By Ange Dickson Finn
I like to keep the customers happy, so from time to time, I check the letters to our beloved editor to find out what's on your mind, dear readers. I've noticed lately that you're all looking for more money-saving tips.
Happy to comply! Read on, because right here on the Last Laugh page, I'm going to give you a huge money-saving tip for life with horses—one you won't find anywhere else in the magazine. And, here it is:
Don't get involved with them in the first place.
By Ange Dickson Finn
Everywhere you look, the new rage—especially for my demographic, which the marketers refer to as refusing to age gracefully—is “mental workouts.”
Articles tell me I can stave off middle-aged absent-mindedness (my keys are in the toaster oven? Again??) with some mental gymnastics. Internet ads offer me computer games to defend against dementia. My phone lures me with apps I can use to sharpen my wits—what’s left of them, anyway.
By Kate Green
Ingrid Klimke (GER), who is enjoying a great run of form, has an obvious chance to extend her lead in the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 if she can produce a good result at her home CCI4* at Luhmühlen, presented by DHL, this weekend (18-21 June).
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced today that, beginning in the 2016 competition year, it will now award new Adequan/USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year Awards. These awards will recognize Para-Dressage riders’ accomplishments at each grade level; Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV.
The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* concluded on Sunday, June 14, with Para-Dressage athletes in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV competing in the exciting Freestyle competition. Riders from both the U.S. and Canada competed at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. Top riders in the Freestyle Tests included Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin in Grade IV with a 70.417% and Katie Shoemaker (USA) and Pacific M in Grade III with a 71.833%. Also earning the blue for their Grade was Ashleigh Flores-Simmons (USA) and Binero in Grade II, Cambry Kaylor (USA) and Markgaards Downwind in Grade Ib, and Roxanne Trunnell and Royal Dancer in Grade Ia. Roxanne Trunnell (USA) also earned the high score award overall for her scores with Royal Dancer over the three days. The FEI Ground Jury includes Carlos Lopes (POR) 5*, Anne Prain (FRA) 5*, and David Schmutz (USA) 4*. For U.S. riders this like all CPEDI's are a qualifier for the Team Selection of the 2016 Paralympic Equestrian Team. U.S. Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt was on hand at the CPEDI3* coaching the U.S. to a team win over the weekend. Handt will also be a clinician at the USEF High Performance West Coast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium Develop the Coach Program running from June 14-June 16.