The Chair of the FEI Dressage committee Frank Kemperman presented the proposed format changes for the disciplines of dressage in the afternoon session at the 2015 FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday 27 April 2015.
The Weert based Eveline Bos and her German Riding Pony Equestricons Valentino have taken their third victory out of four qualifiers so far in the 2014-2015 KNHS Dutch FEI Pony Cup. The fourth leg was held at Stable Olympic in Uden on Saturday 25 April 2015. This show circuit is an important Dutch observation moment for squad and team selection.
Patrik Kittel and Sönke Rothenberger were the winners of the Grand Prix classes on the final day of competition at the 2015 CDI Hagen Horses and Dreams event at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany, on Sunday 26 April 2015. Patrik Kittel and the Swedish warmblood mare Deja won the Kur to Music, whole Rothenberger and his Dutch warmblood Cosmo claimed victory in the national developing Grand Prix horse class.
Same venue, same test, only one year later. Swedish rider Patrik Kittel won the Grand Prix, prize of the Schwiebert family's Helenenhof, in 2014 with the Silvano x Don Schufro-daughter Deja and achieved a repeat victory in 2015 with a top score of 78.00%. Rain showers could not dampen the wonderful atmosphere at the 2015 Horses and Dreams Meets Australia on Saturday 25 April 2015 at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany.
The Grand Prix for Special, sponsored company WIK Elektro-Haushaltsgeräte Vertriebs GmbH & Co. Prod. KG, at 2015 Horses & Dreams meets Australia, was a clear decision. Kristina Sprehe and her championship-experienced De Niro-son Desperados dominated the test with a final result of 80.78%.
Germany's Special test WEG bronze medal winning Kristina Sprehe and Gestut Sprehe's Hanoverian licensed stallion Desperados cruised to victory in the Grand Prix for Special at the 2015 CDI Hagen at Hof Kasselmann on Friday 24 April 2015. A very willing panel of judges helped her to a whopping 80.780% score.
A couple of weeks ago Dutch equestrian journalist Dirk Willem Rosie wrote a weekly editorial titled "Melodrama". The headline sparked my interest because the subject matter was dressage related. Rosie described Patrik Kittel's reaction to his elimination at the CDI 5* Vidauban as melodrama as...