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Lisa Slade

October 12, 2013

Steffen Makes It Seven

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 12

 Often riders feel like they “win” the warm-up, but then they don’t necessarily win the competition. Tonight, in the Grand Prix freestyle for the Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, Steffen Peters did both. He topped the class on a 79.45 percent with Legolas 92, also securing the USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions title (76.47%) in the process.

October 11, 2013

"That Could Never Happen To Me"

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 11

When Steffen Peters exited the Rolex Stadium after his Grand Prix Special, he knew he’d possibly left the door open by going off course. He had to wait through Kathleen Raine and Guenter Seidel’s tests to see if either would walk through the opening.

October 11, 2013

Red, White, Blue And Plenty Of Bling

Some are subtly patriotic; some are sparkly; some blend in with the horses while others stand out. Browbands can show off the personality of the dressage riders and their horses, and there's a wide array of them here at the USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Guenter Seidel's mare Coral Reef Wylea wore silver and gold for the Grand Prix. 

Guenter browband


October 10, 2013

Happy With Their Horses: Sound Bites From Dressage Festival Of Champions

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 10

 The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship came one step closer to conclusion today with the Intermediaire I test, worth 45 percent of the overall championship. Meanwhile, the juniors and young riders did their first tests for the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship and the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship.

Check out what the top placers of each class had to say about their rides today: 

October 9, 2013

Tips From The Top At Dressage Festival Of Champions

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 9

Today riders took their first turns in the Shelia B. Johnson Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park for The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. Both the Grand Prix and the Prix St. Georges are worth 40 percent of the total championship score for each respective division.  

Afterward, the top competitors from each class told the Chronicle a few of their tips for riding winning tests.

October 7, 2013

Updated: Zoe DiGiovanni Killed In Riding Accident

Eventer Zoe DiGiovanni was killed in a riding accident on Oct. 7. Di Giovanni, 23, of Southern Pines, N.C., was riding at Hobby Field in Southern Pines. She was attempting a jump on River Breeze, a horse owned by her mother, Maria DiGiovanni, and both fell. Zoe, who was wearing a helmet, was killed instantly due to severe head and neck trauma.

September 29, 2013

Not Just Black Wool Anymore

While fashion for dressage remains conservative, traces of color, texture and sparkles are slowly making their way into the mainstream. Check out 10 examples of the evolution of dressage fashion we spotted at Dressage at Devon, Sept. 26-29 in Devon, Pa. 

1. Catherine Haddad Staller's brown/grey tailcoat and matching helmet. Haddad Staller's been donning a brown outfit in her freestyles for a few years, but she's now wearing more unusual colors in non-freestyle rides. 

September 29, 2013

Haddad Staller Sells Mane Stream Winyamaro

Former fashion model Olivia Hallman purchased Catherine Haddad Staller’s top Grand Prix mount, Mane Stream Winyamaro, in August. Hallman, 29, has a background in Icelandic Horses and started riding dressage more recently. She’s a student of Staller’s in Califon, N.J., and Winyamaro will stay based out of Staller's barn. 

“She’s a very bright woman, and she’s very focused on her riding,” said Staller. “She’s a very balanced and talented rider. He’s so trained that depending how she rides the corner, he comes out of the corner doing whichever movement she wants.”

September 29, 2013

Learning From The Master

Pop Art competed at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.), the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals (Nev.) and dozens of CDI Grand Prix classes. Spectators know his name, and announcers know his history.

For Jill Irving, who’s leasing the 16-year-old gelding from his previous rider, Canada’s Ashley Holzer, going down centerline the first time aboard the famous chestnut was a bit unnerving. But now?

September 28, 2013

A Tale Of Two 76 Percents At Devon

Devon, Pa—Sept. 28

The packed stands, and the nip in the air when the sun sets. The scent of fresh French fries wafting through the air, and the painted pumpkins. Those signs mean it’s time for the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix freestyle, a fall spectator favorite in the United States, and those who showed up hoping for a night of top sport got their wishes tonight.

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