Our dressage partners, just like us, have strong point, and weak points, stronger sides and weaker sides, and this is not just because of their genetics, but because of the natural anatomy of our friend the horse!
Junior rider Sille Engermann and Young Rider Henriette Dam Vestergaard became the grand champions at the 2014 Danish Junior and Young Riders Championships held in Ringsted, Denmark, on 22 - 24 August 2014. In a Scandanavian nation famous around the world for its devilous pastry desserts, the Danish Under 21 Championships were met with some nice weather for two out of the three days of competition.
Judging since 1979, Australia’s 4 star judge and previous dressage Olympian, Ricky Macmillan, felt that the 2014 CDI-W Nizhniy Novgorod on 10 - 13 June 2014 was held at an excellent facility, with brand new footing, a proven drainage system and presented a great show of dressage talent in Russia.
The 4-year old Pippin's Pride, the 5-year old Den Ostrik's Marah, and the 6-year old Morningsky became the winners of the 2014 Dutch Young Pony Championships held at Gert van den Hoorn's equestrian centre in Kootwijk, The Netherlands, 22 - 24 August 2014. After qualifying for the finals through selection shows in The Netherlands, five ponies made it to the big finals per age division after topping a morning qualification test at the Nationals.
Canadian team routinier Belinda Trussell and Anton put their best foot forward at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, Normandy, becoming the best Canadian pair at the show. Trussell was member of the Canadian 2010 WEG Team but an injury sidelined the pair for more than two years. Trussell has come back full force and showed some of the best piaffe work of all combinations in Caen.
Hundreds of younger generation British dressage riders gathered at Sheepgate Equestrian centre in Lincolnshire for the 2014 British Under-25s Dressage Championships held on 18 – 23 August 2014. The 14th running of the five-day festival featured wall-to wall competition with Bethany-Rose Horobin, Jessica Blackmore and Joanna Thurman-Baker rising to the top of the FEI Under-21s ranks.
Our guest columnist of the week is Colonel Christian Carde, retired French I-judge, former French national coach and former chief rider of the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France. The recent CDIO Aachen classes prompted Col. Carde to share a few thoughts and his doubts on the judging of the...