Often riders use the phrase, “a dream come true,” to describe their equestrian exploits or victories. Not Candace Platz. When she canters down centerline for her Grand Prix test at the U.S. Dressage Finals aboard PMU rescue Fynn, she’ll be experiencing an entirely different sensation.
“I can’t say it’s a dream come true,” said Platz. “This dream wouldn’t have occurred to me.”
The first chamber of the disciplinary commission of the German Equestrian Federation has suspended top German dressage rider Isabell Werth from all competitions—national and international—for six months. She also must pay a fine of 2,000 euros.
Werth’s mount El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships, held at Langenfeld (Germany), June 21-24, and the case has been under investigation since that positive test.
U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque, N.M., threw out a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and several other animal protection groups on Nov. 1. The lawsuit, filed in July, was seeking to block horse slaughter on the basis that the environmental impact hadn’t been properly considered.
You’ve probably seen it on Facebook this week, or in Octobers past: There’s a picture of two horses in a field. One’s wearing a blanket, and one’s not. “Here is some information on winter blanketing that may surprise you. This is the result of a multi-year study done by [Colorado State University], using state-of-the-art thermal detection equipment,” the text begins.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale has released its new tests for 2014.
While the Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges remained unchanged, there are new versions of the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Intermediaire II to take effect Jan. 1. The FEI also debuted the medium tour tests, Intermediaire A and Intermediaire B, designed to bridge the gap between small tour and Grand Prix.
In the new Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests, the only change is the introduction of a coefficient for each piaffe movement. All other coefficients remain the same.
Three years ago, Krista Spencer was a training level dressage rider, and Take Over was a university-owned Grand Prix schoolmaster with a bolting problem who wouldn’t pass a vet check. Now? They’re a definite team, with a trip to the Adequan North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (Ky.) and a recent USDF/GAIG Regional Championship FEI Young Rider title to their names.