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March 27, 2016

The 12 Types Of World Cup Dressage Celebration

You’ve just completed the best test of your life, on the biggest stage of your career. Congratulations! 

But now you have a decision to make. How will you celebrate? And no, not back at your hotel later, or at the bar, but how will you celebrate while you’re still in the ring?

The choices are endless, but we've listed the top 12 spotted in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final freestyle. 

March 25, 2016

They Said It: Sound Bites From The Gothenburg World Cup Speed Round

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 25

Sometimes a winning speed round looks rushed and chaotic, as riders race around the turns and take chances on their distances. Penelope Leprevost’s winning trip in the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final speed leg was not that way. Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme floated their way to a deceptively fast round (63.78 seconds) over fellow French rider Simon Delestre on Qlassic Bois Margot (66.04 seconds). 

March 25, 2016

Will Sixth Time Be The Charm For Minderhoud At Reem Acra FEI World Cup?

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 25

There’s no Charlotte Dujardin or Valegro here, no Isabell Werth on one of her top-scoring mounts, no Edward Gal. And so, as ground jury president Susanne Baarup said at the conclusion of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Grand Prix, “On paper, it was a very open competition.” 

Hans Peter Minderhoud, on Glock’s Flirt, was champion of the day with 76.87 percent. 

March 24, 2016

Missing People And A Mission To Smile: What You Need To Know About The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 24  

Tomorrow the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse canters down centerline.  


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Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB. Photo by Kat Netzler

March 15, 2016

Dujardin Not Contesting Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Horse & Hound has reported that Charlotte Dujardin, winner of last year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas aboard Valegro, won’t be competing at this edition of the competition in Sweden.

Dujardin was slated to ride Uthopia, Carl Hester’s 2012 London Olympics mount, at the final. But an ownership dispute over the horse means she cannot take him. 

March 15, 2016

USEF President Tauber Won’t Seek Second Term

Chrystine Tauber, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, has stated that she won’t run for a second term. Elections for the office of president will take place at the USEF’s mid-year board of directors meeting in Gladstone, N.J., in June. 

“While considering running for a second term, it became apparent that committing to another four years of the demanding time and travel requirements of the presidency would not be in the best interest of my family at this point in my life,” said Tauber in an emailed statement. 

March 7, 2016

Jorst And Seidel Named U.S. Representatives For Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced today, March 7, that Charlotte Jorst and Guenter Seidel will represent the country at this year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final. The dressage final will take place March 24-27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The qualifying period for the North American League concluded March 6.

February 28, 2016

Sundayboy Shines In Sunday’s Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix Special

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28

Getting your first CDI win at the Grand Prix level? That’s pretty special. Winning your first Grand Prix Special when it also is your first ever? That’s amazing—and it’s what Anna Buffini did today at the Burbank CDI-W when she rode Sundayboy to 69.88 percent. 

“I came in with no expectations with Sundayboy,” said Buffini, 21. “Guenter came over and said, ‘You just missed it!’ And I thought he meant I got second. Then he said, ‘You just missed getting 70 percent.’ I was really excited to hear that.”

February 27, 2016

Zero Gravity Gains A Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix Win

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 27

Guenter Seidel didn’t win yesterday’s Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix, but it could have been worse. His students Michelle Reilly and Anna Buffini were first and second, respectively.

“That was so funny yesterday!” said Seidel. “It wasn’t so great that I was third and had that score, but it was great for Anna to be in front of me and for Michelle to win. That made it actually really nice.” 

February 27, 2016

Reagan’s Gone From Sliding Stops To Half-Halts

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28

 In the sea of huge warmbloods, all with equally huge gaits, at the Burbank CDI, Reagan stands out. He’s small—somewhere between 14.3 and 15 hands—and he’s a sturdy chestnut with white socks and a white face. He’s also a Quarter Horse who spent the first several years of his life under saddle learning the ropes of the reining world.

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