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March 27, 2016

Minderhoud Finally Gets His World Cup Finals Win

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 27

In his sixth appearance in an FEI World Cup Dressage Final, Hans Peter Minderhoud wasn’t expecting the butterflies that materialized this week.  

“I’m normally not very nervous,” said the Dutch team veteran, “but I felt I really could win, and I really wanted to.

“I was never on the podium before; twice I was really close,” he added. “So after the Grand Prix [which he won on Friday] were two long days!”

March 24, 2016

Missing People And A Mission To Smile: What You Need To Know About The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 24  

Tomorrow the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse canters down centerline.  


Unee BB
Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB. Photo by Kat Netzler

December 17, 2015

Hester Gives Dujardin Goosebumps—And Beats Her—At Olympia

London—Dec. 16  

Carl Hester pipped his superstar protégé, fellow-Olympian and world No. 1 rider Charlotte Dujardin, for victory in the spell-binding sixth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at Olympia in London.

Riding Nip Tuck, the 11-year-old gelding with which he helped clinch team silver at this summer’s FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, the 48-year-old rider delivered a performance that simply demonstrated why he has long been a legend in this sport.

December 7, 2015

Don Johnson Goes From Naughty To Nice To Win In Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria—Dec. 6  

Germany’s Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH produced one of the finest performances of their career together to win the fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at Salzburg in Austria.

August 25, 2015

Vegas May Lose 2018 FEI World Cup Finals Bid

In a surprising about-face, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has reopened host-city bidding for the 2018 Reem Acra Dressage and Longines Show Jumping World Cup Finals.

April 18, 2015

Valegro Brings It Home At The FEI Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Final

Las Vegas—April 18  

What do you do when you’re already the reigning World Cup, European, World and Olympic champion? 

You win another World Cup Final.

April 18, 2015

UPDATED: Steffen Peters Eliminated From Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final

Steffen Peters rode Legolas to a score of 80.35 percent in the freestyle of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final, which should have put him into fourth in the final standings, but he does not appear in the final results.

Peters was eliminated from the competition by the ground jury for blood on Legolas' side. 

“It is clearly my fault," Peters said. "At the end of the day, I rode the horse, and I am responsible for the welfare of this horse. I am very embarrassed about it. I’m the one who feels guilty."

April 18, 2015

As It Happens: Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final Freestyles

Las Vegas—April 18  

We're about to get underway with the hotly anticipated freestyles to decide who goes home with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final! We'll be commenting on each rider as they go, so keep checking in!

Tatiana Dorofeeva/Kartsevo Upperville (Russia)

I like that this is a big horse and he moves lightly off the ground. Her music is Russian-themed, which honors her homeland and flatters his heavy type put expressive paces.

April 18, 2015

10 Reasons Why The World Loves Charlotte And Valegro

As we're here in Las Vegas getting ready for the thrilling finale of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, let's look at just why Valegro, or "Blueberry" to his friend is the dressage world's most famous and loved horse right now.

Don't miss the Chronicle's coverage of the World Cup freestyle—we'll have a horse-by-horse commentary with Chronicle blogger Lauren Sprieser, great photos from in the ring and behind the scenes, and the stories behind the results.

Reason #1
That FACE! How can you not love that face?

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