finals in Frankfurt, Germany in December this year. The US-based dressage rider will ride C.P. Perolus, the 14-year-old KWPN Warmblood (Junior STV x Lerola x Rossini) that she owns with her mother. Ashlea, who is 21 years…[More]

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We Remember Hickstead

November 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The great stallion Hickstead, ridden by Eric Lamaze, has died suddenly after he collapsed following a round of showjumping in Verona, Italy. The movie here shows Eric and Hickstead in their prime, winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “We finished our round, I circled and was leaving the ring, and he collapsed and died,”…[More]

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Australian Team Named for Olympic Qualifiers – Read on for a profile of Chantal Wigan.

October 27th, 2011 at 5:02 am

The journey to London 2012 Olympics has begun for Australia’s top dressage riders. The Bates Australian Dressage Championships is the first of two Olympic Regional Team Qualifiers with the second to be held in Ermelo, Netherlands in November. The two best-placed teams from the Olympic Group F/G qualify to send a team of three horses…[More]

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Carl Hester – Back in the limelight

October 21st, 2011 at 3:48 am

It was a sensational Europeans for Carl Hester. Coming out on a relatively unknown young horse, he has firmly established himself as a potential individual gold medal winner at next year’s London Games. As usual, Carl is the journalists’ dream – witty, insightful and oh so quotable. I caught up with him minutes after his…[More]

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Charlotte Dujardin – the breath of fresh air…

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26-year-old Charlotte is not just a joy to watch in the competition arena, she is a delight to interview. Charlotte has been working with Carl Hester for four years. Was international success always the aim? “Absolutely. I always wanted to do Grand Prix, the Olympics was always my goal. I was very lucky to have…[More]

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Euro Champs 2011 – The Most Exciting Championships Ever!

October 20th, 2011 at 5:31 am

It’s three years since I was last at Rotterdam showgrounds. Back then my morning got off to a very ordinary start as I was sitting in the drizzling rain and watching Anky ‘schooling’  Salinero did nothing to lift the spirits. This time the weather is better, and the warm-ups are less ‘dramatic’ and a whole…[More]

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Diamant de Semilly and Eric Levallois – Emotional Return

October 13th, 2011 at 12:57 am

In 2009 French Showjumper Eric Levallois – Team Gold Medallist at 2002 World Championships – had a very serious car accident and was told he would never walk again. In 2008 his horse that he rode at the World Championships, Diamant de Semilly, underwent three surgeries for colic. Vets didn’t believe that the horse would…[More]

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Elizabeth Sobecki Aiming High in Para-Equestrian

October 12th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Para-Equestrian Elizabeth Sobecki is working hard in her quest to get to the London Olympics. Elizabeth is 19 years old and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just before her 16th Birthday. Having ridden since she was nine years old Lizzie was determined that she would continue to ride once diagnosed. This has of course been…[More]

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Sarah Honeywell – Riding Around the World

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Story by Shannan Makauskas, Photos by Alex Makauskas. Growing up in New Zealand, Sarah Honeywell had Nicole Uphoff and Rembrandt plastered over her schoolbooks. She marvelled at the skill of Isabell Werth, Klaus Balkenhol and Dr Reiner Klimke at the Olympic Games, Sarah’s dream was to ride in Europe. Her start in riding was like…[More]

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Vicki Roycroft – A Showjumping Life (Part One)

October 11th, 2011 at 4:27 am

An interview with Chris Hector. Vicki Roycroft, she was Vicki Rose then, was born into a ‘horsey’ family: “Mum was horsey. I was born in Melbourne, we moved to Sydney when I was seven. My brother and sister rode. I wasn’t that keen on it as a small child, I used to get carted to…[More]

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2011 Deloitte Australian International 3DE is Coming!

October 10th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Adelaide will again host the Australian International Three Day Event. Watch this video for a taste of what’s to come!

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