A large field of European dressage riders gathered at the well organized and friendly CDI Fot in Budapest on 26 - 28 September 2014 for an autumn competition set in great weather. The CDI Fot was praised for its efficient organization but lack of English communication from the speaker. This did not refrain riders to produce great tests and put nice scores on the board.
The 4-year old Fine Time, the 5-year old El Capone, and the 6-year old Seymour were the winners of the 2014 Cup of Belgium for Young Dressage Horses, a national young horse circuit in which combinations can gain points at a series of qualifiers followed by a final Cup of Belgium Finals, held last weekend in Meerdonk on 26 - 28 September 2014.
The 4-year old Quaterdance, the 5-year old Kojak, and the 6-year old Hermes de Hus were the grand champions at the 2014 French Young Horse Championships, which took place in Saumur, France, on 26 - 28 September 2014 co-inciding with the indoor CDI Saumur. The French Young horse nationals are annually a well attended event with primarily German bred horses taking the spotlight.
The 5-year old Frasier and the 6-year old Fiderhit OLD took out the Young Horse division at the 2014 CDI-W Devon on 25 - 28 September 2014. Devon is one of the biggest American dressage shows, starting the week with an action packed breed show that turns into an international dressage competition.
Antonia Arl is following in her elder sister Lavinia's footsteps taking the Belgian National Pony Title on their pony, Equestricons Epiascer, at the 2014 Belgian FEI Pony Championships held in Meerdonk, Belgium on 26 - 28 September 2014. With gold awarded to Arl, Elle Peytier moved into silver position and Dente de Schepper got bronze.
Canadian Ashley Holzer and her bay mare, Tiva Nana, winner of Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier, thrilled the crowd with their freestyle dressage performance in Saturday night's Grand Prix Kur to Music world cup qualifier at the 2014 CDI-W Devon. Earning a score of 76.125% the duo rode a test with a high technical difficulty and impressed the judges and crowds.
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...