After more than a decade in Washington, U.S. Equestrian Federation Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg has moved his business to San Diego. Though he was previously located in California, Steinberg moved to Carnation, Wash., in 2002, and then to Duvall, Wash., in 2009.
New Zealand rider Jonathan "Jock" Paget has been suspended from all national and international competitions after his Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (England) mount Clifton Promise tested positive for the Fédération Equestre Internationale banned substance reserpine following their win there in September.
Paget and Clifton Promise, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding (Engagement—Darn Style, Cautious Style), also won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** (England) this year.
Often riders feel like they “win” the warm-up, but then they don’t necessarily win the competition. Tonight, in the Grand Prix freestyle for the Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, Steffen Peters did both. He topped the class on a 79.45 percent with Legolas 92, also securing the USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions title (76.47%) in the process.
When Steffen Peters exited the Rolex Stadium after his Grand Prix Special, he knew he’d possibly left the door open by going off course. He had to wait through Kathleen Raine and Guenter Seidel’s tests to see if either would walk through the opening.
Some are subtly patriotic; some are sparkly; some blend in with the horses while others stand out. Browbands can show off the personality of the dressage riders and their horses, and there's a wide array of them here at the USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Guenter Seidel's mare Coral Reef Wylea wore silver and gold for the Grand Prix.
The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship came one step closer to conclusion today with the Intermediaire I test, worth 45 percent of the overall championship. Meanwhile, the juniors and young riders did their first tests for the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship and the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship.
Check out what the top placers of each class had to say about their rides today:
Today riders took their first turns in the Shelia B. Johnson Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park for The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. Both the Grand Prix and the Prix St. Georges are worth 40 percent of the total championship score for each respective division.
Afterward, the top competitors from each class told the Chronicle a few of their tips for riding winning tests.
Eventer Zoe DiGiovanni was killed in a riding accident on Oct. 7. Di Giovanni, 23, of Southern Pines, N.C., was riding at Hobby Field in Southern Pines. She was attempting a jump on River Breeze, a horse owned by her mother, Maria DiGiovanni, and both fell. Zoe, who was wearing a helmet, was killed instantly due to severe head and neck trauma.