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Friday’s Freestyle Review

August 31st, 2014 at 11:13 am

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her wonder horse were the stars of the show once again today when collecting their second gold medal of the week in the Dressage Freestyle on Friday. The pair now hold a full book of Dressage titles, having already collected wins at Olympic, European and World Cup level during their…[More]

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W(orst) E(ver) G(ames)

August 29th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

 W(orst) E(ver) G(ames) I guess it is not such a nice thing to say, especially when the first week of the WEG is not completed, but the way things are going, this is going to be the worst organized, most competitor and spectator unfriendly WEG of them all, and that is saying something because I…[More]

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It is muddy out there…

at 4:26 pm

Haras du Pin is normally one of the most beautiful places in the world, except right now, it is a sea of mud, even getting to the dressage arena is an adventure. Trade stands and food vendors are equally hard to access, it is definitely gumboot or Dubarry weather out there. The tallest man in…[More]

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You be the Judge

at 3:16 pm

The Special was amazing. At THM Happy Hour that evening, everyone was abuzz. When Charlotte and Valegro were in the arena, the crowd was moving with them: people gasping, oohing, giggling when he picked the worst possible moment to relieve himself, the combination mesmerized the audience. Damon Hill and Helen were clearly next best. Dami…[More]

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Joann and Worldwide through to the Freestyle

August 28th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Australia’s Joann Formosa has qualified for the Grade Ib Freestyle after finishing 8th in yesterday’s individual championship on a score of 68.310%. The Freestyle will be on Friday, 29 August. There is a day off for them to recuperate and Jo’s music is a surprise.   We’ll all be there to support her. The Aussie…[More]

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Two Special Partnerships

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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

at 3:31 pm

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

at 12:56 pm

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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