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Birgit Popp

January 19, 2009

Barcelona Performance Brings United States Hard-Fought Samsung Super League Title

George Morris, the United States chef d'equipe, had one goal at the start of this year's Samsung Super League Nations Cup series--to maintain the
team's place in the prestigious series. Much to his delight, they not only kept their place in the Super League, they won it by claiming second in the series final at the Barcelona CSIO (Spain) on Sept. 15-18.

January 19, 2009

Michaels-Beerbaum Leads The Ladies In Munich

Even before the second round of the Munich Indoors Grand Prix (Germany), the eighth and final leg of the 2005 Riders Tour, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum could celebrate.

As she qualified for the second round, Dec. 1-4, it was clear that last year's winner would successfully defend her title of The Rider of the Year and earn a purse of $295,673 as winner of this year's Riders Tour.

January 16, 2009

New Stars On The Rise In FEI Young Riders World Cup Final

U.S. rider Laura Noyes makes her second trip to the prestigious competition and holds her own.

A Dutch rider, Diederik van Silfhout, took center stage at the FEI Young Riders World Cup Final, held during the Frankfurt CDI in Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 17-21.  And after a disappointing trip to the competition in 2006, U.S. rider Laura Noyes returned to try her hand again, finishing third in the B final.

January 14, 2009

Sandro Boy Blisters The Competition At Frankfurt

He and Marcus Ehning come out seconds ahead in a big class in Germany.

After 15 horses qualified for the jump-off of the International Mitsubishi Cup JAB Anstoetz Masters League Final, it became clear it would be a true race to the finish.

And when the dust cleared, Marcus Ehning and Sandro Boy came out on top.  They claimed the lion’s share of the $335,517 purse, which also awarded a Mitsubishi car to the top six finishers. The class was the finale of the Frankfurt CSI, held Dec. 17-21 in Frankfurt, Germany.

December 19, 2008

Michaels-Beerbaum Can't Be Beaten At Stuttgart

But American Kate Levy makes a strong showing.

It had been 20 years since the legendary combination of John Whitaker and Milton accomplished the feat of winning both the Mercedes German Master and the Grand Prix of Stuttgart at the Stuttgart CSI (Germany), but on Nov. 19-23, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly made short work of doing it again.

December 19, 2008

Satchmo Redeems Himself At Stuttgart

Isabell Werth puts past mistakes behind her as she wins it all.

Isabell Werth made a clean sweep of the international classes held at the Stuttgart CDI, Nov. 19-23 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Not only did she win the Grand Prix for the freestyle (77.54%) and the Grand Prix freestyle (81.10%) on Warum Nicht FRH, but she also claimed the Grand Prix for the Special (77.37%) and the Grand Prix Special on her mount for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Satchmo.

December 19, 2008

Dobrovitz Posts First Hungarian Win At Stuttgart German Master Driving

He relegates last year’s winner, Ijsbrand Chardon, to second.

It looks like Michael Freund’s unique string of 13 consecutive victories in the German Master Four-in-Hand Driving at Stuttgart (Germany), Nov. 19-23, won’t be approached anytime soon.

December 12, 2008

Global Dressage Forum Offers Training Techniques Mixed With Dressage Discussion

Every year the Global Dressage Forum provides a time and place to reflect on the state of dressage and also to discuss the future of the sport.

The seventh GDF, held at the Academy Bartels in Hooge Mierde, the Netherlands, Oct. 27-28, mixed in serious analysis of dressage judging with training techniques for horse and rider and also allowed the Dutch a chance to show off the building blocks of their successful dressage program.

The GDF began with a presentation by the Dutch Warmblood Studbook (KWPN) and the Dutch National Federation.

July 25, 2008

Werth Shows She's Ready At Aachen

With a new freestyle, she and Satchmo are headed to Hong Kong.

At the Aachen CDIO, July 1-6 in Aachen, Germany, Isabell Werth proved that she’s ready to fight for gold medals at the upcoming Olympics in Hong Kong.

She and Satchmo topped the CDIO Grand Prix (76.91%), Grand Prix Special (78.64%) and Grand Prix freestyle (80.15%).  Werth debuted a new freestyle at Aachen, and while it wasn’t mistake-free, it did show signs of brilliance.

June 27, 2008

Werth And Rath Claim Individual Titles At German Dressage Championships

The championships offered a preview of the country’s strongest candidates for the Olympics.

Isabell Werth’s win in Balve, Germany, June 5-8, came as no surprise in the German Dressage Championships, but there was much more at stake than the individual championship.

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