Local equestrian Bettina Drummond, a dressage trainer and rider formed in the French riding tradition, is the sole American invited to a two-day colloquia focused on promoting understanding of the French system of riding. The colloquia is being sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and hosted by the French Institute of Horses and Horse Riding (IFCE) and the French National School of Equitation at Saumur. The event is being held Oct. 15-16 in Saumur, France and brings together many of the current masters of the French tradition for two days of discussions and demonstrations aimed at deepening knowledge and understanding of this equestrian cultural tradition.
Excellent performances by all four members of the U.S. Pan American Dressage Team over two days at the 2015 Pan American Games resulted in a Team Gold medal win and direct qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team, composed of Sabine Schut-Kery and Alice Womble’s Sanceo and Kimberly Herslow and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin in the Small Tour, and Laura Graves and her own Verdades and Steffen Peters and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 in the Big Tour, was focused and consistently excellent to end on an overall score of 460.506. Both Graves and Herslow marked personal best scores in the FEI Grand Prix Special and Intermediaire I tests, respectively.
The Olympic Equestrian Test Event - the Aquece Rio (“Warm Up Rio”) International Horse Trials - gets underway on 6 August, a day after celebrations in Brazil to mark the one-year countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Representatives from 16 National Federations, including athletes and officials, will travel to the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro to take part in the Observers Programme which runs concurrently with the Test Event.
by Louise Parkes
The Dutch showed precisely why they are the reigning World and defending Furusiyya champions when soaring to victory at the sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 1 League in Falsterbo, Sweden today. It took just three of the four members of Rob Ehrens’ side to clinch it when Harrie Smolders, Maikel van der Vleuten and Leopold Van Asten all jumped double-clear, leaving anchorman Gerco Schroder with nothing to do for the entire afternoon but to watch from the sidelines.
On Thursday the Grand Prix Nations Cup presented by Almased Wellness GmbH took place at CDIO5* Hagen. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Christine Traurig, the U.S. team placed seventh against a competitive field to finish with a score of 210.000%.