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Two Special Partnerships

August 28th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

America’s Laura Graves continued her spectacular run to place a score of 77.157 on the Grand Prix Special leaderboard . The 27-year-old rider and her lovely 12-year-old gelding Verdades seemed to be in a world of their own as they executed each movement with quiet precision. Laura’s stillness in the saddle and Verdades’ attention to…[More]

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Dressage Grand Prix Special – The Highs and Lows

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30 horse-and-rider partnerships competed in the Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy on Wednesday. Medal winners on the podium after the thrilling  event were Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg (silver), Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (gold) and Germany’s Kristina Sprehe (bronze).   Looking for a superior sire for your breeding program? IHB…[More]

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“I won’t give up”

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(trying to beat Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro), Helen Langehanenberg said after her Silver medal winning ride on Damon Hill. “I believe in Dami and I’m very pleased with him today.” The pair had the unfortunate luck to compete directly after the British superstars, judges and spectators were still on a high from Charlotte’s test. Despite…[More]

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Para Equestrian Day 3 – Lizzie Sobecki and Chelsea Higgins

August 27th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

A few overnight scares for the Paras as there was so much rain that the warm-up arenas beside the stables were flooded and they may have had to move into the permanent stables! But this morning it’s a sunny start and the spectator stands are steadily filling up for the Individual Championship tests for the…[More]

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Special in the Special – Mary and Sancette

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Mary and Sancette attacked today’s test, fine trot work, the piaffe pulls them down, great big ones, but 7.1 is too harsh of the judges. Then a whoopsie in the changes on the centre line, 4.6 just when they were edging back to the  70. They finish on 69.23% Okay, they’ve done their thing, lead…[More]

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Highlights from the Grand Prix

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Germany claimed the Dressage team title in convincing style yesterday. Already out in front after their first two riders completed their tests yesterday, they nailed it with two more superb performances to finish well clear of Great Britain in silver medal spot, while the defending champions from The Netherlands took bronze. Here are some of…[More]

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The Measure of all Things Dressage

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They had an out of character performance at Aachen, but they are back with a bang – Charlotte Dujardin and her Blueberry. The British stars posted the highest individual score in the closing stages, 85.27%, ranking first with all seven judges, and secured the Silver medal for their home country. If Aachen was a wake…[More]

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Mary is riding for her Life

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Those were the words of the FEI TV presenters, one of them British Dressage rider Richard Davison, during last night’s broadcast of the Grand Prix. The presenters were clearly impressed by Mary Hanna and Sancette and even cheered the pair on for the last centre line, “Come on Mary!” Mary rode a very determined test,…[More]

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Para Equestrian Dressage – Part Two of the Team Test

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The WEG Para Team Tests on August 26 began with the Grade IV with seventeen competitors in sunny conditions at 8:30am. Australia’s Nicole Blanks and Vledder were second on before Britain’s star Sophie Wells, who is currently leading on 74.595%. For Nicole it was her first WEG, “It was awesome – had an absolute ball….[More]

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Princess Nathalie and Digby

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One of the greatest partnerships in Dressage, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein and her Danish Warmblood gelding, Digby. Digby was officially retired from Championship events at the Euros in Herning last year, However, after a good performance in Falsterbo Nathalie re-considered and offered her horse for selection to the Danish Federation. And so we see…[More]

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Bella Rose and Isabell Werth set the scene on Day Two

August 26th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

National Coach Monica Theodorescu smiles and waves her arms – she is happy, her most experienced team rider and the youngest team horse have delivered a beautiful Grand Prix test to begin Day Two of the Dressage Team Test. You wouldn’t know that Bella Rose is merely ten years old. The chestnut mare by Belissimo…[More]

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Para Equestrian Dressage – What happened on Day One

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It’s August 25, the first day of the Para Equestrian Team Test competitions. The arena is beautifully set out in front of the Racecourse grandstand and spectators are huddled in little groups under umbrellas because it’s raining! But the Australian Para Equestrian team members are bubbling with enthusiasm, the horses are extremely fit and hopes…[More]

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