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April 7, 2013

My Lady Tops Five-Star Special

Wellington, Fla.—April 7

The Danish national anthem played last night for Lars Petersen and Mariett, and then it was heard again this morning when Mikala Gundersen rode My Lady to the top of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI***** Grand Prix Special.

April 6, 2013

Petersen Bests Peters In Five-Star Freestyle

Wellington, Fla.—April 6

 There’s just something extra special about a night class, and tonight’s was no different. The promise of a star-studded line-up of eight riders in the $84,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI***** Grand Prix freestyle brought out loads of spectators keen to soak up the atmosphere—and eager for a showdown between top riders.

April 5, 2013

Peters Picks Up Another CDI Win

Wellington, Fla.—April 5

March 27, 2013

Brooks And Irwin To Represent North America At Dressage World Cup

Jacqueline Brooks and Jaimey Irwin, both Canadians, will represent North America at the Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Final, scheduled for April 25-28 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Brooks will ride D-Niro, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood (D-Day—Alitalia, Napoleon 625) owned by Brookhaven Dressage. D-Niro and Brooks earned the second-highest qualifying average in the North American League, a 72.60 percent. Canada’s David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, the top-ranked pair with a 73.97 percent, are opting not to make the trip this year.

March 25, 2013

Konyot Out Of World Cup Contention

U.S rider Tina Konyot was unable to obtain the second qualifying score she needed for the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final after scratching from the final North American League World Cup qualifier. The IHS Champions Cup CDI-W was held in Loxahatchee, Fla., March 22-24, and Konyot was originally slated to ride Calecto V.

“I have a cut on my knee, and it turned into a small hematoma, and I couldn’t ride for five days,” said Konyot. “It’s the sixth day now, and I’m just sort of walking around.”

March 17, 2013

Bella Donna Brings Home AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix Win

Thermal, Calif.—March 17 

The spectators waited and waited for a clear round in the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix—and then they waited some more. By the time 31 pairs, including experienced teams like McLain Ward on Antares F and Jill Henselwood on George, had left the ring after lowering at least one rail, even the announcer was sounding pessimistic.

“Looks like we’ll be jumping off these 4-faulters if we don’t get any clear rounds, folks,” he said.

February 27, 2013

Learning New Languages At USEF High Performance Eventing Training Sessions

Aiken, S.C.—Feb. 27

There's lots of communication occuring during a USEF High Performance Training Session with David O’Connor. There’s O’Connor communicating with the person he’s teaching—and with the auditors a little, too—but the most important communication occurs between the riders and their horses, even if they sometimes stutter a bit as they learn new languages together. 

February 26, 2013

Adjustability Is Key At USEF High Performance Eventing Training Sessions

Aiken, S.C.—Feb. 26

It was a cold, windy, foggy, rainy morning in Aiken, S.C., but U.S. team eventing coach David O’Connor certainly wasn’t complaining—only once offering a chipper joke about needing an outdoor patio heater before turning back to his work—and neither were the high performance riders under his tutelage during today’s sessions of training sessions.

February 20, 2013

Updated: Arts Injured In Driving Accident

Dressage trainer Willy Arts was severely injured in a carriage driving accident yesterday, Feb. 20. Arts, who’s based out of DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, Calif., was airlifted to the hospital with severe head trauma.

February 15, 2013

Nice Braids!

While some horses might relish the dressage phase of an event, many others do not—a fact that's well documented by Chronicle staff photographers at major three-days every year. Chronicle bulletin board posters recently shared their favorite comments from judges on that topic.

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