He’s won gold medals galore. He holds the world record score for the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle. He’s probably the most famous dressage horse who’s ever lived, and he moves his fans to tears and standing ovations.
It’s safe to say that no one who was seated at the Wollman Rink for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show CDI*** Grand Prix freestyle will soon forget this night. There was a historic win by Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver, and then there was Olympic gold medalist Valegro. He wasn’t competing here, but his dressage freestyle demonstration with Charlotte Dujardin brought the sold-out crowd to first absolute silence, and then to tears.
A few years ago, Judy Reynolds made a commitment to helping Vancouver K get used to big environments and crowds. It worked—so much so that when Reynolds was offered an invitation to compete him at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show CDI**** this year, she happily accepted. After making their trip from Ireland, the pair topped the Grand Prix today with a score of 73.80 percent.
One of the most anticipated events of this year’s Rolex Central Park Horse Show is Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin’s freestyle exhibition with Valegro on Saturday evening.
We caught up with Dujardin to chat about her and Valegro’s trip over, how she’s been spending her time since arriving in New York, and why she chose her “How To Train Your Dragon” freestyle for Saturday.
Ajayeb, ridden by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates, was euthanized during the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships in Samorin, Slovakia, on Sept. 18.
“Ajayeb tripped and fell on the fourth loop of the track, suffering an irreparable injury to her right front leg and had to be euthanized,” stated the Fédération Equestre Internationale in a press release.
The U.S. Eventing Association announced some updates on its Collapsible Fence Study study being conducted by the University of Kentucky on Sept. 15 and asked for eventers to contribute information on horse sizes through an online survey.
The U.S. Eventing Association announced Sept. 9 that all riders competing at the beginner novice level will be required to have a USEA membership as of Dec. 1. Previously riders could pay a non-member fee of $25 at that level.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the cancelation of this year’s U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions USEF Grand Prix and Intermediaire I National Championships on Sept. 9. The competition was slated to run Oct. 12-16, in Paso Robles, Calif.